Engine light came on. It felt like the car was being held back when accelerating. Dealer stated engine code indicated I needed a new transmission for $4300 plus.
I second opinion from an independent shop said the torque converter was the problem as stated in a VW TSB. The repair $1900. Problem fixed!
2005 VW TDI Passat diesel wagon, 175K mileage - Same problem: Check engine light; won't make power; feels like the car is being held back & won't accelerate; still shifts smoothly when able to get above 40 mph. Getting quotes from local shop for ~$4200 for a re-built transmission to be installed…waiting for VW to give me a quote for torque converter replacement.
Check engine light illuminated. Dealer checked the code and found it to be a fault with the torque converter. Apparently there is a reprogramming that can be done related to this, but it didn't fix the fault. Quoted $1,500 just for the torque converter, plus $800 in labor.
The MIL indicator came on 1/5/12. I took the car in on 1/7 to have VW run a diagnostic check. After two checks, I was informed that the torque converter has failed and it will be $2,7000 to replace. In addition to this they advised that I should have the transmission replaced for $4,900 since they are sure if the transmission is about the fail as well. Is it common for the torque converter to fail? What could I have done to prevent this or is this a VW engineering issue? So disappointed. I will just buy another car.