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    RS5 and my impressions after a year of driving.

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    Sort of a parallel to our friend in Fairbanks. I'm also in Alaska, just a bit south, in Anchorage.

    Mine is a 2014, Estoril blue. Generally still love the car and when in full driver control it is a blast to drive.

    But leave the transmission in auto or even Sport and at a very disconcerting frequency on part throttle acceleration, the transmission / computer cannot decide what gear it wants to be in and stumbles all over itself. Not a pleasant experience. Happens cold weather or warm and after the car is brought up to operating temperatures.

    No codes shown and, unfortunately, it is not repeatable on demand.

    Dealer says there are no recalls or computer updates.

    Is this a one-off? Anyone else have similar issue? Suggestions?

    I've owned various Audi's for almost 30 years now including a number of models from the 200 to the V10 R8. This is the first one in which I've been really disappointed. On experience to date, wouldn't recommend this to a friend.

    Thanks.

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    Established Member Two Rings Jeff V.'s Avatar
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    The most important question is, how does it stack up against the Touareg?

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    Senior Member Four Rings superswiss's Avatar
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    No, that doesn't sound normal at all. Never have issues with the transmission not knowing what gear it should be in. In D it quickly goes to higher gears for comfort and fuel economy, which is great for casual driving, but if you punch it, it has to downshift 3-4 gears, so not exactly suited for spirited driving. S on the other hand is always in the right gear ready to go. I rarely use it, though. I mostly use manual mode if I really wanna drive the car and not just cruising along.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings chrissurfr's Avatar
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    I don't have this transmission problem you speak of...
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    Established Member Three Rings ak_siberian's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff V. View Post
    The most important question is, how does it stack up against the Touareg?
    Don't even come close to my V8 air suspension modified Touareg, if I could only fit a DSG into it... :)

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    Veteran Member Four Rings ExhaustNote's Avatar
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    I do not have this problem either.....then again I only time I drive in auto mode is D. Other than that, I'm in S/D manual. I never use auto S.
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    Established Member Three Rings ak_siberian's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jadozzo View Post
    Sort of a parallel to our friend in Fairbanks. I'm also in Alaska, just a bit south, in Anchorage.

    Mine is a 2014, Estoril blue. Generally still love the car and when in full driver control it is a blast to drive.

    But leave the transmission in auto or even Sport and at a very disconcerting frequency on part throttle acceleration, the transmission / computer cannot decide what gear it wants to be in and stumbles all over itself. Not a pleasant experience. Happens cold weather or warm and after the car is brought up to operating temperatures.

    No codes shown and, unfortunately, it is not repeatable on demand.

    Dealer says there are no recalls or computer updates.

    Is this a one-off? Anyone else have similar issue? Suggestions?

    I've owned various Audi's for almost 30 years now including a number of models from the 200 to the V10 R8. This is the first one in which I've been really disappointed. On experience to date, wouldn't recommend this to a friend.

    Thanks.
    We HAVE to have a reunion. Nasty, yourself and there must be a few others hiding in Alaska. Shame I was just there to pick it up as well as sample some awesome steaks at the Double Musky in Girdwood.

    So on to more serious stuff. First off I wouldn't trust Kendall (or the previous bunch of incompetents at Morrison).

    Next if you don't have one, get a VAG-COM. I haev one but 400 miles away it's not much use to you. Maybe Nasty has one.

    I've never driven it in Auto so I can't really contribute on that part. What I do have, and Superswiss explained it, is in Dynamic mode using paddles when going from 6th to 5th there's a jerk and momentary lapse between shifts. Upshifts are smooth as silk and as with you it depends on the rpms and speed when this occurs.

    I know your car is still under warranty, but you might want to take it to German Steel in Anchorage. Guy who runs it is called Greg and I've heard good things from the few Touaregs in Anchorage who've slammed the door at Morrison Don't know how much he knows about Audis but you might see if he can help because what you state is definitely not normal. As to what the dealer says, I'd ask my lead dog instead :)

    Let me know if you ever come up North

    siberian
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    Senior Member Three Rings Racedoc11's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by superswiss View Post
    No, that doesn't sound normal at all. Never have issues with the transmission not knowing what gear it should be in. In D it quickly goes to higher gears for comfort and fuel economy, which is great for casual driving, but if you punch it, it has to downshift 3-4 gears, so not exactly suited for spirited driving. S on the other hand is always in the right gear ready to go. I rarely use it, though. I mostly use manual mode if I really wanna drive the car and not just cruising along.
    +1

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    Established Member Two Rings rasetsu's Avatar
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    I have had that gear stumble happen on three occasions when car is in D and I'm accelerating out of a turn. Feels like releasing the clutch too fast on a traditional manual and car starts bucking. I mentioned it to the dealer during the 5K service and no codes were found. They could not replicate either. Of course neither can I as it's only happened 3 times. Never happened in M mode.
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    Established Member Three Rings namvar's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by superswiss View Post

    No, that doesn't sound normal at all. Never have issues with the transmission not knowing what gear it should be in. In D it quickly goes to higher gears for comfort and fuel economy, which is great for casual driving, but if you punch it, it has to downshift 3-4 gears, so not exactly suited for spirited driving. S on the other hand is always in the right gear ready to go. I rarely use it, though. I mostly use manual mode if I really wanna drive the car and not just cruising along.

    Quote Originally Posted by Racedoc11 View Post
    +1
    +2. But most of you have heard about my complaint and Superswiss' reasoning about the hiccup in M1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superswiss View Post
    No, that doesn't sound normal at all. Never have issues with the transmission not knowing what gear it should be in. In D it quickly goes to higher gears for comfort and fuel economy, which is great for casual driving, but if you punch it, it has to downshift 3-4 gears, so not exactly suited for spirited driving. S on the other hand is always in the right gear ready to go. I rarely use it, though. I mostly use manual mode if I really wanna drive the car and not just cruising along.
    +1 but then again it's been less than 1000 miles for me so not a lot of drive time. Hopefully not something I'll not experience but one never knows.

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