2001 Jetta turns off after 5 seconds

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Asked by Sep 07, 2015 at 07:14 PM about the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I'm about to buy a 2001 jetta vr6
everything is good mechanically beside the
alarm. Every time you try to start it, it turns
off after 5 seconds. The owner says it's an
alarm problem but how do I fix it?

14 Answers

DO NOT trust the seller on this That is a give-me-your-money-and get-out-of here answer.

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Thought so... Any hints on what could be the problem?

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If it really is an anti-theft, chip key recognition or anything like that, you need to have it fixed at a dealer or a good German car specialist-shop. ALARM? Baloney

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I just noticed that I formulated my question in a quite ambiguous way: I meant the car starts and turn off after 5 sec.

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What you need is an OBDII scan. Now, I know, since it won't run to get to a parts place, you might want to invest $50 on a scanner, the $50 are not the best, but will point you in the right direction. But from what I am hearing, you are about to be a real victim if you hand this person a dime. The whole thing stinks. sorry, that's how I feel

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Oh, I understood.

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Thanks guys, I appreciate it. It's my first car and I have a very low budget 800€ (~1,000$) and I really want to keep it till it completely breaks or eventually upgrade it in the future. The guy is asking 1,200$ but I thought 950$ would be enough for it. Looks like it's a junk yard, but who knows. Here's the link to the add: http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/5178 578674.html

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If it was running right, that is a good price. Almost TOO good (It won't link ?). That could be because if you are not in the US, and I get that idea from the Euro sign) But cragislist is notorious for scams, I don't care where you are. Look for another car.

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Borrowed from another thread: If the car starts but immediately stalls it's an immobilizer issue, will have a picture of a padlock and key if it's flashing then there is an issue.unfortunately if it is the immobilizer you are going to a VW dealer to get it taken care of.all communication issues are done on a secure line going right to VW AG

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Other thing: I believe someone tried to upgrade it or something because the steering wheel is not original.

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There is an oxymoron in that ad, if the engine was in perfect condition there would not be a problem with immobilizer. I don't know man, I hate to say run away but there is just something that doesn't sit right. You might get it fixed for $150... just so unpredictable.

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Ohh.. yep, somebody messed with the steering wheel trying to be cool and that opens a can of worms that might not go back in.

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The air-bag is gone for one thing......

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Do not by the car. End of story

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