High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems on Volkswagen GTI

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: 130,449 (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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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?
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!
My GTI shifts really late - 4000 to 4500 rpms late, if I don't lift off the accelerator and allow it to shift.
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.
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.
Auto transmission has trouble shifting from second to third and when slowing down to stop, it jolts back to first.
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
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.
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.
Car would start slamming into gear from first to second, and then it started later from second to third.'I eventually lost fifth gear. It is an 09A Tiptronic. I bought all new relays for the valve body. Used brake cleaner to clean the gooped up valve body. Replaced fluid and it's not as good as new but it finally works as it should.
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.
Transmission slipping than just wouldn't go in drive. Estimated cost to repair 3000 plus. I paid 4300 1 year ago. I am livid
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