Last post on May 03, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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Audi Q5, Transmission, SUV
#121 of 128 Will not buy a Q5
Jul 03, 2011 (11:09 am)
I am looking at buying a new small luxury SUV and had narrowed it down to the Q5, MDX, one of the Volvos, or RX350.
I had also looked at many other competing vehickes
Right now I have a 2004 RX330 that my wife now drives, and a 2006 RX400h, and was thinking about trying something different to replace the 330.
Before these cars, I have had two other Toyota vehicles. I have never had a problem with any of them except the NAV on the 330 went bad. I replaced it, foolishly, because I wanted to keep the car in mint condition.
I agree the maintenance costs at my Lexus dealer are very expensive, but they do do an excellent job.
I once owned a 1986 BMW 735 which had transmission problems. The transmission was replaced three times. Sometimes the transmission would never shift out of second gear! And sometimes it was OK. Other times, the transmission would never downshift once it hit the top gear, unless coming to a complete stop. Slowing down to make a turn, for example, it would stay in top gear.
Normally my wife drove this car. Actually, I do not think the transmissions were bad. I tell this story because I know how frustrating it is to have a problem that cannot be fixed
After replacing the transmission the first time, one day in January I was driving her car home from work. It was getting dark, so I turned on the head lights. Immediately, the transmission switched from top gear to second gear! This was after it was replaced the first time.
I turned off the head lights, and it went back into top gear. This problem was 100 percent repeatable. I took it to the dealer, showed it to them, and they fixed this problem. I could never get them to tell me what they did. But after this the problem of not downshifting occurred. This problem was only after the transmission heated up. Finally, they replaced it again. Same problem. I sued them under the lemon law (my dad was a retired lawyer, and it did not cost me anything). We lost on getting them to buy the car back, but the judge ordered them to replace the transmission yet again. I assume they replaced it again (I did not watch them do it), but it still had the same problem.
At that time I gave up, and let my dad drive it and he eventually sold it.
This is so frustrating, especially the way the BMW representative dealt with me when the downshifting problem occurred. He would not admit there was a problem. That is when I sued them. At least I had the satisfaction of costing them some legal fees having to defend the suit.
Due to this experience, I would never buy another BMW. Mostly due to the way the BMW of America rep dealt with me. From this forum, even if the problem is a random car here and there, and I realize all cars will have problems, I would not take the risk of purchasing a Q5.
Perhaps if I do not want to stick with Lexus, I will try the Volvo, although seems a little behind the technology curve. That might, however, be a good thing. Right now, Japanese cars might be scarce due to the tsunami? Might put excess demand pressure on all makes?
#122 of 128 Re: Will not buy a Q5 [eric113]
Jul 03, 2011 (11:15 am)
P.S. Obviously, my wife had never been driving the 735 at dusk, and had never turned on the headlights while driving the car. After this happened, I realized the problem of not shifting out of second gear always had happened when we were driving the car at night!
Really strange problem. The BMW dealer insisted the transmission was not electronically controlled, but never would tell me why the headlights would make this problem occur!
#123 of 128 Peter Martens
Sep 20, 2011 (3:12 pm)
i have an Audi Q5 3.0 litre turbo diesel. From rest I accelerate into oncoming traffic, back off a little to await an opening and then accelerate quickly to slip into the oncoming stream of traffic. The Q5 falters long enough to put me in a dangerous situation.
The delayed acceleration response is dangerous to the degree that I am considering selling.
This also happens in reversing.
Has anyone experienced this?
Oct 28, 2011 (2:47 pm)
I love my 2010 Audi Q5 but it does have recurring problems. Water pump went out 3 months after I got the car. Was replaced, but yesterday the coolant light came on again and there was no fluid in the coolant tank. Dealership is saying they can't find a leak so they don't know where the fluid went. We're still waiting to see what they do. I also have that grinding noise when I turn left, especially a low speed when pulling into or out of a parking spot. Doesn't do it when I turn right, only left. Waiting to see what that's about too. I've read a lot of posts complaining about engine speed issues. It took me several times of accidentally knocking the gear shift into manual before I figured out that's why the engine was revving but I had no power. There is no button to push, no nothing, just a very slight touch and the gear shift will switch to manual. Doesn't matter how fast you're going. I've bumped it when reaching over to my purse in the passenger seat, when moving my arm to adjust the radio or hit the button to answer a handsfree call. It takes about as much effort as breathing on it to make it switch to manual. So now I check it every time I get in the car and make sure I keep my arms and hands away from it. That's a design flaw but could cause a serious accident. I love the handling and the ride of the Q5, but it does have some problems. This was my dream car. If they don't fix the water pump/coolant issue and the left turn grind this time, I'm going to be really pissed and we're going to have to go to plan B.
#125 of 128 Re: How can I test for this? [alex102]
Aug 21, 2012 (11:04 pm)
hey alex, at first i feel sorry for being treated like that at the dealer. in my opinion, dealers are specialized in ripping off their customers as they can. i've an 09 Q5 and i got that jerkiness only at a bump, near my house, where i usually slow to get over that bump without making my baby jump off his car seat ). other than that, i don't get it at red light or stop signs. so is that the same case with you or what?
#126 of 128 Brand New Audi 2012 Q5 Tranmission had to be Replaced!!
Sep 27, 2012 (8:34 am)
I bought a brand new 2012 Audi q5 2 months ago. I drive very little around town. In six weeks I put on max of 300 miles. My first weekend away outside of my bubble I head 45 miles away. The next day I am driving a short trip on Pacific Coast Hwy and my car jets forward. My passenger looks at me like I am crazy for drag racing. It wasn't me! Then every time I slow down and start to put the brakes on the car loudly downshifts seemingly by clunking. I turn the car off and wait. I try it again same results. I let the car rest overnight at the hotel and test drive it in the morning and don't get half a block without the same terrible noises and results. The car is towed . They claim they can't replicate it. Then I get a call saying they will replace the tranny and it is coming from Germany in 10 ish days. Then I get another call saying the tranny is in after 2 days (how can it get here that fast from Germany??). Everything is very fishy. Any advice. I don't feel safe with the car anymore. Its a brand new car and a major system had to be replaced.
#127 of 128 Re: Brand New Audi 2012 Q5 Tranmission had to be Replaced!! [sunnyday7]
Sep 27, 2012 (10:13 am)
Just get a clear understanding of how they got the tranny so fast. Maybe they got from another dealer. Just want to be sure they aren't rebuilding it. Keep a clear written record of everything said and by whom. All mechanical devices have problems it is how it is dealt with that determines the future importance. I would give them a chance to fix it but be prepared in case they don't treat you right.
#128 of 128 Re: Brand New Audi 2012 Q5 Tranmission had to be Replaced!! [sunnyday7]
May 03, 2013 (9:25 am)
Any resolution? How is the car now? I am having a nearly identical experience.