98 VW 2.0 w/turbo lurched really hard and now won't start.vacuum leak,intake orheads?


Asked by Jul 01, 2013 at 11:27 AM about the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a '98 VW Beetle 2.0 with what looks like a turbo.I have put a used throttle body on it and before thewater pump was replaced the coolant light came on while I drove it for a mile. Three weeks later after driving it suddenly just driving down the street the car started lurching ( start and stop) really bad and I had to rev the engine and use the clutch to get it to move.
   I was wondering if you have any thoughts

3 Answers

Lars Cats

As far as I know the 2.0 engine was never fitted with a turbo, the 1.8 was though. Your issue sounds like an interesting one, without more information it could be caused by anything in the fuel/air/spark equation. The fact that you need a lot more throttle to make power would lead me to believe you may have a bad vacuum leak somewhere or that something in the engine has gone badly wrong causing it to run on less than the prescribed number of cylinders.


I can't even start it. I also had problems with it cutting out on me and i'd wait a little while and it would start again. But now I don't know what it could be because it also has a electrical drain on the battery. It makes a sound like phew phew and doesn't want to start. It uses oil and has a gas smell to it.It also used coolant that was low. I am wondering if driving it a mile with the coolant sensor red had anything to do with it. The mechanic replaced the water pump just after that.

Lars Cats

It could be a warped cylinder head or worn piston springs, you'd need to do a compression test to get an indication of the overall health of the engine. The electrical drain is a seperate thing altogether in my opinion.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 9,119 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,500.


Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
Reputation 1,460
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,380
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,080
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Jetta"
630 Great Deals out of 32,411 listings starting at $1,200
Used Jeep Wrangler"
432 Great Deals out of 16,278 listings starting at $3,600
Used Honda Civic"
1,120 Great Deals out of 58,276 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford Mustang"
721 Great Deals out of 41,404 listings starting at $900
Used Volkswagen Golf"
35 Great Deals out of 2,668 listings starting at $2,250
Used Volkswagen Passat"
271 Great Deals out of 22,232 listings starting at $1,299
Used Honda Accord"
1,267 Great Deals out of 77,937 listings starting at $1,395
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,427 Great Deals out of 67,056 listings starting at $1,295
Used Toyota Camry"
1,586 Great Deals out of 98,337 listings starting at $895
Used Volkswagen GTI"
109 Great Deals out of 6,103 listings starting at $2,900
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,624 Great Deals out of 39,575 listings starting at $888
Used Ford Focus"
1,181 Great Deals out of 57,137 listings starting at $1,495

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
1,703 listings starting at $12,900
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 739 listings starting at $9,995
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
28 Great Deals out of 514 listings starting at $9,595
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
61 Great Deals out of 1,185 listings starting at $6,995
2012 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 531 listings starting at $7,400