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Volkswagen GTI High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems

Volkswagen GTI Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 127,430 mi (69,000 mi - 219,000 mi)


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

  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • 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

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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!

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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    would not go into reverse had to rebuild tramsmissions

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  • Visitor, , 72,450 mi

    Car seems to downshift around 35 mph in auto or manual. Anyone resolve this issue?

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  • Visitor, , 119,000 mi

    Second time automatic transmission failed. Was rebuilt 2 months ago and failed again...

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  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    very hard autoatic transmission

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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