Golf TDI

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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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
32 people reported this problem
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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.
shifts fine up to 3rd; will not go into 4th.
I have reset the brain a couple of it won't reset.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
Perceptable hunting at 30-35 mph as well as hard shifting when fully depressing gas (diesel) pedal
No diagnosis or fix as yet
same damn thing, just bought the car from a pct owner and the dealership says it will cost over 5K to replace. Joke.