Just changed the transmission in an 2002 Beetle and you have to mess with the shifter to get it in drive, and then it acts as though it's in third. It is also making noises. It was used. Is it bad?


Asked by Apr 08, 2015 at 10:40 PM about the 2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8T

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I changed the transmission in a 2002 Beetle 1.8 turbo, and I'm having problems. You
have to shift down to third to get it to read it's in drive on the dash and gear shift, and
then it acts like it's in third, sluggish start, and revs out around fifty. It also makes a
whirring noise when it is first started and noises when changing gears. It was used....

2 Answers


Sound,s like you may have another bad tranny.

Chris Van Kleeck

These transmissions have a "limp home" mode, where a faulty transmission will function but remain in third gear in order to "limp home". You can scan the transmission for fault codes with vagcom or similar.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
Reputation 1,460
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,380
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,080
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper"
394 Great Deals out of 11,055 listings starting at $1,995
Used Volkswagen Jetta"
647 Great Deals out of 32,377 listings starting at $1,200
Used Jeep Wrangler"
461 Great Deals out of 16,417 listings starting at $3,400
Used Honda Civic"
1,143 Great Deals out of 59,092 listings starting at $995
Used Ford Mustang"
733 Great Deals out of 41,077 listings starting at $900
Used Volkswagen Golf"
38 Great Deals out of 2,713 listings starting at $1,995
Used Volkswagen Passat"
271 Great Deals out of 22,491 listings starting at $1,299
Used Honda Accord"
1,258 Great Deals out of 78,695 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,412 Great Deals out of 67,098 listings starting at $1,295
Used Volkswagen GTI"
120 Great Deals out of 6,255 listings starting at $2,900
Used Toyota Camry"
1,590 Great Deals out of 98,367 listings starting at $895
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,607 Great Deals out of 39,619 listings starting at $888
Used Ford Focus"
1,220 Great Deals out of 56,725 listings starting at $1,495

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 1,662 listings starting at $12,900
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 735 listings starting at $9,977
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
27 Great Deals out of 514 listings starting at $9,595
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
69 Great Deals out of 1,189 listings starting at $6,995
2012 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
29 Great Deals out of 530 listings starting at $7,300