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Jetta Transmission Problems and Questions



  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    You should have a diagnostic check done to see what's up here. Your transmission is hydraulically shifted, not electronic, so you may need first a diagnostic reading, and then perhaps a pressure-test. Of course, check the fluid levels before you do anything. You might need a transmission shop or VW shop to check this for you before you get into anything else. Any sign of leakage would be a tip off that you may need fluid.

    If the fluid's good and the transmission tests as defective, that's a tough call for you, as the cost of repair may or may not be justified vis a vis the value/condition of the car.


  • My 1999 Jetta with automatic transmission shifts well in lower gears but doesn't go from 3. gear to 4.gear with the consequence that I run higher RPM's and higher fuel consumtion. Any idea is appreciated
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    See # 205 above


  • jaebjaeb Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 turbo Jetta with tiptronic. My transmission was replaced with 45,000 miles it ran great for a while then I started experiencing starting problems after 3 years 5 dealers across country and lots of money it was the alternator, it took so long to determine the problem because it kept reading false positive on the diagnostics. Then the motor mount broke it was replaced and the car won't run/move until it is fully warmed up, this usually takes about 45 mins of idle running. Then once it runs at times it will stall or the auto trans won't get into gear. The car stalls. When I turn corners, the car stalls. The VW dealer said they couldn't do anything, because they can't say why it is behaving this way. They told me to go to AAMCO, I went, they told me the transmission isn't reading faulty and it might be something wrong with the tiptronic, they said they couldn't say for sure it would fix the problem but if it doesn't the money I paid would be credited towards them rebuilding the transmission and that I should take out their credit account to make sure that all the bills can be paid.

    I drove it on the highway and it was as it once was a perfect ride, but once I went back onto the street and turned the corner the car stalled. I would like to know what and where I can go to get this repaired. I would like to sell it but who will buy it. Once they test drive it they will see how bad it is.
  • Hey Guys and Gals.
    My stepson just purchased a 1998 VW Jetta w/auto trans. It has shifting problems
    often called "hiccuping". Has anyone had this problem?? Is there anything he can do.?
    It only has 85,000 miles on it. The mechanic where he bought it is pulling his hair out. The check engine light comes on but he can't find the code, that is listed. Need some help here. Thank you.
  • julietjjulietj Posts: 15
    Question regarding a 2002 Jetta TDI - goes into gear, but makes a loud grinding, clicking that sounds horrible -- and of course, it can't be driven. Is it possible that the transmission is shot, or hopefully something not as expensive?
  • Hi! I bought a 1994- 2.0 engine, 5 speed (generation 3) a year ago. In Jan of this year, I slid on some ice and hit a VERY small tree and lost my reverse. Then in March, the whole tranny fell out of the housing, all over the road. Today, I bought a 1985- 1.8 engine, 5 speed (gen.2). My question is, would the tranny from the gen2 bolt onto the gen 3? Thanks :) rachie
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    My wife has an '08 Wolfsburg and I have an '09 TDI. Just wondering if ALL the recall notices have been mailed out. We haven't seen one so I'm hoping we both dodged a bullet.
  • I have a '06 Jetta TDI 5 spd manual. Can anyone tell me the capacity & correct specs (weight) of the fluid necessary to change the trans gear lube? Cannot get info without going to VW dealer (which I would rather not do).
  • i would rather spend some well spend money on getting the liquids changed in the transmission done professionally because V W tends to have delicate transmissions especial auto .. it could but if not check the manual.
  • I just bought a 2000 jetta 1.8T on Monday. By Wednesday, I started to notice the tranny slipping and then correcting itself. On Christmas day it would get stuck in 3rd momentarily before shifting into 4th. I called the dealer and he told me bring it in on Saturday to check the fluid. On the way over to the dealer, it would not shift into 4th. I tried to force it by speeding up and it almost redlined. Also, the check engine light came on. The dealer's mechanic got a code off the computer (avoiding telling me what it was) and said it was electronic. They want to send it to an electronics expert in Anaheim on Monday. Does this makes sense to anyone or are the pulling something shady? I'm really pissed because I saved all year to buy this car before the Spring semester. Riding the bus really sucks! :mad:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    I presume this isn't a VW dealer? They should know how to deal with it.

    Yes, your transmission is controlled by both hydraulic and electronic systems, so it is possible you have an electronics issue. If you knew the code #, I could tell you more.


  • I'll try to find out the code. And, no, it isn't a VW dealer. I don't expect the car to last forever but I do want to get through the next two years of school and graduate before buying another vehicle. Is that too much to ask? :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    Cars can be merciless sometimes, but it sounds like the dealer is going to make good on it (he'd better). He would need a VAG scan tool to figure this out so maybe he doesn't have the equipment.


  • Well, I dropped the car off today. He wouldn't give me the code. That has me worried. We'll see what happens. Thanks for the advice. I'm going to start researching the laws here in California, just in case I have to take him to court to make this right. :lemon:
  • Oh, I almost forgot. While driving to the dealer today, the check engine light went off and the transmission started shifting properly. But now I just don't trust the vehicle.
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    We both got recall notices this week in the mail. Damn it.
  • Hi there...I have a 2001 VW Jetta that went into the shop for a water pump/timing belt replacement and was not shifting right either. They told me I needed a new transmission (which is more than the car is worth at this point)...and the day I picked it up, it was shifting perfectly. Then the very next day, I was driving about 30 - 40 mph when all of a sudden, the check engine light came on, and it began shifting terribly if at seemed to be stuck in 3rd gear. After a week of agonizing over spending the money to fix this car or getting another one, I decide to get a second opinion. On the way to another mechanic's shop, I was going about 60 mph with the RPMs above 40, and in an instant, the check engine light went off and the transmission is shifting perfectly again. Sounds like Mr_Shiftright went through the exact same thing - did you ever find out what the code was or what the problem really is?
  • That sounds very similar to my experience. Unfortunately, I did not find out the code and the car is still in the repair shop. I delivered it back to the dealer last Monday. I asked, almost insisted to know what the code was; the dealer became a bit obnoxious about it so I let it go for the time being. He assured me that he would take care of it. Gave me a story about the possibility of multiple codes being caused by one problem. He would not give me the code or a clear explanation.
  • Thank you for the fast response! I will let you know if I find out anything substantial, and please keep me posted on your outcome...I wish you the best! :D
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