How crucial is the transmission sensor?

Asked by Feb 26, 2015 at 08:51 PM about the 2004 Volkswagen Passat

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My bf (the luddite -- so I'm online for him) has a 2004 wagon which developed a leak in
the sunroof, and the leak shorted out his transmission sensor. The cost to repair that is
not an option for awhile yet. He's thinking of taking the tranny sensor out entirely.

If it has an onboard computer that takes data from the gearbox and compares it to the
axle speed and does something with the output, this would probably mean Dead Car.

If it's one of the old types of engines that uses sensors for fun and perfection, but still
relies on mechanical engineering to keep things going, it should be fine. (I drove a truck  
with no accelerator solenoid for years.)

Which is it? Judging by the look of the engine, I'm guessing it's too fancy to work
without its transmission sensor. I'd like to be wrong. Thanks for any help!

4 Answers

20,700

Extremely crucial. Save your time and money leave the sensor and fix it right when you have the money.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thanks. I'll pass that on and hope it penetrates.

20,700

LOL, good luck.

1,525

Make sure that the leak is repaired and the interior is dried before mold or corrosion becomes an issue. You may be able to locate a used module to save $$.

Your Answer

Passat

Looking for a Used Passat in your area?

CarGurus has 27,102 nationwide Passat listings starting at $1,200.

ZIP:

Volkswagen Passat Experts

  • #1
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,370
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,290
  • #3
    Chrisand Edwards
    Reputation
    1,250
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Jetta
718 Great Deals out of 40,928 listings starting at $760
Used Honda Accord
1,200 Great Deals out of 74,751 listings starting at $561
Used Toyota Camry
1,007 Great Deals out of 101,202 listings starting at $300
Used Audi A4
322 Great Deals out of 13,201 listings starting at $1,899
Used BMW 3 Series
1,166 Great Deals out of 37,303 listings starting at $1,000
Used Nissan Altima
1,218 Great Deals out of 89,076 listings starting at $1,500
Used Hyundai Sonata
840 Great Deals out of 58,941 listings starting at $1,500
Used Volkswagen GTI
141 Great Deals out of 7,163 listings starting at $1,700
Used Honda Civic
774 Great Deals out of 67,983 listings starting at $999
Used Volkswagen Touareg
56 Great Deals out of 2,436 listings starting at $3,200
Used Volkswagen Golf
137 Great Deals out of 4,412 listings starting at $1,800
Used Mazda MAZDA6
194 Great Deals out of 11,438 listings starting at $1,995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 6,352 listings starting at $13,489
2016 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
91 Great Deals out of 1,797 listings starting at $9,900
2015 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
110 Great Deals out of 2,969 listings starting at $6,495
2014 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
119 Great Deals out of 2,564 listings starting at $6,497
2013 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
92 Great Deals out of 2,256 listings starting at $4,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.