Volkswagen Jetta Transmission Problems & Overview

In other parts of the world, the Volkswagen Jetta is regarded as simply another compact sedan. But in the United States, this suave little VW has an upscale image. Mainly because of it’s Germanic refinement, eager engines, and balanced handling. Since its introduction in 1980, over 14 million Jetta’s have been sold around the world. The VW Jetta is the marque’s best-selling model, but it has had some drivetrain-related recalls and service bulletins.

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Does something seem wrong with your Jetta? Let’s look at some of the most common VW Jetta transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.

Common Issues/Codes Summary


2014 Volkswagen Jetta – 14V182000 / 38B9/9V


Volkswagen is recalling certain 2014 VW Jetta models equipped with the 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. In the affected vehicles, the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid.

The leaking transmission fluid could come in contact with a hot surface, resulting in a vehicle fire.


Volkswagen dealers will replace the O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler, free of charge. Owners can contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Refer to Volkswagen’s recall number 38B9/9V

2013-2014 Jetta Hybrid – 13V568000 / 34F6/4V


Volkswagen recalled 2013-2014 VW Jetta Hybrid models that were manufactured October 2012 through October 2013, and were equipped with a DQ-200 direct-shift gearbox. It seems that fluid additives used in the transmission may cause internal components to corrode. The deposits from this corrosion could then cause an electrical short, resulting in a stall-like condition.


If stalling occurs, the sudden loss of power while driving can significantly increase the risk of a crash.


Volkswagen dealers have been instructed to replace the gearbox oil with a non-corrosive version, free of charge. This recall began on December 6, 2013. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298. Refer to Volkswagen’s recall number: 34F6/4V

2009-2010 Jetta – 09V333000 / 37E3/S7


Volkswagen recalled 2009-2010 VW Jetta & 2009-2010 VW Jetta TDI models that were equipped with the DSG transmission. It seems that the wiring harness of a temperature sensor may have connector wires that were inadequately crimped. This could cause the sensor to falsely read a high transmission temperature, which can cause the gearbox to suddenly shift into neutral. The transmission position indicator on the dash will begin to flash, and the “Depress Brake Pedal” light will illuminate.


The sudden shift into neutral can increase the risk of a crash.


This VW recall was issued on October 20, 2009. To fix the issue, Volkswagen dealers were instructed to reprogram the transmission control module (TCM). Owners can contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987, referring to recall number: 37E3/S7

Volkswagen Jetta Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

2009-2012 Jetta  – TSB 30-14-01


This Technical Bulletin is for fault code P2711 ONLY, if any other faults appear with this code, perform normal diagnostic procedures. If this is the single fault code, the condition may lead to shifting concerns and/or a lack of mobility upon initial startup. For example, the selector is moved to Drive or Reverse and the transmission does not engage the selected gear. This problem is caused by debris in the clutch assembly causing too much drag torque from the multiple clutch.


New Jetta’s made after March 12, 2010 received a revised clutch. If the Transmission Control Module has fault code P2711 (only) and the vehicle has more than 19,000 miles, replace the multiple clutch and cover. If more than the P2711 error code is stored in the Transmission Control Module, or the vehicle has less than 19,000 miles, the faults need to be diagnosed using normal GFF processes.

2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta  – TSB 30-14-01


Transmission noise while driving, possibly coming from the differential area. It may sound like a whistle or whine, and be more distinguishable at 55 mph to 65 mph in the upper gear range. Technical background noise may appear to be coming from the transmission counter gear, when in actuality; the shifter cable may transmit noise (high frequency) into the passenger compartment.


Install updated shifter cable bracket components to reduce shifter cable noise.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

  1. Find your transmission model in the table below for fair prices from reputable suppliers. Also fair labor cost for local installation at a local auto repair shop.

  2. Get a free estimate on a remanufactured transmission by email.

Fair Remanufactured Transmission Price Ranges by Transmission Model Updated July 2018

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How to Diagnose & Fix

  1. Check the OBD Codes
  2. Check the fluid level
  3. Test transmission pressure
  4. Drop the transmission pan
  5. Repair, replace or rebuild

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11 thoughts on “Volkswagen Jetta Transmission Problems & Overview

  1. I have a 97 jetta non turbo 4cyl. It has about 150k miles. Its always made a clicking niose when in reverse, but my son hit a deer in it. Not too much damage was done. Replaced the front nose clip and grill. But a couple weeks later the tranny just gave up. We thought it was the tranny, but upon removal, the clutch fell out in pieces. So we replaced the clutch, but the tranny does not engage. Everything is aligned properly and transmission checks out good, but still has neutral – like conditions. We even pulled it back out to make sure everyhing was done properly. We are just baffled as to what it could be. Even testing the tranny, the reverse gear still clicks.

  2. I have a jetta vr6 2001 the transmision was rebuilt due to it started to not engaging 2nd shift.i came driving once it was fixed and in a high mountain road started to do the same failure.once i arrived the city came to normal.but now reverse started to not engage.doenst work anymore the rest of gears seeems to be ok.please why is doing that if it was rebuilt even changed the valve sick of this transmision.what is the problem

  3. We have 2012 jetta 2.5, we replaced automatic transmission and the new one is making grinding and high pitch noise, and will not engage?

  4. I have a problem with my 2012 VW Passat 1.8TSI DSG. Initially it started flashing the spanner symbol, inbetween the gear indicator. Later the gear position indicator started changing erratically and randomly.

    The vehicle failed to respond to pressure applied on the accelerator. The vehicle is not responding in any gesr position (including reverse).

    I need assistance please.

  5. I have 2015 VW Jeta 2.0 4 Zylinder. When driving off it does not accelerate the way it should – very slow!
    Shifting is not a problem at all. I got a quote from a VW Dealer to replace the manuel Transmission for $2100.00.

  6. I have a 2013 jetta 2.5 and i had a new double din stero installed then i went to start it and leave and the car is stuck in park and all my lights are on on the dash everything from check engine to airbag and seatbelt.

  7. I have a 91 jetta that is shifting fine, never slipt,and clutch wires arent lose. But when i shift it wont go into gear and drive.. I heard something about a flywheel??? What could be the problem

  8. I have a 2009 volkswagen jetta manual transmission. Transmission was rebuilt 8 months ago and is now out of warranty grinds into 2nd gear now almost everytime you Shift into it and sometimes pops out of reverse.

  9. Hi, I have 2004 Jetta 1.8 turbo that suddenly down shift while running at any speed. It happens so quick like a second and goes back to normal. When that happens the RPM goes up automatically in a second but of course the car slow down during that time. It runs and drive great until that happens again. Is that a solenoid problem? I also noticed that it happens when the car is warmed up after 15-20 minutes of running.

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