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duchess123 wrote at 2007-11-04 23:20:39
so I just had this same starting problem with my immoblizer and I thought I would tell you what worked for me.  

I put my key in the ignition and turned it to on, not starting the car but just on.  I then left the car alone for about an hour and when I returned the blinking immobilizer light was off, but my battery was dead.  I jumped my car and it started.  So I don't know if this is just a quick fix or not, but hope this helps

red2872 wrote at 2008-07-13 23:28:47
I read forums, vw sites and it took forever to get the answer I needed... Here it is!

1.Unlock the car.

2.Disconnect the battery for 3 hours.

3.Reconnect the battery.

4.turn the key to the acc position and leave it there for 15 minutes or until the lamp with the car and key stop blinking.

5.Start you car, it's been reset.

Ryan Dayon wrote at 2009-07-08 00:04:46
red2872's answer to this question worked GREAT for me. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!  Saved me a ton of money from going to the stealership!!  Thanks again!

motocycoplumber wrote at 2009-09-19 15:53:56
I hope this works I have been trying so many things to fix this problem and doing so much online homework you guys are my only hope here it goes.

Ron wrote at 2009-11-01 20:11:38
My experience was a bit different.  I disconnected the battery overnight and when I went out to the car the next morning the electronic immobilizer light did not come on and it started immediately.  I did not need to put the key in the ignition for 15 minutes.  

But bottom line, disconnecting the battery for three plus hours worked.

Josh S wrote at 2011-07-24 12:32:37
My car started this apparently common problem 2 nights ago.  Its still sitting at a friends house.  I am going there now to try these solutions.  Will update later on whether they worked for me or not.  I have a 2001 Jetta GLS 2.0

Steven Ahmodu wrote at 2012-07-25 11:43:07
I am Steven from Nigeria.

I really appreciate this short but helpful approach you guys have posted here. Like the blind man who came back to thank Jesus Christ after receiving his sight(Holy Bible) have I come. My VW was immobilized for a  month plus, called for an auto diagnostic personnel but could  not erase it from my dash board for the car to start.

After reading this approach, I got home, removed my battery terminals and left the car till day braek. Got to the car by day break, but still showing immiob. sign. I then left it on for about 15-20mins, came back. Lo and behold, the car has reset.

Thank God I can now drive my car after one month plus.

God bless you all.

Steven Ahmodu.

Stevescend Consult& Orbital Concept Ltd


GTIDOMGLI wrote at 2014-10-12 23:12:39

Just had the same problem. I had not driven my 04 GLI for a week and when I wanted to start it, it must have had a computer fart! I removed the negative wire off the battery for 3 seconds, then reconnected it. I started the car right away. It doesn't matter if the battery is disconnected for 3 seconds, 3 minutes, or 3 hours, it's still disconnected. It worked for me and saved on 2 new keys!

Chrissy wrote at 2016-03-23 18:50:20
Just did the key reset as referenced above due to immobilizer being activated ! Thank you so much!! It worked and now I can drive my Jetta home!!

Paul wrote at 2016-07-07 13:57:56
I have a 2013 Beetle.  Both keys started saying "Key Not in Range".

Car will start by holding up to steering column, but I can't even lock the thing!

Disconnected battery.  Waited a few minutes, reconnected battery cable.

No change.  So much for that suggestion.  Back to the drawing board.

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