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#74 of 397 jetta automatic transmission jerk going into 2nd
Dec 10, 2007 (9:10 am)
2003 Jetta has a serious jerk when it shift to 2nd. Sometimes. maybe more ofen when its cold. When it had 20,000 we took it back to dealer and they didnt something (dont know what) and it didnt occur for a while then it started once a month and now its down to once a week. its out of warranty now so VW wants me to pay to have them look at it. This has to be a known/common problem that they should have fixed the first time. anybody else got this?
#75 of 397 2000 Jetta , Transmission dragging
Dec 12, 2007 (10:30 am)
I have a 2000 jetta that has recently developed an apparent transmission problem. While driving on the interstate at 65 MPH, the car suddenly started to drag , the rpm's increased significantly, it seemed like it down shifted into 3rd. This is an automatic tranny. The engine light came on as well. After 209 miles, the light went off, and the tranny went back to normal. About 3 days later, the engine light came back on and the tranny started dragging again. I plan to run to Autozone to have them run a diagnostic on the light. Any thoughts on what the problem may be?
#76 of 397 Re: No warning, differential/transmission locks up on freeway [naz2]
Dec 12, 2007 (5:54 pm)
Unfortunately, automatic transmissions are an Achilles' heel with VWs - dating back to the 1970s. They have been notorious differential-eaters. The manual transmissions have been very robust.
As far as your Jetta is concerned, the 2.0L automatic transmissions were made in Mexico, and are a mixed bag when it comes to reliability (at best). I have a 2003 Wolfsburg 1.8T with the 5-speed tiptronic transmission which was made in Japan by Aisin (the same supplier for Toyota, Honda, etc.) - which has been rock solid approaching 110,000 miles.
The Japanese and German-sourced automatics are less likely to give you headaches than the Mexico-sourced ones. Unfortunately, these are only available on the Jetta/Golf 1.8T (Aisin), and the Passat (German transmission).
Golf/Jetta 2.0 cars manufactured between 1993 and early 2005 came with the Mexican Transmissions.
#77 of 397 Re: jetta automatic transmission jerk going into 2nd [jartzh]
Dec 15, 2007 (2:56 am)
hey,i have a 05 jetta and in the past couple of months it has started having a serious jerk when it shifts from 1st to 2nd?and seems to do it mostly when its cold. the shifting problem seems to be ok after driving it for about an hour maybe.it seems to be getting worse and worse.my warranty is ending at 75,ooo miles and right now im at about 61,ooo.i have called the nearest v.w and i live 2 hours away from them.after driving up there for 2 hours it will be shifting fine so they will obviously need to keep it overnight.but they refuse to give me a loaner car from the dealership to get my back home,untill they find out whats wrong with it...............................its a no win situation.it sucks because vw cars for the most part are really good but you have to go thru hell with thier customer service. Your expeirence was close to mine so i thought i would let ya know.i'm currently trying to get it to vw to look at it.im sure what they tell me will be useless though.
#78 of 397 Re: Jetta 2004 clutch [9ersfan1]
Dec 15, 2007 (7:33 am)
Thanks for the tip on the clutch kit. I didn't even bother trying to negotiate with the dealer - if they are going to charge for parts that you don't need and may not even receive, then they don't deserve my business. I fortunately found an independent mechanic who somehow got around getting an entire kit and even seemed to enjoy doing the job - it cost $1000 - half the price of the dealer! Hopefully, this clutch will last another five years.
#79 of 397 Re: jetta automatic transmission jerk going into 2nd [jetta10]
Dec 15, 2007 (8:47 am)
Maybe you can rent a car from them and they will reimburse you, if they find a warranty issue? Worst case is you are out $20-25.
We had a similar problem in our '05 new Jetta with the 6 speed automatic and they had to replace a part in the transmission called "valve body", IIRC.
#80 of 397 01 Jetta TDI Manual Transmission Problem
Jan 10, 2008 (5:18 pm)
Recently, I started having problems w/ shifting in 1st gear and reverse gear. The gears works great once engaged. The problem w/ 1st is when I go from neutral to 1st, it kinds of hooks a little bit. I go down to 2nd and back to first, no hooking. When I go down to 2nd, it seems to align it for the 1st. For the reverse gear, when I depress my lever, and engage it, it actually moves forward, engaging 1st gear instead. I have to put it back to neutral and then work it into reverse. I took it to my garage and they said that my linkages were actually seized. They cleaned them up and lubrify them again. It engages smoothly, but the problem w/ my reverse gear is still there. As far as the hooking of the 1st, it is quite less, but still does it a little bit. Hopefully, someone has an opinion of what it might be. I am going to go back to my garage and tell them that it is still happenning. They only charged me 1 hour, 65$. As you know, with trans. problem. price is usually rather high. The clutch was changed at 92K and presently have 145K.
#81 of 397 Re: 01 Jetta TDI Manual Transmission Problem [superfrog66]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 13, 2008 (12:31 pm)
Could be clutch wear or clutch disk hanging up a bit. Do you have cable clutch or hydraulic clutch on that car, I forget.
#82 of 397 Re: 2006 Jetta rough shifting [terrifico]
Feb 18, 2008 (10:04 am)
I have a 2005.5 New Jetta 2.5 Automatic and I had the same problem, it started at about 9,500 miles and was only a hard shift from 1 to 2 gear and got worse where it was hard shifting from 1 to 2 and 2 to 3 so at about 14,000 I started having the dealer look at it at first they said it was the control box and that needed to be replaced, took it in and they did that, and the problem was still there.
So I took it back and they told me that there wasn't a problem but that they would call the VW Rep. I think the VW Rep suggested that this dealer call VW Engineering. They did that and they called and told me that the car needed a New Valve Body (guess this is a box that has little balls in it that when you shift gears the balls inside the valves move). Once they replaced the Valve Body Box the problem went away and I now have 33,800 on my car and the problem has not resurfaced...
My boyfriend has the same exact car just a different color and his never once hard shifted so we knew that it wasn't right. You just have to be persistent with these dealers until you get satisfaction!!!!!
I suggest you take the car back to your dealer and suggest to them that the Valve Body may need to be replaced or that they need to call VW Engineering or your local VW Representative.
Hope this helps and Good Luck!!
#83 of 397 RPM's at 3k 60mph
Feb 27, 2008 (5:20 am)
Okay, My mother leases an 04 Jetta, and I just now found out that the car runs at about 3 RPM's when at 60mph. I noticed it when I rarely ride in her car. She was like " Ya, I thought it ran a little high, and has been doing this for quite a long time". I am like, I am sure it is supposed to be around 2k RPM's for 60mph, that is what my 06 Accord runs at. Now here is the catch, since my mother is pretty slow about saying anything about her car, she has about 50,000 miles on her lease, which is over, but her lease will be up this spring. So I am sure there is not chance it'll be covered at cost of VW. Even though this is not something because of wear and tear, since she said it has been going like this for a long time. Is this normal for the 04 jetta with a 4cyl, Manual? Let me know. I am not sure she will trade for a new one, she might keep this car, if it does need to be fixed, what do you think it is, and what it might cost?? She probably needed to speak up awhile back when it was under warranty... Oh well... Other than that, her car has been flawless.