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2012 Audi A4 transmission not smooth

I just owned a new 2012 Audi A4 and found the transmission was not very smooth. This also happened when I braked the car. Does anyone has similar problem?


  • dantoudantou Posts: 2
    I found some problem with the transmission when turning car in very low speed. Sometimes a huge vibration would happen, I guess it might be the transmission problem. I just got my a4 for a month... :mad:
  • Yes, that's exactly the same problem as mine. Have you gone to the dealership to diagnose the problem?
  • rybalkorybalko Posts: 4
    I've got 2012 A4 Avant 2 weeks ago. Will take it to a dealer tomorrow to check what's wrong with the trasmission:
    1. it jerks when shiffs in traffic on low speed from 0 to 1 gear
    2. it has delays in changing the gear when going up the hill
  • Mine also has similar problem. But it jerks from 0-2 gear I believe. Also, when I brake, in low speed, it jerks significant from 2-0 gear (or even maybe from 3-0).
  • Finally, I fugured that the transmission bumps, when shiffting from 2nd to 3rd gear. It's now at the dealler, will post later the result. First time they didn't fixed it. Took it right back. The bump is really significant, so they can deny it.
  • i had the same problem with 2012 model,,when i down shift from second gear to the first gear,, i will feel the torgue a little bit..have any of you guys ever try the Navigation system? and they only show you the near street?
  • I have a 2011 A4 with 1,800 miles. Automatic transmission - SAME THING. Feels like there is a lurching just when you take foot off brake pedal at very low speed and just before you press gas at a very low speed. I also had a rattling sound near driver's side. Asked dealer about rattling and they fixed it - said related to EPS. I have to take in again to discuss lurching. This is frustrating. Any diagnosis on the lurching??
  • I am considering buying an Audi A4 and am concerned with the threads I have read abou the transmission issues. Is this problem with the manual or automatic transmission? Has the dealers been able to figure out what the problem is? Or is it a defect in the car itself?
  • Marko, my local dealer contacted Audi and figured that on my new A4 Avant the Mechatronic supposed to be replaced. After they've done it, the transmission runs smood as it should.
  • cuso1cuso1 Posts: 10
    I have a 2011 A4 and am intrigued by your posts about the abrupt shifting in gears 1-2, or 2-1 at slow speeds. I purchased the car with 7600k on it, and have taken it to the dealer four times for this issue. They updated the software the first time, and the last time drove the car, deleted the software, reinstalled it, forced an adaptation, then drove it with the Audi regional rep. With each service visit, the service manager was unable to feel the shift issues I have described. I have not driven it with him, but am now starting to think that Audi feels this is normal. Has anyone had resolution to this matter other than the Mechatronic? I will inquire about that with the dealer.

  • You know what, I'm simply regretting that spent more that $42K for this car. The final reponse from the dealer was that transmission on their cars with turbo, should run this way. It sucks, and I need leave with it, as the Lemon law cannot be applied for such problem. Will never buy Audi anymore.
  • ctjfwctjfw Posts: 3
    I have a 2012 A4 Avant with just over 3,000 miles on it. From day one, I noticed the exact same sensations and performance (jerky shifts when starting from a stop and also the same type of jerky-ness when slowing to a stop). Does anyone who had this same problem have an update they can share? Any luck with getting dealers to acknowledge and correct the problem?

    For me, it is quite bothersome to buy a 'luxury' auto and experience these issues right out of the starting block. For over $40K, I expect much better. Anyhow...I'd love to hear how folks handled the problem.
  • cuso1cuso1 Posts: 10
    I brought the car in monthly to the dealer with the tranny issue. They could not find any problem. In November, the software was removed, reloaded, a forced adaptation was done, the service manager drove it, the factory rep rode in it and they could not find any issue.

    In March, I was in for the 15k service and the service manager told me that he now knows exactly what I was talking about. He was given a 2012 A4 as a daily driver, and his car had the same characteristics. In addition, he found the issue on another customer's car. He said that Audi is fully aware of it but he didn't know what they will do or if they will do anything.

    I also think this issue has an affect on the car's hesitation issues as slow speeds. It's all very annoying, especially when I read the reviews about how wonderful the 8 speed tranny operates.

    Let's keep in touch about this.

  • ctjfwctjfw Posts: 3

    Thanks so much for sharing some more information about your experience. I am about to bring the vehicle in for its first service visit and I plan to raise the topic at that time. I'll let you know what the dealer says and/or decides to do.

    Obviously, the March update is most interesting. In what state is your dealer/service manager?

    One lingering we think this is an occurrence only in Avants or are sedans suffering the same issue? Was your service manager's daily driver a wagon or sedan? As far as I know, the sedans and wagons get the same drivetrain. Seems the issue would crop up in all A4s. Anyhow...I'll stay in touch.

  • cuso1cuso1 Posts: 10

    I am in NY, near Albany and my car is a 2011 sedan with 16k on it. I am taking the car in next week for excessive wind noise with the driver's window at highway speed, how it sounds like an old pickup truck when I start it in the morning, and to continue my record with the tranny bucking and slow speed hesitations. At that time, I'll ask the service manager which style he is driving - and if he has an update from Audi. He did say that it is showing up more frequently with the 2012's, now that they are into the second year with the 8 speed.

    A HS friend picked up a 2012 sedan and has not had the the tranny issue. He does have the hesitation though.

    I have signed on to a couple of other Audi Forums but haven't checked them in a while to see if this conversation is on there. I'll do that. I used to be on BMW forums (when I had a 5) and they were much more active.


  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    What are the names of the two other Audi forums. I'd like an additional information resource, as my wife drives a '07 A4. Thanks in advance.
  • cuso1cuso1 Posts: 10
    They are:
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    Thanks, cuso1.
  • mibokenmiboken Posts: 1
    Jim, thanks for the post, you just described my car exactly. I have a 2011 A4 Prestige S-Line. 18k miles and I have a noise on the driver side at noral speeds (hummming sound starts at 40mph), car sounds like a dump truck starting, and tranny has the exact same issue.

    Please let us know what you find out.
  • cuso1cuso1 Posts: 10
    The dealership reported that everything on the car (related to the tranny, hesitation and noisy starts) was normal and checked out within spec. With the wind noise, they had a bulletin from Audi America (I will get the bulletin number for you) and brought the car back in to put a seal on the mirrors. The work reduced the noise some. They insist that the startup noices are normal. I think they are too loud for too long. They reported that Audi, Inc. is receiving more and more reports on the tranny shift issue but there is no word yet on what will be done, if anything. There was a software update bulletin about this in 2011, but it was removed after 3 months, vs. updated. That is a clue that they are looking at the issue again, possibly more thoroughly.

    I have just shy of 18k on my car. I commented that it has quirks similar to a TR7 I once owned.

    Let's keep in touch on this.
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