Just bought a 2000 VW Golf TDI Automatic 124,000 miles on Feb 18th. 2 weeks later I am driving down I-40 in Arkansas, 2000 miles from home and it breaks down at about 60 mph.
These are the details of the breakdown: It broke down at about 60mph, engine had trouble shifting into 5th gear, started to vibrate and shut off. When the key is turned it makes a clicking sound. Flywheel doesn't turn. Oil level was normal when engine failed- it had been changed 1500 miles prior.
It's unclear whether the transmission is locked up, or if both the transmission and engine have damage. I believe they would have to be decoupled to identify the problem. The Pepboys guys and VW dealer in Little rock both declared the engine seized, without opening it up or checking the transmission. Previous to the breakdown the car would occasionally "shudder" while idling or driving for extended periods of time under 20mph.
I've heard that transmission failures are common with this year of TDIs.
I'm looking for advice on how to go forward. I dont want to junk the car, Im willing to put some money into it to repair.
Im also interested in a manual conversion. Does anyone have experience with that?