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Transmission Stuck In Gear Problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 17 problems related to transmission stuck in gear (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Volkswagen Jetta based on all problems reported for the Jetta.

car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 10/11/2014

Vehicle just exited freeway onto exit ramp. While braking from highway speed, at approximately 10-15 mph, there was a loud noise and the engine stalled. Wheels were locked, as if it was stuck in gear. Vehicle skid slightly into intersection on wet pavement. Vehicle was still in drive when car stalled. Vehicle was shifted into park and restarted. No warning lights came on after or before to indicate engine problems. Vehicle was taken to vw dealership for inspection.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 07/14/2014

Car was driving on the interstate when problems began. When the gas pedal was pushed, the car's tach just revved up with no acceleration. The car began to slow down and we had to pull off the interstate. Upon exiting, the car seemed to be stuck in gear but would not accelerate. We tried switching to sport mode and manual mode but neither made a difference. No warning lights came on. Car struggled to maintain 15mph upon exiting freeway and was limped into a parking lot. This could have caused a very serious crash as vehicle would not accelerate or change gears.

car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 01/06/2014

While merging onto the freeway, as I reached 60mph the car lunged and the engine began revving over 6000rpm. It felt like the car was stuck in 3rd gear. The gear/drive mode display led began flashing constantly. The car would not shift up to a higher gear so I moved into slower lanes and kept the car at about 5000rpm/55mph until it was safe to stop. The car geared down as I decelerated but appeared to skip a gear and lunged at each shift. I tried switching between drive and sport mode but there was no change. When I finally was able to bring the car to a stop I discovered the reverse gear did not engage. It simply went into neutral. I shut the car down, waited a minute and started it again. It no longer had any visible problems or error messages. I later learned this is a known issue with the dsg transmission and is referred to as the 'dsg flash of death'.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 10/18/2013

When coming to stop at a red light, there was an engine fault workshop warning message and a blinking yellow glow plug warning light. When the light turned green, the car felt sluggish, needing extra throttle than usual to get to 35mph. After stopping at the next red light, the car was stuck in first gear (only 30 seconds after the warning light), and I could only get to 10mph in a 35mph zone. Turning on my hazard blinkers, I was lucky that there was a dedicated left turn lane into a parking lot, otherwise I would not have been able to safely pull over to the right shoulder from the left lane before the engine died.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 05/01/2013

While in drive on the highway at 70 mph, dsg transmission slipped into neutral, where it became locked. Esp icon on dash illuminated. I had to coast to the side of the road in heavy traffic. After coming to a stop I put the vehicle into park. I was then unable to remove the vehicle from park because the shifter became locked. I turned the vehicle off, and restarted it, and that seemed to fix it; as I was then able to shift into drive. During this, I had my 10 month old and 4 yr old in the car with me. . . A scary and unsafe situation with heavy and fast moving traffic, while left stuck revving in neutral with no power available to move me out of harms way. Just glad I was able to maneuver my vehicle over to safety. Similar situation happened after refueling that same day. Started car, shifted to drive, esp icon came on, transmission was stuck and revving in neutral, even though I was in drive. Shifted into park, where it again became locked and unable to shift. Turned vehicle off and back on, and was ok.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 10/03/2012

Picked up the car from the dealer on 10/03/12 at 11:00 a. M. It was new---had 47 miles on the odometer. Drove it to work and then arrived home at 6:45 that evening with odometer reading 81 miles. As I was parking the car in the garage I put it into reverse to back it into the spot and then switched the gear(this is a automatic transmission) to drive to straighten out. The car continued to move backwards in reverse and if I had not had my foot on the brake I would have crashed into the concrete wall of the garage. Tried to put the car back into drive--the gear shift was stuck in reverse. I turned off the car and of course, could not start it again because the car was in reverse. The electrical panel on the dashboard continued to read that the car was in park. Tow truck driver arrived and he had to manually pull the cable wire in the engine while the car was running to change gears and get the car to start. This is a very serious problem---the dealer and Volkswagen claim it has been fixed by simply tightening a clasp on the transmission cable. Why was the clasp loose? I maintain this is a design flaw. If I had been trying to make a u turn in traffic or park on the street the result could have been horrific. . I am petrified to drive the car again and the dealership and Volkswagen want to sweep this incident under the rug. Please investigate and prevent this from happening to someone else. Thank you.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 04/18/2012

Vehicle has manual transmission, driver selected first gear at an intersection, pulled away from light when it changed to green, tried to change to second gear, however gear lever stuck in first gear, would not move into neutral, luckily driver had enough forward momentum to clear intersection and roll off to the side of the road. With engine running driver is unable to select a gear, only way to put transmission into a gear is to turn off the engine, vehicle taken to Volkswagen dealer for repair, clutch pressure plate had cracked in half.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 09/06/2011

My cars transmission did not respond to the accelerator input- the car seemed to be stuck in neutral but the indicator was in the drive position - this happened while at speed and I had to maneuver out of traffic to get off to the side of the road - I was almost hit as I could not accelerate the car because of this problem. The car needed to be towed away for repair.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 08/27/2010

We have a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta with the 1. 8t engine and the transmission is failing. At times it has gotten stuck in first gear while on the highway. It also slips between second and third gear causing the car to lose all power. In general, it has been a danger to drive on the highway and you cannot get out of the righthand lane because you need to be able to pull quickly to the side in case of a rapid downshift or loss of power while it can't find the gear. Vw repair shop says it is a known problem with this transmission (09a) and that Volkswagen has refused to deal with it. The repair cost for a new transmission is $5k!.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 07/07/2010

My 2010 vw Jetta dsg automatic transmission I experience a lot of strange shifting patterns when driving the car the transmission was shifting upwards of 7000+ rpm I took it in for service and made the complaint and they loaded some new parameters in the computer to put it back to normal but I still get intermittent shifting . And when coming to a stop sometimes the car feels like its stuck in neutral meaning you step on the gas to go and there's an hesitation. I feel there is a problem with this transmission and just feel that I should report this for it could cause a safety issue if there's a sudden acceleration or the car fails to move at all when pulling out into traffic .

car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 08/12/2009

Car was on a terminal access ramp at an airport, at less than 20mph when it suddenly lost all motive power with the engine still running. The "p-r-n-d-1-2" on the instrument cluster was flashing on and off and the transmission seemed to be stuck in neutral regardless of where the automatic transmission selector was placed. Car had to be towed to a vw dealer and was diagnosed with a defective/ failed "mechatronic unit" car remained at dealership for six (6) weeks waiting for parts. Car was returned on 09-23-2009 and appears to operate normally.

car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 10/28/2008

I bought this car a little over 1 month ago on sept 18, 2008 and 1 week after buying it, I started experiencing issues w/ it not wanting to shift out of park and shifting hard while driving, it was taken to a transmission shop and they rebuilt the transmission for me. I have had no further issues w/ the transmission since then, however today, I was driving home from work and when I was slowing down for a red light, it downshifted extremely hard and now is stuck in first gear.

car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 13
Failure Date: 08/17/2006

: the contact stated while shifting gears, the shifter became stuck in park. The dealer replaced the lock shift twice in the last two years and the problem reoccurred.

car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 14
Failure Date: 01/28/2005

I took my 2002 Jetta wagon 1. 8t auto/tiptronic (45,000 mi) to an independent vw service shop for an oil change and to check a "check engine" light. The mechanic told me he has seen a problem before involving paint contamination in the transmission fluid. Basically, the inside of the transmission oil pan where the fluid sits is painted, and the heat of the fluid causes the paint to flake off and contaminate the fluid. This mechanic recommended to have the tranny replaced at a vw dealer. So, I took the car to an authorized vw dealer and they also confirmed the paint contamination problem. However, they replaced the tranny oil pan, a seloniod valve (n281) and flushed the tranny fluid as recommended by vw of America. I was able to confirm with the service manager that the new pan was also painted and he could not answer if the paint spec had changed to remedy the problem. I called vw of America to state my concern and to request a new transmission. They told me they could not replace the transmission. 9 months later (64,000 mi) my car down shifts to 4 gear while driving down the freeway at 65mi/hr. The gear is stuck in 4th gear even when I come to a stop. I managed to drive it to the dealer who have diagnosed the problem as a faulty valve body circuit (n92 valve body cover). The dealer now recommends to have the transmission replaced and since I'm 4,000 miles beyond my warranty I will have the cover the cost. The dealer suggests that I should call vw of America and reference the case from the last time I called in April. Vwa stated they needed to research the issue and they would call back. After hearing nothing for two days, I called vwa back and they found out that the problem was exactly the same problem I had back in April and the best they could do was offer half the cost of the repair. I don't understand why I should pay half the cost when the problem was never remedied correctly the first time when the car was under warranty.

car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta 15
Failure Date: 09/26/2003

Transmission will not engage while applying the gear shift. Driver was shifting from drive to park and gear were stuck, causing transmission to shut down. Also, transmission coolant was leaking from underneath the vehicle. Dealer was aware of the problem.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 1997 Volkswagen Jetta 16
Failure Date: 02/19/1998

This vehicle is a safety hazard, the transmission gets stuck in one gear or shifts sporadically. I nearly missed causing an accident on two separate occasions when the transmission suddenly upshifted while I was driving approximately 55mph, almost causing me to lose control. The dealer has tried to fix the problem 7 times already. They have even put in a new transmission, and the problem still persists. I am convinced that this car can't be fixed, and that it's a safety hazard. Please help me in getting the situation resolved. Thankyou vincent bannister.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 17

While placing vehicle in park for a few minutes and without warning shifted to gear then back to drive and gear got stuck in park. This problem has occurred several times. Dealer has been notified on many occasions. However, havd not been able to fix problem with gears.

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