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My 2003 vw passat v6, feels like it is having trouble getting in gear, specially going up hills or in reverse. When stopped, feels like the engine is about to stall.

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Could possibly be a blocked exhaust,,cat converter,,if there is not enuff air flow the car will not shift and may not idle right if its blocked bad enuff,,could be something else but thats the first thing that comes to me,,,ive seen that issue a bunch of time,,, you would need to remove the o2 sensor and do a back pressure test,,i rec take to shop

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