Try puttin the key in the door and holding it in the locked position for a few min it worked on mine after i pulled the battery to weld the floor but it took me three days and lots of tryin but thats what i think did it
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FIRST IS THERE FUEL IN THE TANK, CHECK THE SECURITY AND CONDITION OF THE BATTERY TERMINALS / CHECK THE HT LEADS ARE SECURELY CONNECTED TO THE DISTRIBUTOR CAP / CHECK THAT THE HT LEAD TO THE IGNITION COIL IS SECURELY CONNECTED / CHECK THAT THE LT WIRING PLUG AT THE IGNITION COIL IS SECURELY CONNECTED / FIT NEW SPARK PLUGS / THEN SPRAY ALL ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS ABOVE WITH WD 40 .
check to make sure battery in good conditions.the battery voltage should be 12.5.if all is good.problem is in starter solenoid.if it wont replace with the new starter.also bad battery cables.replace battery cables if they havent been changed.a bad transmission range switch.
how old is the battery? i had the same problem and it turned out the battery was dead so it didnt wouldnt start if you let it sit for even a half hour. go to a shop and they should test the battery for free.
I recently had a similar problem. I got my car scanned and needed a new catalytic converter. If its already starting to spit and sputter, you probably have 3-6 months to get this done. Mine plugged up one day, and just flat out would not drive anymore. This cost of this repair was about (i recommend changing the spark plugs and wires also) $675....pretty costly. could get a lot more expensive the longer u let it go. Does your jetta run cold, in cold temp? (between 25-40 degrees) if so the thermostat probably took out the converter.