Hi Chris. I have a new question for you specifically, but the system won't allow it to be directed to a particular expert...IF...it has already been asked to the whole group. So, I will put it here, and add new credit when you reply. Hope all is well.
Most of our mechanical repairs, problems, and maintenance have been resolved. Here is the latest:
2006 Jetta 2.5 with 6spd Automatic (non-DSG) transmission. 77k miles:
The trans used to have about a 3 second delay when shifting from park to drive...in the morning when cold. In the past 3 weeks, this delay has increased a lot. Tested this morning: 50-55F degrees. First start of the morning. Shifted immediately to D (not Sport or +/- manual), the started a stopwatch. 9-10 seconds before drive started to engage.
The VW dealer says this is not abnormal, and that many customers report the same experience. The dealer says it is a truly sealed unit (sealed for life), and you do NOT service this transmission at all (no fluid changes, etc.). There is no dipstick.
Other say 3 seconds is fine, but not 9-10 seconds...no way.
The transmission seems to operate perfectly once warmed up, and shifts smoothly and reasonably quickly up and down whether automatically or manually.
I did note an odd nuance that, even when dead cold, if I pull the shifter over into the manual shift mode (+ and -), it will engage immediately into forward, without the 9+ second delay experienced when shifting from park to drive.
Either the colder morning temps are affecting this trans, but to a higher than acceptable level. Or perhaps there was some collateral damage during one of the many other repairs. Maybe someone knocked a trans hose loose, and then replaced it, spilling some fluid. Who knows?
Any explanation? What should we do? Thanks