Question about 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio
I just purchased a 2001 VW Cabrio with automatic transmission. It worked fine when I test drove it, I was in business area, so a lot of stop and go, I did find a long straight away and the car preformed fine. After driving a couple of hundred miles it has developed a problem. After the car is driven 5 or 6 miles it developes a bump when it shifts from 3rd to 4th gear. Sometimes it is almost unnoticeable and then sometimes it is very hard bump. Sometimes it has a small bump when down shifting when coming to a stop. It does not do it all the time, sometime it shifts thru the gears perfect. I know VW Cabrio have alot of trouble with their automatic transmissions, is this one going bad or is it something that can be corrected with out getting a second mortgage on my house? The car only has 77800 miles on it and is in excellent condition.
I'm dealing with the same car. I just had the transmission completely overhauled. Very$$$. The mechanic told me that it's common for cabrio's to develop this problem between 80,000 and 100,000 miles, mine happened around 95,000 miles. Knowing what I know now, I would have sold it.
Posted on Sep 03, 2008
I had the same problem with the auto transmission also, just keep driving it and it eventually went away. It had a sealed transmission and they wanted a fortune. I just decided to drive it into the ground. I did change all the vacuum lines but nothing seemed to help. One day got into it and it stopped. It has about 165000 now and still plugging along.
The check engine light, if it is the throttle body just get some carb cleaner and a lint free rag and wipe it out. Take the air hose off, wipe it out (open the throttle with the mechanism on the side don't try to move the butterfly by had) and spray the hinges ever so slightly with the carb cleaner and then get the OBD reset at an auto parts place (sometimes auto zone will do them).
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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engine and the automatic transmission (transmission control is only
for automatics, engine is still computer controlled no matter the
transmission type) in this vehicle are computer controlled and in
most cases when a fault occurs a fault code is stored in the memory
of the computer control module. There are exception to this, such as
the Mass Airflow Meter and fuel pressure problems. What must be done
is to have all the basic testing done such as a scan of the system
for fault codes as well as a check with a live data scanner tool for
engine functions that are not within range of normal, a trained
technician is required to know what is correct and what isn't, then
based on careful diagnostics done from a factory repair manual the
correct part is replaced or the wiring repaired or the computer
replaced (known as the PCM), which is very rarely the problem. Other
basic checks must be done as well such as mechanical problems with
the engine as well as engine state of tune and mileage on the engine.
The transmission can have mechanical issues as well such as no gear
engagement at all or a failed pump or other pressure related
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