2006 TDI DSG transmission problems

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  1. csmcgmont

    csmcgmont New Member

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    Sunday, July 29, 2012, my husband, Richard, and I were sitting in traffic in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the light turned green, traffic moved and when he pressed on the accelerator the engine sped up as if the transmission were in neutral. The shift selector was in “Dâ€￾ for drive. The PRNDL indicator on the dash flashed red with all five letters illuminated. Richard tried turning off the ignition and turning it back on and got the same results. He pushed the car to the side of the road and tried the ignition again with the same results. Then three guys (passerbys) helped push the car into an Arby’s parking lot. He tried the ignition again and the transmission worked as it was supposed to.

    I sent e-mails to Michael Horn, Head of After Sales, the VP and J. Browning the CEO & President of Volkswagen America. K. Fox, Executive Specialist, had us take the car to a dealer of our choice and they paid for the diagnostic test. Well, she came back and said that the DSG transmission Mechatronic unit was defective and that Volkswagen America would pay for half the cost of the unit and that we had 30 days to accept the offer. I asked that she send that offer to me in writing. Yesterday, we picked up the car and were told the cost to us would be $824.25 for the part, $375.55 for labor, $50 for miscellaneous plus tax. I am not in agreement with that and am in the process of filing complaints.

    I would like to have my Mechatronic device replaced at no cost to me, a 10 year/100,000 extended warranty, the same that has been offered for other model years and that same offer extended to other DSG transmission owners who my be having the same problem.

    I would like to start my own 2006 TDI DSG transmission group here on this site.
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  2. csmcgmont

    csmcgmont New Member

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    2006 Jetta TDI DSG transmission problems

    Burnsville Volkswagen and Volkswagen of America refused to allow me to look at the diagnostic test they did on my 2006 Jetta TDI DSG transmission. Volkswagen America paid $118 for the tests and the test generated a 20 page report. But, five times I asked and five times I was told, "NO, it's an internal document between Burnsville Volkswagen in Burnsville, MN and Volkswagen America located in Herndon, VA.

    We took the car to our mechanic who hooked his computer up to the car, took less than two minutes. They have wiped the computer in my car clean.

    I have filed complaints with the BBB and FTC and today i will file with the MN Attorney Generals' office.

    I understand that during the Bush Administration the Congress voted to disallow class action suits and that's probably what VW America is counting on. However, it was suggested that DSG transmission owners with problems consider forming a corporation and sue VW America as a corporation.
  3. csmcgmont

    csmcgmont New Member

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    Filed a complaint with the BBB On-line

    They are very efficient, I received all the forms three days later.
  4. Plus 3 Golfer

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    Yes, the DSG on certain vehicles went into neutral because of defects: a bad wiring joint on a temperature sensor for specific mechatronics units and some were manufactured with bad bushings. IIRC, these mechatronics unit were replaced under a recall and given an extended warranty Evidently, yours was not one of the affected units (not a wiring defect or not a bad bushing). Since yours did not reset for the temperature issue as did those with the bad wiring, your problem may not be related to these defects.

    Good luck with BBB, it doesn't hurt to try. Also, file a complaint with NHTSA as a safety issue.
  5. mfineandandi

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    2006 Jetta TDI Transmission and other Problems

    Don't know if the last post I wrote got posted, since I can't find it, so I'll post it again and hope that I don't lose it this time.
    I also own a 2006 TDI Jetta. It has been the worst car I have ever owned (I've owned a few, since I'm 60 years old) and if I could get this message out to the public, I would. I have had some of the same problems you all have had and possibly some more. The first problem I had was when a light (don't remember which one) on my dashboard started flashing. I took the car to my family mechanic. He told me that a wire in a harness in the engine had come loose and was causing it to short. He fixed it. It happened again after about 6 months. I took it to the dealer. They put in a new "harness" for several hundred dollars. The next problem I had was with the seat. While driving down the road one day my seat started moving back and forth. It was pretty freaky and scary. I again took it to my "family mechanic". He told me to put the seat where I needed it and disconnected the wire. He told me to take it to the dealer. I did. The dealer fixed the "movement" and reattached the wires, however, they told me that if I wanted the "memory" part restored, it was going to cost me several hundred dollars. I told them I would move the seat manually. About 6 months ago, my car started whistling. I took it my "family mechanic", and he told me that he thought it might be the turbo engine, but that since he didn't work on diesel engines, he would have to send me to a foreign car specialist. They had to replace my turbo engine, for $2,000+. The next problem was when all the electricity went out of my driver's door. I was unable to do any of those functions that the door held (gas tank cover, all windows and doors, trunk, etc). I read online that this was a problem these cars have (because the wires in the harness in the door get brittle and break). I also read that VW was aware of this problem but rather than do a recall, because that was very expensive, they decided to deal with it on a case by case basis. Well, in my "case", this cost me $600 to repair. (Had to do it since I needed gas to run the car). Recently, my brakes needed replacing so I took the car in and not only did the regular maintenance need to be done - brakes included, but apparently the ball in the middle of my front axle had broken and needed to be replaced. The total cost of this was a mere $1,300. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to take my newly fixed car for a weekend in the mountains. On the way home and while climbing a hill, my car shifted into what seemed like neutral and all I was doing was revving the engine by pushing on the gas. I pulled over and looked at my dashboard. The engine light was on and all the gears PND, etc, were flashing. I decided to try to get up the hill and maybe be able to coast down the other side. I slowly got up the hill (as if I were in 1st gear) and stopped the car. I turned it off. After a few moments of trying to decide what to do, I started the car. Everything seemed normal. I carefully drove home, without further incident. I drove the car for another week without incident. Yesterday, I drove to the grocery store. When I started the car to come back home, it happened again. I turned the car off and on several times but it wouldn't "fix" itself. I slowly drove home in 1st gear. Then I took it to my "family mechanic" (slowly) and he did a diagnostic test on it. It seemed as if it was the transmission. Since he doesn't work on diesels, he told me to take it to the dealer, but warned me it could cost up to $10,000. I have not yet taken it over to the dealer but will this morning. Just as a side note, my husband does not have a paying job and I only make a small amount each month. We make only enough to live on, not for extra expenses like these on a car. So if the car is going to cost a lot, we will not be able to fix it, nor do we have the money to purchase another car. My car barely has 80,000 miles on it. The problems I have had could have been life threatening, but fortunately were not (i.e. my seat moving back and forth while I was driving. My car unable to move in anything but first gear on a major freeway, etc.) I may be speaking with my attorney on this, but at this point am not totally sure it would do any good. If anyone is trying to form a group to work on these matters I would be very interested in joining you. I may be speaking with my attorney on this, but at this point am not totally sure it would do any good. And guess what, I received no "recall" notice on anything either but have had the exact same problems you have had.
  6. Steve Ryan

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    Did you ever get your transmission issue resolved? If so what specific did you do?
  7. Steve Ryan

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    I purchased an '06 Jetta TDI 'as is' for my son a few months ago from a dealership. At the time they admitted that it had transmission problems and sold it to me at "wholesale price" for $5,500. It is immaculate with 104,000 miles. Before committing to the purchase they let me take it to a Transmission shop, who said they could fix it (for $3,500). So on that information I purchased the car. The transmission shop (A nationally recognized Transmission franchise), fixed the transmission and delivered it to the dealership where my son and I picked it up. On the drive home the dashboard flashed and it slipped into neutral - a similar story to previous posters. After three weeks, and several failed attempts the Transmission company claimed that had fixed it, only for it to do the same thing after us having it back and putting 100 miles on it. The Transmission shop picked it up and they've had it for over a week now. I'm at a loss here. Does anyone know if this problem is fixable?
  8. chittychittybangbang

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    What did they do? What does your invoice say?
  9. Steve Ryan

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    They rebuilt the transmission, replaced the valve body with computer and solenoid, and had the dealer flash the computer. I spoke with them this morning and they said they have driven over 300 miles since they took it back and have not ben able to replicate the issue. My concern now is that it's just a matter of time before it happens again.
  10. chittychittybangbang

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    For that price, I'm surprised they didn't put in a rebuilt from factory one or new one, or very low miles used one.

    I would personally not trust a shop to rebuild a DSG since there aren't many who have lots of experience. Valve body w/computer and solenoid sounds like the mechatronics. Most of the brains are in there, if it's new, it should be good. Check out the DSG FAQ article here for some basic tech info.

    Your symptoms sounds like bad mechatronics. 1st thing I would do is get error codes, if any, that will give you a big clue where to start.

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