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Volkswagen New Beetle TDi How common are auto trans problems

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How common are auto trans problems on 2001 New Beetle TDi's? I've found a nice one w/145,000 miles... my only concern is that it has an automatic trans.

Ralph
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  VWDoc replied 5 years ago.

VWDoc :

Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.

VWDoc :

If nothing shows up on a vag-com, or other vw-specific scan tool that can communicate with the transmission controller...

VWDoc :

and the car shifts well. meaning firm shifts, not harsh. No "flare" between shifts, meaning it doesn't slip or rev up during a shift...

VWDoc :

then the car should be in good shape for at least another 50k miles...

VWDoc :

And possibly longer.

VWDoc :

At this mileage, I do not recommend a fluid/filter change, but the level should be at least checked

VWDoc :

and only VW fluid used if it needs topping off. The checking and top off procedures are fairly involved, and also require a vw-specific scan tool

VWDoc :

And hopefully this helps.

Customer:

If I check vehicle and it shifts well, then I should be OK for aXXXXXback to home base and my VW dealer??? The only valid diagnosis for transmission is specific VW based computer, not an Auto Zone generalized computer?

VWDoc :

Yes, correct. If shifting feels good, then theXXXXXshould be problem-free. And yes, only VW-specific scan tools can communicate with the transmission control module. Not a generic parts store OBD scanner.

VWDoc :

Most independent VW shops will have the Vag-Com scan tool which is what I use

Customer:

Great!! I take it the 2001 is pre-triptonic and thus a bit more simple?

VWDoc :

Correct. The '01 uses what is known as the 01M transmission, and it's much easier to repair than the later 09G

Customer:

Thanks be to God!!!!

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