I've only ever messed with 1.8Ts. I have been building and tuning them for a few years now. I like how simple 8Vs are, and I always wanted one to daily.
I decided to pick up a 95 MkIII Jetta for a daily, because it was pretty cheap and I've always wanted a 8v lol. It also only has 73k original miles, and is in pretty nice shape for a MkIII lol actually doesn't have any rust on it, almost no wind noise, and rides nice.
Now, for the bad. The car is a 2.0 8v automatic. The trans is a 4spd, and has a dipstick, which from what I understand is kinda rare, because most VW/Audi's have a sealed autotrans. Now, the car does not like to down shift. You have to do it manually. Also, when you go WOT, I can feel the "kick down" or whatever it's called click in the pedal, but the car won't down shift.
I've replaced the ECU/TCU to no avail. This week I'm going to change the trans fluid and filter and see if that helps anything.
I also think the ICM in the distributor is going bad, because randomly the car will go to die, and then will run perfectly fine. I have replaced the distributor cap and rotor, spark plugs and wires. Also installed a new Throttle Position Sensor, still no change.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.