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Transmission Gear Slipping Problems of Volkswagen Beetle



Volkswagen Beetle owners have reported 22 problems related to transmission gear slipping (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle 1
Failure Date: 04/05/2013

First of all< your form won"t let me select transmission< that is why I selected engine> the problem is the transmission>>>>> I was driving at 45 mph, suddenly transmission slips into neutral. Pressing accelerator did not help. Coasted to side of road. Moved transmission selector thru gears including reverse. Car did not move, then suddenly the transmission jumped into gear and lurched forward. Very scary! I was pointing towards the road when the car lurched forward from a stop, my quick response avoided me lurching into passing traffic. I kept moving,along the shoulder, but the car wasn't upshifting until I reached approx 45 mph, then it slammed into the next gear. Jumped back into neutral, then slammed into next gear.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 2
Failure Date: 10/26/2012

Newly purchased vehicle that has a know issue. The tiptronic automatic transmission slips during gear changing. Vw refuses to fix the issue because it is out of the 4 year warranty but the vehicle has less that 50000 miles. There is a know issue for this but I will have to pay $6500 for the repairs>??? not fair for new buyers who are kept in the dark about a know issue. .

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 3
Failure Date: 09/19/2012

Transmission slips second gear through fifth gear. Contacted 2 vw dealers and was told by them vw made bad transmissions in this year. They know of the problem and want 6000 dollars to fix it! ## VIN passed ## vw Beetle 2004 ##.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 4
Failure Date: 06/25/2012

The transmission is slipping and n flaring. The car hesitates and then lunges forward upon acceleration. I had a mechanic look at it and he said the transmission needs to be replaced. There is a class action lawsuit in process for this vehicle. ## VIN passed ## Volkswagen Beetle 2004 tdi ##.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Beetle 5
Failure Date: 05/19/2012

2003 Volkswagen Beetle owner blogs, failed transmission is a common and frequent occurrence. /31/bf the consumer stated that upon starting the car and shifting it moved forward for a few seconds and then stopped. The engine still ran fine but, the transmission did not shift to higher gears. The transmission slipped and the car would not move forward. Updated 06/06/12.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 6
Failure Date: 05/02/2011

My car is a certified used vw Beetle. The transmission started slipping a few months ago, along with other parts of the car. . Read more...


car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 7
Failure Date: 05/01/2011

Purchased my 2004 convertible Beetle in may of 2011 with 83,000 miles and within a few days the transmission began slipping and jerking. It started getting worse as time went on, so we had a mechanic put in some lucas trans fix, it helped a little but did not fix the problem. The slipping and jerking is a definite safety issue and has to be recalled. Noticed on edmunds. Com that there are numerous complaints regarding the transmission slipping and jerking. Also noticed that vw America has not taken responsibility for this issue. So I am documenting my complaint and I am asking all 2004 Beetle owners to do the same in hopes to put pressure on vw to take responsibility. The engineers responsible for the transmission failed this program, I hope you idiots take responsibility for your mistakes.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 8
Failure Date: 04/11/2011

Dsg 6 speed automatic transmission slips into neutral while driving. Dash panel drive display illuminates as a single bar. Esp indicator flashes and stays on. Must pull off road and turn engine off, wait and start engine again. May or may not allow car to shift properly afterwards. Used roadi rdt45 scan tool to check for fault code. Transmission fault code 18262/p1854 "data bus power train hardware defective" came up repeatedly. Vw dealership acknowledged same fault code, cleared fault and told car owner if transmission slips into neutral again the mechatronics assembly would have to be replaced at a cost of approximately $2,000. The vw dealership told car owner that there is no extended warranty nor recall on this model year and transmission. The car owner must pay the repair cost.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 9
Failure Date: 04/01/2011

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle. The contact stated while driving 20 mph the transmission started slipping and the vehicle would not shift into any gear. The vehicle could not be driven. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated the transmission needed to be replaced for $4000. There were no recalls or related warranties. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000. The current mileage was 60,000. Rvk.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 10
Failure Date: 09/15/2010

I own a 2004 vw new Beetle, GLS 2. 0 automatic, with 56,000 miles on it. I was making a quick trip down the street at around 30mph when my gears suddenly started slipping, causing my rpm to shoot dangerously high and my car to slow down. The next day I drove the car under 30mph to work (1. 5 miles away) and the problem persisted. The only way I could drive safely was to let off of the gas every time the gear changed and slipped. I then took the car to a transmission repair shop and was told that the transmission needs to be rebuilt. The gentleman I spoke with at the shop said he had seen a lot of vw Beetles coming in with the same problem, all under 100k miles. Unfortunately I do not have $4,000 to replace the transmission on my car and am now left without transportation indefinitely. I am extremely angered by the fact that this would happen to a car at only 56,000 miles.


 
car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Beetle 11
Failure Date: 09/01/2010

I have a 2000 vw Beetle. I bought this car from the dealership with 100,000 miles on it. The first week it began acting crazy and I took it back to the dealership and I was told "sold as is". I have spent $3000 on this car fixing various electrical problems. This car is extremely unsafe. The transmission needs to be recalled immediately! it jumps and jerks at weird times and almost causes someone to rear end me. I've already invested a grand trying to resolve the transmission issue but the car will act fine for the first few days and then the problem will begin again. The third gear always slips and you get whiplash. It feels as if they gear is about to drop out of the car!! the engine misfires on the highway and no problem can be found by my mechanic. He tells me they are just random misfires! that is dangerous going down the highway at 70 mphs and the car shoot down to 50 and jerk on I-40 in winston salem. In the rain, it will jerk even worse, almost like the transmission is jumping out of the hood! my abs lights will flash at weird times as well as my brake light. I have had my brakes checked, not the brakes. Something now stays on in the car that no mechanic can pinpoint which causes the battery to go dead everytime you turn the car off. The gauges tend to not want to work some of the time and the mileage will even stop reading. Sometimes the gas pedal does not connect and will stop accelerating eventhough your pushing on the gas upon take off. The alarm goes off at all times during the day and not for no reason and various times when I crank the car. To top this all off, the fuses on top of my battery caught on fire! I was told by my mechanic that this was a common problem, no problems could be blamed for this event. Someone needs to recall something before someone gets hurt!.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Beetle 12
Failure Date: 04/02/2010

I had transmission problems on my 2006 vw Beetle which only had 90,000 miles. Between 2nd and 3rd gear it would slip and then jump into the gear. This happened when accelerating and decelerating. I had to stay at least a car length back when stopping at a signal light just in case it jumped and hit the car in front of me. I had to spend $6000. 00 to get a new transmission.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 13
Failure Date: 03/10/2010

I bought a 2005 vw new Beetle convertible in 2005 with the optional 6 speed automatic transmission. The car now has approx 80000 milles on the odometer and the transmission jerks and slips in all gears. The tachmometer winds 3000 rpms above what the engine should running at any particular speed when this occurs. During these circumstances in traffic I press the accelerator pedal and the car will not respond which places me at risk of a collision.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle 14
Failure Date: 12/19/2009

I have a 2001 vw Beetle transmission slips in 1st and 2nd gear and took to a shop and they said I need a new transmission.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 15
Failure Date: 12/03/2009

My 2005 vw Beetle transmission began slipping and jerking about 2 months ago. I t has 50+ k miles on it. Finally took it into armstrong vw dealer in gladstone or and was took it was the "transmission valve" and would cost more than $2000. 00 to repair and it was not covered under warranty!! the dealer's service dept now tells me that if I pay $550. 00 for a complete 45k mile tuneup that vw will replace the part for free. Yes, the car has over 50k miles on it! please note that I have the Beetle serviced at a local garage but the dealer tells me that the tuneup must be done by a vw dealer! this is a hostage situation. It appears from internet research that many, many owners of vw Beetles are having the same problem. This lurching has nearly caused an accident on three different occasions.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Beetle 16
Failure Date: 11/10/2009

Vw Beetle transmission slips and jerks, may other individuals are complaining also. Very unsafe and the company does not seem to believe it is a defect in their product. Consumers need help.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Beetle 17
Failure Date: 11/08/2009

2003 vw Beetle, transmission slips between 2nd and 3rd gear on upshift. Vw 'rebuilt' the transmission last year but problem returned.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 18
Failure Date: 10/25/2009

2005 vw Beetle transmission slipping---shifting from 2nd to 3rd, engine revs and trans slams into 3rd. Gives no warning. Hasn't developed a noticeable pattern. With just under 47,000 miles there is no maintenance related reason this should be occurring. Add this one to the complaint file along with the similar transmission issues. Awaiting dealer judgment to determine next course of action.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 19
Failure Date: 07/17/2009

2004 vw Beetle transmission slipping between 2nd and 3rd gear. It started around 67000 miles and happens just after the vehicle reaches operating temperature. Dealership says transmission needs to be replaced at $7000. I have also read on the internet and I have noted there have been extensive complaints regarding this particular yr model Beetle with the same type transmission problem. Dealer will not help, but stated they know of the issue but are unable to do anything until vw take ownership of the issue, there has been no recall issued yet on this vehicle.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 20
Failure Date: 09/02/2008

2004 vw Beetle transmission slipping between 3rd and 4th gear. In my vehicle it started around 66500 miles and happens just after the vehicle reaches operating temperature every day. I have made an appt with dealership to have this looked at. I have looked on the internet and I have noted there have been numerous complaints regarding this particular yr model Beetle and the same type transmission problem. There has been no recall yet on this vehicle.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 21
Failure Date: 11/10/2006

When slowing for a red light the transmission slams into the lower gear. . Usually 4 to 3rd, but not always in that gear. Dealer said it was a problem in all the transmissions. , but will not do anything about it. Dealer did replace a throttle body before warranty ran out. Problem has recurred and now the transmission is slipping in the gears. This is a major issue. Just google this problem and see what pops up.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle 22
Failure Date: 04/15/2005

Purchased 2005 vw Beetle with 7,300 miles assured full warranty. . . . Guaranteed paint on front bumper would be corrected. . . Did it twice still peeling off. . . . Electric windows repaired twice. . . . Began making noises when weather was damp. . . Took it to be checked out and was assured it would not always happen but normal. . . Told them transmission seemed to be slipping. . . . One headlight had a short, and then recall on brakelight. . . They did repair that. . . But informed me that was all they had time to do that do due to recall. . . Gas cap cover was sticking as well. . . Didn't fix it either. . . . Then my air bag light came on. . . Took it in for recall on that . . . After it was supposedly fixed airbag light did not go off, insisted it had nothing to do with sensor that was recalled. . . Noise in front end began and floorboard flooded during heavy rain. . . . With no obvious entry point. . . . Did search for problems with vw Beetles and there are thousands having the very same problems I have been experiencing. . . . Now heat gauge light comes off and on, alarm randomly sounds. . . . . But noise in front end concerns me greatly. . . Would not even diagnose car without $98 bucks an hour labor charge to find problems. . . . This car only has 34,952 miles on it and it is falling apart. . . No way can all these problems be fixed and me make payments. . . . But thousands are having these very same problems. . . Why has our government not insisted on a recall. . . . .