Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

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A Khan

Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by A Khan » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:09 am

Hi khan

I just bought audi A6 mileage 140k when i put in drive D when its cold i mean first time in the morning its drive perfect but after half an hour when u stop on give ways or any where its jerk and jump i went to gearbox specialist he ECU needs to be fix he is asking £650+vat i dont know where shall i go ? how j sparrow got fixed his car about £220+200oil i cant understand software up date .

Noorudin C

Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by Noorudin C » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:29 pm

I am glad I found this site. I have a 2005 Audi A4 with a muultitronix box. I bought the car whenit was 2 years old at a Audi dealer and at 54k miles the EPC control unit went as the DPRN on the dash was flasing and then went blank. Changed teh EPC unit and also had the gearbox oil changed at the same time. , albeit not at a Audi dealer and now at 83k miles the car is juddering from 1-2 gear at take. Starts happening when the car gets warm. I contacted Audi customer service in the UK and they are telling me as I did not get the control unit changed at a Audi dealer they cannot do anything. I may need a new box at a cost of £4k. Any suggestions


Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by Fred » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:09 pm

As with all Audi tiptronic / multitronic gearbox if you remove the gearbox then replace it after repair or exchange you need to plug good diagnostics equipment in to reset the auto gearbox ecu.

Master Audi Technician 40+ years and drive an A8 with 170000 miles on the clock


Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by Fred » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:20 pm

You say you wished you bought a quattro with tiptronic prior to 2005 these suffered the same problems,which were mainly due to gearbox ECU fault I had a customers 2004 quattro in with drive problems and would not accelerate this was due to a fault in the Gearbox ECU and the warranty had run out but the car had only done 12000 miles yes only twelve thousand miles Audi main agent told the guy he needed a new gearbox at a total cost of £8000 I unplugged the ecu cleaned it checked it and reset it and it has been trouble free for the last 2 years

Master Audi Technician 40+ years freelance


Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by natmax » Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:39 pm

I own a 2004 (54 plate) Audi A4 2.4SE with a multi-tronic gearbox. The ECU failed at 26,000 miles but as the car was 5 years old it fell to me to pay. After arguing with the Audi dealer they agreed to do it for £1k rather than the £1.4k they quoted as a ‘goodwill gesture’ from Audi. That was 18month ago and now I have the flashing lights of death again PNDRS – aaargh! The ECU is meant to be guaranteed for 2 years so I breathed a sigh of relief when checking the paperwork. HOWEVER, the dealer states that it is only the UNIT that is under warranty and that I will have to pay for the diagnostics and subsequent labour costs! Ha ha bloody Ha! I will be, once again, arguing the toss about paying for it once the diagnostics have been done. What’s the point of only guaranteeing the part – what do they want me to do – change it myself – I might get my stilletoes scratched!

Paul B

Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by Paul B » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:19 pm

I've just had the same problem with my 10 plate 7 speed A6 with 25K miles. Luckily I'm under warranty. They did mention the Gearbox oil was dirty & burnt so maybe theirs a way of fixing that problem that mey negate the need for a replacement unit.

Thean Toerien

Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by Thean Toerien » Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:40 pm

Good day guys.
I stay in South Africa along the cape town coast.
I drive a Chev Corsa bakkie, a Corsa light and a Audi A4 tip-tronic 2litre engin. and been having problems with my gearbox. it sounds like metal on metal. and the response on the pull off is slow and jerky!!! It's only got 118000km (64000miles) on the clock. I asked my local audi service centre here what it was and they replied "they don't know, but we can fit you a new one for R80 000 (8000 pounds!!!!). Which i then replied back and said "you guys are fitters and not mechanics!!! Then had it serviced a few months later and got a comment from them saying the gearbox is noisy. But they don't know what the problem is but they can again just replace it with a new gearbox. In South Africa the mechanics are a joke!!!

Good thing i don't need to drive the car i bought for weekends to have fun and be safe in, cause it's suppose to be reliable!!! I'll drive my bakkie(light deliver vehicle)

stephen fenny

Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

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Sean T

Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by Sean T » Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:41 pm

I own the same crap of car Audi A4 1.8T S-Line 05 Plate, the PRNDS flashing (on/off), recently it's juddering, when shifting the gear from P to R the car will just jump and switch off,,,,,,, I haven't contacted Audi but I'm really worried about their horrible customer service which I experienced recently at Milton Keynes Audi (wayside Audi) when I left my vehicle for servicing was informed that the coils will be changed free of charge as they is a recall funny enough when I picked my vehicle I asked them to confirm if the ignition coils have changed I was told NO (why) because I had changed them in 2009 but hang on!!! I changed them with the same dealership and two weeks ago an Audi mobile specialist attended my vehicle done some of tests confirmed that ignition coil 3 needs changing, he replaced this coil when I raised the issue I was told that I have a strong case but I needed to contact Audi UK.

Mr Mann

Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by Mr Mann » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:10 am

Thanks Mate. Helpful information and I will be looking to contact Audi and also report to Watchdog.

my story:

I bought a 2004 Audi A4 Avant Auto diesel on 19/03/11. Within a few days of owning the car, the “PRNDS” panel on the dash all started flashing together, so you didn’t actually know which gear the car was in. All gears seem to work fine though but reverse light would not come on when the car was in this mode. It was an intermittent problem, with no real pattern of occurence. I contacted the company I bought the car from and after much hassle, got them to pay for the repairs (which consisted of getting the transmission ECU repaired by a company in Nottingham). This issue is sorted BUT, I can still feel that there is something not right about the gearbox (not smooth and occasional hesitation when pulling off). Have read numerous posts and it looks like if I want to keep the car, I will need to splash out on a conversion to the automatic gearbox clutch system. The known issues are with the six clutch system and the later Audis come with a seven clutch system. I think to get the clutch converted to a seven clutch might cost around £600 – £800, but I still need to research this.


Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by Bob » Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:45 pm

Got an 02 Audi A4 Multironic about 2 years ago and about a week after buying it I had a problem with slow reversing.
Then there would be no highlight on any of the gears on the dash. Only seemed to happen when the car was warmed up.

Did some research on the net and seemed like a lot of other Audi owners have the same issue.

First tried to change the gearbox oil at £160, made no difference. Finally got Audi to check it out and the said I need a new gearbox ECU at a cost of £1400!!!

Luckly for me the car was still under warranty but the max they would pay was £1000. Leaving me with a bill of £400. But really Audi should be recalling these ECU's as seems like its failing for everyone. Hopefully it doesnt fail again.


Re: Audi MultiTronic Gearbox Problems

Post by Warren » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:54 pm

I also have the samer problem. I have tried to trade the car in but EVERY car dealer I approach, even over the phone, is very aware of the Audi Multitronic gearbox and the valuation I receive is horrendously low. I have been offered £3,000 for an 04 Saloon with 67k miles. If it was a manual it would be worth about £5,500. I shall be contacting Audi, Watchdog and Trading Standards for sure. Cannot wait to sell this heap of junk and buy a BMW.

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