Transmission Gear Slipping problems of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta

Four problems related to transmission gear slipping have been reported for the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta based on all problems reported for the 2002 Jetta.

car   Transmission Gear Slipping problem 1
Failure Date: 11/18/2011

I have a 2002 Jetta & in November 2011, I began experiencing issues with the automatic transmission. It only occurs when the car is cold & after warming up, the issues go away. Upon starting the vehicle, the car shifts hard between the 1st, 2nd & 3rd gears. It revs up between each gear then jumps to the next gear. I took it into one vw dealer service shop who told me that there were several issues, that the transmission was slipping, I had a vacuum leak & the cb boot is split. The transmission would need to be completely replaced costing me $5811. 56 (parts and labor). The car has 103,508 miles. I took the car to another vw dealer shop to get a second opinion and they ran test and said that there was nothing wrong. Frustrated with the vw service shops, I decided to take it to a transmission repair - they stated that since this was a sealed transmission I would need to have it rebuilt which would cost $2,500-$3,500. Who knows if this will actually correct the issue since nobody can pinpoint what is wrong or diagnose the issue! I researched it online, and countless '02 Jetta owners are experiencing the exact issues. . Read more...

car   Transmission Gear Slipping problem 2
Failure Date: 04/22/2010

I have always followed the recommended service schedule for my car. The owner manual doesn't mention replacing the transmission fluid for the life of the car. The car has 69500 miles. Three days ago while driving uphill I accelerated but the car did not pick up speed while the rpm went considerably higher (6000 rpm). I went to see my mechanic (a certified vw mechanic) who said that the transmission was slipping and not downgrading as it should and I should consider changing the transmission fluid as a possible remedy. He explained that a transmission fluid level could be the cause. He also said that since the transmission is "sealed" it was all he could do to try to remedy the problem. How can a "sealed" transmission that requires no maintenance be low in fluid ? he did change the transmission fluid and told me that the fluid was almost as dark as coffee, an indication that there was an issue inside the transmission. After changing the fluid the problem did not go away and gradually got worse. Three days later my transmission is extremely noisy and I can only run the car in "manual"mode in order to change the gears. I can no longer accelerate in 4th or 5th gear and just use them while cruising (at a maximum speed of 45 mph. Vw has a 60000 miles warranty on the power train but a quick search on google revealed that a lot of 2002 Jetta owners had their transmission go bad around 70000 to 85000 miles. Vw used to have 100000 miles warranty and reduced it to 60000, just below the mileage at which the transmission seem to break down. I suspect that they know their transmissions are defective and cut down the warranty in order not to have to bear the financial burden of a defective design. Considering the number of 2002 Jetta owner that have had to replace their "sealed" transmission around 70000 it seems to indicate a trend or at least a known problem with the part. I am now left with changing the transmission at a cost of around $5000. Please investigate.

car   Transmission Gear Slipping problem 3
Failure Date: 12/01/2006

Transmission slips, doesn't grab when you first put it into drive. Shifts hard, between 1st and 2nd gears. Have almost backed into cars when in drive. Then I have to give it gas to move forward and almost hit car parked in front of me, with parallel parking. Also jumps really bad when I give it a lil gas sometimes, like at stop lights.

car   Transmission Gear Slipping problem 4
Failure Date: 01/10/2004

1) transmission slips, and causes a thud. Have taken vehicle to dealership 3 times and nothing has been done to correct this problem. 2) led display disappears. Have informed dealership of this problem twice and nothing has been done to correct this problem. 3) brakes are mushy. Have informed dealership once and nothing has been done to correct this problem. 4) vehicle is sluggish when accelerating. Have informed dealership once. 5) engine light has come on, and there is peculiar smell. Have informed dealership once.

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