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2008 volkswagen passat no power in first gear

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2008 volkswagen passat no power in first gear
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for choosing Just Answer . I'm Wolfgang here to help!!

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understand that I don't know your skill level. In most cases when you have a problem
with the way the vehicle performs, specialized tooling is required to acquire computer
data/information or engine testing results. We didn’t build these complicated vehicles; we
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i do need some more information.

  • is the check engine light on and any other warning lights on?
  • i do need a vin # ***** the vehicle to see which engine you have.
  • any recent repair work done to the vehicle ?
  • any recent accidents with the vehicle?

please let me know


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for your response. It's a 4 cylindar 2.0 Turbo engine, all up-to-date in routine maintenance, recently received 135k mile service, and no issues were found during diagnostics. Check Engine light is NOT on. In first gear, I can put the accelerator all they way down, and there is minimal to no power, with the RPM's not getting above 3000. Once it changes to second gear, it rides and responds without issue. Hope this helps.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

what happens if you slide the shifter to sport mode and shift manually? does the power change? so there were no codes stored ? is the car dealer serviced?

i do need the vin # ***** too