I just bought a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 with 72,000 mil...

I just bought a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 with 72,000 miles for $3,000 in total the car was completely fine when I had first gotten it and now that it's a month and a half later some significant challenges have come up the check e...

I just bought a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 with 72,000 miles for $3,000 in total the car was completely fine when I had first gotten it and now that it's a month and a half later some significant challenges have come up the check engine light and check airbag light have come on the transmission only had second gear it's automatic and it only has second gear the electrical system is messed up the windows don't go up and down the locks don't work certain parts of the car just from the age need to be updated but that's not the major component but now I'm having trouble with the transmission and pretty much I'm getting 22 mi for a half of a full tank of gas and I can no longer take it on the highway and there's no way of me checking the transmission fluid or to see what's going on with that to diagnose or assess it I can't afford to take that to Volkswagen and I do need your professional expertise and feedback please Mechanic's Assistant: Does the light stay on, or does it blink? They are on 100% of the time and ironically after the lights came on not much later did the transmission start to have these concerns Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Jetta yourself? What have you tried so far? My true intention when I first got the car was just to give it a simple tune up so I began with an oil filter change I cleaned out the mass air flow sensor and that was it. The driver door all of the switches weren't working and even the alarm I had to take the battery out of it because it kept setting the alarm off and voluntarily. I'm due diligence myself with previous experience not with the German car. I spent $3,000 and I just wanted to tune it out so I would have good gas mileage nothing fancy nothing special I just wanted to reliable car and now I'm learning that every little single piece is costing 10 times as much as it would for any other car Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the Mechanic to know before I connect you? Significant yes something significantly actually I had them hook up the computer at the auto parts store and they came up with a code p0864 trouble code and I went to AutoZone and had them hook it up to the computer and they said that it was the oxygen sensor and they didn't relate to me whether it was the upward oxygen sensor or the lower oxygen sensor. I really must get the transmission to be functional to get around and I'm at a complete loss of what to do

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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. My name is \*\*\*\*\* \*\*\*\*\* I will do my best to assist you. During this conversation you will be given an automated offer for a phone call. You may accept or decline that offer.I don’t personally offer this service so if you take this another tech may call I’m sorry that you’re having trouble with your vehicle. I will do my best to help you resolve them. Please understand that I do not know your knowledge or capabilities so I may need to ask questions to find out basic information to help solve your specific problem. My aim is to give you the best service possible and to help you. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Sometimes it may take a moment for me to respond because I may have to look up information about your concern. I appreciate your patience and will provide responses as soon as possible. The fault code and transmission issues are due to a faulty transmission control module. It is located underneath the wipers under the cowl - see attached It will need to be replaced and the new one will require being programmed with a dealer level scan tool Thanks for using Just Answer and letting me help you. I hope I provided what you needed. If you find more help is still needed, let me know by listing out any remaining questions you have on this concern. I hope the remainder of your day is well.

The windows don't go up or down regardless of what switches used the power door locks do not work the interior lights do not work
Automotive Expert
HI Those issues will be a fault central control module for comfort system, a type of body control module. It is behind the dash - see attached It will need to be replaced and then programmed with dealer scan tool

I actually have a friends of a friend who owns a junkyard and would actually be able to get me all of those units for free but this central control module for the comfort system has to be programmed what about the other ones and how much does it cost to get programmed
Automotive Expert
Hi the transmission control module also has to be programmed. It runs 1 hour labor per module for programming, which most shops are around $125- $150 per hour. So for the 2 modules to be programmed, around $300 total

okay so that's talking minimum and then also I got the diagnosis from AutoZone that it's the oxygen sensor that that would be another expense of I don't even know how much. And then if I can get things rectified within reason a tune-up would probably be out of the question
Automotive Expert
HI I would need to know the exact fault code for the O2 sensor to tell you which one and cost.

I went to AutoZone yesterday they didn't give me the specific code but they did say that the sensor is $163 for the top one and $153 for the lower one and labor is questionableUnfortunately I desperately need a car and this is starting to turn out to become a huge nightmare that the expenses are going to cost three times as much as the car costIf I could please ask for your help just to give me a roundabout number just a ballpark number in total of what I'm looking at to see how I can potentially go about even moving forward with this would be so helpfulPlease forgive me I'm just very anxious about the situation that I'm stuck inI honestly thought that I got a deal for a 2005 with 72,000 miles which appeared to have nothing wrong with it initially and this Wednesday I have an appointment to drop the car off at the person who sold me the car to see if we can come up with answers but do you know if there's any way that or any law that lemon law or anything that I can just give him the car back and get something else?
Automotive Expert
HI the front O2 sensor is 0.6 hr to replace, around $80 the rear O2 sensor is 0.8 hr to replace, around $100 The sensors, depending upon quality and where bought from will from around $140 to $200 each

Thank you
Automotive Expert
you are welcome

if I could just ask you to please ballpark a number so I can bring that to the attention of the person I bought the car from as a bargaining tool or I don't know what you could call it I would sincerely \*\*\*\*\* \*\*\*\*\* because these numbers are blowing my mind
Automotive Expert
HI For the O2 sensor parts and labor around $300 For the transmission issue, control module would run around $700 parts and labor including programming For the electrical accessories, the control module would run around $600 parts and labor including programming Total around $1600

thank you so much for breaking that down for me I'm sure there's other unexpected expenses on top of that but at least it's a number to start with which I hope is even tangible or worth it
Automotive Expert
hi you are welcome

Please forgive me I have never gotten your name I would like to follow up with you in the future if I could pleaseI'm Paul Ciacci by the way pleasure to have your help
Automotive Expert
Hi Paul It is Eric.

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