2003 passat 1.8 engine with tiptronic auto and 96,000 suburban miles shudders when coming to a stop. VW shop change fluid and claimed it was brown like something was burning and said I needed a new transmission and that VW does not repair transmissions.
1) Can I get a new torque converter without a new transmission
2) can a rebuilt tranmission be used?
2a) Do aftermarker additives work to reduce TC slippage
3) Is this a common problem i.e. should transmissions fail at 96k
4) How much to replace the tranmission (or torque converter)
5) Have the 2003 Passat's had issues
6) Can anyone do this type of repair or should only a VW/Audi tech do this type of repair
Vehicle: 2003 Volkswagen Passat My wife and were looking for something that would be a good fit for our growing family of 3. It seems everywhere we go we needed a stroller and had to get groceries and haul a baby bag. A wagon was the best choice for us. We looked between a Subaru Outback, Mazda Protege5, Kia Spectra5, and the Passat. All of which are increasingly hard to find in good condition without having to sell the farm. We picked the Passat wagon and are very please with the good mileage and smooth power of our 1.8T and Tiptronic. Our is a GLS so it doesn't have everthing but is very comfortable with black leather. The Monsoon audio system sounds great! Great car for us so far.
(At my recommendation) My wife bought a 2003 VW Passat (B5.5) GLS (1.8T) new. I loved the car. It had a lot of personality. It was roomy, had full safety equipment, still only weighed 3,000 lbs. It was plenty quick and delivered good mpg. We didn’t have a lot of problems with it. The first problem was when the oil change (non dealer) guy, forgot to completely bolt on the underbody shield. Almost all the other dealer trips were for recalls for problems that we didn’t experience (coils and oil sludge come to mind). When the car was 6 years old it was totaled in an accident. The only wear item at that time was prematurely cracked pleather on the rear seats. (perhaps due to chlorinated bathing suits). We replaced it with a used Acura TSX. The TSX is probably a better car, but it has much less personality.