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Jetta Transmission Problems and Questions

deziraydeziray Posts: 1
edited September 2015 in Volkswagen
I have a 1999 Jetta Wolfsburg that I bought 13 months ago used from a dealer here in CT. Now since I have owned the car, I have kept up on regular maintenance, replaced a window regulator, replaced wiring under the hood dealing with the spark plugs, replaced back bearings and shocks and a few other minor repairs. Recently my car has started to have trouble switching gears. When I first got the car it would switch gears between 1 and 2 rpms but now it is going between 3 and 4 before it switches and it sounds like the car is working double time to go. I know I have to bring it in to be looked at and since I have a powertrain warranty I am hoping it will be covered, BUT I am a woman and the dealership where I bought it has given me problems about making repairs before. I have a few questions:
1. What could be the problem? Is it costly to repair? Has anyone had a similar issue and if so...did the warranty cover the repairs?
2. How do I get the dealership to deal with me without jerking me? (I know this may be a rhetorical question but I figured it does not hurt to ask!)
3. Are there any remedies for people who buy powertrain warranties with the belief that things will be covered, but in fact are not?
PLEASE give me some advice!!!

Thanks! -Frustrated with VW in Connecticut!!!

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  • 1joy1joy Posts: 1
    i have a 2001 1.8t. i have had the car for about 1yr and 8 mo. 3 mo ago my transmission went out. i took it to a transmission specialist and they rebuilt the transmission. i had the car for a couple of days and it still wasnt shifting right, so i took it back. they then replace the computer. after about a mo i got the car back, and low and behold it went out on me again. so i had it towed back to the shop. they decided that since my car had an after market radio in it (which came with the car since i bought it used) that it shorted out the computer system. now the computer in the engine compartment needs to be replaced. i'm not sure if anyone really knows what they are talking about. but i thought that perhaps my story might save some time and money. i'm out about 3k on my car, and havnt been able to drive it in over 3 mo. i have just about had it with german enginering. cant even check the transmission fluid if i wanted to!!! :mad:
  • Recently I have been having transmisson problems with my 2000 Jetta TDI. I got a rebuilt transmission installed as a replacement, and have been expericing high RPM's (almost 3000) at 100km/h. Does this seem right to anyone else or does it seem a bit on the high side? Thank you.
  • My 2000 Jetta GL has a problem whereby, sometimes it will not shift from park. The vehicle has approx 125k kms. It doesn't happen all the time, but is happening more frequent, and can happen if parked on a slight grade or level surface. I can rock the car back and fort and them I am able to shift from park to reverse, neutral, drive, etc. There are no noises coming from the transmisson when driving, and it shift fine between gears when driving. Has anyone experienced a similar problem? Thank you.
  • I drive a '99 Jetta GLX. And yes, There is a recall on this car. You can check my name for my other posts. Where someone had a compliant of the same problem. There's acouple of recalls with the car. However, on the 125k .. I think that's probably the problem. You've got a lot of mileage...
    :sick: pretty much sums it up. However, when I first started driving my Jetta I experienced much of the same problems. The easy way my friend explained it to me.. Older cars have a safe mode on the transy, or they have recalls. Look into the recalls.... something about the break lights.
  • I've been driving this Jetta for over 5 years and I'm still wondering how I can achieve smooth up-shifting consistently.

    I usually rev up to 2500-3000rpm before shifting into the next gear up. However, I often feel the jerky engagement of the clutch and saw the passenage's head moving forward because of the jerky shifting.

    Is there anyway you can drive a 5-speed stick as smoothly as an auto transmission? What's the normal shifting point from 1st to 2nd, 2nd to 3rd, 3rd to 4th, etc. - RPMs?

    Do I need to 'rev up' the throttle before putting into the next gear up (like one would do in the heel-toe downshifting)? If so, rev up how much more rpm - 1,000rpm?

    I know many people can drive the stick shift smoothly. Can you share your techniques and skills? Thank you.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    This could be a problem with your car as well, but let's presume that you've found someone else to drive your car and they can shift more smoothly than you can.

    All I can think of are two things you might not be doing as optimally as you could:

    1. You could be releasing the clutch pedal too fast

    2. You could be waiting too long between shifts, allowing the engine revs to drop down to idle.

    both these habits would cause a jerky kind of shift.

    See if you can get a volunteer to shift your car better than you can. If nobody can do that, they maybe it's not you.
  • I have a 2006 Jetta with automatic transmission that shifts very roughly from 1-2. They were unable to replicate the problem when I brought it in for service but it happens more often than not. Has anyone experienced this problem? If so what needs to be done?
  • bcposibcposi Posts: 1

    Has anyone experienced this problem on the VW Jetta 2006 TDI (manual transmission)? We were slowing down to about 60 kph when the car jammed to a complete stop. We weren't able to move it at all - couldn't engage the clutch. The dealer showed me the clutch and said it disintegrated and seized the transmission. The transmission housing was damaged as well as a motor mount. We have about 23K on it. Its taken 1 month to repair. This is a major safety issue as far as I can see.
  • yes. it occurred at the 4500 mile point. "bcposi" please contact me at [email protected]
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Could you and bcposi talk here instead of via email? That will be of enormous benefit to others who may have the same issue.
  • jmullajmulla Posts: 1
    My daughter recently rear ended another car with our 2001 Jetta GL. It wasn't a bad accident, just body damage. The repairs cost $3000.

    I drove it for the first time yesterday and it seemed to me that it was not shifting into high gear. It rode at 3000 rpm when cruising at 65 mph and 2000 RPM when cruising at 40 mph. Does that sound normal?
  • I just recently was experiencing engine noise problems at 20k on my 2006 TDI Jetta, and the dealer just called me and said that the clutch was totally destroyed. The noise that I heard from the engine sounded more like a timing/misfiring problem and I was very surprised to hear anything about the clutch. They are still investigating, so I will have more info later.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Sometimes the throwout bearing can break up (after making a lot of warning noises) and this causes the throw-out fork to engage the pressure plate gets ugly from then on.

    Or springs can loosen up and cause pressure plate failure.
  • root1root1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2005.5 Jetta with an automatic transmission and have experienced the same issue since I bought it new. I have 35K miles on my vehicle and have brought it in a couple of times. The mechanics at the dealership are unable to replicate it, or so they say. It seems to be worse when the temp is colder. Have you had any luck resolving the issue since you last posted? Has anyone else experienced this? If so, any suggestions?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I am not terrifico, but we had rough shift from 1-2 and sometimes from 2-3.

    In our case dealer replicated the problem and replaced the throttle body in the transmission. Ours is a 2005.5 and this work was done last April.

    Have you ridden with the dealer technician when they are testing your car? This would be a way to find out if the problem is just not happening when they drive it or if it is happening and they do not consider it to be a problem.

    If it ends up being the latter, you might try a different dealership.
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42
    Aha.. I had this similar problem with my 2002 Jetta 1.8T. This is a common problem with the VW auto transmission. For the longest time, the dealer kept on saying that they could not replicate the problem. I was able to replicate the problem when I requested the service manager to ride with me, but all he said was for me to monitor it and wait for it to get worse. Right after my manufacturer's warranty ran out, the dealer was now (surprise surprise) able to successfully replicate the problem, and referred to as signs of wear and tear. Which transmissions wear and tear at 80k KMs?? I have a 1992 Corolla, and the transmission caved in at 250k KMs.
    Don't wait until the problem gets worse. Insist that the dealer replaces your transmission immediately. VWs policy is never to fix or refurbish mechanical parts.. they simply replace them with brand new ones. Please ensure that you keep all the service records indicating your shifting concerns to the dealer, as these may/will bail you out in case the dealer is not willing to replace your transmission. I got my transmission replaced after weeks of battling with the dealer. After that, I sold the car :-)

    All the best.
  • VW of America claims that an attempt to get unstuck from snow was the sole cause of damaging the transmission which had to be replaced for $3300. However, this is the third transmission replacement in this car. What do you think about a one-time incident causing that damage? Quite a coincidence given the other two failures.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    The third trans in a! :surprise:

    How many miles?

    What did you do when you were stuck?
  • Among other things wrong with my automatic 2002 1.8T Jetta (80,000 miles), the most recent is quite weird.

    So one day 8 months ago I'm driving on the freeway at 70mph. All of a sudden (with my foot on the gas pedal) the car starts revving instead of driving. I mean I'm coasting but the speed is going down. I take foot off gas, turn hazards on and move aside. Once pulled over, I turn engine off and on, and it's fine.

    Since then, that same thing has happened about 30 times. The "connection" lasts at most 5 seconds". VW can't run codes because it needs to happen when they test it. Know about Murphy's Law?? Apllies here...

    The other day though I was on cruise control at 70mph, and the same thing happened, and even in cruise control the speed went down (the engine stays on but it's like something cuts out) Since I was in right lane I left everything alone to see what would happen... The car got down to 60 almost and all of a sudden with a quick jerk whatever it was got connected again and the car sped up by itself to 70 wit...

    Any ideas?

    As a side note, the temperature gauge on my car goes to normal (in the middle) and by itself drops to the left (cold) back and forth several time in a day...

    are these two related? How can I figure out what is wrong with car??? PLEASE HELP!

  • That is a tremendous saftey issue. You could easily hurt yourself or others on the road.
  • bmz26bmz26 Posts: 3
    i have a 2001 vr6 and i need a tune up. change your plugs and wires. i also had the 3rd cylinder misfireing but the main prob was the wires. has them for 125 i think and they have worked good for me
  • bmz26bmz26 Posts: 3
    So reverse took a big crap on me. I have a 01 jetta vr6 with a 5 speed manual. I need a new trans but i was thinking of a 6 speed does anyone know if it will work out well or should i just stay with a 5 speed
  • cwetzelcwetzel Posts: 2
    Just today I pulled my 99 jetta wolfsberg into its parking spot, and put it in reverse to straighten it out. Then I heard a noise from outside(under the hood), and the clutch pedal went to the floor. there is no tension at all on the pedal now. the engine will start and run until I attempt to put it in gear. I found a small rectangular peice of broken metal under the car. I believe this is a bracket involved in the linkage somehow. Is the problem the linkage, like I believe, or is it my clutch, or something else?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Oh I wonder if you have a cable actuated clutch? If the bracket that holds the cable in place broke, that would explain everything.
  • cwetzelcwetzel Posts: 2
    In all honesty I haven't even had time to lift my car and take a look yet. I believe it is cable actuated, but I'm not entirely sure. the peice I found does look like it could be a bracket. metal, rectangular, bolt hole in the middle, raised back and tabs of some sorts on the end, does that sound right? Thanks for the advice.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Yeah, it's cable actuated. Sometimes I'm told the spring drops out of the clutch pedal assembly, but that's up under your dashboard I think.

    Anyway, the clutch cable must be held in place by a bracket or it couldn't work the clutch---it needs something to bear against--to hold the outer sheath while the inner cable works.
  • fpjdpfpjdp Posts: 10
    When I put the car into drive i have to rev the engine to get in gear. Once in gear it shifts and runs fine. Someone said the tranny fluid may be low. But I can't find where you check the fluid. Hope someone can help :(
  • sawchuksawchuk Posts: 1
    All of a sudden today my jetta stopped going into Reverse, 1st or 2nd gear...I limped home and got under the car but couldn't seem to locate the linkage
  • danni2danni2 Posts: 1
    My Jetta is at dealer following a replaced battery which developed into transmission problems (wouldnt shift). I was loyal to dealership where I purchased the car and reported banging and rough shifting everytime I brought it in for service. It was never completely repaired.Moved to North Florida, new dealer, 1st experience there. They want $3800 for a new transmission. Car has only 65K. I read many posts with similar issues. Do I have any recourse. Should I have it towed to a transmission shop? Please help, any advice will be appreciated. I am in shock! :cry: :sick: :lemon:
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