VW Passat 2.8l starts but runs for only a quick second then dies

Asked by Jan 24, 2017 at 09:53 AM about the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 4 Dr GLS V6 Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

helpMy 2.8L Volkswagen Passat is having some
issues. It ran great prior to me leaving on vacation
for three weeks. When I got home my Passat had a
dead battery, I charged the battery just to find that
it wouldn't start. It turns over but no fire. If I give it
a little bit of gas on peddle I can get it to fire but it
runs at really low rpm( 500rpm) for oNLY a few
seconds then dies. If I give it more pressure on the
gas pedal it dies if I don't give it any pedal it won't
fire. I checked spark plugs and they are black but
not fouled out and wet with fuel like it's trying to
flood out maybe. Is my problem the maf, throttle
position or a fuel issue? I am about to check the
fuel filter and pump but thought I'd try here first.plz

1 Answer


if your spark plugs are wet its likely not a fuel issue. Try replacing the battery its the likely culprit for not allowing the car to start. if you have a battery chargeer with starting aid use that to try and start the car to give the battery a hand see what happens. other wise i would say its likely the coil pack

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