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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,562 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Volkswagen Eos transmission problems

transmission problem

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2009 Volkswagen Eos Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 012009


  • 1,400 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Eos. While driving approximately 35 mph he attempted to accelerate further but the vehicle would not respond. He was only able to drive at very low speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where he was informed the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Approximately 11 months later the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where he was informed the transmission failed again and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 1,400 and the current mileage was 11,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 032010


  • 3,800 miles
Our 2009 Eos lux was being driven at a slow speed into a head in parking space yesterday. Gas pedal was being engaged to get into the space when car suddenly accelerated and rapidly lunged forward striking two parked cars in the parking row facing this space. Property damage on this vehicle and the two vehicles struck was significant. This car had suddenly jerked forward when pulling away from a stop at an intersection the day before; after the sudden jump forward the car resumed a normal acceleration. Insurer and dealer have assured us they will investigate. This vehicle has a serious and extremely dangerous defect and we will not drive it again unless we are certain that the defect is identified and corrected.

- Summit, NJ, USA

problem #7

Nov 252009


  • 3,500 miles
2009 VW Eos dgs transmission seemed to slip when accelerating into traffic. There was a bump like the clutch engaged, but then there was a momentary loss of power (torque) and then another bump like the clutch fully engaged. This vehicle has had the recent recall applied already, and we've experienced a previous problem with the prnds lights flashing (reported already) and the transmission disengaging while driving 40mph, and another incident with only the D light flashing, also remaining in neutral, from stopped while trying to leave a parking spot. Both times the car had to be turned off & on to restore the transmission to operational condition. The VW dealership was unable to find any events in the car's computer for any transmission events. (presumably an error big enough to remain in neutral and flash prnds or D should at the minimum log an error!) complaints for previous 2 incidents are 10290234 and 10285719. The dealership has been unable to find anything wrong with the vehicle.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #6

Oct 212009


  • 2,500 miles


2 incidents: Sept 2009, dsg transmission flashed prnds and shifted into low gear. Oct 21 2009, dsg transmission flashed D and shifted into neutral. In the 1st incident, I was driving about 45 mph, and had shifted to neutral. When shifting back to drive, the dashboard flashed the prnds lights at me and the transmission shifted to a very low gear (2nd?), making the car redline and slowing the car abruptly on a busy street. The car would not respond correctly until turned off and restarted. (dangerous while driving). In the 2nd incident, while parked I shifted from P to D. the car flashed D on the dashboard and remained in neutral. There was no immediate danger. Again, I had to turn off the car to reset the problem. I don't know if drive can become disengaged while driving though, particularly since I had the previous incident.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #5

Sep 292009


  • 2,000 miles
When driving 2009 Eos, after accelerating I shifted into neutral, then shifted back to D a while later. The car went to a low gear (like 2nd) inappropriate for my speed, and the prnds indicators on the dashboard started flashing. I was unable to restore normal operation without restarting the car. I shifted back to neutral and turned the car off, then on, to get it to behave. Needless to say this was quite unexpected and dangerous in traffic. I would've needed to slow to 20mph or so in a 40mph area to get the engine rpms to a speed appropriate to the gear. I understand that you're already looking into incidents with this transmission, so I thought I should provide an account of my incident.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 102009


  • 200 miles
This is related to NHTSA action number : PE09035 while driving, trying to accelerate from a stop light and the car wouldn't go. It acted as if it were in neutral. Also noticed on the dash computer where it shows what gear you're in I.e. P, D, R - all of these lights just flashed. Only way to ge the car moving again was to turn off the ignition (in the middle of the road) and restart the car. I was then able to proceed with driving. This incident was extremely scary and I was almost rear-ended. This happened twice the same day so I immediately took the car back to the dealer for service. It had only been driven a total of 200 miles up until I took the car in. The service department called back the next day and said it was a faulty transmission temperature sensor while is now being replaced. I have not received the car back yet.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 192009


  • 8,300 miles


On acceleration from a standstill, the vehicle stalls / stutters. Transmission fails to immediately engage and / or there is a lag of as much as 2-3 seconds from pressing the accelerator under light to moderate acceleration until the vehicle begins to move. Transmission clunks / grinds when transitioned from D to R or R to D.

- Kingston, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 062009


  • 56 miles
2009 VW Eos - transmission failure in 56 miles. Mechatronics module failure claimed by service dept.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 292008


  • 1,300 miles
I purchased my 2009 VW Eos on August 30, 2008. On September 29, 2008 after only approximately 1,300 miles, a valve that measures the temperature of the clutch malfunctioned. As a "safety" precaution the transition will not change gears if the clutch temperature is too high. This valve malfunctioned while I was on the freeway. The car operated as though I put it in neutral and revved the engine. Once out of oncoming traffic it took me three tries to restart my car. I proceeded to exit the freeway and get to a safer destination. While doing so this malfunction occurred two more times. Upon taking my car to the dealer to be repaired I was initially told that the engine switch malfunctioned. Only upon demanding to speak with the head mechanic and being asked to fully describe the situation that the true problem was discovered. It was made clear to me that this is a common problem with this model. Subsequently, the malfunctioning vale causes a pressure problem in the transition. I am anticipating this problem to occur again and have already consulted with a lawyer for lemon law.

- Mission Viejo , CA, USA

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