Mike Miller mikemilr at
Wed Oct 10 21:42:53 PDT 2007

Re: DeadGood to know - something else check.  Thanks!

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From: Ben Swann 
To: mikemilr at 
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Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:03 PM
Subject: Re: Dead


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"

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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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