really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,394 miles

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2009 Audi A3 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 Audi A3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 262016


  • 139,000 miles


When in low gears, every action (deceleration and acceleration) are extremely "jerky". when coming to a stop audible "clunk"S can be heard from the engine area, and when attempting to fully stop the car jerks forward into first gear. The reverse and drive gears on the automatic transmission sometimes partially engage, or do not fully engage at all. On hills, the transmission has these issues as well.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 212014

A3 4-cyl

  • 41,800 miles
Driving into a small lot to park. Foot on brake and moving at at low speed came to stop and auto suddenly started to speed and sounded like the car was in neutral. Auto jumped a small curb and went into some bushes. In past when driving auto shifted to sport gear without warning and slowed down. Dealer checked and could not find a problem similar recall with 2009 A3 but not my VIN.

- Oakland Gardens, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 032014

A3 4-cyl

  • 61,500 miles
Car would not go into gear, transmission froze up. All the gear lights were flashing prnd. Had to have it towed to dealer. They stated that the megatronic transmission module had to be replaced and the part needed to come from europe.

- Marysville , CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 252013

A3 4-cyl

  • 64,670 miles
Transmission problem. Mechatronic controller has gone bad. Intermittent problem. Dsg will not engage to go into reverse. Transmission acts as if it is in neutral. When placed in park, if auto is on an incline of any sort, the vehicle will and has rolled forward approximately 10 inches. The concern is that if the car will not go into reverse on command, the occupants may not be able to get out of the way an oncoming mass.

- Covington, KY, USA

problem #1

Jun 112013

A3 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Audi A3. The contact stated that the rear differential failed while traveling 60 mph. The failure felt as if the brakes had engaged independently. The vehicle was still able to be driven, but the vehicle ran would drive roughly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the rear differential needed to be replaced. The failure and the current mileage was 75,000.

- East Greenwich, RI, USA

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