20th Jun 2012, 17:30
Everyone, try an after market transfer range switch (neutral safety switch). I put mine in myself (sorta easy). The tranny was acting the fool for a long time. I have a 1.8 turbo with Tiptronic that I bought used @ 76,000. It now has 118,000. It suddenly runs like the wind! I like this little car a lot. Especially with some new 245/17 tires. Sorry about everyone's suffering. Good luck.
20th Jul 2012, 23:52
Hello, what issues was your car having? My 2005 Jetta 1.8T needs to warmup before driving. The transmission shop diagnosed no tranny issue. Thanks.
15th Sep 2012, 17:21
I have a 2002 1.8t, and I'm having problems shifting to second in the morning. Once it's warmed up you wouldn't even think it has a issue. We have no idea what the problem is. Tranny fluid was put in. Our mechanic broke the plastic hose to the turbo, and failed to fix that, so could this be the reason why it doesn't want to shift to second in the morning?
7th May 2013, 19:02
Interesting how you (unfairly) wish to hold the manufacturer accountable for your oversight. Interference engines must have timing belt replaced on or before the recommended mileage. If it isn't done, it IS going to break, but you know that now? Do you also blame cigarette manufacturers for giving smokers lung cancer?
9th May 2013, 03:31
Stay away from these cars! They may look good and drive well, but they are total unreliable money pits. Every part and repair is vastly overpriced, and many mechanics will not even touch these.
My girlfriend learned the hard way with hers, had to sell it at a huge loss after 3 years as the engine repairs were more expensive than the car's value. Buy something else!
21st Aug 2014, 13:25
Well a timing belt is normal maintenance and not the car's fault, and CV axles... they are common on any car.
22nd Oct 2014, 03:57
Did you ever figure out what was wrong with your car? Mine seems to be doing the same thing. It takes me about 15-20 minutes to warm up my car. If I try to drive it without warming it up, the RPM goes crazy and it idles really rough. Starts to jerk and make a really loud noise. Help! =\
22nd Oct 2014, 19:00
Check that the thermostat is not stuck in the open position - that happened to my Audi (another VW product), and the fuel consumption went up because it was running in open-loop mode and the computer ran the car rich. If your car's fine when warm, it's likely it has something to do with either the thermostat or the coolant sensor feeding into the computer.
24th Mar 2015, 23:28
Do you have to get the transmission computer fixed at the dealer? Or could Aamco do it?