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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4dr Sedan Auto

1997 Volkswagen Jetta
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Front-Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan GL, Compact
22 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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April 4, 2014, 7:04 am

Ashley B

Question: 1997 jetta hard shifting

1997 VW Jetta 2.0 automatic. Started shifting hard in 2nd, 3rd and 4th. I would have to let off the gas for it to shift right. RPMs go to about 50 RPMs b4 shifting. Car started to be real sluggish in drive when taking off bc it was taking off in 3rd gear. Finally would not shift at all in drive so I had to shift manually and it was fine. Now it is shifting thru all gears just longer and hard. No codes showing no dash lights coming on, fluid has been changed. Put a transmission speed sensor on and helped with shifting a little bit but still so long to shift and hard.

April 6, 2014, 4:53 pm

Richard W
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You need a transmission. It's telling you that with the way it shifts. Sorry for the bad news.

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April 7, 2014, 8:54 am

Ashley B

The fluid came out clean no flakes in it and it is shifting good after the transmission speed sensor and fluid change.

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April 7, 2014, 10:37 pm

Richard W
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You said long shift and hard. So I would say the transmission is not good. You could have some time before it goes out but not long

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