The engine was producing power, but something was wrong with the transmission. This has been addressed by volkswagen technical service bulletin, and is documented by many cases. This is a serious issue which may cause sudden loss of control of your vehicle while driving down the highway. In other words what besides the word of your mechanic tells you it needs replacing? The problems with this transmission are hard shifts from gear 1 to 2, erratic shifting from gear 3 to gear 4 and a shudder in the torque converter. Flywheel is bad and needs to be replaced. Obviously there are other possibility but given the age of your vehicle this is a strong possible. The repair shop personnel determined the flywheel had broken causing the clutch pressure plate to break.
I sat for a few minutes, then I tried to drive home again in the manual gear shifting mode. It got a new engine and a new transmission. I checked brake fluid aka clutch fluid and transmission fluid - both are at the proper level. Mine separated and was scraping so I stopped driving it until I received the new flywheel and clutch. Thats the cable that connects your shift lever to the transmission.
Checked underneath car and found transmission casing and flywheel housing cracked. There is widespread information about this on the internet documenting the failures, some of which have destroyed the vehicles transmission and engine in the process. My front wheels made it over the bump, but my car stalled and I was not able to at least coast my rear wheels over the bump. The dealer determined the transmission failure was due to driver error. Towed to dealer, and we are waiting to hear again from them. Half of the disks are steel and have splines that fit into groves on the inside of the drum.
I had mine out to check the fluid a couple of weeks ago and it was good. The old slave is still in there. Most were from a different flywheel manufacturer and I was surprised to see mine was made by sachs these can cause serious damage to a vehicle if it breaks apart. Does the clutch engage when the pedal is a similar height off the floor compared to where it's always engaged? The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. Hazard button fell into dash. The contact was driving 25 mph when the vehicle abnormally decelerated and would not respond to the contact's attempts to drive forward or in reverse.
Put the car in park and shut off engine. The service manager immediately said it was the flywheel and needs to be replaced. Consequently, I lose power while on the interstate at higher speeds. Luckily no one was hurt, because if I hadn't brought the car immediately in it could have stalled the car at high speeds freeway and ruined the entire drivetrain, causing an accident. The rod moves the clutch lever which disengages the clutch. I believe it is the same transmission that has been recalled on the 2009 and 2010. The noise gradually got louder, but after several regular maintenance visits, no a problems were noted.
All of the bulletins acknowledged known problems with the flywheel and clutch parts. Some adjustments made it smoother. . I wouldn't go to Mr Transmission or something like that for a rebuilt transmission. The consumption is surprisingly low considering the sporty performance.
This has been referred to as a false neutral. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and they advised the contact that the clutch needed to be replaced. Complaint Number: 10422555 Incident Date: June 15, 2011 Date Added to File: August 30, 2011 Description of the Complaint: The dual mass flywheel has failed on my car. Recently noticed a blob of gear lube on the driveway and took it in to a local repair shop. She called a repair shop and the mechanic told her to let the vehicle cool down. If this problem is allowed to worsen, the failure mode is a complete clutch failure and on a busy freeway is a serious safety issue.
The failure only occurs when the air conditioning is turned on high. At purchase we were assured the clutch would last and not be an issue. Also the car slams into the lower gears when downshifting. It seems to occur when it is rolling free at near 5 to 10 mph, and when the accelerator is pressed nothing happens for a second or two. Problem still exists to some degree. That said, issue noticeably better after timing belt replacement. After hearing all the trouble with the 5speed manuals, we wanted to investigate the feasibility of getting a 6 speed manual from a 2009, maybe.