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My daughters 04 automatic beetle(53k miles) has started "slamming" into gear when going from park to drive or vise versa. I think (hope) its the motor mounts but I am unsure.The trans seems to be shifting fine while driving(for now).Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Could be motor mounts but there is an inherent problem with these New Beetles. Sadly this is something we all have to deal with if we own an automatic New Beetle from 1998 on up until they went away from this transmission. The problem lies with the transmission valve body. If you search the transmission technical area of this site there have been some great people here who have tackled the replacement themselves and wrote a step by step "how to" replacement. Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the info, I just dropped it off at the local VW specialist. Hoping for the best but expecting the worst.I dont know how much money I want to put into it.
 

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My money is the valve body.

Be careful and do not fall for a transmission rebuild or a transmission software update.

The valve bodies in ALL of these Beetle transmission wear out prematurely and cause harsh shifting problems.

I had the problem and had to have my valve body reworked.

Has been fine for about 15k miles since the rework.
 

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update: I got a call from the mechanic today and he stated that the tiptronic switch was bad. He went in with his computer and reset all the codes and the car is working fine. The transmission was shifting fine hot or cold, it would just slam into gear when going from park to drive or rev to park.
I am not sure why the switch on the shifter would cause the problem but at least for now it is "fixed" I will be diving into the tiptronic issue this weekend.
 

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Wondering if a magnet has come loose in the shifter??

Also research the valve body issues, you WILL have issues with the valve body around 70k miles give or take.

Be prepared to have the valve body reworked.
 

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Update: Replaced the tiptronic switch because the plastic that holds the magnets was missing half of it.It ran fine for about 6 miles until it warmed up and now it is doing the hard downshift and upshift in all gears :mad: guess its time for a new valve body. Not sure if I want to tackle it or pay someone to do it:confused:.
 

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Valve body is not so bad to do, the wiring connections are the worst part of the job. Just need to keep the wiring/bolts in order. Pictures and a cardboard template for the bolts is not a bad idea.

Overall pretty easy job if you can DIY a water pump/timing belt.

I would guess 3 hours or less taking your time on your back, so watch out for shops that want to charge a lot of labor.

Search my user name for info about trans fluid level and refilling.
 

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I had the valve body changed out and Wow what a difference it hasn't shifted this good in a while. Ended up getting a brand new one for $800 from the dealer and paying the local vw shop to install it.I was gonna do it but just didn't have the time.
Its supposed to be "updated" so I guess we will see either way my daughter has her car back and we can stop playing musical cars.
 

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The TCM (Transmission Control Module) will adapt pretty quickly.

The more city driving you do in the first week or so the better. The TCM needs to see and adjust for the driving habits.

The new valve body will make night and day difference. Overall the 09G seems to be a pretty robust transmission if the valve body is replaced in due time. I would hope that most of these transmission will get to 150k+ miles if the valve body and fluid has been changed in them. I would recommend changing the transmission fluid every 30-40k miles or if the engine is ever overheated.

When these stupid cars are not broken and misbehaving, they are actually pretty nice driving and riding cars for what they are.

The NB and NBC are NOT small cars, I have a full size GMC Yukon and my 2003 NBC is almost as big while in the drivers seat as my GMC.

I remember when my son was in his child car seat, I could actually put the passenger seat all the way forward, step into the back seat with the top closed stooped over and stand directly in front of my son while getting him situated in the car seat. I am almost 5'11 and my son is slightly taller than me now and will have his drivers license in about 3 months.

How things have changed!

My daughter has been driving the car for the past few years once I put it back in shape getting the transmission and oil pump pick up sorted out.

Make sure you confirm the engine is running at the proper temperature.
 
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