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This is a 2005 GLS automatic tiptronic with 109K miles for $7,999- when I test drove it on the highway it was fine and drove awesome- however when I exited off, the car jerked a few times. It also did the samething when I accelerated from the traffic light. But not as much driving a steady speed. I feel like its transmission related. Any ideas? Thank you.
 

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6 Speed Tipronics and all other Beetle transmissions appear to have problems with the transmission valve bodies. VW even extended the warranty on the transmissions for some cars to 7 years/100,000 miles due to all the issues.

I have a 2003 that had 70k miles on it when the 6 speed Tip valve body ate itself. I pulled the valve body and had is sent out for reworking. Cost me about $700 with shipping and fluid and I did all the work myself.

Overall the 6 speed Tip seems to hold up except for the valve body. The sooner the valve body is repaired, the better it is for the transmission.

You also need to plan on a timing belt, water pump and thermostat as well with that mileage.

And BTW, I was offered only $5k for my 2003 GLX convertible almost 4 years ago with under 70k miles on it!! Just as a point of reference.

So a 2005 GLS non convertible with 109k miles for almost $8k seems a bit high??
 

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Thanks for the reply!
How much do you think I should offer the salesman? The interior, handling, radio and exterior looks amazing, but I'm just concerned about that jerking feel it made. What do you suggest? The salesman said he was going to have their mechanic look at it and he will contact me. Thanks
 

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I would have a vw specialist look at the car; either a dealer or a independent shop that knows vw's, I would not trust the "dealer" to have a clue or have your best interest in the matter (they are there to make money, not necessarily to sell you are reliable trouble free car). They may have picked up the car cheap; exactly for this reason or the previous owner traded it in because of the transmission issue. The last thing you want to do; is be stuck with a VW that has a major repair needed like a new transmission; I would take it to a vw dealer to have it evaluated and see if it would be repaired under warranty. Better pay a inspection fee now (if you need to); then be stuck with a big repair bill. Good luck and remember there are many fish in the sea and don't overlook the potential problems the car has (when you buy it, you are stuck with the repair bills!), because you like the car! :) Good luck and keep us posted as things progress.
 

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How much do you think I should offer the salesman?
Zero. Tell him to call you when they get a nice manual trans car in stock. Don't buy a time bomb. That trans is likely the reason the car was traded.
 

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How will I know if the previous owner had the values changed from the warranty? If the previous owner did not, is it too late with the high mileage?
 

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Likely the valve body was never changed and VW will not budge at all once the extended warranty window has been exceeded.

I would not believe anything that the "dealer" claims they do to resolve the shifting problem.

I would guess the dealer picked up this car for around $4k.

Does it have at least 2 keyfobs? Does it have a keyfob at all. This can be an expensive part if they only show up with a single cheap replacement key.

If I was looking at this car, I would knock at least $1K off what they are asking.

Also if you buy the car, do not take it to Aamco. You will be spending over $4k on a trans rebuild, which likely is not needed, but you will have a hard time getting any shop to just replace/rework the valve body. They will cry NO WARRANTY as they do not want to be liable for any future failures and the also will make far less money on a valve body swap or rework.
 

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VW even extended the warranty on the transmissions for some cars to 7 years/100,000 miles due to all the issues.
It's over the time and mileage. The dealer can tell you if the warranty work was done or not. I just don't know why you would consider buying a car with known auto trans problems, especially when that car is having symptoms. I wouldn't consider an auto that was perfect.
 

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Yes they had one key fob. I could tell it was at another dealership prior to this one because it still had the other dealers license plate frame around it and they are almost 2 hours away. Ideally, do you think it would cost around $1k to replace or repair the transmission? I'm worries because not only will I have to worry about that- but also other upcoming issues in the future.
 

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At the minimum; I would have a full professional evaluation of the car, with particular emphases on the transmission.. then figure the worst case scenario for the repairs. You would have to then weigh the pros and cons; you don't want to get stuck with a money pit, there are many fish in the sea that are in correct working order. I think I would keep looking...
 

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Trans repair could cost $1000-$1100 IF you could find a shop that does not have the attitude that at 110k miles the trans needs a full overhaul.

To be honest if you purchase this car, you will be putting a minimum $2500-$3000 into it in the first 3 months. If you can do the work yourself, likely at least $1000.

This wouldpa be for at a minimum a trans valve body rework and a timing belt, water pump, tensioners, thermostat.

This does not include door latches or other nuisance problems like CEL, CV axle boots, suspension refresh and so on. If it is a 1.8l you likely would need to pull the oil pan and replace the oil pickup.

So as long as you are willing and able to spend the money, then you are probably ok. But the problem is with these cars you never get out what you put into them so you have to plan on keeping them running regardless of cost.
 

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Too high on the price for me as well, i paid $3,000 more for my '06 tdi manual transmission with 87,000 miles in august. You could probably call a vw dealer with the vin # to see if the valve body was replaced. I had the valve body done by vw on my '05 last feb just before the warranty ran out, mine was not as bad as that one, it just took a little longer to shift than it should.
 
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