My 2003 V6 Passat Wagon may have reached the end of the road. At 180,000 miles the transmission has developed a very hard downshift from 3rd to 2nd. I've maintained this car myself for 15 years and know it well. My research suggests it needs a new valve body, but it could be a number of things. A new valve body will be around 1000 if I do it myself. I took it to the dealer for an state inspection and they wanted to throw a whole new transmission in for 7 grand. I'm not doing that. The engine runs great. The car looks good inside and out. She's been loved. But now it's time to say goodbye. I really don't want to take it to the junk yard. I thought I might give it to a charity, but they would have to fix the problem too.
So what do I do with it? It seems a real shame to trash the whole thing because a solenoid is probably bad. I wish I had the time to devote to fixing it, but I'm just too busy with other stuff.
My wife really loved this car and doesn't want to replace it. But, we looked at an Alltrack and she liked it, so I think that's what' we'll get. It's almost identical in size to the Passat, but a bit under powered. I may put a tune on it to fix that.