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I thought i'd share my two cents on this issue in case someone might be having the same issue as me. Let me begin.
A year and a half ago I purchased a used 2005 Jetta GLI MK4 edition. It's an automatic with tiptronic. I fell in love with this car and the deal was too good to pass up. The car on had 62k miles on it, competitively priced, and was in good shape.
I bought it from a used car dealer and sadly turned out to be a nightmare/lemon. I had multiple problems with the car but the biggest concern happened 7 months after owning the car. One day I couldn't reverse. I'd sit there revving my engine and nothing would happen until it'd finally lurch backwards (quite dangerous, really) so I finally took it to a mechanic and he thought it was the oil but it was a wild guess. He was going to charge me roughly $300 to check if it was the transmission oil. I, of course passed. He did, however, told me a quick fix was to rev the engine with the handbrake until the right gear kicked in. While driving, everything was fine. The gears would shift smoothly like nothing was wrong; It was just reversing that was a [non-permissible content removed]-show. I remember having to put the car in neutral to reverse. When you're by yourself... this can be a hassle and stupid-looking. I'd be happy if I ended up parking on a slope so if I had to reverse, the natural slope would allow me to go.
I finally took it to a VW mechanic and ran a diagnostic and came back with bad news. I needed a transmission overhaul. It's not cheap. Some places charging $3500-$5k!! I found a ghetto mechanic and he fixed it for $1500.
Thought my woes were over but a few months later it started hard-shifting (Basically shifts hard switching between gears). I took it back and he fixed it (my tranny was luckily still under his warranty) and he told me it was electrical.
Fast forward a few more months and my car is hard-shifting again. Because its late in the day, I opt to take it the next day. While on my way to the mechanic the next morning, my car was shaking violently. Everytime my car was in Drive and I was fully braked, my car would literally tremble violently in place. I left it with him for the day. He calls me and told me I needed to take it to an actual VW dealership so they could check some ECM error.
The next day I drop $125 for VW to tell me I need a new transmission and a transmission control module (TCM) which would cost.... wait for it.... $7000!!!
This news was the icing on the cake. I had already spent several hundred dollars on un-related repairs and was being stubborn as hell letting my car go cause I loved it and cared for it. But having a car LESS than 2 years and having so many terrible problems/issues? Not worth it.
The VW guy at the dealership told me to just fix it and sell it, which is where I'm currently at now. I took my car back to the mechanic so he can fix it but was doing research for a new TCM and couldn't find one and ran into this forum and thought I'd share my story.
If anyone would like to know how this all turns out feel free to private message me because as soon as I fix my Jetta, I'm selling it off. I know people love German engineering but this is ridiculous. I'd love German engineering too if my car wouldn't be shitting on my every couple of months.
My 2005 automatic jetta tdi w/130k miles just started acting odd. While sitting a stoplight i felt a slight jerk and then realized my PRNDL was flashing on the control panel. I stepped on the gas slightly and it was not in gear, I then shifted it into N waited for about 30seconds and then back to D and it took off as if nothing happened. It has now happened 3 times in the last month. Help any ideas so I dont get taken for a expensive ride please?
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