2001 Volkswagen Jetta starting, sputtering and sluggish

  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 105,000 MILES
My question started when my car wouldn't start after a hard rain. It would sputter and I had to keep it at a high rpm to keep in running, today however, it started, but was very sluggish on the road. When it goes to an idle, it sputters. I was told to change the plug wires. It seems that the system is getting worse. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 AT 11:51 AM

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You may need to replace your ignition coil. I also had a problem with my GTI a few months back when I took it out of storage and it also had a good rain and my husband had previously removed a guard ( think it's a rain or splash guard) so I think that got wet. I replaced the plugs and wires first. But that didn't make a difference. This is something u could probably do yourself if you are able to do the plugs and wires. The part can be pricey but with the vw's their is a coil PER cylinder. So yours should not be too bad since it's the 4. I have a 6 it ran me I think about 350 from a parts dealer. Call around first and see what brands and prices they have before u pick on up. Some places wanted 600 bucks for the part for mine. And shops wanted 1,200 to fix it.
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 AT 12:21 PM

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