2003, A4, 3.0L, Hesitation and Jerking During when Accelerating
About a month ago a purchased a beautiful 2003 A4, 3.0L automatic, with 55,000 miles. The car drives great most of the time, but intermittingly it hesitates, jerks and lurches when accelerating. Sometimes it is worse than other times. Otherwise, the car is great. I took it to the dealer and payed $120.00 to get it checked, they report no problems. I asked the service rep exactly what was checked and he couldn't give me an answer (that really sucks, I wonder if they checked anything). I tried to speak to the service manager, but he won't return my calls. This is my first experience with an Audi Service Dept and I'm not pleased with the service. I'm going to try to find another Audi specialist in the area (Jackson, Mississippi).
Does anyone have any idea as to what may be causing the hesitation and lurching? and any advice on getting it fixed?
We'll need some additional information about your car's configuration in order to provide any troubleshooting guidance. The biggest information hole is the type of automatic transmission; the 2003 A4 3.0L cars could have a TipTronic auto-transmission (if the car is a Quattro/all-wheel-drive model) or a MultiTronic/CVT auto-transmission (if the car is a FrontTrak/front-wheel-drive model).
Sorry to hear that the automatic transmission is quite likely the MultiTronic/CVT unit. While the Audi manual transmissions are almost bullet-proof and the Audi TipTronic automatic transmissions can be quite reliable (with aggressive preventative maintenance), the Audi MultiTronic/CVT automatic transmissions are notorious for suffering catastrophic failures about every 50K/70K-miles (based on the reported experiences of forum members). Get the car to an Audi-specialist technician to assess the state of your CVT. Good luck!
Just an update on my CVT problems. I took it to the dealer to get the transmission fluid changed. They wanted to check it out before changing the fluid. The first day, I dropped it off that morning and left it there for the day. At the end of the day the service advisor told me that they checked it but did not find any problems. I told him I was sure I had problems and asked them to look at it again. The second day they told me they found internal problems, it needs replacing, and I would have to find someone else to fix it because they don't fix CVTs there. They would not even change the transmission fluid. Of course, I was confused and dismayed, this was the audi dealer's service dept and they won't touch it. I asked if they could refer me to someone local and they couldn't. Told me to "check around."
I called around to a couple of transmission place with no success. The guy at Mr. Transmission told me that Audi does not release sufficient information or parts on the CVT, so they can't rebuild them. I have finally found a machanic, actually met him at the dealership parts store, he says he would be willing to flush the transmission for me. I asked if he had experience with the CVT and he didn't give a straight answer, says he been working on European transmissions for 20 years and he's sure he can service it. He says it is not uncommon for the dealership to replace transmissions that can be fixed with proper servicing. At this point, I have no choice but to trust the guy.
I've only had the car for about a month, bought it from a dealer, not Audi. Had it checked by the Audi dealer before I commited to buying it. The Audi dealer's service dept told me it was in great shape with not problems being found. A month later the same service dept tells me I need a new transmission. I guess it's the luck of the draw. You win some and you lose some. I going to contact audi corporate and see I they can help me with this situation, but I doubt I will have any success.
The "guy" that you happened across says he might be able to fix it ... does not sound like a good option ... but, it does not sound there are many / any choice.
I would be more of a PIA (Pain In the Arse) for the dealership in getting them to fix it. They probably do not want to fix it and then pay if problems down the road ... I would not let them off the hook that easily.
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Contacted Audi corporate and they have contacted the dealer. The dealer now agrees to replace the transmission at a cost of $8000. I asked corporate for assistance in paying for the repair they refused.
I took the car to another transmission shop and they confirm that there are no error codes showing, but they to believe the transmission is damaged, however they could not tell me how and the extend of damage. They will not work on it, because they say they are not familiar with this apparently incredibly technical CVT transmission (I don't get it, these folks originally told me they were experts with CVT transmissions).
One thing I have discovered is that I the car drives perfectly fine in manual mode, the problems only occur when driving in automatic mode. So, where do I go from here, I guess I can just drive in manual mode and hope the transmission never goes out. I would like to take some precautions, i.e., get the transmission serviced. I'm thinking it may prevent any further damage, but I can't find anyone to service it. This really sucks.
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