Hello Mr. Kilmer,
I have a 1996 Volkswagen Cabrio 5spd Manual with ~147,000 miles. It started making all kinds of diesel-like noise after sitting for the winter. Engine oil light occasionally comes on. Car also has a tendency to want to stall when shifting gears. At one point I accidentally overheated the engine when revving the engine to about ~3,700 RPM for a minute (Because the oil light would go off if I did that) but I promptly turned the car off after discovering the coolant was boiling.
I'm afraid the engine might be on its last leg; either from just wear and tear or because I did something stupid because of my inexperience, but I really don't want to junk the car because of its sentimental value.
What do you make of it Mr. Kilmer; is the engine dying and/or what would you suggest trying to fix it?
Thank you so much!