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Audi A3 Transmission Problems



  • jimmy2008a3jimmy2008a3 Posts: 1
    edited June 2010
    Here is my 2 cents on this matter.

    I was skimming through all the replies trying to find a solution for my transmission DSG jerking issue in my 2008 Audi A3, actually been having this issue for 1.5 yrs now roughly a couple of months after buying it brand new. I believe my odometer is at 33k now, but I notice the jerking issue back when it was around 10k. At first i didnt think too much about it until it started to happen more often. However, everytime i bought it to the dealer they claim it was a "ghost issue" and could not replicate the problem.

    Luckily for me earlier this year Audi Corporate sent me a letter saying that enough owners had complained about it and they went ahead and extended my transmission warranty to 10yrs or 100k miles, whichever comes first. In addtion, they stated they would fix this issue sometime around June-July 2010 when they got enough parts. In their words they said it was a bushing inside the mechatronic unit has the potential to wear out prematurely.

    Similar to your responses my problem only happens after a long drive for about 40 mins when my car engine is hot, then the issue happens when i'm accelerating from a complete stop and also when i'm coming to a slow stop.

    Well, to cut this short as of today my Audi is at the dealership having this and other issues fixed. They seem to be well aware of this issue now along with some other ones. So if you guys own a 2007-2009 model with the DSG transmission give your dealer a call. Good luck!

    oh ya, the other known issues is the center glove box has a plastic locking handle that tends to break off, i guess because of cheap plastic. Also, there is a stripe on the roof of the driver side that tends to pop out. I cant really discribe it, but for those of you that have these issues you know what i'm talking about.
  • marlaurmarlaur Posts: 1
    i see you posted this about a year ago i was wondering if the problem was ever resolved. i recent ly bought the '06 a3 quattro 3.2t and discovered this amazing lurching problem. i plan on taking oit in asap and wanted to know if there is a solution :confuse:
  • Hi

    Yes I solved the issue by selling the car!!! I recently went on a long journey and pulled up at lights whilst the car was in drive - the lights were on a hill and my car started rolling back! The gear box lurching just kept getting worse whether it was a long or short journey and then the key would not remove from the ignition - I explained to my dealer that it seemed as if it was another gearbox issue as the car obvioulsy was not recognising that the car was in park however after two hours of looking they told me there was no fault and that I was turning my car off too quickly - can you believe that! By this time I had just had enough of the car and sold it - my new automatic just pulls away from the drive without having to use the handbrake to stop it lurching forward - most dealers did not seem to want to know of any problems so I would recommend taking the other guys reply in with you and maybe writing to Audi head office to see if you get more joy - Good luck!
  • fraziufraziu Posts: 2
    Hi I have a 08 A3 and i have it since new. I had this problem with my transmition. After a complete stop when i released the brake the car jerked / jumped forward a bit at the same time if you look at the cluster panel at the gear indicator i saw a change in display from D (regular Drive mode indication ) to something else ( for just a split of a second ) i cant tell you what it was couldn't see too fast. But i was going to my dealer about this issue couple of times and at the beginning they did not want to admit there is a problem UNTILL i showed them the instrument cluster gear indication "phenomenon" at this point they took a closer look at this issue and replaced a TEKTRONIC or TEKTRONIX module in the transmition. and it is driving flawlessly till today. I can dig through my papers and find what is the correct description of the part they have replaced if it will help You. Center console latch did brake in my car as well. and one more thing witch is recent my battery died on me today. it is a 2 year old battery and it just stopped charging. in the middle of summer. Dealer states that the battery of an 08 model is not under warranty ??? I bought a new Interstate. But what is making me think is. The ORIGINAL battery installed in my car was smaller then all directories of battery manufactures specifications indicate. So at the beginning i thought they are wrong because it will not fit but to my surprise it fits PERFECTLY. My original battery was to small ??? the battery i got is MTP-48-H6 Mega-Tron Plus - 85 Months - 640 CCA ? what kind of battery is in Yours ? MOLL ?
  • I have a 2008 A3 2.0T. About a year and a half ago the transmission starting bucking between 2nd and third gear when i did a hard accelerate from a stop. It would hesitate and then sort of slam into gear. First Audi said nothing was wrong. Then they said it was the mechatronic, which they replaced a year ago. It didn't fix it. November 2009 they replaced the entire transmission. It helped for a couple months then started doing it again. They just replaced the entire transmission again and when they did a final test drive before giving it back to me they said it was doing it again. So they are "trying to figure it out." Anyone have this problem? It's a lease and has been in the shop for 70 days so far.

    While on my road trip this summer, got a call from my Audi dealer to tell me there was a recall that included my A3 which (possibly) dealt with the transmission related issues I have been experiencing. Upon returning from my trip a couple of weeks ago, I brought the car in to have the work taken care of (free of charge), which involved something that controls the shifting of the gears in the transmission.

    I haven't had a chance to educate myself about it yet, but what I understand they did was replace the "Megatronic" unit (?).

    Like I said, I don't know anything about this (yet), but I immediately noticed a COMPLETE difference to the transmission's behavior upon picking up the vehicle and driving it off the lot.

    It's been a couple of weeks now, and I can honestly say that I have not (yet?) felt any of the problems I was experiencing in the past like I have explained at stops, in traffic, or even backing up my driveway. The car, specifically the transmission, handles just the way I'd expect it should, especially with the feel of a manual transmission's characteristics.

    The only thing I find odd, and I'm not trying to come down hard on anybody, is that the car reacts COMPLETELY and NOTICEABLY different than it did at any time in the past. So it leaves me wondering about the motives behind those who test drove the car were really feeling. I mean, to constantly suggest that the car was always handling as it should before is preposterous at this point. The difference now is clear as day...crystal clear.

    Don't get me wrong, I am elated and grateful for how the dealer and Audi finally came through for me, how my service manager delved into this manner to get to the bottom of it, and to anyone else over there who was involved in resolving this matter. And I look forward to my dealer's continued involvement with it's customers in this manner.

    Oh yeah, I also hope this problem doesn't ressurect itself in the future like it has for some of you. May you find relief at some point. :)
  • Was just told by dealership that my 2006 A3 with only 5,500 mi and purchased 2 months ago needs a new transmission, so it looks like I'm going down your path. Will sell it as soon as I get it fixed (have been quoted $6,000)! Out of warranty since it's over 4yrs. Will never touch another Audi and will post on every site I can find to warn people.
  • Exactly what mine did with only 5,500 miles, now being told I need to buy a new transmission since I'm out of warranty on an 2006.
  • I bought a new 2006 Audi A3 in March 2006, and I've had to replace the transmission under warranty, and now am looking at a second replacement out of warranty. I love the car, but this is extremely frustrating, so much so that I probably won't buy another Audi. My first Audi was a 100LS back in the '70s - I guess I should have learned my lesson. On a contrasting note, my wife bought a new 2006 Hyundai Sonata in May 2006, and not one single problem anywhere since purchase. Where's the justice?
  • Hi,

    Been having a problem with my 54 plate A3 2.TDI.
    Particularly when hot, I really have to push hard to get into 1st gear when stationary. Same with Reverse. Once in, its wanting to pull very slightly, even with clutch fully down. Its also hard to pull it out of gear, but if I raise the Revs to around 2000, it takes the pressure off and theres no resistance. Theres no problem when its moving - only when stationary. Does anyone have any suggestions? Many thanks. Adrian
  • 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.
  • 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: 5,284
    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.
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