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My VW Golf 1.9L Diesel (1998 estate model) often cuts out...

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Question by Lee
Submitted on 12/20/2005
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My VW Golf 1.9L Diesel (1998 estate model) often cuts out completely when accelerating, usually between 25 - 60MPH (very rarely in 5th gear).  The problem started when I had it serviced in April 2005, the day later it first cut out and occurred every week until my next service in August.  I had it in the garage on 4 occasions during this period and they could not find the problem on the diagnostic machine.  After my second service in August I then experienced the problem less and I put this down to an oil change, blaming the garage who first serviced it using the incorrect oil during that first service.   However it has cut out regularly recently so that theory is now out, and unfortunately I fear the problem may be electrical.   When the fault occurs and the car cuts out, I turn over the engine a few times and then it starts again often on the 4th or 5th attempt and I can go for miles without it re-occurring (recently I have done over 2000 miles between the problem occurring).  In summary, I loose power completely, the oil light flashes and I have to stop the car and keep turning the engine over until it fires up.  It canít be jump-started when it cuts out which makes the process slow and annoying.  Has anyone out there experienced this problem?  I donít want to spend £1000 on trial and error at a garage when the car is not even worth £3 grand.

Cheers
Lee



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