February 3, 2003

Some VW and Audi engines have faulty ignition coils

New York, New York – The New York Times reports that some Volkswagen and Audi models, model years 2001 and 2002, have been having problems with faulty ignition coils. Ignition coils produce a high-voltage current that fires the sparkplugs. Volkswagen uses one coil on each sparkplug, and if even one coil fails, engine power is reduced.

Higher than normal ignition coil failure rate has been reported on 2001 and 2002 models of the Volkswagen New Beetle, Golf, GTI, Jetta and Passat with the turbocharged 1.8T four cylinder engine, as well as on Audi A4’s and TT’s with the same engine. There have also been cases of failures on V6 engines and the new W8 engine.

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