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98 vw beetle 2.0 when i start it it revs up and down then stalls, when i drive it it goes to 2k rpm then shuts down then starts to go again till it gets to 2k again then shuts down continuously

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Sounds just like a throttle body module issue i had on a vw car in the shop last week and another one a few weeks before that. but can't be sure until the car is scanned with a computer. is the check engine light on? how about any other lights? could be a good indication of this problem that these cars are plagued with. so you need to get it scanned before you start replacing parts for nothing.

that is whats gonna happen if you don't get it scanned. it is like working in the dark. but it has the same exact symptoms as the other two and have change a real lot of these on these cars.

i would put my money on that but like i said there is no way to be sure until it is scanned.

let me know if i can hep more or better describe it to you. good luck

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