2000 Volkswagen Beetle Blinking Check Engine light - please

  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 70,000 MILES
My g/f's car's MIL (check engine) came on and started blinking, and her car shakes when not moving.

i took it to a VW Dealership, and he recommended a tune-up to correct a "misfire." They broke down the cost of fixing it as follows:

Drivability Diagnosis - $105.95
Set Readiness Code - 50.00
Minor Tune-up (2.0L AEG 98/01) - 245.74
Air Filter (2.0L 98/05) - 46.00
Synthetic Oil & Filter Change w/ Lube - 54.90
Fuel Filter, R&R (2.0L 98/05) - 76.41
Fuel Injector Flush - 139.95

TOTAL = $718.95.

Does this seem reasonable? We purchased the car from an individual several months ago, so I cannot vouch for its maintenance history.

Thank you.

Monday, April 20th, 2009 AT 11:03 AM

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Blinking CEL means something is wrong to a point that it is affecting the operations of your catalytic converter. Out of all the services offered, nothing will do you any good, until the computer is scanned for code. If it has not been done, save your money for the "REAL" repair.

Here is what you do. Locate your closest Autozone and they can scan the computer for you, for free. If there is no Autozone close by, O'Reilly will let you "borrow" their scanner and you can scan the code yourself, for free. Once that is done, post the code here and we will help you troubleshoot. If you don't have an extended warranty, you may want to locate a shop that specializes in European or German models. Don't know one, ask your friends and family. Post your zip code, we will try to locate one for you.
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Monday, April 20th, 2009 AT 11:50 PM

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