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'04 beetle tdi w/automatic transmission

Very intermittant problem: Doesn't matter what gear I'm in, could be 1st could be 4th, etc. The car will just "lockup" in whatever gear it is in and won't shift down or up. The P R D ... display will have brackets around each of the letters and be flashing. The only way to get the car "back to normal" is to stop, shut it off, then restart. Once I do this then it runs fine until it decides to "go goofy" on me again. Any ideas or suggestions??

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Yes, the car is going into what's called limp mode not to damage the transmission or engine. The car should be checked for electrical faults as when the display flashes it means there's a fault. Could be a problem from a bad ground wire, or I've seen also broken wires near the TCM. Could also be an internal problem in the transmission like a solenoid, but you should definitly have this checked by a certified mechanic.

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