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Feature   April 1, 2003   by CARS Magazine

Volkswagen and Audi to Replace Ignition Coil Parts on 2001, 2002 and some 2003 Models

Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Audi of America, Inc. have announced that the companies will replace the ignition coils in all 2001 and 2002 model year cars equipped with certain engines that have bee...


Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Audi of America, Inc. have announced that the companies will replace the ignition coils in all 2001 and 2002 model year cars equipped with certain engines that have been experiencing a higher-than-normal failure rate. Also affected are very early production 2003 models.

The companies are currently notifying all customers potentially affected and are initially replacing those ignition coils that fail at no cost. The updated customer service action, replacing all ignition coils whether they fail or not, will be implemented in the coming months.

The vehicles affected include cars equipped with 1.8 liter engines, which includes the Audi TT and A4; and the VW Golf/GTI, Jetta, New Beetle and Passat. The companies also included the Passat W8 engine, all VW’s equipped with the 2.8 liter VR6; as well as the Audi 3.0 liter V6 engine. In total, approximately 530,000 cars are affected by this action.

Volkswagen and Audi have recognized through service reports that the ignition coils used in the products listed above have a higher-than-normal failure rate. If an ignition coil fails, the check engine light/malfunction indicator lamp will blink. The engine and its electronic controls are designed to keep the vehicle running. Some deterioration in performance, however, can be expected.

In order to minimize inconvenience to customers during repair, Volkswagen and Audi dealers will offer alternative transportation at no cost.


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