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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,000 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 182011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


Vehicle experiences somewhat frequent rough or hard shifts between gears, and reverse gear has suddenly stopped working most of the time - will not engage reverse, but instead acts as if car is in neutral (makes a slight electronic sound when shifted). Renders car highly unsafe to drive without the ability to drive in reverse. Car has only 83,000 miles, and this is considered a "sealed" transmission by Volkswagen; only maintenance required to this point is checking for leaks (per multiple dealers and owner's manual). Very similar to problems experienced in many other automatics w/ the tiptronic feature in Volkswagen (see new beetles of similar model years, where VW issued an extended warranty for the valve body). Have been told by numerous VW-competent techs that the most likely culprit is the transmission valve body, and that VW automatics are widely known for having these problems.

- Easton, PA, USA

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