Originally Posted by jokess
Hello, I've been lurking since I purchased my g/f a used "new" beetle and have found this forum to be a huge wealth of knowledge and would like to first thank all contributors. Now for my question. I have a 2002 New Beetle 2.0 automatic. It has 141k on the original motor and tranny, I have recently noticed a 3-5 second delay while shifting her into drive from park. Is this normal???? Also I am noticing a hard down shift into first when she comes to a quick stop. Is there any remedy for this??? I am thinking of changing the transmission fluid and filter but am afraid this might make her shift even worse. It has just started to do this and I have noticed if I need to make an abrupt stop I throw it into neutral to avoid clunking into first. The guy at the parts desk at the VW dealer kinda threw me off when he said changing the fluid might make things worse off.... so any ideas? I am on the fence with what to do... I am thinking maybe check the level and add if it needs but if she is full then im back to square one...maybe throw a touch of lucas tranny fix to kinda keep it from down shifting so hard. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated. I am going to check the level to make sure she isn't low...Thanks in advance any insight will be greatly appreciated.
You have the dreaded 01M Automatic transmission. The worst Transmission by VW ever made. They all do have weak valve bodies which fail and then eventually destroy the transmission. Changing out the valve body may help add a few more miles to the life of the transmission. Changing the fluid every 40k miles when it was new may have helped the life of the valve body but once it is that far gone only a replacement of the valve body will help unless the clutches in the transmission itself have already deteriorated in which case replacing the transmission would be needed.
You can try changing out the fluid and see if it helps a bit but I wouldn't count on it. I am attaching a PDF file for the proper procedure of changing fluid in a 01M transmission.