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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old May 3rd, 2005, 21:34   #1
GoGolfing
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Default 2001 Golf Auto Transmission Slipping / disengaging

At 210,000Km/131,000 miles I've got an AT that performs as if it was low on atf! Problem is: just had the AT service done by a known good independent VW shop. Shifts are rough, sometimes misses. Highway driving is OK except for 6% grade going uphill it's tendency is to downshift and misses (disengages) if I take my foot off the accelerator it catches.

Any ideas??? VW quoted me $4,000 to $7,000 to repair/replace depending on what they find. I find this pricing exhorbitant. How can an auto-transmission be this expensive?

Thanks in advance...

Maybe these trannies are only good for 120K miles - that's what a local (good) dealer told me today.
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Old May 4th, 2005, 08:51   #2
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Default 2001 Golf Auto Transmission Slipping / disengaging

There is someone on this board that just bought a Jetta automatic with I think it was 310K miles, perhaps km's. Either way, they can last the long haul.

It sounds like the work you had done may have not been done properly.
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Old May 7th, 2005, 03:11   #3
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Default 2001 Golf Auto Transmission Slipping / disengaging

Have you reset the fuzzy logic?
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Old May 11th, 2005, 23:10   #4
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Default 2001 Golf Auto Transmission Slipping / disengaging

Yes, hooked up Vagcom and reset but does not clear problem... Local independent shop is quoting around $4500 to repair problems... I've got to find out what it includes.
Pricing the auto-trans at VW parts counter is enough to make a person snap... $7000 list price! for an auto-trans
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Old May 12th, 2005, 14:29   #5
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Check the ATF level again! Slipping on a grade is a sure sign of low ATF; not enough ATF in the sump to hold the clutches in place. Option #2 - the filter could be plugged up, preventing ATF from getting to the pump.
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Old May 13th, 2005, 07:43   #6
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Default Re: 2001 Golf Auto Transmission Slipping / disenga

my 02 jetta is at the tranny shop now,only 72000 mi. these prices I see quoted are very painful. Opened the pan and found lots of metal.I'll stop back with damage report
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Old May 13th, 2005, 11:59   #7
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If you've got very fine metal flakes, it's normal wear & tear. If there's chucks, the fluid & metal shaving feel course (like rough sandpaper) between your fingers - you've got problems. Also smell the ATF - if there's a strong odor of 'burnt rubber' your clutches are fried.
These are just general tips, to keep your tranny guy honest about the condition of your tranny.
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Old May 22nd, 2005, 13:30   #8
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Auto-Transmission replaced this past week. It was toast.
Cost at a local independent was close to $5,000
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