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96 VW Jetta III
Posted 10 May 2010 - 12:24 AM
We've been working on getting it tore apart, but it has been stalled by a stupid
wheel stud adapter (I broke it before we could get the second wheel off )
Anyway, do you guys have any idea what could have broke or be the problem?
We were told by a VW shop that its possible that a shift collar broke inside and
jammed, and if we ever get it back out of 3rd, it'll get stuck if it ever gets put
in 3rd or 4th again.
I'll be asking more questions as we go along, but I know some of you out there
are VW nuts, so throw out your knowledge please!
PS: Remember, this is a transversely mounted I4, not a flat four.
Posted 10 May 2010 - 08:27 AM
Around here they go for about 700 used.
When reverse fails it's only like 60.00 in parts but a whole lotta labor since VW German overengineer everything. I have a tranny shop do it.
Only ones I've had get stuck in forward gears was the linkage being a problem.
I happen to have a car with that tranny setting here that I haven't gotten to. A 97 Golf GTI 2.0 5 speed. It's a running/driving car that needs some work. I'm more likely to part it but shipping would be killer.
Good luck with the internals of a VW trans.
If you do go used try and verify reverse first. They all make a bit of a "whine" in reverse - it's a VW thing.
Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:30 AM
Wondered myself how much a trans goes for. Now I see its a common problem spot...
good luck twitch,
Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:41 AM
Reverse to that tranny is what HG's are to a Suby 2.5 DOHC.
As an idea. That tranny used costs me 700. I can get that 2.0 engine delivered (minus distributor) for under 100.00 with a 6 month warranty. Under 150.00 with a distributor.
Posted 10 May 2010 - 10:48 AM
Ok, well, in reverse the car made a clunking sound when backing up.
So I guess that was a clue huh?
Ok, what's the likely-hood that we're gonna have to replace pretty much
everything inside the transmission?
Posted 10 May 2010 - 11:41 AM
Sometimes I will pay a tranny shop to look things over and fix reverse.
I believe a few special tools are needed that a tranny shop has. More tranny specific than VW specific I think.
I think my average repair bill after I drop the tranny off is 350 or so. A couple of hours to tear it apart, 60 bucks in Reverse gear and assorted parts, reassemble. But I really don't do many.
The 5 speeds make the auto's look cheap though. They are usually around 1,500 used. But I have had pretty good success getting htem fixed - but not cheaply.
Good luck. I'll be surprised if you actually end up fixing the tranny. Tearing it down may be fun.
Posted 10 May 2010 - 12:03 PM
Sounds like if we do fix it, its going to be a revolving door of transmissions.
And a rebuilt one is going to run $600-$1000.
Any other advice that can be given?
Posted 10 May 2010 - 01:36 PM
Full of a bunch of kids talking of stereo's, rims, mufflers and other things that have nothing to do with running/maintaining a car but some very worthwhile content if you dig. It can be hard to find though.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 09:52 PM
(so says I....an ex 20+ vw enthusiest...unitll I went to work for a vw shop....never again I say...never again.)
Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:57 AM
Not that the car had a problem, but the problems that exist with this model.
I also found out that he's just expecting to pull the tranny apart, release it from
3rd, replace the occasional broken part, and drive it till it gets stuck again
After all I have been told about these car with their tranny issues, I would junk
it, or sell it to some unsuspecting bozo.
But to each his own.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 06:47 PM
And on top of that - transverse...... no love - just no love at all for the vee-dub box.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:02 PM
40 mpg (it's an auto) and I truely expect 300-400k.
But I've also got an assortment of old air-cooled's.
Now the 1.8 turbo's I avoid.
Any tranny trouble is typically big $.
But they sure ride and handle better than the jap stuff - even the Acura and Lexus's that I've driven. VW's are excellent traveling cars in my opinion.
They do get kinda crazy with multiple engines and especially tranny's for the same model year in the late model cars though. Someday for kicks look up exactly what their collection of name plates is - you'll probably be surprised.
Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:58 AM
Edited by LokeDawgg, 08 June 2010 - 11:16 AM.
Posted 07 June 2010 - 04:43 PM
I'm getting kinda sick of playing chauffeur...
Not to mention I was a clod and smoked the clutch in my BRAT
But that's a whole 'nother topic.
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