Engine rattling and knocking

VW ABA 4Cyl 2.0L engine makes all kinds of rattling and knocking noises after sitting all winter

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!


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I'm sorry to hear that but thank you for taking the time to look at it and reply.



that noise, engine is flat wearing out inside. Junk it or drive it till it drops