1999 VW Beetle 2.0 ltr stalling / not getting gas quick enough

Asked by Jan 16, 2010 at 10:22 AM about the 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi guys, I have a 1999 VW Bettle, 2.0 ltr, the past week or so has started to stall. I press the gas, the car doesn't move, but eventually the gas catches up and it goes - even at 60MPH, i let off, it takes one or two seconds to catch up after pressing pedal, seems to be getting worse.  any ideas?  Thanks!

Lee

4 Answers

I was wanting to know if you ever got a answer out of this. i have the same car problem but its a 98 not a 99 if you would please email me if you could help me out ffbennett201@aol.com

55

How many miles are on your bug? A clogged fuel filter will do that, and if its the stock cat. converter from the factory you might get that checked, it might be getting clogged up. Other than that, cant really think of much more. Hope this helps you.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

i dont see a answer to #1 and now its 2014 and the car just cant get enough fuel to keep running! Bought it used!...but it ran very good for 1 month now this!....PICTURETHISDEB@YAHOO>COM

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

This problem haunted my beetle forever. Everyone and his brother had a recommendation. I changed the fuel pump, filters, fuel pressure regulator, the MAF sensor, engine speed sensor, replaced the factory airbox with a K&N, kept stalling... turns out the problem was something that not a single mechanic thought of, and that no diagnostic tool hooked up to your computer would find: sludge in the gas tank. Over time, the lining in the gas tank wears, creating a sludge. This is usually not a problem until you run below a certain level. For me, this is when the gas gauge goes below half. The solution would be to have the entire fuel system cleaned, which I did, but you have to get the tank pumped and cleaned too. Otherwise, the sludge remains. The temporary fix for me was to never let it go below half. I hope that helps!

Your Answer

Beetle

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 8,579 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

  • #1
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,810
  • #2
    Chris Billings
    Reputation
    1,560
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,400
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Jetta
636 Great Deals out of 36,900 listings starting at $760
Used Jeep Wrangler
432 Great Deals out of 18,785 listings starting at $2,900
Used Ford Mustang
542 Great Deals out of 36,562 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
693 Great Deals out of 64,147 listings starting at $999
Used Volkswagen Golf
111 Great Deals out of 4,166 listings starting at $1,800
Used Honda Accord
1,082 Great Deals out of 65,750 listings starting at $561
Used Volkswagen Passat
457 Great Deals out of 24,564 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Corolla
864 Great Deals out of 59,927 listings starting at $850
Used Chevrolet Camaro
437 Great Deals out of 31,299 listings starting at $3,550
Used Volkswagen GTI
127 Great Deals out of 6,927 listings starting at $1,700
Used Toyota Camry
930 Great Deals out of 90,026 listings starting at $300
Used Ford Focus
728 Great Deals out of 57,437 listings starting at $1,150

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 1,672 listings starting at $14,999
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 491 listings starting at $10,649
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 502 listings starting at $8,500
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 694 listings starting at $7,600
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 699 listings starting at $3,975

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.