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My 98 jetta is experiencing vey poor acceleration and also iit will nt get up 20 mph

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Best place to start is checking the fuel filter and injectors.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010

  • brina rollins Nov 10, 2010

    thnaks, now I have to found a good mechanic .

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