Ben Swann benswann at
Wed Oct 10 21:03:19 PDT 2007


I recently had a no start condition and no codes generated to VAG-COM.  It turned out to
be the coil.  Actually when I dissected that it was the Darlington Transistor that is
mounted on the coil assembly.


[Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 14:38:35 -0600
From: "Mike Miller" <mikemilr at>
Subject: Re: Dead
To: "200q20V mailing list" <200q20v at>,	"Phil Rose"
	<pjrose at>
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Thanks Phil and thanks to all that replied.

As I have no Check Engine Light, I had to dig an LED out of an old computer case and set
it up to read the codes. I had already pulled the fuses so there were no codes stored
so, while I had the jumper/LED hooked up, I turned on the ignition and attempted to
crank it over to see if it would generate a code. To my amazement, it started. I let it
run about 30 mins to re-charge the battery and it has started fine everytime since. I do
*not* have a real high confidence level that the car will not strand me somewhere. I did
get the car to cough and try to start finally when using starting fluid so I ruled out
electrical/timing after that.

I've had the car about 2 years and 40k miles and have a lot of receipts from prior
owners. I do not see where the fuel pump has been replaced. It does appear to have a bad
check valve in the fuel pump as it takes a lot of cranking when hot and the weather is
hot - seems to be fine when cold and the weather is cold. I may pull a fairly new fuel
pump from one of the parts cars I have and just replace it. 

Also a strange issue with the cruise control - it works fine in warm weather and just
about not at all in cold(40ish) weather. 


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