New Owner to VW Did I get in to Deep?
Ok first off Hi my name is Randy and I am from eastern Maine. I picked up a 99 Beetle for my wife to drive that has the 2.0 and 130000 miles. I am a backyard mechanic and can fix just about everything. Ok so here is a little about the car.
It has 130000 miles, was parked over a year ago in a barn (there son went in the military) So first thing I was told is when Parked it ran like hell, they charged the battery and tried to start it. Couldnt get it to start. No rust and no body damage. I changed battery and put in fresh fuel and oil and still no start It wants to and is so close but no luck. Checked the coil and it has spark. fuel pump comes on when key is turned runs a few secs and shuts down. Cant get any codes do to not running at all so its not throwing any. I have read about the crank sensor and map sensor but havent done anything with them.
I know there prone to Timing belt issues and read that if belt breaks or slips its total chaos. so My question is this I have 500.00 to get this car going, Should I get all new sensors, both 02 sensors, new plugs, new wires, fuel filter, air filter, and a timing kit with water pump, or is there a chance the belt did break or slip(i dont have a comp tester) but it sounds like it has compression and need to redo the whole top half the motor or buy a junkyard special? I dont have much money in the car at all and to me its worth fixing given its shape. Did I get in over my head and buy a basket case?