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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,800 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.

2001 Volkswagen Golf transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 202006

Golf 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I was driving on the freeway when I bumped the shifter while reaching for my soda. The shifter went into neutral and would not come out until I forced it back into drive. I pulled over into a gas station. I put the car in park and tried to shift back into drive, but the shifter wouldn't budge. I finally got it to go into park after a tow truck driver suggested that I turn the ignition to different positions while pumping the break and pulling on the shifter. It finally released and I drove immediately to the nearest Volkswagen dealership. The malfunction was in the brake light switch so I had to get it replaced. I was charged $40 for the part itself and $230 for the work. I feel that since there is a recall on the 1998-2002 VW beetle and the 1999-2001 VW jetta that there should be one on the 2001 VW Golf as well.

- Lake Ridge, VA, USA

problem #4

Dec 202003

Golf 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact states vehicle has experienced problems with the automatic transmission for the past two years. The contact took the vehicle into the dealership. The dealership was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle is now at a private mechanic. Repairs will be made at contact's expense. No repairs were made.

- Montibello , CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 022004

Golf Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Switch used to verify brake is engaged before vehicle is able to go into reverse or drive has failed twice. First time 10-08-02 at 13,691 miles and 03-02-04 at 36,695 miles. Does not allow vehicle to be driven, moved or go into opposite direction if needed while driving.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 022004

Golf 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Automatic transmission failure, mass air flow sensor failure, premature rear brake pad failure, automatic door lock malfunction, water pump failure, third brake light failure.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 172001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving could hear a loud noise coming from transmission, like grinding when shifting gear. Took vehicle to dealer, and they said that problem was constant velocity shaft.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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