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Have trouble starting car from time to time

2002 Passat 2.8 4motion that i have had from new,has over past two years had trouble staring infrequently if recently driven or even been parked and cold.Have had to sit on ignition and accelerator turning over for 5 minutes or more,often leaving it for 5min's and gunnng it later.Often with plume of smoke out back.Dealer has changed battery once,checked alternator second time-but no luck.They now say temperature sensor,O2 sensor or air flow issue-i'm running out of patience-could it be starter motor or ECU? any ideas-car otherwise reliable.

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  • 0ggie Jun 18, 2008

    Having the same problem, tonight wont start at all and now the starter motor is not engaging, will put battery on charge and try again in the morning

  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2008

    I am running into th same problem and my guess is the fuel filter

  • esdonald Feb 11, 2009

    Same problem... Passat 2002 4 motion, it's been 3 months and the technician still doesn't know what it is... The fuel filter has been changed, injectors cleaned up, new spark plugs, and the problem won't go away... it sucks since you don't know when it's going to fail... Tomorrow another technician will take a look of this and I hope to get some good news and not too much $$$$ from my wallet :( ... If someone finds the reason of this problem please post it... I tought I was the only one with bad luck haha... 

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MAYBE YOUR FUEL LINE AND FUEL FILTER, SOUNDS LIKE THE GASOLINE WON’T GO THROUGH, YOU CAN START THE CAR, PUT IT INTO PARK AND PUSH THE GAS PADAL SEVERAL TIMES, SOMETIMES PUSH THE DIRT OUT, OTHERWISE PROBABLY YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE FUEL FILTER. TRY IT.

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