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2000 Volkswagen Beetle starting problems due to anti theft system

I have a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle that sometimes will not start due to ( I have been told by the Volswagen repair shop) the anti-theft system. It will only do this occasionally. Any suggestions as they could not fix the car.

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  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2009

    2000 VW Beetle - The anti-theft light will come on when the car does not start. Sometimes you can use the other key, and it will start. The engine cranks but then dies immediately. It doesn't always do this. It starts the majority of the time. It does not die while it is running.

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    my 2001 jimmy will not start when the security light is on. how do you check the door lock to make sure it is ok?

  • Jeremy Reddick
    Jeremy Reddick May 11, 2010

    Why are they saying it is the Anti theft system? Also the Anti Theft system is wired into your ignition, but that does not usually happen unless you have it wired to not start the car



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You need to check the drivers door lock unit. this is a more common problem where the switch fails and the anti-theft system doesn't get disarmed by the door unlocking

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Vw dealers can fix for 1000s of $ and with no guarantee that it wont happin again
+they wont tell you about disengaging it cuz vw wont lett them-iv been there
- or you can take cpu out - send off to a place i found that will take out the line of code that looks to see if that chip keys ib ignition*-*-it starts all the time every time
problem is your can then can be stoln by a screw driver***but all theves know they hav anti thef so wont mess with them in the first place
cost 200$++they can tweek to get more boost+hp
a no brainer---win-win

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  • Kelly Gideon Jul 20, 2012

    Mr Roberts do you have the infomation on where to send teh cpu? I have a 2001 VW Beetle that I have spent TONS of money on already for that exact issue. The dealers just lie and take my money. Im on fixed income and need reliable vehicle as I drive 100 miles a day just to work! Please any information would be a God send!



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SOURCE: anti theft system -can't start car

The price is forbidding our small income expenses. . .BUT if you can
determine my explanation below that your bypass is compatible with ours?
We, I, my wife and baby, are confined in the seculed place in Hayfork
mountains. . .I am seeking for main stand-alone switcher that turns off
against fuel pump, against inner dome light, against rear trunk lid light,
against auto transmission and against four door lock actuators . . .I
successfully made it run with bypass starter relay and hot wired down to
gas tank pump and it runs well but "service immediately" light stays on..
and auto transmission starts on 3 rd gear that stalls engine, it wont start
on second gear. . .when arrived home on uphill road it wont go up so I
drove it on reverse and finally parked here. . .
I KNOW it is a few steps ahead where stand-alone switcher are. I am going
to follow the dome light's wire down to the place where relay-switchers
are. . or follow gas pump wire that I assume can be very hard way to do. .
but before I go ahead that if you can tell me where those switchers for
A/T, fuel pump,inner lights, doors are located?? in 1998 SL1 ? that would
really save my searching . . . Your tips without having to purchase your
bypassing kit would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely, Donald

Posted on Jun 25, 2013

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SOURCE: 98 Jetta TDI, how do u reset anti-theft system. car won't start.

your battery is probably to low to start the car

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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SOURCE: anti-theft system will not allow car to start

Have you chaged the battery on the remote. And also do you have a valet button under the dash somewhere if you push it for about 15-30 sec. it should reset the alarm. if it fails you might need a whole new alarm system.

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