My wife has a 1998 golf 1.8 Gti non turbo. Runs fine once it is going but is tempermental to start. Sometimes it starts fine, othertimes it cranks over but will not fire up. The 'trick' seems to be to turn the ignition on and off four times - then it starts first time. Seems strange. It is also getting a bit slow to pick up when it does start - huffs and puffs almost like a flat battery. new starter, cleaned MAF, battery seems fine, no loose earth etc. Any ideas ? Especially regarding the 'trick' - can't understand why this works ?