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I'm being cheeky so this post is not spotted immediately and removed. Sorry mods.

My car (VW Golf 1998 - 68k) is playing up. It keeps cutting out without warning then restarts when it feels like it. This can be minutes or hours. Not great as I use the car to ferry children to school and get myself to work. I have been stranded too many times to mention. :( I have used public transport all week and am hating it, and not because of the extra travel time. VW can not trace the problem (it is not related to the battery or alternator) think it "might be related to the immobiliser / boot alarm sensor." They want £350 to fix it but can not guarantee that this is the solution to my problem. :blink::o VW ran the car for 30 minutes to see if it would cut out (I knew it wouldn't as it happens sporadically) and they had the cheek to charge me £60.00. :angry: They insist they need it longer to identify why it cuts out but obviously I don't want to take this route as it could potentially cost £100's without solution. The other 'solution' was to change parts possibly linked to the problem until the problem is resolved. The car is 10 years old so I am not inclined to take either route. My own mechanic is going to have another look but if he can't come up with something, we may have to change our car, which really was planned for next year. :o Does anyone have any suggestions, pretty please? :)

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Scrappage Scheme! :lol:

Get yourself a shiny new whapping great big motor!. Stick it on the creditcard while you at it! (dont forget to vote labour when the economy is fixed)

:ph34r:

.......Must be an electrical fault to be switching itself back on Christine style. water in the electrics?, frayed wiring loom?. its always something simple but hidden behind a dozen other parts and reachable only with triple jointed arms.

Disclaimer: My knowledge of cars is based entirely on guesswork and the discovery channels.

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Scrappage Scheme! :lol:

Get yourself a shiny new whapping great big motor!. Stick it on the creditcard while you at it! (dont forget to vote labour when the economy is fixed)

:ph34r:

.......Must be an electrical fault to be switching itself back on Christine style. water in the electrics?, frayed wiring loom?. its always something simple but hidden behind a dozen other parts and reachable only with triple jointed arms.

Disclaimer: My knowledge of cars is based entirely on guesswork and the discovery channels.

We had the wiring loom problem, did the same thing, intermittent cutouts.

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set fire to the ******er & claim on the insurance :ph34r:

:blink::unsure::ph34r:

Scrappage Scheme! :lol:

Get yourself a shiny new whapping great big motor!. Stick it on the creditcard while you at it! (dont forget to vote labour when the economy is fixed) :lol:

:ph34r:

.......Must be an electrical fault to be switching itself back on Christine style. water in the electrics?, frayed wiring loom?. its always something simple but hidden behind a dozen other parts and reachable only with triple jointed arms.

Disclaimer: My knowledge of cars is based entirely on guesswork and the discovery channels.

Thanks for suggestion

could be a fuel starvation problem

maybe a new fuel filter would sort it,

Thanks for suggestion

We had the wiring loom problem, did the same thing, intermittent cutouts.

Thanks for suggestion

Wiring loom is a recurring theme, currently. Mechanics have not mentioned this so I will. Fuel issue sounds plausible too.

Ta all.

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I'm being cheeky so this post is not spotted immediately and removed. Sorry mods.

Does anyone have any suggestions, pretty please? :)

Must be some kind of coincidence, my car is having a very similar problem. Again it has been diagnosed as an immobiliser problem and given the age of the car is not really worth fixing.

I am off to a dealers at the weekend and have an open mind about whether to go for the scrappage scheme, the dealer over the phone was also pointing out to me that as the new number plate is coming in on the 1st September there should be a high number of nearly new trade ins that I can have a look at. That and they are going give me a test drive in some of the brand new ones. The thing is I will probably be paying cash so they may miss out on their commission for selling me a credit deal (unless of course there is an interest free option).

Now all I have to do is to get my current old banger to start just one more time to get it to the dealers - I think it knows its time is up and so does not seem to be willing to oblige.

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Must be some kind of coincidence, my car is having a very similar problem. Again it has been diagnosed as an immobiliser problem and given the age of the car is not really worth fixing.

I am off to a dealers at the weekend and have an open mind about whether to go for the scrappage scheme, the dealer over the phone was also pointing out to me that as the new number plate is coming in on the 1st September there should be a high number of nearly new trade ins that I can have a look at. That and they are going give me a test drive in some of the brand new ones. The thing is I will probably be paying cash so they may miss out on their commission for selling me a credit deal (unless of course there is an interest free option).

Now all I have to do is to get my current old banger to start just one more time to get it to the dealers - I think it knows its time is up and so does not seem to be willing to oblige.

When I visited VW, they tried to pressure me into agreeing for them to fix it or to look at alternative cars. I felt like they had me over a barrel I didn't like thier tactics so they will not be getting my business. If I do buy a car it will be privately, with the necessary checks of course.

68k

tsk.

BUY JAPANESE. DO NOT TOUCH EUROPEAN CARS.

The above cannot be emphasized strongly enough.

I know but this is the first time this car has been unreliable and we have owned it for 7 years. My husband likes Japanese cars, I don't (German). As he does not like driving much and I use it more, he gets to choose the transmission (automatic) and I the make and model. Think our next car will be a BMW having looked at Merc B Class and Audi A4.

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My car (VW Golf 1998 - 68k) is playing up. It keeps cutting out without warning then restarts when it feels like it. This can be minutes or hours. Not great as I use the car to ferry children to school and get myself to work. I have been stranded too many times to mention.

1998. Is it a MKIV? They first came out in 98 I believe.

I'm a member here (UKMKIVS) and the forums can be very helpful for mechanical problems.

http://uk-mkivs.net/forums/

http://uk-mkivs.net/search/SearchResults.a...q=cutting%20out

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You could sell it without mentioning its little fault and hope that:

A. It doens't play up on the test drive

and

B. The new owner isn't someone that will put your windows through when the fault re-occurs.

Risky.

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You can get an Hyundia i10 under scrappage for £4945. That gives you £35 tax 55 mpg and 4 new tyres as well as a 5 year warranty. Why bugger about with your present car.

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I'm being cheeky so this post is not spotted immediately and removed. Sorry mods.

My car (VW Golf 1998 - 68k) is playing up. It keeps cutting out without warning then restarts when it feels like it. This can be minutes or hours. Not great as I use the car to ferry children to school and get myself to work. I have been stranded too many times to mention. :( I have used public transport all week and am hating it, and not because of the extra travel time. VW can not trace the problem (it is not related to the battery or alternator) think it "might be related to the immobiliser / boot alarm sensor." They want £350 to fix it but can not guarantee that this is the solution to my problem. :blink::o VW ran the car for 30 minutes to see if it would cut out (I knew it wouldn't as it happens sporadically) and they had the cheek to charge me £60.00. :angry: They insist they need it longer to identify why it cuts out but obviously I don't want to take this route as it could potentially cost £100's without solution. The other 'solution' was to change parts possibly linked to the problem until the problem is resolved. The car is 10 years old so I am not inclined to take either route. My own mechanic is going to have another look but if he can't come up with something, we may have to change our car, which really was planned for next year. :o Does anyone have any suggestions, pretty please? :)

It's probably the fuel injection relay. The PCB cracks and causes intermittent cut out. It's located above the fuse box by your right knee. It's the tallest relay in that box. Take the cover off the relay and bend the PCB gently. You should see a tiny hair-line crack on a solder spot around the middle of the board if it's faulty. Very common fault.

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1998. Is it a MKIV? They first came out in 98 I believe.

I'm a member here (UKMKIVS) and the forums can be very helpful for mechanical problems.

http://uk-mkivs.net/forums/

http://uk-mkivs.net/search/SearchResults.a...q=cutting%20out

Very much appreciated, friday. Will take a look..

You could sell it without mentioning its little fault and hope that:

A. It doens't play up on the test drive

and

B. The new owner isn't someone that will put your windows through when the fault re-occurs.

Risky.

There are some right dodgy characters on this site:ph34r:

You can get an Hyundia i10 under scrappage for £4945. That gives you £35 tax 55 mpg and 4 new tyres as well as a 5 year warranty. Why bugger about with your present car.

I want to treat myself so it won't be a Hyundai :rolleyes:

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It's probably the fuel injection relay. The PCB cracks and causes intermittent cut out. It's located above the fuse box by your right knee. It's the tallest relay in that box. Take the cover off the relay and bend the PCB gently. You should see a tiny hair-line crack on a solder spot around the middle of the board if it's faulty. Very common fault.

Fuel injection relay as in "tdi" or just a normal piece of kit in all cars including mine a 1.6 SE. What I am trying to say is my car is not an injection. Will pass all this info. to mechanic. Cheers.

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Fuel injection relay as in "tdi" or just a normal piece of kit in all cars including mine a 1.6 SE. What I am trying to say is my car is not an injection. Will pass all this info. to mechanic. Cheers.

Your car IS fuel injection. Any petrol car registered after 1/8/92 will have a closed loop injection system and catalyst. All diesels are injection, it's fundamental to the design. The relay I'm talking about is used throughout the VAG range. The same fault occurs in Audis and VWs.

Trust me on this.

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Edit. See you have a 1.6SE.

This is what I found on google. Seems to be similar.

http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/ind...f=4&t=36811

To be honest the Mk4 and 5 is when VW were concentrating on their new purchases like Skoda. The Mk6 & 7 should be better build quality FWIW.

The second poster on that link is describing the same component that I am, although he's calling it something else.

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When I visited VW, they tried to pressure me into agreeing for them to fix it or to look at alternative cars. I felt like they had me over a barrel I didn't like thier tactics so they will not be getting my business. If I do buy a car it will be privately, with the necessary checks of course.

Well my problems have been diagnosed by two seperate independant garages, firstly when the car was in for its MOT. They had a problem starting it in there, later I had the same problem and a Green Flag connected garage said the same thing (even without me mentioning what the previous garage had said).

The Peugeot dealer I was talking to have offered to have a look at it for free (my extended family have bought three cars there in the last 6 months so they are obviously expecting a sale), they say that is probably one of two things wrong, one would cost ~£20 to fix the other about £2000. Though I am fairly confident they will tell me the latter regardless of what they find out :)

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I'm being cheeky so this post is not spotted immediately and removed. Sorry mods.

. :o Does anyone have any suggestions, pretty please? :)

A petrol can and a match?

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You could sell it without mentioning its little fault and hope that:

A. It doens't play up on the test drive

and

B. The new owner isn't someone that will put your windows through when the fault re-occurs.

Risky.

Or he could just bung it through the auction

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one of my ex's had a 54 Golf TDI 140 and the alarm kept going off. VW garage wanted to charge for diagnostics/troubleshooting like your garage so she said no. Took to an independent VW specialist and apparantly the Mk5 had dodgy bonnet sensors for the alarm. 5mins to fix but VW wouldnt let onto this problem as it admits liability and prevents a revenue stream when their cars are not selling so well!

So seek out your local VW nerd if you can. Seems to me possibly immobiliser, can you see if can be disabled for a period of time and see if the problem continues? Do other electronic devices cut out like radio for example or just limited to the engine? Does your immobiliser just immobilse the engine or does it cut out other electronics?

Edit. See you have a 1.6SE.

This is what I found on google. Seems to be similar.

http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/ind...f=4&t=36811

To be honest the Mk4 and 5 is when VW were concentrating on their new purchases like Skoda. The Mk6 & 7 should be better build quality FWIW.

Interesting. My alarm (boot sensor apparently) kept going off much to my neighbours' annoyance. It has stopped now but VW told me it would cost about £350. Needless to say I didn't bother to ask them to do the work.

Your car IS fuel injection. Any petrol car registered after 1/8/92 will have a closed loop injection system and catalyst. All diesels are injection, it's fundamental to the design. The relay I'm talking about is used throughout the VAG range. The same fault occurs in Audis and VWs.

Trust me on this.

Thank you. So why do bods pay extra money to have an "i" after their model??

A petrol can and a match?
Or he could just bung it through the auction

I guess she could :D

Update.

My mechanic kept the car with the hope of it cutting out on him which he did. Apparently, he stuck the computer on as soon as it did, which indicated that the problem lies with the engine sensors. I understand there are 2 in the engine so he will change the one VW told him is most likely to be the problem and then we will take it from there. On another note, is anyone else as ridiculously dependent on their vehicle as we are? We have missed two BBQs this weekend due to the location (Wallington, and Croydon) or am I just being super lazy? Please bear in mind that we would be travelling with 2 young children and would not be travelling back until late into the evening.....And "no" I was not prepared to pay for a cab.....May be we should have as we went out to dinner instead which cost us £80.00 and that was without alcohol!

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68k

tsk.

BUY JAPANESE. DO NOT TOUCH EUROPEAN CARS.

The above cannot be emphasized strongly enough.

******. I'm about to celebrate the 200,000 mile mark in my 2002 diesel VW Passat. To drive you would never know it's done more than 20,000

But here you have a good example. People turn away from high mileage cars and buy an OLDER lower mileage car. How a car is used and where is critical. 50,000 London miles of stop start stop start speed bump speed bump is i'm sure worse than 200,000 miles of sitting at 70-85 miles an hour, humming at a steady 2,200rpm on a smooth surface. But the 50,000 car might cost you TWICE as much. DOUBLE!!!! :rolleyes:

So that's my tip. Next time buy a higher mileage but newer car.

Please give specifics if you find which sensor it was!

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