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    2008 Rabbit Auto Transmission Problems?

    Hi Guys!

    So I'm probably not the first guy to post this but I'm having a little issue with the transmission for my rabbit. Lately it's been feeling like the car is hesitating to shift and when it finally does shift, it slams and I mean SLAMS. I ended up having a vacuum pump leak and saw on here that having such a leak could cause the transmission to act up so I had it fixed. The problem has resolved in the sense that once I get moving for a little bit, the hard shifting stops but when I change from park to reverse or drive, it slams, when ever i shift for that first bit of distance, it slams. I took it back to the dealer and they said they can't replicate it. What should I do, if I can do anything?

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: 2008 Rabbit Auto Transmission Problems?

    I have a similar issue. 2008 VW Rabbit. It started at about 90k miles, I am at 150k now and it is still there. I found that when I "hang" in 1st/2nd/3rd gear for extended periods of time via manual or sport mode (~5-10 minutes in rush our traffic) then shift to 4th gear it will hesitate then slam into gear -- ALWAYS 4th gear, never any other gear. I can repeat this daily on my drive home. Took it to the dealer and had them check it out, they say it is fine and noted the vacuum pump leaking oil a little (known issue but not critical -- oil is cheap). So, problem still unresolved and nobody knows what is wrong. I wanted to change out the tranny fluid but was told it is "forever fluid" so no joy there either. Best I can tell is new transmission or a rebuild. My fix is to not hang in gears too long. It almost sounds like, to me, one of the valves/valleys in the transmission gets dried out during the "hanging in gear" condition I mentioned (internal leak or crack possibly?)... Reminds me of my older cars after a fluid change or modification to the tranny and to get things flowing I would cycle through the gears in various orders to make sure all valleys had fluid running through them.

    Does anyone have a fix for this other than replace/rebuild the transmission?

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    Re: 2008 Rabbit Auto Transmission Problems?

    My fix was pretty simple actually. I eventually just came to the conclusion that the hard shifting was just going to be something that I have to live with forever but I took it to the dealership one more time to see what's up and it turns out that I had an open circuit for the transmission fluid temp sensor. That's what was causing my hard shifting. I had fixed the vacuum pump as well but that didn't do anything for the shifting. As far as hanging in gear causing one of the valves to dry out I have absolutely no idea. I hope you find your fix though! Good luck!

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