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I drove the car in to Costco to get tires. Everything worked just fine. The week before I had the timing and serpentine belt changed. However, when we went to pick up the car, the man at Costco Tire said they had a hard time getting it in to the shop. They went ahead and put tires on it anyway. Ugh... Since then, the only way I could drive it was to put it in 2nd and get up to 25 miles an hour and then shift the car into drive. It just seems odd that it happened all of a sudden like that. Everyone says I need a new transmission. I've been driving the car like this for 3 years now. Wouldn't it have died by now if it needed a new transmission. Please help. Plus...I really don't understand what the Tiptronic is.

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    Jeff Turcotte Aug 25, 2010

    Is the car running rough? I'm wondering if they didn't get the timing belt on exactly right. Is it a lack of power you're describing? What happens if try to take off in drive?

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The simplest way to diagnose this problem is to take it to a dealer and get it on the diagnostic computer,(they dont have to do the work)the tiptronic gearbox is a computer controlled gearbox(auto mode)with a manual overide.i could give you lots of answers but once diagnosed properly its cheaper than guessing.

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