I was having the same problem with my 98 Jetta. I got an error code stating it was a spark plug misfire. I changed out my spark plugs, spark plug wire set, distributor cap and distributor cap rotor. Parts cost a total of about $150. I had a friend help me put the stuff in. Really easy. The car started firing up right away and had WAY more power. $150 bucks isn't a lot to spend. If spark isn't your problem, you wouldn't have spent a lot of money and it would probably improve the performance on your car anyway (once the original problem is taken care of). I would definitely start with checking out the spark. It sounds like the same culprit that I had.
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 3:51 PM