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Audi A3 Transmission Problems

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,645
    Have you checked your hydraulic clutch fluid level?

    have you ever accidentally over-revved this car by shifting into too low a gear (downshifting and accidentally picking say 2 instead of 4?)

    The clutch is self-adjusting so no remedy there.

    I guess I'd check the fluid and then have the clutch system bled and see how that goes. If it's still doing it, it may be clutch time down the line a bit.

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  • If your car was built within the production date range of vehicles, ask Audi if your car- VIN number- is included in their Customer Satisfaction Campaign 35B1/J8 to replace the Mechatronic Unit
    Audi notified me January 2010 and again in September 2010 to book an appointment with a no-charge loaner car included.
    You an also call 1-800-253-2834 to inquire, ref 35B1/J8
    Hope that this helps someone.
  • juvajuva Posts: 2
    Having replaced Mechatronic unit of my a3, i realized that so many audi car's having Faulty Mechatronic. I think audi should recall all car's having Mechatronic problem or at least discount should be applied. Since i'm out of guarranty (2004, 2.0 fsi ) i paid good deal of money for Mechatronic unit.
  • Sorry to hear about your problems. I have the same situation, but a few more miles....about 49,000. Did you get any satisfaction from Audi?
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    a 4 + year old car with 5,500 miles (sounds suspicious)..
  • No, I gave up. Dealer and I split the difference on the repair ($6,000!) and he gave me credit towards another used car. What I don't understand is how Audi can say there is no problem when so many people are reporting it. I'll never touch another Audi as long as I live. Really disappointing... they've got good looking cars.
  • I'm actually living in Cyprus and this was a Japanese import, so it had been sitting in customs for quite a while. VIN number shows it was built in Germany and went into service in Japan. Many cars in Cyprus are imported like this one... not enough used ones to go around. I had a heck of a time reaching someone in Audi to talk to me. Audi America couldn't help for obvious reasons. Reached Audi Germany through their investor relations contact info. The guy was nice enough and I commend him for calling me back, but there was nothing he could do. Rather than fight while living in a foreign country, I gave up and put it back on the dealer that sold me the car. He didn't have to do anything since I had it for several weeks, but he agreed to split the repair cost and gave me credit toward another car. Got a Toyota this time. Another Japanese import... a Ractis. Sure wish Audi would come clean on their transmissions.
  • dashlockdashlock Posts: 2
    I think I'll start posting my story every where I can. Might as well use the power of the Internet since Audi won't listen to me.

    06 Audi A3, purchased about 3 years ago. Had 60k or so miles, now it has 97k. I started getting the flashing PRNDS or limp mode or whatever you call it right away. At first it would only do it once every month or two. Then it started getting much more frequent. One day it happened about 20x. When it would happen I would take it to neutral, turn the car off, then start it back up, and put it back in drive, all this while rolling down the road. Not the safest but a lot less hassle than pulling off the road each time. I also found it did it much less often in Sport mode.

    I took it to the dealership, but Audi refused to pay for any part of it, so I didn't even let them open it up. Read the forums and thought maybe the A182/A509 sensor might fix it. Had my mechanic replace it for about $700 just a week ago. Now it's worse. I think I'll have him try the mechatronics unit next.

    I can't wait until I can get it fixed and then sell it. I will fully disclose the repairs, and it's very possible it may go another 100k until it fails again.

    I loved my 2000 Passat which now has 230k miles, and I like a lot of things on this A3. However since Audi will not stand behind this problem I will refuse to ever purchase a VW or Audi again. I will have my fun on my Hayabusa, and get some reliable car like a Corolla. I hope my story influences others to do the same (at least the reliable car part).
  • tewatewa Posts: 1
    My 2007 A-3 has been a great car. I never had a missed shift or any mechanical problems what so ever. It has 91,000 miles and has been flawless. When I saw the re-call for the mechtronix (sp)....I took it in and had them perform the replacement. The next day the turbo blew loose and the car was hardly drivable. I had it towed back and they admitted they needed access past the turbo to perform the replacement. They re-attached the turbo and test drove it......Currently the engine light is on, it is shifting oddly, missing shifts, bucking and the turbo seems to be at about 1/2 boost. Today it bucked like crazy stalled out and after a few tries I got it started and back to my house. Shoulda left it alone. I must have had one of the few transmissions that was working perfectly. Judging from the posts I've seen these problems are common and difficult to get resolved.
  • fraziufraziu Posts: 2
    be verry persistent with the dealer i had to go there three times untill thay admited there is a problem with the trans. when thay screw up like thay have to fix it be persistent and hopfely the dealer will fix it. dont let it go . my car was performing perfecly when new and then i started to have problems but after the fix it is driving like a charm.
    good luck.
  • a3jasonna3jasonn Posts: 1
    I've got a 06 A3, beautiful car, really enjoy the ride, but also experiencing the jerking and it would sometimes stall on me. IT'S AN AUTOMATIC! After a while of driving and the engine getting hot, the jerking would happen mostly from a stop or through lower gears, and when I hit the gas to take off the engine shuts off..... I thought this was an Audi, what happen to "Truth In Egineering"?

    I would go to pick up my lil' sis from school and the jerking would kick in, I look in my rear view mirror and I would see bodies flying back and forth. Scary for them, embarrassing for me... I took it to an Audi dealer and told them about it, but as I have read in many forums, they can't seem to find out whats causing the problem. All they did was reset some codes, it didn't do a thing. Took it back a second time the following week, same problem same response. Anybody have a definite answer on whats causing this jerking? Numerous reports of the same problem.

    This should be a recall cuz' there has been times where I would be making a turn on a street without a street light, and I would hit the gas to make the turn and beat the oncoming traffic, it jerked and stalled! Almost got into an accident. Audi should really take this into consideration, it's really annoying and really dangerous. People can get hurt! OR WORSE!

    Thanks for reading :]
  • vroomyvroomy Posts: 1
    I have a 2010 Audi A3 automatic quattro with 20K. It started having issues at around 12K. Severe clunking between 1st and 2nd after 20-40 minutes of driving. As well as a clunk into reverse. And very slow with bucking when in stop and go traffic. I was brushed off by the first audi service center but the second service place dropped the transmission and I was told the unit had to be replaced (this was at 18K). So far it's okay. Sometimes I feel like there is still a little more clunk than I'd like to hear while the car shifts from first to second. This issue has been a royal headache and from the forums that I've read from, the problem will return. I did have it in the first time before the car hit 18K which covers me for the Lemon Law (I hope). But we'll deal with that when/if the problem returns. I will never buy an Audi again.
  • I've had the same problem with my 2010 Audi A3 (only 24,500 miles), so apparently they haven't fixed anything. The car bucks in the early gears when accelerating from a stop and, even worse from a safety standpoint, it nearly stalls completely when accelerating into passing lanes. I've nearly had 3 accidents due to this transmission problem. Similar to others, the dealers seem to consider this an unusual situation that they haven't seen before.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    When you purchased used, you never know what your getting, for all you know, the previous owner could have sabotaged the car.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    my 2006 2.T DSG just passed 84,000 miles, still no issues.
  • dashlockdashlock Posts: 2
    edited November 2011
    That is a bunch of crap. Audi knows that this a faulty transmission, to the point they extended the warranty for 2007 and newer transmissions. There are way to many owners that have had this transmission fail to believe that it is an owner problem.

    "When you purchased used, you never know what your getting, for all you know, the previous owner could have sabotaged the car. "
  • I see we have an Audi employee monitoring the board.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    I don't work for Audi in any way. Just pointing out that your anger is misdirected. You should be mad at yourself and the used car dealer, who was probably disreputable.

    choosing to buy used is a risk and a gamble, you lost.
  • I've had the same problem with my A3 (transmission started making clunking noises and "erratic idling", as the dealer put it) starting at around 12k miles. I bought the car new--it had 6 miles on it. Took it to the dealer to complain no fewer than 3 times. All service technicians drove it around, on the freeway, and claimed they could not repeat the problem, therefor there must not be one.

    Finally, I got wise and took a video on my iphone showing the RPM fluctuating wildly when I'm driving in first gear. On the video the service manager could hear the car clunking as it "dropped out" at low speed. Now my car has been in the shop for a week, while they supposedly replace the mechatronic unit.

    If the car is not fixed, I'll make a California Lemon Law claim. Audi should seriously be ashamed for trying to cover this up. And for everyone else, here's the lesson learned: always videotape your car's issue(s). Not only did my video keep the service technicians from claiming there wasn't a problem with my car, but it'll prove invaluable if there are any future disputes about my claims.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    Modern technology is great. It also helps when the CHP pulls you over for your courtroom defense, if you can right then and there get out and take phototgraphs, video, audio recording of the officer's comments would be nice (video even better), or just a digital camera to record the scene in pictures.
  • hamza4681hamza4681 Posts: 1
    My car is now having the same problem of stuttering when going through the first 3 gears. Its a 2006 Audi A3 tiptronic gearbox can anyone give me some advice on how to approach audi with this problem? Also any info on the "Customer Satisfaction Campaign 35B1/J8"? was this done in Australia as well?
  • after a painsaking 12 mth and being a mechanic our 06 s line a3 had issues with going in 1st an second dealer couldnt sort this warranty etc i have finally sorted this problem and can sort others out by shimming the floating lay shaft by 1 mm also tapping the g box and placing an 8 mm locating bolt into the floating bearing this takes the clearence that is causing problems with all 6 speed audi vw skoda g box problems origianly the fault is in production of these g boxs and come with fast assembly of these . i will repair anyones g box and can do this with out removing g box any one interested
  • I am experiencing the same gear clunking problems with an A3 Automatic and would be keen on having this repaired. Where abouts are you based smithy10?
  • i am in the uk north west of england i have a feeling you are in the us let me know ............
  • momo786momo786 Posts: 4
    hi how are you . i know your post on your audi clutch problem is a few years ago, but i have the same problem and was wondering if you found the problem on your car? please help
  • momo786momo786 Posts: 4
    hi. i have a audi a3 2.0 tdi 2004 model. my clutch is really making me suffer, i have changed the entire clutch kit and also the cyliner on the pedal when you are reversing and stop. the gear will come out fine, if i reverse and push the clutch back in while rolling, the gear will not come outm the clutch just sucks in and dissappears, its hard to go into gears. if im driving and i rest my foot on the clutch pedal, if i accelerate, the clutch pedal build pressure and comes up, if i de acceleraten the pedal goes in like it lost pressure
  • momo786momo786 Posts: 4
    hi. i have a audi a3 2.0 tdi 2004 model. my clutch is really making me suffer, i have changed the entire clutch kit and also the cyliner on the pedal when you are reversing and stop. the gear will come out fine, if i reverse and push the clutch back in while rolling, the gear will not come outm the clutch just sucks in and dissappears, its hard to go into gears. if im driving and i rest my foot on the clutch pedal, if i accelerate, the clutch pedal build pressure and comes up, if i de acceleraten the pedal goes in like it lost pressure
  • del26del26 Posts: 1
    hi
    I think i have the same problem if you can fix it where are you located?
  • momo786momo786 Posts: 4
    hi, still have not found the problem. im from south africa johannesburg? did you find the problem yet?
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