Question about 1996 Volkswagen Cabrio
Check your IAC or Idle Air Control Valve. They often gum up and would likely cause a problem like this. You may be able to clean it yourself. If you risk getting cleaner fluid into the IAC motor, then you may ruin it.
Also, your air temp sensor might cause this; it located in your air intake system (mine is just above my air filter).
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Here are the most common causes of idle surge, rough idle esp when cold and stalls at stops, slow idle speed, erratic idle speed, rough idle and engine hesitation (and other problems), it is in most cases the idle speed control air-bypass valve and or throttle valve and upper intake, these area's get full of gunk and combustion residue over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls, low idle) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake.
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Engine stalls or RPM
fluctuates at idle up and down or dies near idle.
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