My VW Golf has been doing this since about 2 to 3 months now. I have replaced numerous parts in the car since I got it almost a year ago (thanks to the trustworthy owner prior to me *sarcasm*). So far, due to this problem I have replaced the breather, the breather tube, the mass air flow sensor, and spark plugs (cost me $24 each!) + spark plug wires (of course). Also, I replaced the distributor, fuel pump, clutch, clutch cable, flywheel, starter & alternator. After replacing all of that and much much more it still seems to be doing the same dang thing! When the problem first started (before I replaced the above parts) it didn't even want to start, it would try to turn over until finally I gave up, normally about 1 minute later. After I replaced those parts it started like a normal VW Golf does, but now whenever I'm going down the road it bucks a little while sputtering, almost like it's out of gas but it's not. Now, the sputtering goes away temporarily after I let up on the gas but it still occurs a few moments later. Also, to add to all of this ever since before I got the car it has had the temperature light flashing. I don't know if that's related or not. I called a VW Tech in Kansas City about all of these problems and he told me to change out the above parts and it should work. I haven't had any other resolutions regarding this issue. CAN ANYBODY HELP?!?!?
Why is my 95 Volkswagen Golf III GL intermittent sputtering? on 1995 Volkswagen Golf
by 95VWGolfGurl in Manhattan, KS on July 01, 2009
ANSWER by dandd , July 02, 2009
How is your car going up a long hill? I ask this because you did not mention the Fuel Filter! Let me know. Also did you replace the inside the tank pick-up sock with the new pump?
ANSWER by jtl-1138 , October 11, 2009
Change the temperature sensor; when the computer senses a drastic fluctuation in engine temperature it adjusts the fuel mixture and can stall a cylinder. Not sure where the temperature sensor actually is but I almost guarantee that once you replace it the hesitation will go away. Had the same problem in another vehicle.