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2005 new beetle turbo 1.8 convertible

This car was purchased new in So Cal and then moved to northern Nevada. Since moving the check engine light comes on continually. A trip to the VW dealer, they check the car and turn off the light claiming it comes on because Nevada has dirty gas and this was a VW built for California. Twice they have removed the heads and removed all carbon from the engine. I'm beginning to get suspicious. Does anybody know of this issue occuring in other like cars or service departments claiming "dirty gas" when the check engine light comes on continually? Does anybody know what the real problem may be? Thanks

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  • cking66582 Jul 11, 2008

    Please look at the issue previously posted for the 2005 Beetle 1.8 turbo where the dealer is claiming dirty gas in Nevada is the ongoing reason the engine light comes on. Is anyone familiar with this? I am starting to get suspicious.

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The whole dirty gas thing is bogus. With 15 years of owning VW cars, I know that VW makes sturdier cars than that and are never so frail as to be affected by the minor differences in the fuel additives California forces gas companies to sell there.

Your problem is most likely a bad fuse box. at least that's what happened to me when my engine light stayed on like that a few years ago. Find someone else to look at your car in any case, cause you'r getting the shaft on this one.

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What are the error codes that the dealer got? The dealer's explanation does not seem very logical. If you change your oil regularly. I don't see the need to remove the heads. How many miles are on the vehicle? Next time you get an error code you may want to take it to your local autozone/ advance auto they can hook up an OBD II and tell you what codes are being thrown.
Hope this helps.
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Lee

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Hi,.

For your vehicle, most common causes of "Check Engine" light would be:
1. Mass air flow (MAF) sensor failures (very common), but would be noticeable because of drivability issues;
2. Dirty or failed throttle bodies but again would be noticeable because of drivability issues;
3. ignition component;
4. engine coolant temperature sensor failures;
5. evaporative (EVAP) emission failures; and/or
6. air leaks.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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    Louie Role Jul 11, 2008

    I failed to comment, to my knowledge, not because of a dirty gas...

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I've heard something similar to that, where the mechanics make claims of having carbon build-ups in the engines combustion chamber. From there they which the new parts with cheaper compatible parts, making money off you and whoever buys your parts. Top overhauling, for some people, is a way to salvage parts illegaly and make profit out of it. In the process, loose compression could happen making the engine responses sluggish. I'm not trying to discredit anybody, I'm just stating facts. These guys are usually found at non-authorized dealer shops. Your problem could be a problem with the fuses in the car, an electrical problem as you'd call it. Have an authorized dealer check out for any loose connections or anything blown out. Don't attempt to do anything that you don't have knowledge about, it could put you in danger or worsen the problem.

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P3301 does not come up as a code I recognise. I am not a supporter of dealers who erase codes and then tell customers to get on their way, the codes appear for a reason, and this reason should be investigated. I would go back to the dealer, and state the facts you have about your extended warranty and have them put in writing (they probably will not) that this problem will not return. Explain to them that if they do not fix the problem , but insist on fixing the symptom, this claim will be on their bill if continued. this should encourage them to find the cause of the codes

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