Transmission Stuck In Gear Problems of Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat owners have reported 6 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 Passat based on all problems reported for the Passat.

car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 1
Failure Date: 11/18/2017

The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle jerked and stalled. The vehicle inadvertently shifted in reverse and the brakes stopped working. The contact had to apply the parking brake. The contact mentioned that the gear shifter was stuck in park. Also, the check engine, tire pressure, and epc indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to heritage Volkswagen of south atlanta at (678) 263-3711 (4305 jonesboro rd, union city, GA 30291) where it was diagnosed that the ignition control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and confirmed that there were no recalls associated with the VIN. The contact was advised to call NHTSA. The approximate failure mileage was 172,000.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Passat 2
Failure Date: 05/22/2016

I decided to change the oil myself in my car, since I wanted to save money and I knew what I was doing. Instead of draining the oil, I accidentally drained the transmission fluid. I didn't figure out that it was transmission fluid because it looked like oil! so, this is what happened after; I drove home (not knowing there was no tranny fluid in it) and I noticed that the car wanted to take off by itself. It kept doing tis two or three more times when it became stuck in 4th gear. I managed to safely get home, and figured out what happened. I am reporting this because this is a design flaw!!! the transmission fluid drain hole is where the engine oil drain hole should be! luckily, after I put fresh tranny fluid in it, the car was fine. I wonder how many other people this happened to.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 3
Failure Date: 08/27/2007

My 2006 Passat 3. 6 has had problems shifting in sports mode. . Transmission will get stuck in 1st gear and not shift into 2nd. . The rev limiter will keep in because rpm's jump over 7,000. . Not only is this going to cause transmission problems but it will also cause engine damage since rpm's are above normal and hit the red area(not safe). .

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 4
Failure Date: 07/23/2007

When the car is traveling approximated 2-10 mph, the automatic transmission accelerates and brakes as the automobile bucks a few times. Their is a loud thunking noise and then goes back to normal. From time to time the car gets stuck in 2nd gear, which forces me to pull over and restart the engine. Windows are supposedly automatic up and down, but don't work properly 50% of the time. Rear back speaker plays intermittently. When parking and shutting down engine, the emergency brakes turn on and off. The engine key is getting stuck in the ignition. Overall issues seem to be electrical or computer related. I have taken back to dealer twice in the last 6 moths and the problems keep building.

car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 5
Failure Date: 06/14/2006

9/2003: headlights aimed incorrectly; road wasn't illuminated. Within 2 wks, 1 of the bulbs burned out. Within a week of the 1st, the 2nd bulb burned out. Cost to have headlights repositioned & bulbs replaced: $267. 9/2003: rear tail light out. Cost to have bulb replaced by mechanic: $32. 50. 11/2003: both rear windows off track. Cost to tear doors apart & fix: $159. 75. 12/2003: electrical problems with front power windows. Never know if window will go up or down. 2004: had car in for (at least) 3 different dashboard warning codes. One had something to do with fuel, or the fuel tank or something. After some trial and error on my mechanic's part, discovered that unscrewing and tightly rescrewing gas cap fixed the problem. Cost to diagnose and "fix": $165. Had (at least) two other warning codes in 2004 that required me to take the car in. 6/24/2005: had been hearing crunching sound from front right portion of car that was particularly apparent when hitting a pothole, a dip in the road or attempting a tight 360 turn. Mechanic (specializing in european cars) identified a bad control arm. Cost of repair & alignment: $713. 70. Cost of rental car: $100. 88. Total: $814. 58. Note: the left side has been making the same sound since 12/2005. Have not yet repaired it. 10/24/car started going dead intermittently. The car had less than 60000 miles on it. Replaced battery for $106. 50. 1/2006: temp gauge maxed out, coolant boiled over, smoke & steam issued from hood in less than 8 minutes at idle. Cooled car for 2l hours, replaced coolant and drove to mechanic, who replaced thermostat, water pump & timing belt. Cost: $725. 2/2006: brakes are spongy and provide no resistance until nearing the floor. Mechanic says rotors and brake pads are fine. 6/2006: transmission gets stuck in 1st gear. Must stop the car, turn it off and then restart. This is an electrical problem and is governed by the computer. Cost to fix: unknown. 6/2006: front window now off track. Have not yet fixed it.

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car image   Transmission Stuck In Gear problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat 6
Failure Date: 06/15/2001

Transmission replaced at 3000 miles. Car was stuck in first gear. Now there is an extreme turbo lag hesitation on acceleration. There is a good 1-2 second hesitation when accelerating from a complete stop.

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