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Help, please!

Hi all,

I purchased my New Beetled 8 months ago at 176,000 miles, since then- I'm a Delivery Driver and I drive back and forth from Kirkland, WA to Enumclaw, WA a lot so please don't scoff or knock me for this- it is now at 186,000, when I first got it the first thing we did was reprogram to shut off the EGR valve and that's when the transmission had it's first set of problems- two hours after the reprogram the transmission stuck in 2nd gear and would not shift either way so we limped it home and eventually got a fix going after contacting the dealership since the car wasn't technically mine yet (which I regret fixing it now because they had offered to replace the transmission).

Ever since that every once and a while if I take off from a stop a little too quick it feels like the transmission slips in between 1st and 2nd and the entire car shakes a little and it makes a loud clunking gear-not-quite-catching sound.

Today I brought it in for a transmission fluid and filter swap because I took one look at the maintenence manual for doing that and I immediately did not trust myself to do it correctly, they said they had test driven it and gave it the a-okay. I was driving it home and noticed that now it feels like it's slipping a little bit more- nowhere near as dramatically before now it just kind of feels like it forgot that it had to move if that's a good way to describe it, I kind of shrugged it off thinking that the filter might just need a couple of miles on it before everything gets a-okay again, but it kind of set in and I did some poking around on the internet to look for answers- I found absolutely nothing, all of the information I found were from TDI Jettas and Golfs from around the same year. So I called a volkswagen transmission specialist out in the city and asked him, and what he told me absolutely broke my heart- I love my car to death- he basically told me that I will need to replace the entire transmission even if it sounds like a faulty control module to him, he said that he can't put a new control module on a transmission with that many miles on it because it would probably break before it got out of the parking lot.

Now I'm stuck with no idea what to do, I do not have the money to afford an entirely new transmission and I haven't really spoken to anyone else about it. I was wondering what y'all would think and if I can get some advice on where to go from here.

I cannot just get rid of her, I love the hell out of this car and I refuse to give her up, I also still owe 4 grand to the bank for her.

Just a little help on which way to go from here would be really appreciated.

Thanks


Edit: I will be posting a video of this "shudder" clunky gear-not-quite-catching sound in a little bit, because I'm not even sure if it is the transmission or if it's actually something else. Stay tuned.



Edit #2: Here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/-cIIulCQyi0
 

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It must be one of those early VW "autotragic" transmissions. Good luck. :(
 

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Now I'm just plain confused, I'll put a link to the video of it up once it's finished processing, but I waited until it had enough time to cool down significantly and went out to try to catch the shudder-sound-thing in a video and it's now running perfectly fine.

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I have no idea what's going on with my car now, because now it just decided that it's going to run better than the day I drove it off the lot after sitting in the driveway for almost 9 hours now.
 

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The auto transmissions in these years aren't well thought of and usually can't be rebuilt, only replaced. Some opt to do a manual trans swap when their auto goes out, but that isn't cheap either. If you paid $4k for this you way over paid. You may want to go over to tdiclub site and read some there on the auto transmissions. If it goes out the cost to repair will be high either way. Good luck!
 

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If you have the 01M 4 speed auto; the primary issue, is typically a worn valve body. These transmissions; can be repaired and rebuilt, if needed. A full rebuild can get expensive; for faq's and typical 01M problems and valve body repairs, check out this site: Kansas City TDI You might contact them and see what solutions; they have to offer.
 

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Well Thunderbug02, I hate to be the bearer of corroborating bad news, but, with the problem you have described coupled with the mileage on the car, time for a new or factory re-manufactured transmission.

Electronic automatic transmissions are a problem waiting to happen and when (not if) they do break it is expensive.

Electronic shift solenoids, torque converter etc. $$$$ will fail, this is primarily why I would never own a car with an electronic automatic transmission which is everything from the late 90's up to date.

Even though I warned her, my wife had to have an automatic when she purchased her Jetta GLI new in 2005, after extensive research and consultations with my VW/Audi performance specialist as well as my contact at a specific VW dealership (both of which I have known and dealt with for many years), it was concluded that the tranny was toast, so, we had it replaced with a factory re-manufactured unit and an upgrade TCM as recommended.

This was all done at the dealership, even at my cost the job exceeded $4800 and took from 7AM to about 6PM to complete...:cuss:



 
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