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I have 97 jetta w/manual trans. When I'm driving if I slow down then speed back up w/o shifting the engine shakes bad one time. If I downshift or just push the clutch in and out it runs fine. Does this in every gear. Thanks

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It might be time to change some spark plugs and fuel filter. Have all the maintenance items looked at for replacement. It may be just time for some of the regular things to be checked. Let me know what you find.

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