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: 167,383 (120,000–260,200)
13 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
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1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI 190,557 mi,
shifts fine up to 3rd; will not go into 4th. I have reset the brain a couple of times...now it won't reset.
2001 Volkswagen Golf TDI 160,000 mi,
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.
2004 Volkswagen Golf TDI 120,000 mi,
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.
2006 Volkswagen Golf TDI 175,000 mi,
transmission acting funky in the mornings, particularly when cold. check engine light intermittent; can't determine if issue is with computer controls or mechanical (tiptronic transmission)
2004 Volkswagen Golf TDI 125,000 mi,
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.
2001 Volkswagen Golf TDI 169,000 mi,
Sitting in the yard now--has not been fixed. Looking for a fix that won't put us in the poor house.
2003 Volkswagen Golf TDI 200,000 mi,
Have issues shifting in first gear.
2003 Volkswagen Golf TDI 178,000 mi,
03 Jetta GL won't shift from 3rd into 4th/drive. Rpms rev @ 30
2004 Volkswagen Golf TDI 135,000 mi,
won't shift out of 1st gear when cold. put Lucas tranny repair fluid in, took 6 month but started working. problem back 4 month later. only thing to do is swap out auto for manual.
2006 Volkswagen Golf TDI 125,000 mi,
Mine has started stuttering and hunting at freeway speeds if you try to accelerate. Below freeway speeds if you accelerate it won't shift up unless you let off the throttle
2002 Volkswagen Golf TDI 184,000 mi,
Car won't shift into reverse. Replacing transmission costs too much.
2001 Volkswagen Golf TDI 201,000 mi,
Perceptable hunting at 30-35 mph as well as hard shifting when fully depressing gas (diesel) pedal No diagnosis or fix as yet
2003 Volkswagen Golf TDI 164,000 mi,
same damn thing, just bought the car from a pct owner and the dealership says it will cost over 5K to replace. Joke.