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My 2002 VW Jetta 1.9 will not shift out of 3rd gear. Any ideas why? It also starts from a stop kind of hard.

It also starts from a stop kind of hard. When I start it cold, the engine shakes a little until I drive it a short distance and warm it up. I just changed all four fuel injectors as well.

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Automatic or standard?

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SOURCE: engine shakes and hesitate when started until it idles down

Sounds like its missing on 1 or more cylinders. A check of the plugs and wires is in order, Could be a fouled plug or a loose/bad sparkplug wire. Best of luck.
Greg

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SOURCE: 02 VW Jetta TDI with ALH engine glow plug

this is a common problem for these cars glow plugs go bad like spark plugs however the smoke would lead to bad mass airflow meter. it is not telling ecu corrcet miss. disconnect mass airflow meter. when cold see if this makes it start better. it should would means you need new m.a.f. glow plug issue take a test light place clamp on positive of battery then pull off glow plug connectors place tip of test light on glow plug the bad one will have a dull light unlike the good one which will be brighter. will need new plugs and wire harness four **** connectors and wire striper and crimper will fix concern good luck

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SOURCE: My 2005 vw jetta gas gauge will register when I first start but after driving for a short distance it drops. The warning light does not come on.

Sounds like fuel level sensor located in the fuel tank

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SOURCE: VW 1996 Transporter T5 Shifting problems hard shifting when cold but as it warms up it shifts better.

Your fluid is either old or the wrong kind for your transmission. Changing your manual transmission fluid with a higher quality fluid should definitely reduce the difficulty of cold fluid/cold weather shifting. First go to the parts store and find out exactly what kind of fluid your transmission takes. Most manual transmission use gear oil. I recommend using something like Red Line, AMSOIL, or Royal Purple if available. A synthetic will make it even easier to shift. Always check with the manufacturer if you are unsure. I try to stick with the manufacturers recommendations because typically they know what works best with what they've engineered...but sometimes after market fluids can't be outperformed.

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