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    1. 09-18-2006 11:12 AM #1
      I have a 2001 VW Jetta GLS 2.0L. It has recently passed the 100,000 mile mark. The transmission still feels tight and shifts hard, but I would like to have the fluid changed. I've read post on vwvortex that say not to believe the hype on VW "lifetime tranny fluid." So, I would like to know what everyone thinks about getting the fluid changed, a new tranny filter, seal and possibly a new pan with magnet?
      Has anyone had their tranny fluid changed and have their tranny fail soon after?
      Should I leave the lifetime fluid and drive another 100,000 miles?

      I don't know what to do? Thanks for any advice.

    2. 09-18-2006 11:14 AM #2
      Trannies are expensive. Basic maintenance isn't.
      Get it flushed with new filter & all.

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      09-18-2006 11:16 AM #3
      Change it.

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      09-18-2006 11:19 AM #4
      Quote, originally posted by cincinnativwguy »
      So, I would like to know what everyone thinks about getting the fluid changed, a new tranny filter, seal and possibly a new pan with magnet?

      I change mine about every 50,000...I don't know about automatics, but filters just get dirty...they are designed to. I wouldn't bother with a new pan unless you want to swap it for a SS one.
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    5. 09-18-2006 11:29 AM #5
      SS? Not sure what that is? Thanks everyone for the advice!

    6. 09-18-2006 11:58 AM #6
      I'm afraid the flush will loosen up debri (metal shavings) that will end up killing my tranny. I plan on having this done at the dealer, since you have to deal with temperature readings for the fluid.

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      09-19-2006 04:11 PM #7
      I flushed my tranny 25,000 miles ago and have had no problems. I also went to the dealer too.

    8. 09-19-2006 05:25 PM #8
      Thanks for the input. I'm glad someone has gotten a flush and their tranny hasn't died yet.
      I have 100,000 miles on the old VW. I think I'm going to do the flush.
      Please if anyone has any more comments. Let me know. I don't want to buy a new tranny 20,000 miles after the flush.

    9. 09-19-2006 05:29 PM #9
      i had mine changed like 20k ago. Its not a bad idea. But yeah its probably easier to have a mechanic do it b/c I think reading the level on it and adding the fluid isnt as easy as changing regular oil.

    10. 09-19-2006 05:30 PM #10
      if it's an auto then you have to be very careful. you must replace all fluid with exactly the same amount you removed. so everytime you fill it and then drain it, you have to measure out how much fluid went in and out as it must end up being the same amount.
      it must be accurate.

    11. 09-19-2006 05:39 PM #11
      Thanks. I'm def going to take it to a dealer. I could do the fluid change myself, bringing the temp up on the fluid to check is way to hard and complicated. I get the feeling from the VW dealership that they don't even want to do it. I swear! If I hear one more dumbass salesman at VW tell me the tranny fluid is lifetime and doesn't need to be changed, I"m going to firebomb their store.
      Lifetime to VW dealership is the amount of days, hours and minutes they have to fix the problem under warranty.

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