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Audi A3 Transmission Problems



  • mdonovan1mdonovan1 Posts: 1
    I was stuck in traffic last March and my transmission for no apparent reason went into neutral and the indicator lights(r-n-d-s) started flashing.I had to put the transmission in park and then back to drive for it to start again.This happened a couple of times while in traffic.As I got out of traffic on the highway at +/- 100km/hr,it did it again.
    The following week I went to the dealer for the 8000km check up and told them about my experience.They never found anything.Two weeks after this check up my transmission started acting up....up and down 1st to 2nd and so stop signs it would jerk,at one point I had to put it into neutral because I thought the car would stall.I took it in and the dealer had the car in for over one month and changed the transmission control module.
    One week later,I stopped to put some gas in and when I returned to my car,I would not start.I had to get it towed to the nearest Audi dealer.They said the problem this time was that the computer was on ''safety shut down'',probably caused by a power surge.
    Anybody else having these experiences??
  • i just got my 07 a3 a month ago. Its a 2.0t with dsg transmission. its currently at 800 miles and it drives fine but i hear this scratchy/grinding sound occasionally when it switches from gear 2-3 or 3-4 at 2800-3200rpm. It doesnt happen when i drive with a gentle foot, but when i step on the gas slightly harder the sound comes out when it switches gears. It doesnt happen when i hit the gas real hard either. It almost seems as though the trans. hasnt disengaged one of its clutches or something along those lines. This only occurs on "D" mode and "S" mode but rarely when i use the +- mode. I brought it into the dealer and tried to reproduce that sound but its kinda hard to. Sometimes its light, sometimes its more obvious. Sometimes they hear it too but they think its normal. They said your car might be still breakin in. I think otherwise. Im wondering if its a clutch problem. I hear it almost from behind the glove box. Does anyone else have this problem? im really worried as i've read so many problems about the dsg. please give me some feedback so i know how to approach my dealer. THANKS GUYS
  • thanx for the info guys. just to update you guys. my A3 which experienced a panic attack when attempting to downshift to accelerate has not repeated the problem. So hopefully it turned out to be a free occurance of a massively magnetically charged semi driving in proximity or something.... on another note has anyone chipped their 2.0T or put a new exhaust on it? I'm intrigued about securing more than 200 hoursepower.
  • Check this site out on chipping etc:
  • Hey,.. just got my 08 A3 and I am experiencing the same exact thing... I actually came to this site looking for some info on it. Are you having any of these issues as well? :
    When putting in park, the car still settles for about 8 inches before locking.
    When going from park to reverse, the transmission doesn't catch into gear and car really goes forward?
  • i have an '07 3.2 with the DSG, at 35k i was driving on a steep hill and my engine reved, transmission sounded and felt like i wa slipping the clutch of a manual car, and my dash lit up like a disco with flashing lights and all. i was able to get the car off the road to a parking lot at a winding slipping 3 to 5 miles per hour. once i stopped the car, that was it it wouldn't start. the car was towed to my servicing dealer, where it was diagnosed as the main brain for the transmission. which was on back order in germany and wouldn't arrive for three weeks.and it didn't. the car was returned to me after 24 days.
    then begins m saga. after leaving the dealership, i notice a noise coming from the front left area of the car when i make left turns, accelerate from a stop and reverse turning my wheel to the right. now its been six months, 34 days in service, 5 testdrives with techs, 3 different parts replaced, 5 repairs, and they still dont know what the noise is. its mainly in the sport or manual mode, very jerky from a stop start, noisy, and clunk feel inthe steering and steering's getting worse.
    my feeling is it all has to do with the DSG transmission. i love how it works WHEN IT WORKS, but its been a nightmare and it doesnt feel safe, especially comuting a steep windy road as i do 4 to 5 times a week.
  • yes that happened right from the start
  • AT 5100 miles, my transmission wont change gears, my power window broke, my handle on my glove box fell off, and my power seat stopped working.

    I will never buy another audi again, should have purchased a BMW.
  • la4meadla4mead Posts: 347
    I need to ask, since you sound like an expert...

    How's the Audi warrantee service? How have you been treated? Have you been to more than one dealer for warrantee help?

  • I know this is a 3 year old message, but I have a 2006 A3, and it is doing the exact same thing you described. After being warmed up for about 30 minutes or so, it will start lurching when coming to a stop, with an extremely hard shift down into 1st gear (I have a DSG). And then when you acccelerate, it will slam into gear.

    Took it in to the dealer, they could replicate the problem but could not figure out how to fix it. Took it home, figuring "I could live with it" (dealer couldn't even give me an estimate of how much it would cost to fix).

    Now in addition to the lurch/hard shift into/from 1st gear, I have a "transmission whine" at anything above 30 mph. I'm taking it in again, but it is extremely frustrating. Hopefully this time they'll be able to fix it!

    Did you ever find out what was causing this problem? I am seriously considering getting rid of my car and getting something else (a non-Audi product).
  • Hi

    I also have an audi 08, A3 and have the exact same problem where my car lunges forward about 8 inches when put in park. I even have to control it with the handbrake to reverse into my drive when every other automatic car I've had before simply reverses in fine.

    I asked the service dept at my local dealership about it and they said that this is common with gearboxes which have paddle controls behind the steering wheel??? I previously owned an audi A4 cabriolet and this was the same but nowhere near as bad as the A3. Various people have driven the car and all said the same that I should take it back to the dealer but I just get the same answer that there's nothing wrong with it. My last A4 I took in for them to check and they said they had altered the transmission slightly which was complete rubbish as it was exactly the same. I am changing my car next year and there's no way I would get another Audi simply due to the gearbox issues!
  • just test drove an Audi A3 2/0 tdi auto with DSG. Was very impresssed with the car until.....slowing to a stop in slow traffic there was a sudden 'kick', and shortly afterwards whilst crawling forward another violent double kick. Like having a horse in the back. So I came on line looking for users with any similar experience and this seeems to describe it...Unbelievable....don't think I'll buy.
  • I know its unbelievable isn't it! I unfortunately test drove an A3 but an 'older' model so did not notice any gear problems until I got the actual car - you are wise not buying. I would not buy another Audi now.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,148
    I'm thinking Audi A3 2.0 TDI plus a true 6-Speed transmission (you know, the kind with three pedals under the dash) would equal true bliss. ;)

    Best regards,
  • samasclsamascl Posts: 17
    We own an A4 2008 and an A3 2008, the A3(automatic) at 28k is doing the same thing that everyone describes here, the moving forward in park + an annoying jerking reaction everytime the car is seating in traffic and you press the gas to take off, the cars seems and act like a manual car taking off, the cars is not able to pass first gear and jerks and then goes. The other day I rode with a friend in the car and she looked at me like"You dont know how to drive 5 speed?" and I have to explained her that it is automatic and it is doing this jumping jerking thing to take off in first.
    I have to take it to the dealer, but I know what they will say "We can't find anything", but I will waste my time anyways.

    We had a lot of issues with a Jim Ellis audi in Marietta Ga, and now we are dealing with Nalley Roswell, they are much better, but unfortunately having 2 audis can be a pain, specially when they are due for service one after the other, since we bought then a couple weeks apart.

    Nice car!!! still in love with it and I can't picture myself trading it in, but I know eventually I will for the cost of keeping running.

    I hope my comments can guide someone or can get me answers.

    Sam :P
  • nj240nj240 Posts: 1
    Just want to chime in, as for the Jerking complaints its impossible to diagnose through a forum, some jerking is normal, some can be excessive. Would have to drive the car to know for fact.

    But a couple of things the DSG technically is a manual transmission internally so the rolling when in park like a manual is actually normal. Even with traditional automatic cars it is good habit to always use the parking brake rather then use the transmission to support the weight of the car, but its more obvious in a DSG equipped car as it really is a manual trans internally. Same for the comment that it takes off like a 5 speed, thats probably right cause the car is operating clutches like you normally would just you don't see it or have to do it. And it is more apparent at low speeds cause like a manual low speed maneuvering requires more work clutch pedal wise then just cruising along and going through the gears. I wish sales people would take more time and explain the difference from a DSG and a traditional automatic car, it's confusing because they look the same for everyone but are night and day internally.
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 10,821
    I believe dual clutch auto-manual trnasmissions to be the very best available today on the market. It doesn't get any better in my view. I have a 2006 Audi A3 with it.

    I like it more than the R8's R-Tronic, and more than any CVT by 100X.

    I haven't driven the 7 speed DSG in the new S4, but I bet it's the best yet. (yes, I was lucky enough to get a chance to drive the R8 with Rtronic.)
    '16 Audi TTS quattro 2.0T, '17 VW Golf Alltrack SE 4-Motion 1.8T, '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6T
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,148
    DSGs are second best only to a true manual transmission with three pedals under the dash. :)
  • beeemannnbeeemannn Posts: 2
    I'm new here so let me first say that I love my Audi A3! So much car in what really is a little's fast, fun to drive, handles awesomely, gets great gas milage (no joke...up to 34 mpg at high highway speeds), it's roomy (I'm 6'-0" and can stertch out), and I can go on and on.

    However, I've been experiencing similar transmission quirkiness you all have been explaining in here for a year now... ...and yesterday (for the second time now in 6 months) I brought it in to the dealer to be looked at. Yet unfortunately I got a similar response many of you have received...basically I'm told I'm experiencing characteristics of the transmission.

    I'm not trying to find something wrong with my car. The transmission seems to lurch, skip, and/or slip like you all have experienced. The occurences can be felt at a stop or when I begin to accelerate from one. And they seem to persist more in heavy traffic or when I back up my slightly inclined driveway.

    I like my dealer too, but I cannot shake the feeling of doubt I have about what is or isn't going on. And you would at least think they might acknowledge that, although there may have been some problems with the DSG transmission in the past that we are aware of, this is not the case with my car right now. You'd think a bell would go off or something, but they don't seem to act or respond as though there has been a problem in the past.

    Maybe the fact that I have noticed this issue for a year now, and nothing serious has happend, is proof that this is just how the DSG acts. Maybe it's getting worse and something will happen in the future, like when my warranty expires. I just hope nothing happens while I'm on an upcoming long road trip with my family (over 2K miles).

    For now I will hope for the best, and know that I'm in good company!
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 10,821
    and it appears to be just fine! I don't see it quitting on me anytime soon. :)
    '16 Audi TTS quattro 2.0T, '17 VW Golf Alltrack SE 4-Motion 1.8T, '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6T
  • 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
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