i purchased a 2001 vw beetle 1.8L turbo automatic transmission with 130K miles from a family member. Since we bought the vehicle it has had some major transmission problems from which we cannot seem to fix permanently. It shifts hard from 2nd into 3rd almost to the point where it does bark the tires sometimes lol. i have taken the car to the local vw dealership 4 times. fixed all the codes that kept coming up which were. a temp sensor in the main engine compartment and 2 oxygen sensors underneath the car next to the oil pan. The hard shift tended to lighten up a little to where it was not as bad as before. now it tends to skip 2nd and 3rd and stay in a high gear until you turn the car off or manual switch to 1st gear. sometimes it evens shifts fine through 1 2 and 3rd but fails to shift into 4th at around 55 mph the rpms are at around 6k. i do not have much money and going to the dealership seems to not be helping at all. can someone please help this poor girl out! thank you so much. My Dad seems to think its a ECM problem because of being able to turn the car off and that sometimes fixes the problem till you decide to turn it off then back on. clearing codes seems to help also. very weird problem. any help at all is very appreciated. sorry for my lack of car knowledge!