On Sunday, July 28, 2013, I started the car and went to work. A mile down the road, I realized the car didn’t sound right and the tachometer was showing pretty high RPMs. Car has that feature where you can manually shift… when it’s in drive, if you push the shifter to the side, it shows what gear you’re in (1 through 6); if you push it forward it shifts up a gear, if you pull it back it shifts down a gear. So I pushed the shifter to the side to see what gear it was in… 3rd. Tried pushing forward and pulling back to make it shift… nope. 3rd gear. Period.
I pulled over, parked, and turned the car off and back on, at which point it shifted normally.
Monday, July 29, 2013, the car started off the day normally. I made a stop on the way home. When I turned the car back on, I quickly realized it was stuck in 3rd. Turned it off and on, back to normal.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the car was working fine, but I called the dealership to set up a service appointment for Friday because obviously something is not right. I made a stop about 7 miles from home. Upon turning the car back on, the check engine light was on, as well as the wrench symbol that means it needs service. You know what wasn’t showing? The gear. Didn’t show Park, Reverse, Drive, nothing. It wasn’t shifting gears within drive and it wasn’t showing me what gear it was in. I imagine it was stuck in 3rd, but who knows? I tried turning the car off and back on multiple times on the drive home with no luck.
I took the car into the dealership first thing in the morning on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. The dealership worked on it Thursday, Friday, and part of Saturday. They were never able to find out what was wrong with it. The shifting problem has stopped for now, but I don’t fool myself into thinking it’s gone for good. It’s a Volkswagen. It’s a piece of shit.