High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems on Volkswagen Cabrio

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.

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Average mileage: 121,033 (59,000–178,000)
4 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
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problem details
One thing that seemed to help was "resetting" the transmission (there is a feature that recognizes driver preferences and modifies shifting accordingly). When the car is off, turn the ignition so that the car has electrical power, but isn't running. Depress the accelerator all the way to the floor for a count of 30 seconds (you will feel a button under there). That's it. It wasn't exactly a magical fix, but I did notice a change. Adding transmission fluid (I had a slight leak) also helped.
1999 Volkswagen Cabrio 126,000 mi,
rpm's go to 3000/3500 before shifting, hesitates a lot!
Slips & hesitates .... Then jerks into drive !
1999 Volkswagen Cabrio 160,000 mi,
rpms go up to 4000 before shifting
2001 Volkswagen Cabrio 115,000 mi,
It feels like I need to add transmission fluid how can I do it with going to a shop. Can't afford it a single mom working full time no help
2001 Volkswagen Cabrio 113,470 mi,
Car has a hard time shifting n when it does it shifts hard
Car is in park but the dash shows it in drive. Even when I shift to other gears, the dash reads that it is in drive. Therefore the car will not start.
2001 Volkswagen Cabrio 178,000 mi,
The clutches were bad, had to replace the entire transmission with a used one because it was cheaper than a rebuild.
2001 Volkswagen Cabrio 74,000 mi,
The RPMs really rev by itself when I'm driving around 65 MPH suddenly and stepping on the accelerator doesn't seem to make any difference until the RPMs settle down.
rpms go up to 4000 before shifting
RPMs go to 30, only at 20 mph