I had that similar problem too, with my 97 gtivr6. I happen to open the
hood when it was idling rough. It was like, a cylinder was missing a
spark. Sure enough, it was arcing by the distributor coil pack. It's
not your typical distributor cap, $15 bucks or so. I think, not sure
but from 97-on it has a coil pack. The coil pack itself, runs for about
$350-400, at Timmons VW. You might want to take the cheaper route first
and try 8mm spark plug wires before you drop in a new coil pack. I went
with the new coil pack. I put it in about 6 months ago, with the stock
plug wires. It hasn't done it since then. I recently put in the 8mm
just about 1 month ago. Hope this helps.
>Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 18:06:10 -0500 (EST)
>From: "Jeffrey A. Traenkner" <jtraenk@darkridge<img src=/i/dc.gif border=0 width=35 height=15>>
>To: email@example.com<img src=/i/dc.gif border=0 width=35 height=15>
>Subject: [gti-vr6] Check Engine Light/missing
>Started up my car this afternoon (was about 55 degrees, and raining),
>the rough startup was a little rougher than normal. And it didn't stop
>after a minute or so of idling. Then pops on the Check Engine Light. I
>turned the car off, and took my housemate's car instead.
>I just went out and started it up again to see if anything was any
>Well, the rough idle smoothed out to normal after about 20-30 seconds
>idling like normal. Then it felt like one of the cylinders was missing.
>got real rough, and I could feel it shake. This would come and go. I
>noticed a nice big cloud of exhaust out the back of the car, and it
>smelled strongly of unburned gas. I looked under the hood, but didn't
>any arcing even though it was still raining.
>My car is a 98 w/18,000 miles, a Garrett v10, and I always use premium
>(I think Mobil this tank). I just switched to Mobil1 0w30 last weekend,
>and that actually smoothed out the idle at startup. Until now.
>Question is, does this sound familar, and, if it does, have you taken
>car to the dealer? Do you think I should yank the chip, give it time to
>reset the fault code, and then take it in?
>Thanks for any input.
>Valinor Inc., Southern New England
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