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#10 of 41 Acceration Problem on 2002 Cabby
Dec 07, 2007 (6:13 pm)
Hello all! I hope someone out there can give me some advice. I have 35K miles on my 2002 Cabrio, which has an automatic transmission. Over the past week or so I've had problems accelerating. The car is sluggish and jerks a little between 1st and 2nd gears and has a hard time even going above 60mph. I've noticed that it seems worse when the engine is cold (however, I live in Los Angeles so cold doesn't really mean COLD). The suggestions that I've heard so far are spark plugs and tranmission replacements - does anyone have other advice? I don't have a lot of money to throw at the problem so I don't want to pay for unnecessary repairs. Thanks!
#11 of 41 010 Cabrio Transmission Throwing Fluid.
Dec 30, 2007 (8:58 am)
I really need some insight on this one...... 010 in '87 Cabrio throwing fluid.
Replaced seal and torque converter bushing. Still threw fluid. Pulled anew,
and replaced seal again, along with torque converter. The fluid still flies!
Is there some 'input shaft seal' that is leaking out onto my converter and flying out the openings of the bell housing?
#12 of 41 stupid trannys!
Mar 27, 2008 (1:33 pm)
we all want to know the same thing...why we cant do it ourselves and not spend the crazy amount of money...ask auto zone..i guess that is my answer. Anyways its a 98 cabrio and im actually inclined being a female and i want answers darn it....
#13 of 41 1998 VW CABRIO AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS
May 19, 2008 (3:08 pm)
I just bought a 1998 VW Cabrio for my son. I started to notice that when you step on the accelerator there is a slight delay and then it jerks forward. After I drive it a little the problem seems to go away. The Automotive Consumer Guide stated that "the transmission may shift late, may not upshift, or may downshift unnecessarily due to a bad transmission-fluid-temperature sensor". Has anyone experienced this problem or has any suggestions?
#14 of 41 Re: 1998 VW CABRIO AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS [seawarrior]
May 19, 2008 (5:02 pm)
YES!!! My car is also a 98 automatic, I bought it a year a half ago from a used dealership. 6 months in my car began to do the same thing. To this day the problem has not been fixed. I've taken it to a couple mechanics and they can't seem to do much. You can feel the car about to do it so tell your son to just let go of the accelerator put it in neutral accelerate a little and then back to drive. It won't do a hard jolt just a small soft one. I am looking for the same info as you are I just don't want it to become a huge problem.
#15 of 41 Re: 1998 VW CABRIO AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS [cortez_01]
May 19, 2008 (6:33 pm)
Thanks for the advise. If the sensor replacement doesn't look too difficult I may try to replace it, just to see if it works.
#16 of 41 Man Trans Changed Under Wrnty at 86K Miles 1999 Cabrio
Jun 04, 2008 (2:25 am)
I am original owner of 99.5 Cabrio GLS Manual. I never take my car to dealer. I change my own oil and recently did my first tune up at 80K miles. Car runs great, until I heard a very loud noise under my car when driving, I knew I could not fix this one so I brought it straigt to the dealer (a rare action but I knew I had powertrain wrnty). They called me back and said no trouble found. I asked them to take the car on an extended test drive, then they called me back and said yes I needed a clutch for $1450. I said no thanks paid the $120 assessment fee and drove straigt to mama papa repair shop who quote me clutch replacement for $500. The mama papa shop was real cool and told me in less then 15 minutes I did not have a clutch problem at all but a trans problem. I drove straight back to VW dealer and very politely told them of the mama papa diagnosis. VW dealer held to their original position of this is a clutch issue and they wanted to charge me to look further into the problem. I kept my cool and had to in essence force them to pull some fluid out of the tranny to prove there would be shavings in their (step the mama papa suggested I do if they balked at me...which they did). VW dealer reluctantly did pull some fluid and their ego was hurt further as there was in fact evidence of a tranny problem that was fortunately covered under the 10yr/100K warranty. They still said I have a "suspected" clutch problem, which I do not believe, but I decided to have them change the clutch (what I consider a maintenance item) and flywheel for $640 since most all the labor but 1hr would have been covered under the tranny wrnty.
Hope this helps anyone. Glad I did not forget about my 10yr/100k wrnty
#17 of 41 Re: 1998 VW CABRIO AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS [seawarrior]
Jul 30, 2008 (7:45 am)
In 2005 I started having problems shifing my 1998 Used Cabrio, I had to bring it to over 3,000 RPM's and then back off the accelerator to shift to 2nd and over 4,000 back off to shift to 3rd. I brought it to a dealership (I hate the dealerships), they said that the transmission memorizes the driver and they reset the codes. It worked for a little while. When it started up again I brought it to another dealership who wanted to change the module ($ 1,200). I put it off and just last week brought it to Aamco who investigated through Volkswagon and found out that the 98 Cabrio was a test for this transmission module which memorizes the driver. He replaced it with a new module and also discovered because I drove it and shifted mannually that I need my transmission rebuilt, total cost $ 3,400. I hope I did not get ripped off, however I can tell you my next car will be something that does not involve the dealership. I love my Cabrio but all roads lead to expensive repair.
#18 of 41 Shifting trouble automatic
Nov 28, 2008 (12:18 pm)
Hi, we have a 99 cabrio, automatic. Having trouble with it shifting. Gets up to about 4000 rpms or so and then must take foot off gas to shift into next gear. Had transmission checked, and is ok. Any ideas?
Apr 25, 2009 (7:02 pm)
I just bought a 2000 VW Cabrio(automatic). It seems to be slipping out of gear between first and second and it only has 80,000 miles on it! I dont see how this is possible!? I am hoping it isnt the transmission....any ideas as to what it could be!?