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Check engine emmission message

I just purchased a 2001 volkswagen passat with 104,000 kms. the check engine light is on, and an emmission message - when the gas tank is full the light went off, when it goes down slightly the light comes back on and beeps - cost to take it in for checking is $57.00, plus whatever they find is wrong. is this something common, something to do with possibly the gas tank cover? thanks very much - a second car for my kids, so want to be sure it is safe, but not expensive

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  • scork239 May 22, 2009

    Thanks - what systems has reached it's designed life span?

  • scork239 May 22, 2009

    okay, any reason the light goes off when we fill the gas tank and make sure we turn the gas cap many times. I was told by a local dealer that sometimes that is the problem? unfortunately, the car came without an owners manual as it was 2nd hand -

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    There is no way to know what is wrong with the system until the system trouble code test is run, sorry, at 104,000 almost anything could be wrong, the system has reached its designed life span.

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The emission system on any car sold n the USA is tested and certificated by the EPA to not pollute for 100,000 miles, these systems include the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system, the fuel vapor control system, the catalytic converters, the various sensors on the engine such as lambada sensors and engine temp sensors plus many others

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    yadayada May 22, 2009

    That is untrue for your year of VW, 1996 up (OBD 2 emission sytem) models of all USA cars that applies, there are allot of trouble codes that turn the light on.

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