High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems on Volkswagen Golf TDI

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: 172,523 (120,000–260,200)
13 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
28 people reported this problem
9 people shared problem details
shifts fine up to 3rd; will not go into 4th. I have reset the brain a couple of times...now it won't reset.
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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.
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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.
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Car won't shift into reverse. Replacing transmission costs too much.
Transmission will not shift out of low gear most mornings. Unreliable and almost un-disgnosiable. The transmission must be removed to find the problem. There is no transmission oil drain! Bad engineering. Oil will become ineffective after extended use and VW does not allow for the owner to keep his car over 100,000 miles without spending large sums on its maintenance. At 125,000 miles, my car had a blue book value of about $4,500. The transmission cost $3,500 to replace at AAMCO... the dealership cost is $5,000.
Perceptable hunting at 30-35 mph as well as hard shifting when fully depressing gas (diesel) pedal No diagnosis or fix as yet
Sitting in the yard now--has not been fixed. Looking for a fix that won't put us in the poor house.
same damn thing, just bought the car from a pct owner and the dealership says it will cost over 5K to replace. Joke.
Have issues shifting in first gear.
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