Jetta sputtering when i stop and struggles to take off when i give it gas...What can it be?


Asked by Jan 11, 2012 at 01:06 PM about the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta GL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 2000 jetta 2.0 ... when i stop at a red after a few minutes of driving its starts shaking like it wants to shut off but it doesnt and when you give it gas to take off it struggles too go and then it kicks in ....i had it diagnosed and it read maf sensor and coil pack and piston 2 and 4 mis fire i changed the coil and the maf sensor also did a full tune up oil, spark plugs and wires etc. i also changed the fuel filter but the problem still exsist ....what else can it possibly be?

6 Answers


Had the same problem with my Wifes 2.0. Remembered one Golden rule about VW's...Only run Bosch electrical componants. Anything in the ignition must be Bosch as they have internal resistors in each componant, Cheaper aftermarket parts don't. Never seen a good platinum plug yet and I have a plug tester for checking aircraft plugs and have seen them all fail starting at 3,500 rpm. Run the standard Bosch. Also did you flush the fuel line before installing the new fuel filter to get all the junk out of the line? (get a sample when you do this in a clean glass mason jar, close it up and let it sit for 24 hours and check for sediment, water and phase separation) And lastly don't run Ethanol. None of my 8 vehicles can run that junk. Hope this helps. Good Luck

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

could be something with the fuel injection.... throttle body or injectors kaput?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

When this is happening ,is the check engine lamp on and flashing?If it's flashing it's an indication of a serious problem,such as a misfire which is what this sounds like,a quick test for the secondary ignition system(coil pack,plugs and wires)is to get a spray bottle with water and soak down the wires and coil pack, if the wires are weak and have carbon tracked to ground the water will accelerate this process.It's very common to have one wire start arcing out at the coil pack,when this happens you replace the coil pack and wires ,and pull out and inspect the spark plugs for excessive wear.When I replace these items I will use some silicone dielectric grease on the ends of the wires ,both at the coil and the plugs,besides insuring a good connection ,it also lubes the boots making installation easier.You will need a scan tool that is capable of clearing the codes and resetting the throttle housing,P0300,301,302,303,304 are all misfire codes!good luck with it,I will answer what I can for you.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

"Busch only" is a common misconception with VW's. In '96 VW started using NGK plugs. Both my wife's 2000 2.0 Jetta and my 2001 1.8L Turbo Passat had VW/NGK branded plugs when I went to replace them. Talk to a VW dealership parts counter guy he'll tell you the same.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.



I have a 2005 VW Jetta GLI with the 1.8l turbo, what is the best spark plug to use?

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Jetta in your area?

CarGurus has 28,437 nationwide Jetta listings starting at $1,900.


Volkswagen Jetta Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Passat
293 Great Deals out of 26,618 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic
391 Great Deals out of 52,297 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Accord
565 Great Deals out of 92,859 listings starting at $1,495
Used Volkswagen GTI
83 Great Deals out of 6,842 listings starting at $1,100
Used Volkswagen Golf
74 Great Deals out of 4,653 listings starting at $900
Used Toyota Camry
853 Great Deals out of 72,897 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Corolla
703 Great Deals out of 67,254 listings starting at $1,599
Used BMW 3 Series
928 Great Deals out of 33,220 listings starting at $1,300
Used Audi A4
188 Great Deals out of 12,504 listings starting at $1,700
Used Nissan Altima
816 Great Deals out of 68,083 listings starting at $750
Used Ford Focus
400 Great Deals out of 70,443 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
12,273 listings starting at $12,371
2017 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
55 Great Deals out of 2,757 listings starting at $9,859
2016 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
36 Great Deals out of 1,697 listings starting at $6,987
2015 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
114 Great Deals out of 3,655 listings starting at $6,495
2014 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
105 Great Deals out of 2,357 listings starting at $5,495

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.