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AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SHIFTING ROUGH WHEN COLD

I have a 2005 Jetta w/automatic trans. Ever since I have owned it I noticed it shifts rough from 1st to 2nd gear when cold.I mean it slams into the next gear very hard to the point that if you have a coffee in your hand it would probably spill out. After it warms up it disapears. I brought it to the dealer and they said they did not see any problems with it so I have lived with it but I know it's not right.The car only has 25,000 miles on it and I have owned it since new.Other than this problem, it has been a great car but I have actually thought of selling it because of the shifting issue.Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.

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  • thetechguyz Dec 26, 2008

    I have the same problem in a Ford Ranger. When I shift into reverse it sits a minute and then engages the gear. I'm going to try flushing my transmission fluid probably with a synthetic lubricant. Hopefully I can get that to stop before my transmission strips a gear or something. They say that synthetic lubricants actually bond to your engine parts so when you give your car a cold start it's already got something to go on till it gets splashed with oil from the reservoir. Hope that helps someone...

  • jcwilde1 Jan 14, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 2006 VW golf with 30k miles on it. It is intermittent and only happens from 2nd to 3rd gear. Sometimes it is mild and sometimes it is a big thunk. Dealer is no help.

    My gas mileage is also really low, I get 22mpg regardless of season or drive type. I don't know if it is related but seems like it could be.

  • ddhh Apr 01, 2009

    1988 camaro dies when shifting from park to reverse same thing happens when shifting to drive when cold

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Try the resetting proceedure.turn key on engine off mash gas peddal to floor for 15 secs let of peddal turn off key. may take some miles for tcm to relearn but should get better

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