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Sudden loss of power

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by cadoc, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. cadoc
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    1998 A3 1.8 Automatic

    All of a sudden the car has developed a performance drop-off problem.
    Whilst I'm rolling along normally, the car sometimes starts to judder and occasionally the engine loses power and nearly stops. I struggle along for a small distance and then it springs back to life.
    Has anyone else experienced a similar problem and what's causing it ?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Dani_B19 Audi-sports own special child.

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    Coil packs! Has one gone or going, you had it on vag com?
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    Sounds like a coil pack issue, if you do a quick search, you will probably bring up pages of info on it, its a very common problem, however see if you can get it on Vagcom or a similar diagnostic tool, to be sure.

    Oh and they are about £30 each from main dealers, only use the original ones as the others are rubbish!!
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    Unfortunately it's worse than that !
    I've taken it to two Audi/VW specialists who've put the car on their diagnostic system and both have them told me that there's a fault with the ECU.
    Don't know what to do now. It's an 11 year old car - can i justify spending so much money on a new ECU and then something else goes wrong further down the line ?
    Strangely enough for the past week it hasn't played up at all.
    Maybe I need to think whether to either ;
    a) get it fixed
    b) keep driving it 'til it dies
    c) part-ex it
    d) scrappage ? (not really, I can't afford a brand new car).
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