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My 1997 VW Golf GL has rattle as I accelerate in first and second

I was overseas for almost 5 years while my 97 VW Golf GL was sitting in my mom's garage in Michigan. It was driven from time to time around the block and down the road, but sat most of the time. I've had a couple of minor problems. Rear brake line leakage which is not surprizing for as long as it was sitting. There is also a rattle in the front when I go over bumps or rough roads. There is now a random sound when I accelerate in first and second which sounds like rattling tin. Do you think it is my exhaust which is looking pretty rusty. I remember replacing the connector pipe 5 years ago due to corrosion. But the sound isn't there when I'm parked and reving the engine, only when I'm moving.

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I am going through the exact same problem with my 1997 golf 2.0 I-4.   I am making the assumption that this noise is loudest at about 1200-1500 rpm, or atleast most noticeable.   It could be attributed to a faulty catalytic converter which is a necesarry fix (in order to smog), and being that your O2 sensor is hooked into that whole system, you could be potentially giving away a few mpg.  This a relatively easy issue to deal with, and noise should go away when the converter is replaced.

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