Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 14 problems related to transmission not engage (under the power train category).
While driving, the car inadvertently disengages the dsg transmission resulting in no power transfer to the wheels. The car also displays an "esp error" (electronic stability program) in conjunction with the transmission problem. Once the car is shifted into park and turned off, and then back on, the problem is resolved temporarily. It happens without warning and poses danger for the driver and occupants. This initially happened 2 months prior after a headlight burned out and the bulb status light on the dash came on. The transmission disengagement event occurred once or twice before the headlight was replaced. After replacing the light bulb, the transmission error appeared to resolve itself. Two months later, the event occurred following the failure of a valve stem with tpms sensor on the tire. The repair shop did not have any tpms sensors in stock and replaced the stem with a rubber one. This resulted in the tpms status light being on in the dash. Coincidentally, within a couple days of this, the dsg transmission /esp error re-emerged. This time around the error occurred every 5 to 10 minutes of driving. This disengagement happened during city and highway driving at varying speeds. Disabling esp and driving in manual mode did not fix the problem. This leaves the occupants in a dangerous situation, especially when driving through construction zones and other areas without adequate shoulders on the road. The car is up to date on preventative maintenance. Car is at 113,000 miles. Extended warranty expired at 109,000. Neither vw of America or warranty company say they can assist. Dealership service cannot specifically diagnose the problem and suggest either mechatronic unit replacement ($2,000) might solve the problem. If not, complete transmission replacement ($5,000) is recommended.
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When the dsg transmission shifts from 2nd to 3rd it does not engage, the rpm gauge almost redlines, then when it engages to 3rd it jerks and the wheels pill out, this is very dangerous and life threatening to me especially since this is my only vehicle I have to get to work! Volkswagen will not fix my vehicle because they said the dsg transmission is sealed. I would like Volkswagen healed responsible for manufacturing an inferior product and selling it to americans putting me in danger. I would like your attorneys to file a class action lawsuit against vw for 1 billion dollars on behalf of the american people, I believe that will make them up, you all have a blessed day and don't buy a Volkswagen.
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The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated while driving 70 mph the transmission disengaged and the vehicle would not accelerate. The transmission position lights were illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. A dealer was notified of the symptoms and stated they knew the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 146,000.
Transmission fails to engage into third gear, then engine revs up, then slams into gear. Transmission stays in third gear regardless of speed. Transmission stays in fifth gear regardless of speed.
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During the snow storm the clutch and the four wheel drive did not engage. I was driving slowly along with the traffic and the as the car started to acsend an incline in the road, it started to skid; and when I engaged the brakes, attempted to change gears, the clutch would not engage. When the car came to a stop,there was a odor of burning rubber. I contacted vw America about the failure, they covered the cost of the part and not the service as a customer appreciation good will gesture.
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2006 vw Jetta with dsg transmission. Vehicle lurched and lost power as if gas had been switched off or transmission was unexpectedly disengaged from engine. This occurred on very hot day, 100+ degrees, while driving on the interstate. Vehicle regained power 2-3 seconds after loss. This happened 4 to 5 times on a 400 mile drive. One time occurred while passing and forced me to take action and cancel my pass of the slower moving vehicle. This has occurred in the past but it was only on a very hot drive about a year or two ago.
Transmission spontaneously disengages while vehicle is moving. Problem sometimes fixes itself immediately, sometimes the vehicle needs to be restarted in order for the problem to be cleared. The dealership is aware of the problem, but is unwilling to fix it sitting that they cannot reproduce the circumstances surrounding the problems. The dealership will only examine the problem 24 hours before I incur charges for the loaner vehicle. So far no parts have been replaced, and no work has been done beyond attempts to reproduce the problem. This problem caused a near accident at highway speeds when it occurred while the engine cruise control was engaged. After disengaging power, the engine revved to red line, the transmission then re-engaged. This problem occurs frequently, up to 3 times per week.
While driving at approximately 65 mph on I-95, car disengaged from transmission. Engine revved, but slowed down. At approximately 45 mph, transmission re-engaged. At same time, center display flickered and began indicating all drive modes. On July 10, 2009, while stopped at an intersection, the same thing happened. When I pressed the accelerator, the engine revved, but transmission didn't engage, and wouldn't engage, until I restarted the car. As the intersection was on a slight downgrade, this left me in the middle of the intersection, until I was able to restart the vehicle.
08 vw Jetta dsg trans. After the trans is warmed up, the car is jerky taking off from a stop, as if the clutch is not engaged properly. On a few occasions, it seemed that no power was being transmitted to the wheels, leaving the vehicle in the middle of an intersection. Once the rpms came down, the trans. Engaged, and the car became mobile again. The "jerkiness" from a stop is almost all the time once the car warms up, the total lack of power transmission has only happened once or twice. The car was tested by the vw dealer service dept. A new mechtronic unit is on order.
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Dsg transmission disengaged while driving down brooklyn-queens expressway traveling 50mph, had to coast car from left lane to right side shoulder. Incident happened about 3-4 times when care had less than 700 miles from new purchase.
I have a 2002 Volkswagen automatic tdi Jetta and the car will not engage when I shift it in reverse. It either rolls forward or just revs without engaging. I called the dealership and they said the transmission needs to be replaced and it is a common problem with 2002 Jetta's. It is not under any warranty and will be costly to fix.
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2006 vw Jetta tdi (turbodeisel) with dsg transmission: when car is parked on inclined surface with front end lower than rear end, car will not smoothly engage reverse gear. Vehicle transmission will either not engage reverse gear at all, or without any warning will abruptly engage and catapult vehicle in reverse 4 to 5 feet even when gradually increasing engine revs. This is dangerous safety issue when backing out into parking lot lanes with oncoming traffic. Also, vehicle continues to roll forward or reverse approximately 6 inches depending on incline when placed in park position and after brake released.
Automatic transmission failed to engage into fourth gear while traveling on highway, and will kick out of fourth gear into third gear while driving. Dealership has examined vehicle ,and performed problem reoccurred two days later. The dealer replaced the sensor first and later on added a parallel cable.
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Vehicle will not fully disengage from first to second gear, cause unknown.
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|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Manual Transmission problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Automatic Transmission Gear Indicator problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||
|Clutch Pedal/linkage problems||
|Clutch Broken problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||