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If the car runs for 2 seconds and stalls, the immobilizer does not see the key. VW does not let anyone but themselves reprogram keys. It has to goto VW. They charge an hour to program keys. Theres no other way. I deal with this a couple of times a week.
No Dis-respect here... I can put the Valet key in the door lock and lock/unlock the doors and use it to roll the windows up and down from the door lock.
With the Valet key In the ignition in run mode, the radio works. I was under the impression that the radio wouldn't work if the Security System was in lock-down mode.
No OBDII error codes either...
Would the black plastic cover for the lock cylinder (has a 2-wire connector on it) have anything to do with this since I has to remove it once because it wouldn't allow the key to turn to the start position ?
Woo-hoo !!! I finally gave up on the Beetle, so I packed everything in a baggie, and started to push the car out into the driveway until I could take it to a dealer. I had left the Valet Key in the ignition while I was in the house for about an hour. I turned the key and noticed the Security Light wasn't flashing. Started the car and it runs !!!