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You will have to have the fault codes read by a code reading machine . That will tell you why the engine stopped. I am suggesting that you check to see if the cam shaft is turning when you try to start it as the timing belt may be broken. Repair/replace items listed by the codes -reset the CPU with the code reader
This problem is with ecu / ecm= engine control computer. These are a common and horrible problem on vw's, particularly on tdi's. The signs in a tdi are when car dash lights come on, but no glow plug light,trans gear lights flash, but car still tries to crank. And hopefully ecu has enough power to out out code u0100= no communication with ecu. Unfortunately the ecu will need to be replacd. The ecu is located under the hood, near and under the wipers. Used ecu with same codes run $50-200. New $1000. If get used one make sure has a return policy. codes must match production quarterly year.
all vw MUST be reset after battery dies/changed.put key in door,unlock/hold key over 30 secs(windows go down)then lock/hold key over 30 secs(windows go up/sunroof closes)then press unlock button on remote for 30 secs......RESET DONE......(try this for fun....sit in car after turning off engine/remove key,drivers door keypad is still live(until you open door)ALSO when engine is running lower any window and then raise up with fingers in top of door,the window will rollback.(if you do it once it hurts..twice it really hurts..three times it traps your hand in.)ALL THIS is NOT in the handbook.......
you should be able to look around for a good salavge yard near you give this website a try www.junkyarddog.com if you live near Grand Rapids,Michigan you can go to a place like LKQ- phone is(616)877-3490- its self serve you have to take the part of yourself wish you the best of luck Michigan Man.
this is a very common problem and it is the driver door latch/actuator. the switch that tells the body control module when the door is open or closed is stuck in the closed position. if you live around grand rapids michigan i have one on sale on craigslist for 75. at the dealer it will cost you about 170.
I don't believe any VW sent to the US in the past 15+ years has come with a plug-in heater. The only exception is if the car was from Canada, or if one was installed afterwards.
If the engine turns too slowly to start, try cleaning the terminals of the battery, if still nothing- replace the battery.
If the engine turns over but just won't fire up cycle the glow plugs a few times before trying to start. Turn the key to on, wait for the glow plug light to go out after a few seconds then turn the key off. Repeat 2 or 3 times before you try to start.
Also make sure you use a fuel additive for the cold months. Look for something with anti-gel on the label.