Hello – I am just crossing my fingers and HOPING that somebody out there recognizes these symptoms and gives me some cause to hope that I don’t have to replace the transmission on my 2003 Eurovan…
Here’s the skinny: bought the vehicle almost 2 years ago (then about 85,000 miles, now about 116,000). About 6 months into driving it the car began to shudder (only when accelerating) a few times while driving. This shudder has become more and more persistent over the last 18 months. It’s not exactly “violent” but it is very noticeable and now occurs every minute or two, particulary between 10-40 mph but it’s starting to happen at freeway speeds too.
We’ve tried loading the car differently, tires have been replaced (2x including changing to snow tires in the winter), tires balanced, passenger wheel bearing replaced, and nothing seems to make any difference. About 2 months ago a few lights came on and the mechanic said that one of the codes included a torque converter indication…. We took it to a guy in Boulder, CO that certainly seems to know what he’s talking about (Wolfsberg Automotive) and he said that it sounds like we need a new transmission (his thought being why replace just the torque converter since that is part of the transmission and b/c VW are notorious for bad transmissions so just go ahead and do the whole transmission). But he also said that we might as well wait until it gets worse so that’s what we were doing. Then, a few days ago, the car wouldn’t shift gears (probably between 2nd – 3rd) going up a fairly steep inclined road. It took about 5 minutes before it finally shifted.
I guess I am just hoping that somebody out there might recognize these symptoms as something that might not require a whole new transmission…! As you can probably tell by my descriptions – I don’t know that much about cars! Hopefully, this is enough to maybe get some ideas/responses….! The replacement will cost about $6000 so I am just trying to research as much as I can before taking the plunge. Thanks very very much in advance for any insight provided!!!