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2001 Jetta TDI Automatic Transmission problem

The problem is when I stop like at a light then start go again it seems to be in neutral then drop hard back into gear.
I doesn't do it all the time. If I play with the break and gas pedal it doesn't do it, Or if I come off the highway or a long drive it doesn't do it either.
The Dealer justs wants to replace it. It has had a fluid and filter change by the dealer every 30K and it only has 121K on it. Fluid is VERY clean.
Please give me some direction.

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  • islandgirlin Sep 19, 2008

    I have a jetta tdi 2001 - 130K miles automatic transmission... same problem, at a stop the car will roll back when i take my foot off the break - even as i give it gas - it is like the engine is not in gear. Also, it seems to 'slip' between 2nd and 3rd gear... rpms will go up but no acceleration then a hard shift...

    what is the problem??? help!!


  • Ross Mac Sep 30, 2008

    2001 TDI Jetta

    140,000 KM

    Automatic transmission

    When I come to a stop light, the car goes into neutral, so when you apply the gas to restart, the transmission kicks in with quit a clunk. Right now, I have to rev the engine slightly to get the transmission to engage smoothly. The transmission fluid and filter have been replaced recently.

    What to do?

  • hondaman6767 Dec 02, 2008

    Hello there I have a 2000 Golf that does the same thing, come to a stop and it seams to drop out of gear. Once you rev it up to about 1100RPM it seems to pop back into gear and works fine otherwise. It does not do this at every stop sometimes it works fine and sometimes it dosnt. Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks


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Hi 2001TDImh
I would suggest that your dealers try a replacement tourqe converter, before replacing the box....

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