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Just bought my second car tonight, 1991 VW golf gti 8 valve version. Took it for a test drive the other day and it sounded and drove great, engine is super clean and the guy who owned it is a mechanic and has replaced or rebuilt pretty much everything under the hood. Drove it home on the freeway doing about 110 km/h (65 mph?) and it sounded and drove great and way above expectations. Got it near home after about an hour drive and all of a sudden I got engine shakes intermittently and the oil light came on. It didn't need any oil and I shut the car off and started it up and it was fine. I drove the rest of the way home about a 20 min drive and got home and the exact problem with the exception of the oil light. Shakes again, but not constant just on again off again. Shut the car off for a minute, checked oil again which was at the exact same level and when I turned the car on and took it around the block it sounded and drove great. Any ideas what this is or what could cause it? The car had been sitting for a couple months without anybody driving it could this play a role? Thanks.
 

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don't know any of the rpms as the tach doesn't work--rebuilt transmission and engine so I'm assuming he didn't bother getting that going again. rpms weren't overlly high though I'm sure but I'm just going off sound with that. oil light just came on the once. Hasn't done it since but I still get the shakes everytime I turn it on after its sat for 3 hours or more so once engine has cooled off.
 

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Perhaps the tach wire was never reconnected. Have you driven down the highway since the same distance it took the oil light to turn on? Was it in the heat of the day the oil light came on? Are you saying now the engine only shakes while idling on a restart?
 
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