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Old September 23rd, 2018, 07:29   #2
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: mi 48836
Fuel Economy: 53 max, 42 min, average 46

You probably paid the tech through his lunch hour

Have you ever had to crank the engine a lot to start it? I'm thinking corroded connections, burned solenoid contact or worn out motor brushes if it was actually a bad starter.

A bad engine ground or power connection may the cause starting issues. I have solved a couple of issues like that by cleaning the starter connections. I don't expect that the VW dealer would take that approach. It is all about the bottom line for them.

A faulty starter alone would not cause a fault code. A faulty engine/ECU ground might.
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