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Golf 1.6 auto missfire when wet

Hi - an issue I have with my Golf is in wet weather. I pull away, the car begins to ****/misfire. For the rest of the journey it feels like the car isn't 'firing on all cylinders' and struggles to accelerate and cuts out when idling. The problem only goes away when the car is unused for a period of time (usually a few hours or overnight) to 'dry out'.

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    have the same issue w/my 2002 golf. i had the spark plugs and wires replaced but then the next time the weather got wet agan the same thing happened. any other suggestoins?

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