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Hey guys....I need some help. On my dash is the PRND2 gear indicator. After about 20 minutes or so of driving, instead of brackets around just the [D], they are all bracketed:



This is a 2005 model, automatic transmission, 50,500 miles. What's going on...or is about to happen?? Thanks.
 

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Some sort of fault is occurring and the transmission is going into limp mode. Get it scanned with VCDS (standard OBD scanner wont work right)

Sent from my DROID2
 

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Bumpin it up! Looking for the resolve!

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You car wants to do all of the above. Maybe it wants to fly :p


After reading the thread a few times I agree that its probably in limp home mode, you need to get it scanned for faults. Post them here and we can better help.
 

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My car did the same thing only it was intermintent. The dealer couldn't find anything,so I just drove it and got stressed when it happend. I was in to replace the battery ,bad cel, and I had them reset the transmission module back to factory settings. I don't know if it was the new battery or the clearing of the fuzzy logic in the transmission, but it hasn't happen again scince last Feb.
 

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Since the mileage is low go to dealer and check with them the warranty. Probably they can repair it under warranty coverage. There might be something wrong with the transmission.
 

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Any resolution on this problem?

I just bought a 2003 New Beetle convertible with the same issue. It comes and goes from my understanding. Picking up the car this week and I hope it is not a transmission problem or I made a bad choice on getting it.
 

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An Automatic VW transmission is always a bad choice especially the early years between 1998 - 2005. The 01M transmission is the worst transmission VW ever put in a car. Double check the transmission codes. Sometime in 2003 they did put optional 6 speed tiptronic transmissions in some of the Beetle's. Still an automatic but a lot better than the old 01M which most of the 1998-2005 ended up with.
 

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Same Problem

Mine turned out to be a broken circuit board next to the shifter in the enclosure between the seats.

I had purchased the extended warranty from the used car dealership but they wouldn't cover it and I was getting screwed by the bank so I had to let it go.

Cost me a little over $500 at the dealership and the credit union got $44k.
 

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An Automatic VW transmission is always a bad choice especially the early years between 1998 - 2005. The 01M transmission is the worst transmission VW ever put in a car. Double check the transmission codes. Sometime in 2003 they did put optional 6 speed tiptronic transmissions in some of the Beetle's. Still an automatic but a lot better than the old 01M which most of the 1998-2005 ended up with.

Yes it shows that VW doesn't know how to make a good automatic transmission until the year of 2003.
 
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