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Jetta Transmission Problems and Questions



  • 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: 57,338
    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.

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  • 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: 57,338
    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.

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  • 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
  • Not a problem. I will make another posting once the vehicle is returned to me. Is your vehicle still shifting correctly. I would like to know if your check engine light returns just to gauge what to look for with my own.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,338
    I never did find out the problem. I just kept driving and when the light never returned, I figured it was a gift from heaven and left it at that. I'm not one of those people who begs the doctor to take X-rays to see if they can find something wrong I don't know about. :P

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  • yoincayoinca Posts: 3
    I understand your joy, but unlike you I don't believe in gifts from heaven, that fault occurred and more likely will came back anytime, be ready, give yourself a gift and by a scanner, nothing fancy, the engine module and the trans module are interconnected, it will read the code and clear the current and stored codes. That will save you thousands of dollars and nobody would be able to hide them from you, you would tell them what the target is. I had a similar situation and all it took was a $50 speed sensor, please get the code. Also many auto parts will erad the code for you for free. Good luck.
  • "A gift from heaven", I agree. I hope my light never comes back on. I absolutely this car, but if it doesn't shift right.....that really sucks. Congrats! ;)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,338
    Well I really wasn't totally into faith-based car healing, since my own experience told me that now and then a car will give off a sporadic misfire, setting off the light. If the misfire was a one-time only, the light will reset itself in most cases after a certain number of successful restarts.

    I did dump in some fuel injection cleaner. I think it was just some water in the gas.

    Anyway, the light went off before I got my scanner out of the toolbox the next day.

    VW owners who are real DIY types should get a VAG COM.

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  • I have a 2002 VW Jetta that is getting a new transmission. I am beong asked if it is a EGT or EZK type transmission. How do I tell>
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,338
    I don't think those are the right IDs. Should be 01M or 09A, and they are stamped right on a plate on top of the transmission.

    One would think that the entity providing the transmission would know this?

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  • yoincayoinca Posts: 3
    The dealer will give you the answer, or if you wanna go beyond they will give a print-out of all the specifications, engine, trans, paint codes, etc.
  • rired1rired1 Posts: 3
    I have recently purchased a 2005/6 Jetta 2.5. It is the new body style. I really like the car, lots of pick up, nimble. But I have been having a problem with the transmission that just doesn't seem right. In the low gears it is very clunky, slow to accelerate, hesitates and makes noises. Sometimes it feels like there are bumps in the road or I have hit something when I am slowing down or starting at slow speeds. I have taken it to the dealer for maintenance 3 times now and they tell me that nothing is wrong. "It hasn't given them a code". It seems to be getting worse, and the cold affects it as well. Any advice about how to get them to address it? The car is under VW warranty so I am told that "not to worry, if anything goes wrong, we will take care of it". But I am actually not comfortable driving it long distances. What good is a car that you can't drive and you have only had for 6 months?
    Frustrated in Rhode Island
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Maybe try a different dealer, if you can, or make them go for a ride with you if you have not already done that. We have a 2005 and they replaced the valve body in the trans with about 10,000 miles on it. AFAIK, there was never a code, the trans light was never on, which I assume would happen if there were a code.

    Ours was having harsh/rough upshifts particularly 1-2 and 2-3. It was particularly noticeable when going uphill. When the dealer checked it out, one thing I remember that they said was it was shifting way too early.

    Ours has been super smooth ever since. I think it is the smoothest automatic I have ever driven. I wish my Mazda6 transmission was as nice and smooth as our VW is.
  • Did you try looking into the tourqe converter. Sometimes they go bad and it sounds like it will not converte the power from the engine to transmission when its hot.
  • No I haven't yet. I will ask the dealer about it again. I am going to take it to another shop to have it looked at. Thank you.
  • I have a 2002 Jetta and I am having a problem with my transmission. On any given day I don't know if it will drive fine or if my transmission will be stuck in third gear. I have no idea what the problem is or how much it will cost to have it fixed. What are my options?
  • Interesting.. I actually know the feeling. It is like roulette. Is it going to work today? Are the gremlins going to behave or not?
    One thing I did find out from my Service Department Manager that I thought was interesting on the concept of "Codes". She said that it was extremely difficult for the computure to diagnose a transmission issue. It generally does not post a code for a problem until there is a complete failure. Transmissions are a matter of "feel" and that the service tech or manager had to take a drive to actually sense the problem. It was at least a validation of why there was no "Code" showing what I sensed to be a problem with my transmission. Good luck.
    Dealer Denial but working on it.....
  • i just bought a used 99 new jetta vr6. after i bought the car a little while later the was a little skip to it and the check engine light came on so i got it checked and the code was for a mass airflow sensor... so i got it changed and the check engine light was still on so the guy re-checked it. the code pulled up miss fire. i was told to try and get a tune up(oil change, spark plugs changed, etc.) on the car and see what happens. i was just curious of other peoples thoughts and opinions about this and if you think it is something worse or if the tune up might fix the the slight skip
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    edited February 2010
    There is no such thing as a "tune up" with a modern engine. There are no points, condenser or other items that can go bad. Modern sparkplugs last over 50K miles. Only people that want you to spend your money will try to sell you a "tune up".

    I beleive the VR6 engine has COP (Coil on plug) and those coils are notorious for going bad. (There was even a recall at one point) Luckally, you can replace each of the 6 COP units seperately as they are deemed bad. (Instead of replacing a very expensive coil which serves all 6 cylinders.)

    Once you determine which of the 6 cylinders is "skipping", you can swap that COP unit with another one... .if the problem moves to the other cylinder, then you have successfully isolated a bad COP unit.
  • i was driving my 97 vw jetta, pushed down the clutch to shift, the clutch slammed to the floor and i coasted to a stop, motor still running. i was totally shocked and surprised because at first it felt as if the clutch had disappeared through the floor, it made quite a loud noise. but, i am able to pull the clutch back up with my hand. pushing on it sends back to the floor again. when it is on the floor i can start the car, but i can not change the gears....when it is pulled up i can not start the car but i am able to move through all gears with feels like a cable snapped or a part came loose.....i need to solve this soon :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,338
    Clutch cable, definitely.

    $80 list price + .7 of one hour labor.

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  • but, i can move the shifting lever by hand but i still have no clutch action. would that mean a bad clutch cable then?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,338
    Well yeah if it broke and the car is now in neutral---you'd be able to shift through the gears I would think. Anyway, you should be able to raise the hood and spot a busted clutch cable pretty easily. I hope it's not something internal in the clutch itself. I suppose the clutch throw-out bearing arm could have snapped--that would be a drag, as it's in the bell housing and requires transmission removal.

    You can start when you push the clutch pedal down because you are activating the clutch safety switch, which is not dependent on the cable.

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