Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Car Problem Reports
Volkswagen Golf TDI High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems
Volkswagen Golf TDI Problem
Average Mileage: 160,000 mi (120,000 mi - 200,000 mi)
Visitor, 2001 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 160,000 mi
Automatic transmission had shifting issues between 3rd and 4th gear, there was a kick. Now that stopped and the issue seems that its stuck on 4th gear, so my acceleration is really slow, really slow, but ok after 35mph.
Visitor, 2004 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 120,000 mi
Transmission will not shift out of 1st if the engine is cool. Once the engine reaches operating tempreature, it shifts. However, the check engine light comes on about 50% of the time it is started. The local VW dealership recommends replacement, about $5,000. The VW engineers designed this transmission to not be servicable, ie, there is no way to drain the transmission fluid! Bad design.
Visitor, 2003 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 200,000 mi
Have issues shifting in first gear.