did you check your spark plugs or coilpacks?
My Passat never starts on the first try, even when I hold it for a good 5 seconds. However, it starts on the second try no problem. I have even tried to turn the key to prime the fuel pump and let it sit for 10 seconds or so before trying it, and it still won't start on the first try.
Note: This is only when the car is cold or has sat for a while.
Please help me. Thanks in advance.
I had a very similar problem for a while. I thought that I had a clogged fuel filter, put a new one and didn't fix anything.
The problem was the fuel pump on its way out. I drove the car with the starting issue for about 3 months until one day the car died on me.
I put a new fuel pump and everything was back to normal.
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