Check Engine Light Due to Dirty/Failed Throttle Body on Volkswagen Beetle

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A dirty or failed throttle body can cause various drivability issues and illumination of the Check Engine Light.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 92,000 (43,000–160,000)
Exhaust & Emissions affected: Gasoline
13 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
29 people reported this problem
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Slow take off. Jerks in first and second gears. After that runs fine until you stop again.
Two mechanics have looked at the issue of a check engine + anti-slip + EPC lights on. Zero power and constant readings of misfire on different cylinders. Current mechanic found a used throttle body for $250 (new retail is $800). Throttle body has to be replaced before anything else can be addressed, if needed.
Starts, but doesn't want to accelerate.
Rough idle and died when put in drive with applied gas . Cleaned throttle body and mass airflow sensor solved problem .
On third throttle body...disgusted with VW....mechanic continues to charge even though the car is sitting on his lot undriveable. I hate Volkswagen and have been screaming it to anyone buying a VW product. Dealer wants $825 for a new throttle body and $170 for labor. Shame on you Don Jacobs Honda in Lexington, Kentucky.....I paid $850 for the entire car!
Mine has had to be cleaned twice in one year.
Failed emissions due to Throttle body...replacing it tomorrow...found a new one for $186
ECP Light came on and vehicle goes into safe mode. VW Dealer says $1,600.00 throttle body
Yep has been going on for about a year... couldn't pass emmissions took to dealer %500 later, they repinned the harness to the throttle body.