Shifting/Drivability Issues Due to Throttle Body Failure on Volkswagen GTI

Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.

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Average mileage: 71,500 (22,000–160,000)
Engine affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder
7 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 2010, 2011
9 people reported this problem
3 people shared problem details
2011 Volkswagen GTI- 2.0L 4 Cylinder62,000
EPC (engine protection control) will randomly engage and prevent the car from going over 25 mph. Drivability gives no indication of any problem and there seems to be nothing wrong with the engine, transmission, or general performance of the vehicle. It occurs at random and turning the engine off for a few minutes then back on again turns the EPC off. However this is happening more and more frequently and often when slowly driving up and over small hills/minor grade. Almost as if the O2 sensor is misreading or some other electrical misfire.
2010 Volkswagen GTI- 2.0L 4 Cylinder42,000
Replaced. Spent 800+ $. Now VW has a recall but I need it replaced again now at 100000 miles
1997 Volkswagen GTI- 2.0L 4 Cylinder160,000
Car start but initially rough after a week of no driving. Surges just after shifting into higher gears with gas pedal depressed and going uphills is a challenge. Once car is warmed up or has been driving for 20 minutes all problems go away (except check engine light)
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