Audi A3 TDI - Mechatronic problems
Just brought my car into the Audi dealer (where I bought it new in 2011) for service. They informed that this Mechatronic unit has to be replaced, but it's on back-order. The car only has 27,000 miles. I noticed the problem for the first time after sitting stopped at a light, and attempting to accelerate. The DSG transmission would not shift from first to second gear. The second time it happened, I noticed the Drive (D) indicator was flashing. I was able to reset the electronics (both times) by pulling over onto the shoulder and turning the ignition off and on again. I also noticed this lurching from time to time, but I thought this was related to warm starts, and did not realize this might also have been related to the automatic transmission. Now I understand that this might also be related to this Mechatronic unit.
In the 40 years I've been driving (that's right - 40 years), this is the first car I've ever owned with an automatic transmission. This has realized every fear I ever had about automatic transmissions. Unfortunately, this model (A3 TDI) is not available here in the states with a 6-speed manual.