You should have gotten a manual.
I love the 2.0 motor...most other owners do as well.
I have a 2011 jetta s. I know its 115 hp but if I didnt tell you, you would know driving it. I see them with 200,000 miles on them all the time. I wonder thought? When driving it always shifts at 4-5 rpms that must be bad. Is the engine really bulletproof like some say or will the high rpms kill it??????
Im assuming because of the little amount of horsepower, you're trying to give it too much power than it can handle so its shifting at higher RPMs. Ease off the pedal when you are driving. See if that makes a difference. When I test drove a manual 2.0, it was gutless, so I wanted to keep pressing the pedal down more than the car could really handle. Im assuming its the same way with automatic 2.0's.
I have found since I got it that it tends to hang when it should downshift as well as having a hard shift 2nd to 1st like when coming to a stop. I've mentioned both of these issues to the dealer and they say it's "normal" except my gf who has had two 2.0s has had tranny problems (slipping or not shifting properly) and I'm afraid I will have the same fate.
The 2.0 is absolutely bulletproof. That particular engine architecture dates back to the first watercooled VW motors. By today's standards it isnt considered a performance motor but its been raced countless times. It sure is bulletproof, so enjoy it and dont worry about it
The 2.5L 5 Cyl
Isn't much better on Automatic mode. If i try to make it go faster it will shift at 4000-5000k.
Aka i am trying to out press the RPM limiter and Acceleration lag I will shift at 4-5k rpms.
Given mine is a lot peppier than my friends 2.0 Slow, And my car really goes when it does shift after all its Eco and safe consumption Lag, where as the 2.0 does not.
Now if i drive normal like a civilized person it shifts at 2-3k rpm.
Dump my Automatic into S mode, my entire RPM band now idles almost 1k higher than normal.
And Taking of the line is quite event full.
Then I always have the Tipronic mode to play with Launching at 1st gear makes tires chirp LOL
Wonder if EPS switch works on automatic.
As slow and raspy as the engine is... it's really not that bad. I just commute to school and work, and it does the job (5spd definitely helps). The car looks good, I installed a great sound system, and am getting some alloys this weekend. Not to mention ~27mpg for 75% city driving.
I usually shift ~3k though. I never rev it that high!
Also just a side note... i just did my own oil change today and removed the FACTORY OIL FILTER at 15000 miles!!! wtf mate? and yes i have only had it serviced by a dealership up until this point.
Like others have said, you may be gassing it a bit too hard, but you shouldn't be hurting it; the engine is very reliable. Your biggest risk is getting poor gas mileage. Check to see that you're not in Sport Mode. That would make your shift points higher.
But what's far worse than 4-5k shifts is shifting at like 2-2.5k. Some early 2.0L's with autos (think early MkIII) were programmed to go into overdrive too soon for MPG purposes, but this runs the risk of ruining the bearings; my sister's '95 Golf would run in overdrive going uphill at 25 mph... not good for longevity. But, despite that, most of those engines lasted forever, so yours should be good to go.
Last edited by mediumbluemetalic; 04-30-2012 at 12:12 PM.
ive owned plenty of 8v engines and ive also owned 5 cylinder engines in audis and quantems this 2.0 8v 6 speed auto mkvi jetta s is the greatest car ive owned and i get 25 to 27mpg on the street and highway mix driving mostly street. if you do drive it hard the 4 to 5th gear shift is somewhere in the 4500 to 5000rpm area on the highway at full throttle it does the samething needless to say it pulls the gear that hard due to 115hp engine maxes out at 5200 but the torque curve is at 125ftlbs @4000 but what people dont see is the 6 speed gearing and final drive is what the this lil engine needs!!! true fact is 2.SLO 8V engines will always be awesome in my book
MLZ 2.SLO & LOW IS A LIFESTYLE.........
I have a 2.0 Manuel and I also get that hard shift from 2nd to first. I thought it was only my car. I only have about a thousand miles on it so far but I am planning on keeping it for a while. I wonder if this will create a future problem. Hopefully only a shift linkage and not something big. As for the engine and transmission, it's a really good combination. It doesn't have a lot of power but enough to do what I need. It's obviously not a performance car but does the job for