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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,976 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Audi A3 drivetrain problems

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2010 Audi A3 Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 102014


  • 33,200 miles


Automobile was traveling on bqe in New York city at about 50 mph when the automatic transmission shifted into neutral and refused to shift into gear. All forward power was lost. The driver rolled the car onto the right lane as there was not a shoulder. The driver stopped the car and turned it off. Then turned the car on and was able to gain power and drive. The Audi repair service center indicated a faulty mechatronic or dsg unit, which matches the recall 09V-333. Audi insists this particular vehicle was not part of the recall listed above.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 122014

A3 4-cyl Diesel

  • 48,500 miles
Going 55 mile an hour, rear turbo seal goes out, sucks engine oil out of crankcase. I coast to a stop. Load on a trailer. Haul to a Audi dealer. Still under warranty they replace engine. Now they say transmission is not repairable. Now I have to pay for new transmission. Drive train was still under warranty. Never buy another Audi again. Audi has had the car for 2 months still don't have the car back.

- Bunker Hill, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 032012

A3 4-cyl Diesel

  • 38,753 miles
This complaint relates to a tdi version of the Audi A3. While driving my kids to school, the car stopped dead and would not restart. On inspection by an Audi dealer it was determined that the high pressure fuel pump had failed. The pump failure caused metal particles from the pump itself to circulate in the fuel system doing catastrophic damage to the fuel system and power train. As of this date, the car has been in the shop for repair longer than two weeks with no estimated date of completion. We experienced a similar catastrophic fuel pump failure with our Audi Q7 tdi in June of 2012 which required a new engine, fuel system and other parts (see ODI # 10480946). According to the dealer, the reason for the delay in repairing the A3 relates to the large number of cars with similar fuel system failures which has caused a scarcity of parts. We have been told by the dealer that this same problem is happening to tdi vehicles from both Volkswagen and Audi. I am no engineer, but widespread fuel system failures seem potentially dangerous to drivers and their passengers. This problem deserves an investigation.

- Tarzana, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 112010

A3 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


The car has an automatic transmission that downshifts on its own from automatic (D) to M1 (the lowest manual gear). When this happens the car immediately slows and the engine rpms increase toward the red line. It happens about every 250 miles or so, usually when I am going about 20-25 miles an hour in city driving. The last time it happened, I was holding a cup of coffee and it spilled over my lap. I am worried that it could happen when another car is following closely and result in a rear end collision. There would be no warning of the slow down to the other driver since the brake lights would not go on.

- Berkeley , CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 132010


  • 8,400 miles
There is an intermittent problem of applying gas and not moving; the engine revs, but does not move forward. This has happened from a full stop or almost a full stop, when trying to turn across oncoming traffic and while crossing a busy intersection. Almost had two accidents in one day. Audi dealership says that if they cannot duplicate the situation, they cannot do anything. I left my car for their service manager to drive indefinitely. It is an extremely dangerous intermittent problem. This is a 2010, 2.0T.

- Edgemont, PA, USA

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problem #1

Aug 152010


  • 1,000 miles
2010 Audi A3 tdi has intermittent acceleration pausing problems. The lack of power has been experienced from a dead stop and while merging into freeway traffic. The problem is rare, but has been a safety concern when it has happened.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

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