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1999 VW beetle won't start; battery good

My 1999 VW beetle has recently given me intermittent, unpredictable trouble when starting. The shop looked at it after I had it towed, and the first time they tried to start it, they had to turn the key and let the starter spin for quite a while, now each time they start it, it starts right up. They put it on the computer and nothing shows up; they are baffled. I had the battery checked out, and it's fully charged. Any suggestions?

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  • km6sg Nov 06, 2008

    My 1999 Beetle has the same problem as of today. This is the first time I have observed this problem. This morning it started fine. This PM it cranked and cranked without a flutter of a start. It's full of gas and the battery is new. I can hear the fuel pump "power up" so it doesn't appear to be that. Checked all the "engine" related fuses and all OK.

    The dash engine light stays on, but that's normal until started, so I can't tell if there is a problem in the electronics/CPU. My mechanic says to wait and try to start it again later, and if no avail, then bring it in.

  • camezun Jan 21, 2009

    I'm having the same problem. It started last Thursday, all of a sudden. But, it only happens sporadically. Sometimes it turns on just fine, other times, it struggles and then finally catches. The mechanics have no idea what's going on. They said that the only thing that showed up on their diagnostic tool was evaporation that usually just means that my gas cover wasn't clicked all the way, but they closed it tight, and I'm still having problems. Does anybody have a clue what this could be?

  • emv_nrk Mar 26, 2009

    I have had the same problem, but one time when it started my RPM's jumped up to 4000. What exactly can you do to the "brain" to fix it. I don"t know alot about cars, so is the brain like to computer or what is it?

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The "brain" of the car might be giving out. one thing about the brain is it controls everything...mainly the cpu thats gives out codes!

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