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Volkswagen Cabrio, Convertible
#20 of 41 Re: Help! [mregets]
May 10, 2009 (7:54 am)
I have a 2000 VW Cabrio with 60,000 miles on it and it does the same thing when the engine is cold. It's the computer transmission fluid sensor malfunctioning. There's nothing wrong with the transmission. Try warming up your car first. That seems to work.
May 20, 2009 (9:12 am)
this is probly gonna sound like a dumb question... but... i have recently replaced all the hoses/fluids ect.. in my 1997 cabrio. but i cant find where to add transmission fluid. i really need to know if someone can give an answer soon im trying to take a trip to the beach this next week.. thanks!!
#22 of 41 Re: Help! [doonebuggy]
May 20, 2009 (9:15 am)
p.s. does anyone else here have a convertable too?
#23 of 41 Re: Help! [doonebuggy]
May 20, 2009 (11:30 am)
When my daughter got her Cabrio, I planned on doing all the basic stuff since it's maintenance was questionable. I ordered a transmission filter online and then started looking for instructions on changing the tranny fluid. It wasn't the simple task I'm used to in most cars. Fluid has to be warmed to a certain temperature, etc before filling requiring special equipment. I'm not entirely sure if just topping the tranny fluid would require the same equipment, but I fear it might. When I get home, I'll try to remember to look through the haynes manual and see what it says.
#24 of 41 Re: Help! [doonebuggy]
May 24, 2009 (9:04 pm)
not a stupid question.....but, i'd put a hundred on it saying you have a great CLOSED tranny. The only way to check or fill or change the fluid is only through the dealership and costs 45 times more....best of luck.
#26 of 41 HI DOONEBUGGY
Oct 07, 2009 (5:23 am)
Doonebuggy, You seem to know a lot about this subject. I've got a 1999 1/2 Cabrio with a closed transmission. Is there any other option for servicinig the transmission besides the dealer? They claim that most of the cost is for the transmission fluid, not sure if that is correct or not. Is it difficult to do, any parts involved besides the fluid? I gues you know the car is an automatic.
#27 of 41 Re: HI DOONEBUGGY [dmhawk58]
Oct 07, 2009 (11:04 am)
I'm not doonebuggy, but maybe I can help. When we got my daughter's '97 Cabrio, it came with no service records. I went online and ordered all of the various maintenance parts I thought would be useful, including a new tranny filter. I also picked up a Haynes service manual for it. I quickly noticed that there was no process for replacing the filter in the manual.
Upon further investigation, I found that while you can get into the tranny and replace the filter, refilling it was the problem. VW uses some type of machine that pre-heats the fluid prior to filling. Alledgely, having the fluid at the right temp ensures that it flows properly through all the little nooks and crannies in the tranny and that is the only way to ensure proper fill level.
One webpage suggested draining the tranny, measuring the amount of fluid drained at "room" temp, and putting that much back in. While I guess that could work, I instead took it to a local independant garage that specializes in VW. The cost was probably about 60% of what a VW dealership would charge. Unfortunately, my daughter has our service records for the car so I can't give you an exact $$ amount.
This is my family's first VW and one thing I can tell you for sure... it's not user friendly if you like to do your own maintenance!
#28 of 41 Automatic transmission problems
Dec 02, 2009 (1:01 pm)
I bought my 98 cabrio at a used car dealership almost 2 years ago with 89k miles and it has been nothing but problems and me cleaning up the messes of the previous owners. A few months ago it started to have problems shifting into the right gear. I went to my regular mechanic who said he could not check the fluid because the way VWs are made, so I took it to the dealership who told me it was giving a code that it needed a part and they would order it for me, but then very rudely did not call me back and when I called the day before my service appointment they told me the part isn't made anymore. I took it to Aamco from the advice of my dad, they checked the fluid and the fluid was burned but there was no metal in it so the car was fine. The problems seemed to go away but a month later they started again. I got a tune up at 100k miles as Aamco recommended and that seemed to help but soon after the problems came back. I took it back to Aamco today and they tell me it needs new fluid and a new filter which will be $285 so I left it there overnight because I need my car by Friday. If this does not fix it I don't know what I'm going to do. I have a Wheelz warranty I bought with the car and I'm hoping that if it's expensive it will be covered but I know warranty companies make money by denying claims. I am really doing everything I can and taking it for all the oil changes and maintenance services it needs but no one has been able to fix this problem or even tell me what it is.
#29 of 41 Re: Wife is beating the hell out of the auto gearshift [cabman2]
Dec 17, 2009 (3:23 pm)
I have the same problem. Did you get an answer or solution?