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1985 VW Cabriolet

After starting my VW 1985 bogs down on occassion. I have newer injectors,fuel filter,gas tank, spark plugs. I t seems to do it more when it is cold. When I turn off the key a few times sometimes it seems to restore to normal or after barely driving for awhile. I checked for vacum leaks but to no avail? Any ideas?

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Possibly a clogged catalytic converter. Even if it is clogged it can be irratic. I had a muffler shop check it by cutting a hole before it with a torch, changed it out and i was good to go.

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