High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems on Volkswagen GTI

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: 130,823 (69,000–219,000)
21 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2010 Volkswagen GTI 128,000 mi,
The transmission has failed to go into reverse a number of times and today the transmission would not shift beyond first gear. In every situation I have turned the car off and the car returns to normal shifting. This is beginning to happen more often. Any ideas about what's wrong and how it can be fixed?
2003 Volkswagen GTI 97,000 mi,
Automatic transmission slips between 1st and 2nd when accelerating quickly. Two appraisals came back with same diagnosis: replace transmission for $3100 - $3700. At the same time the timing belt started squealing and the ABS pump is going out. I have owned the car for 1 year; I think the previous owner did not maintain the car very well. Have been told that transmission fluid replacement helps extend the life of the transmission. Lots of people take the VW advice that you never have to check or change the transmission fluid (it is a sealed transmission so you can't check it yourself), but my VW guy says this is simply not true. It's like never checking or changing the oil in your car; why would you not? One other issue is the gas/trunk switch shorting out. Was told this is common in VWs, it was fast and easy to replace, $130 including labor. Worth it to be able to open the gas door!
1998 Volkswagen GTI 103,000 mi,
My GTI shifts really late - 4000 to 4500 rpms late, if I don't lift off the accelerator and allow it to shift.
my car downshifts at about 35 miles per hr. Feels like its going from 5th gear to first. Doesn't matter if it's in automatic or manual.
2002 Volkswagen GTI 145,200 mi,
I have a 2002 VW GTI 337 edition base, when i put it in drive it does a clunk and a jerk when it shifts from 2nd to 3rd gear does the same.
At 30-35mph car sometimes feels as though iits down shifting from a high gear no check Eng light. Ever comes on. Drives OK in Manuela
2005 Volkswagen GTI 72,450 mi,
Car seems to downshift around 35 mph in auto or manual. Anyone resolve this issue?
2004 Volkswagen GTI 219,000 mi,
After service work by local dealer. after a 1200 mile plus trip. Transmission now on occation shifts to neutral. Fault codes come back Transmission flid temperatur sensor: Implausible signal- intermittent Shift Lock Solenoid: Open circuit/short circuit to groung-intermittent Gear monotoring: Implausible signal-intermittent Tiptronic switch: Implausible signal- intermittent. Tranmsion has no noise,no slip evidence, got 28 1/2 MPG last trip of 1200 miles plus. Dealer says is not authorized by VW to work on transmission and is not able to get part from VW. The bootom line is, the valve body,temprature and gear monotoring sensors are most likely are contaminated with normal wear ferrus dust from the oil which comes from normal wear of any turning gears.So replacement of valve body and temperatur sensor would most likely take care of the problem. But VW want's to change the transmission to the tune of aprox, $5231.00.00 for an exchange unit (including labor)so they can turn around and replace these components and sell the transmission to an other sucker for $ 3798.29 plus labor. 80% of my driving is long distances with very little stop and go. My old Mercedes has in excess of 600,000 miles on the transmission withnormal interval service and has no Problems. Conclusion is VW's quality stinks to high heaven. See Yaw. HRS
2003 Volkswagen GTI 125,000 mi,
Auto transmission has trouble shifting from second to third and when slowing down to stop, it jolts back to first.
2004 Volkswagen GTI 125,000 mi,
would not go into reverse had to rebuild tramsmissions
2001 Volkswagen GTI 119,000 mi,
Second time automatic transmission failed. Was rebuilt 2 months ago and failed again...
2002 Volkswagen GTI 133,745 mi,
code for solinoide 6 and the car bangs 1st 3rd and 5th gear when the car is cold
Transmission is having trouble getting into reverse. No transmission mechanics can work on GTI DSG transmission because parts are so expensive. Have to bring to dealer. Est. cost to repair is $6000 or so.
2009 Volkswagen GTI 168,000 mi,
Had the car for about 1 year now and just started to here the gears slip and feel it trying to grab them but misses. Trying to go in reverse is impossible now and I need to get it fixed.
2002 Volkswagen GTI 120,000 mi,
Transmission slipping than just wouldn't go in drive. Estimated cost to repair 3000 plus. I paid 4300 1 year ago. I am livid
2005 Volkswagen GTI 175,000 mi,
Just started slipping out of gear if I don't warm it up,
2005 Volkswagen GTI 101,000 mi,
won't get out of first gear after starting car. Have to put shift lever back in park, then in drive and it's then good to go
2007 Volkswagen GTI 110,000 mi,
very hard autoatic transmission
2006 Volkswagen GTI 170,000 mi,
reverse fails noise during shifting
2001 Volkswagen GTI 103,000 mi,
Valve body replacement. Worn valve body caused torque converter to fail twice. First at 103000 and then again at 134000. Got rid of the vehicle at 134000.