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I have a 2000 Golf TDI and while driving to work this morn. the glow plug symbol started flashing and when I pressed the gas pedal it would not go or engine would not rev up. The engine was still running and I could only go about 5 mph. So I got off the interstate and shut engine off and restarted with the problem seemingly fixed but the glow plug symbol still flashing so I drove it back home @ 20 miles. What could be the problem? The glow plug symbol flashing? Would it be safe to drive to repair shop?

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Your car went in to limp mode...it sounds like you have got a intermitant fault with the throttle pedal.get the fault read to confirm.you can drive it but it may reoccur...you are doing no damage

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