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#3 of 36 Passat 2006+ AT Shifting hesitation issue
Jun 02, 2006 (12:06 pm)
Has anybody else noticed that when coming to a stop and just before stopping completely, you decide to hit the accelerator, there is a very annoying transmission shifting delay.
I asked the VW dealer about it and he told me they were aware of it and that it seems to be an issue with the AT software. He had no idea when a fix would be available.
#4 of 36 Passat 2006 3.6 4Motion - Acceleration Hesitation Issue
Jul 01, 2006 (4:24 am)
I just bought the car a week ago. The hesitation is annoying. I notice it when starting from a stationary position. I also notice it when coasting into a corner and then reappling the accelerator partially through the corner. It delays about half a second before engaging and accelerator. I have started to drive the car in the Tiptronic manual shifting mode and am not experiencing the hesitation. I'm in a wait and see mode, but definitely feeling slight buyers remorse. I should have stuck with a manual transmission. They are more fun to drive anyway.
#6 of 36 Re: Passat 2006 3.6 4Motion - Acceleration Hesitation Issue [tylerb]
Jul 11, 2006 (6:26 pm)
This might be too good to be true but after talking to a friend of mine last Friday that has a 2007 ford mustang, he told me he had the same issue with his car. The ford service department did a throttle sensor reset and the problem went away. So i decided to try the procedure on my car:
1) insert key but do not start car
2) wait for all the information lights to cycle normaly, about 30 seconds.
3) Push the gas pedal all the way to the floor, hold it for about 5 seconds.
4) release gas pedal slowly.
5) Start the car (you must do this for the reset to take effect).
I personally don't notice the delay anymore. good luck.
#8 of 36 Re: Passat 2006 3.6 4Motion - Acceleration Hesitation Issue [tylerb]
Aug 10, 2006 (4:19 pm)
I bought the car the same time you did. I have had the car in 5 times into the shop for the same issue. They finally told me they had a fix for it which I took the car down to them and they updated the software. Well, the throttle is still doing the same thing. I took it back to them one more time and while the car was there they had their sales rep from VW come by and test drive it. He said it's normal for the throttle to act that way. I think we are all screwed. The throttle lag is more than frustrating. I can't stand driving my car. When this car causes an accident because of the major throttle delay then VW may find a fix for it.
#9 of 36 Passat "hesitates on take-off from rolling start"
Aug 27, 2006 (3:12 pm)
I am considering get a brand new car and this will be my first brand-new car(my budget is $18000--26000). After looking at the test-drive numbers, I feel passat is a good fit for me.
I saw the drivers' review saying lows: "1)hesitates on take-off from rolling start; 2)ignition system".
I am confused by (1) a bit: I saw the acceleration number is very good (3 sec to 30 miles; 7.6 sec to 60 miles), but what does this "hesitate" mean? Also, what the ignition system problem?
By the way, anyone can give a comparison between passat and Toyota RAV4 V6 (Sports trim)?
Thanks a lot
#10 of 36 Re: Passat "hesitates on take-off from rolling start" [newbie_vw]
Aug 28, 2006 (5:24 am)
The hesitation probably references the 2.0t model. Turbos tend to have something called Turbo Lag. When you push the gas pedal down, there is a slight delay. I have a 2004 Passat 1.8t and there is turbo lag in my car, but its not too bad. From what I hear, the 2.0t is better in this respect.
Comparing the RAV4 and a Passat? Thats like comparing apples and oranges. One is a SUV (small) and one is a sedan (or wagon). Not sure where to start with that comparison.
Have you driven both?