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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.

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Volkswagen Beetle Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 88,727 (43,000–160,000)
Exhaust & Emissions affected: Gasoline
14 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
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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.
Rough idle and died when put in drive with applied gas . Cleaned throttle body and mass airflow sensor solved problem .
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.
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!
Vehicle suddenly lost power in heavy traffic, EPC warning light came on then the Check Engine Light came on. Got off to side of road, shut vehicle off. Waited about 5 minutes, started vehicle would run as normal but the lights stayed on (not flashing). Got vehicle home called Harpers Volkswagon, was told it was probably the throttle body and to bring in to dealership. Took to dealership next morning while it was still cool, warning lights came on but vehicle ran normally for about 25 miles then started to lose power. Pulled over shut off vehicle for about 5 minutes then started back up. Went another 25 normal speed then the vehicle starting losing power again. Arrived at Harpers and "faulty part" as described on invoice, was replaced for $1042. Remember this vehicle has only 56K miles on it.