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    Thread: GTI 6Spd Manual/DSG Durability

    1. 02-28-2007 10:33 PM #1
      I just read in a thread that the VW manual transmissions are not very durable and tend to have problems. Have any MKV GTI owners had any problems with their Manual transmission? Same question to DSG owners. Let me know in your response which trans. you have.

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      02-28-2007 10:48 PM #2
      Im at 10.5K miles and have never had one issue with the transmission or the shifter, even with the mods. Still shifts like the day i bought it.
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      02-28-2007 11:54 PM #3
      i had a passat with a manual with 135000 miles, and not a single problem at all. Automatic trannies are the ones to avoid.

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      03-01-2007 12:12 AM #4
      i've heard of various issues with both types, i don't think anyone is more durable than the other, just that the DSG has more expensive maintenance due to the fluid changes, and well i'm not sure but i wouldn't imagine the dual clutches to last forever either, but don't hold me to that as i don't exactly know how they work, just a random thought, perhaps someone will clarify this.

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      03-01-2007 08:38 AM #5
      The only transmission on the MkV I know of that has had 0 issues is the 6 speed automatic on the 2.5L (non-DSG). Every other one has had a few people have issues here and there.

    6. 03-01-2007 08:59 AM #6
      and where did this info come from... had two mk4, one mk5 0 problems

    7. 03-01-2007 10:11 AM #7
      From another thread on this forum, this one to be precise.
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3100982

    8. 03-01-2007 10:20 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by classicjetta »
      The only transmission on the MkV I know of that has had 0 issues is the 6 speed automatic on the 2.5L (non-DSG). Every other one has had a few people have issues here and there.

      the 6at on the 2.5L has some problems too, though i'd say it does seem like they have less issues than other mkv trannies.

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2579506


    9. 03-01-2007 10:42 AM #9
      I've owned a '98 New Beetle and an '03 GTI 20th Ann., and I presently drive an '06 GTI- all with manuals- and have never had an issue (knock wood!). I drive moderately most of the time with occasional bursts to the redline. However, I try to take care of the transmission by not riding the clutch, doing burnouts, speed shifting, etc. Hope this helps!

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      03-01-2007 11:04 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by D.Passat00 »

      the 6at on the 2.5L has some problems too, though i'd say it does seem like they have less issues than other mkv trannies.

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2579506

      ah well nobody is perfect.


    11. 03-01-2007 07:26 PM #11
      03 gti 1.8t 1 tranny dead, clutch was perfect at tranny change. (tranny dead @ 30k)

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      03-01-2007 07:29 PM #12
      my golfs tranny was in perfect shape before i totalled it and i learned how o drive standard with it its the auto trannies that tend to blow they just can't handle the extra power that people put to em

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      03-01-2007 07:30 PM #13
      That lovely VW Synchro.....on rare occasion youll get that unexplained grind with a fully depressed clutch... or it is fussy once in a blue moon going into gear effortlessly. but nothing wrong really
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      03-01-2007 07:40 PM #14
      first gear grind i hated it if you rev it to high or putting it into reverse you gotta go slow and make sure the car is stopped

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      03-02-2007 08:50 PM #15
      Had an '03 GTI 1.8T- 5 speed manual- 0 problems.
      Manuals are simpler-less to go wrong...

    16. 03-02-2007 08:54 PM #16
      Well i have a MKV GTI DSG 17,576mi 0 issues!!

      Also have a MKIV 2.sl0w AT w/165,000mi NOT ONE SINGLE engine issue, haven't had to replace an SINGLE engine/transmission component to date!!! been 8yrs now.


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      03-02-2007 09:47 PM #17
      46,000 miles in 14 months, several autox's in that time ... no problems but well maintained

    18. 03-05-2007 12:37 AM #18
      Honestly, the durability of these two transmissions should probably be the least of your concerns-they're both fine. Which do you want? That's the question to ask.

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