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#1328 of 1366 Manual Tranny Care
Jan 02, 2007 (10:29 am)
Hello all. Just bought my first Audi (previous BMW buyer). This is an A4 with manual transmission. Question. In my previous cars I always replaced my trans fluid with a good synthetic. It seemed to help the rough shifting after a cold startup. This car is at least as rough shifting cold than my previous BMW's or Honda's. I spoke with the dealer service dept about changing out the trans oil and, as expected, they were vehemently against doing this. Any advice from the Edmund's Audi krew? I am new to Audi so I don't know how persnickety they are with this.
BTW, so far I absolutely love this car. Never gave Audi a second look until I wandered into an Audi dealership last week, after a visit to Lexus and Infiniti. The combination of comfort, performance, and gas mileage is very impressive for the money. Hopefully it will be as reliable.
#1329 of 1366 Re: Manual Tranny Care [rascal99]
Jan 03, 2007 (10:21 am)
Why would the dealership question you about changing the tranny oil? While I don't know if the OEM oil is synthetic or not, having it changed to a premium synthetic can't hurt and should reduce the roughness that you are experiencing. Besides, you're paying for it... it's not like it will cost your dealer a dime.
My manual '06 shifts pretty good in the cold (NE Ohio) if it didn't I would make the change too.
BTW, I had my ECU reflashed to the APR 91 octane program (about 230 hp) and really like the results. And after a year and a half my car hasn't had an issue with anything, not even a rattle. Down right creepy!
#1330 of 1366 Re: Manual Tranny Care [byronwalter]
Jan 03, 2007 (11:44 am)
I wouldn't think it would be a big deal; however, the service manager nearly stroked out when I mentioned doing this. I may just ask a local Audi shop too. Just making sure I don't do something stupid.
I have been lurking over in the AudiWorld board and it seems the ECU reflash you have is the way to go. I may pull the trigger on that after a good break in period. Good to hear yours has been bulletproof Cheers!
#1331 of 1366 Re: Manual Tranny Care [rascal99]
Jan 06, 2007 (1:46 pm)
Based on the reaction of the service manager, I'd certainly consider shopping somewhere else. Did he give any kind of reasonable answer for feeling that the transmission oil change was a bad, very very bad idea?
BTW, I too lurk (and post) over at Audiworld. While the site is full of 'cutting edge' Audi info, there's just a tad too much cultism for me.
Once you've cast your dice, get back and let us know how things played out for you!
#1332 of 1366 Re: Manual Tranny Care [byronwalter]
Jan 10, 2007 (7:43 pm)
#1333 of 1366 Re: Manual Tranny Care [markcincinnati]
Jan 11, 2007 (12:30 pm)
Well, you know... Subarus suck, Bimmers blow, and my 1.8 liter A4 with a custom exhaust and 20 inch wheels 'spanked' that redneck's Z06.
Perhaps that's too extreme but there is some of that self-congradulatory drivel by some of the less mature posters.
Cars as religion... and perhaps a compensatory mechanism for a deficiency of "manly tumescence"?
BTW, in a few months we're gonna need an A5 section
#1334 of 1366 New 2007 worth it?
Jan 11, 2007 (2:06 pm)
Test drove and loved the A4. Doesn't seem like anything was updated for 2007, esp. the nav (so subpar compared to bmw, infiniti, and acura ). Is there any good reason to get a new 2007, when I could save about 4-5k, get a certified used loaner with the extra warranty to 100k miles AND free service?
Jan 11, 2007 (2:12 pm)
Does anyone know when the A4 is scheduled for a significant refresh?
#1336 of 1366 Re: 2008? [quasiactuary]
Jan 11, 2007 (2:18 pm)
I think late 2007 in Europe, coming to US a little later. Yet another reason I don't want to buy an 07