I have an 02 jetta VR6 24v with the 5 speed tiptronic transmission. For the past several weeks, the car will not shift out of first gear unless I let the car warm up for 10 - 15 min. Even then, it may make it to 2nd or 3rd gear but never shift to 4th for up to 30 min of driving.
I dropped the car off at my mechanic and he is advising that we replace the transmission. I feel this is overkill, as shifting is the only issue with the transmission. There is absolutely no slippage.
I do have the bently and have been reading up on solenoid valves and the valve body. Is there anyway to verify if any of my solenoids are failing, or if replacing the entire valve body would remedy this issue?
I do not have the cash reserves to replace the entire transmission right now as I am in the middle of a move. Any help appreciated.