First off - Does this belong in the garage? I haven't been here in awhile.
I have a 2004 Passat Wagon. On cold days when I put the car into drive from park the car rocks forward violently. It feels like taking your foot off the clutch much too fast in a manual transmission. If I put the car into reverse for a second and then drive it doesn't seem to be as bad. Or if I wait 10 minutes for the car to warm up it isn't as bad.
At first I thought it was because I wasn't pressing hard enough on the brakes while shifting into gear, but that is not the case. I am fairly certain the problem is related to the trans but I guess it could be from the engine or brakes. The trans seems fine in most other conditions, except that it sometimes clunks if I accelerate and then abruptlly take foot off of gas before trans completes a shift.
I have 37K on the car so I guess I will be bringing it to the dealership but I am afraid they will say it is "Normal" or "could not be reproduced".
Any info / advice would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I have a tendency to put the car into neutral or park when I am waiting at a red light because the car has a vibration. (VW dealer told me vibration is "within manufacturer spec"). Maybe it is slipping because I am shifting into and out of gear more than usual? Any advice on the engine vibration would also be appreciated.