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(2001 Audi A8 Quattro)
in Bradenton, FL on December 07, 2010
I put my car in reverse and it didn't even run back and the I gave it a little gas and it did not move it sounded as if I was reving the engine. The steering feels stiff. I tried to test the gear shift to see if it was just off track but it wasn't. After shutting down the car for a while(5mins) it reversed a bit but not all the way and stopped.
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of Bradenton Auto Center on January 11, 2011
I have a transmission shop in town and you are correct if you guys need any help our repair shop can diagnose and repair your vehicles properly as the dealer would. A compleate rebuild with my company will cost 1800 plus taxes with a one year 12K mile warranty. I also can repair any other problems such as your stiff steering and brake problem.
on December 10, 2010
I have the same issue and the car is at the transmission shop being internally rebuilt for $3000. There are many technical terms for the parts that fail from wear (ie "Drum and pistons coming apart, molded rubber pistons degraded.") I will end up essentially a brand new transmission, so I'm excited about that. The lesson is the have the transmission fluid and filter changed every 3,000, not leave it in for a lifetime as Audi indicated. There are way too many of these expensive and high tech transmissions which have failed most likely for this reason. This"ZF" transmission requires ZF certified transmission specialists to diagnose and rebuild if necessary. What I learned is that this transmission fluid is very high in detergents which break down around 30,000 miles. Once the detergent is gone the build up of contaminents can settle in the many small spaces of the tranny. If you wait too long to change the fluid, then the introduction of new high detergent fluid begins to release these contaminents at a high rate which can then damage the transmission as well. This is why you will hear some people say NOT to change the fluid, because you may cause more problems than just leaving it alone.

As for the stiff steering, I also have the same issue. Once the tranny is repaired this week it is going back to the dealer to have this issue diagnosed and repaired. I believe my brake boost is also limited, therefore I believe the issues are related and most likely indicative of a problem in the hydraulic system - power steering pump, etc ~ TBD
of Bradenton Auto Center on January 11, 2011
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