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Volkswagen Cabrio High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems

 
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Average Mileage: 122,857 mi (74,000 mi - 160,000 mi)

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

  • Visitor, , 126,000 mi

    rpm's go to 3000/3500 before shifting, hesitates a lot!

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 160,000 mi

    rpms go up to 4000 before shifting

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  •  Rookie

    RPMs go to 30, only at 20 mph

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