Hi folks. I have a 2012 VW GTI w/ a manual trans. It’s a year old and has 15k miles. I bought it new from a VW dealer. Under hard acceleration, the RPMs jump about 500 RPMs for only a second or two and then drop down to where they were previously. During that time, it feels like the transmission slips out of gear and that I have no power. I’ve noticed this is gears 2-6.
Also, whenever I stop the car and put it into first gear, there’s a loud thump that I can both hear and feel coming through the steering wheel and shift knob. It’s been doing this since I bought the car. I brought it to VW and they said it’s probably just because the gears are still spinning when I put it into first. But it still happens if I wait several seconds to put it into first.
Is this a sign of a bad transmission or one on its way out?