6-Speed Won't Hold A Gear - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Audi A4 Avant: 6-Speed Won't Hold A Gear

September 07, 2009

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Last Thursday I complained that the DSG transmission in our long-term Jetta TDI upshifts itself even in Manual Mode.

On that post "haub" commented that his Audi does the same thing. Which got me thinking: Does our Audi do the same thing?

The answer is yes it does. I tried it yesterday.

In Manual Mode the 6-speed automatic transmission (unlike the VW's DSG the Audi has a torque converter) in our long-term Audi A4 Avant upshifts itself at redline (actually a few hundred rpm shy of redline which makes it worse). Of course these upshifts completely negate the manual control of Manual Mode, which I thought was the point.

This makes no sense to me. If the M stands for Manual Mode, why does the transmission shift itself?

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 18,072 miles

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