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Old 11-03-2010, 12:20 AM
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Angry 2001 Audi A6 4.2L Transmission Problems, Limp Mode Resale Value



Hello, I have a 2001 Audi A6 4.2. The tranmission has started giving me problems. Currently the car is in limp mode and can only be driven in a certain gear. Its a transmission safe mode. The car has been tested and there are internal problems in the transmission that need to be fixed.

How much do you think this repair will cost?

I would need the transmission rebuilt. I received an estimate for a new transmission at $5000. Way too much not worth it.


If its too pricy I would probably end up having to sell the car the way it is with transmission needing repair. How much money do you think I get for a car in that condition.
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Get a low mileage tranny from the junk (recycling) yard is a lot cheaper... $750 to $1000
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A typical quality rebuild is around $2500 and the install is about $1000 (independent prices, Dealer would be more). Big Dadi is right, an option is to find a guaranteed used tranny to get it working, drive it a few years to get your money out and sell it while it's still working well. If you can get a used one for about $1000, you can get it installed for another $1000, it won't be too bad. If you like the car and want to keep it, get the whole thing, it can cost more to dump the car for nothing and replace it with something as good as it would be after it was repaired.
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jlustig,

Mileage?

First - there is no such think as a "new" transmission.
Second- any money you can get for the car is good.

With a labor schedule of 17h for transmission replacement one should carefully consider the junk yard options. (unless they warranty the labor as well)

Based on experience I could say I doubt the diagnostics - at least to vague.

Replace the ATF - first step I'll do- look at the color and debris in the ATF.
Make sure u use VAG or Pentozin ATF.
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Old 11-03-2010, 12:32 PM
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Did you get a good VAG-COM scan to see the health of your transmission?

If not, should start with find a Audi VW specialized garage w/VAG-COM to scan. It should be 0.5 to 1 hr job.
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Old 11-03-2010, 12:56 PM
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The Car has about 107k miles.

In Limp mode I am able to drive the car but it drives poorly. I would think thats atleast a good sign that its still somewhat driveable.

The shop opened up the bottom and said there is black burnt discharge coming from the transmission.

I took it to a tranmission shop. Do you think its worth taking it to an Audi dealer the nearest one is 50 miles away.
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I'd suggest replacing as much ATF as possible:

- with filter replaced:

1. drain - fill - drive - 100 miles.
2. drain - fill

You'll need 6-7l ATF for step 1 (with filter replacement)
Next fill is 5-6l

To be on the safe side - I'd buy 14-15l.

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ke sure you can return the ATF leftovers as it is pricy.

There are shops that could flush all the fluid at once - as a conventional transmission service.
You have to supply the ATF and make sure the level is ok.

Even if you get out of the limp and have better transmission work - sell the car!!!
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Assuming that a professional repair shop that has actually seen the transmission can somehow do a better analysis than we can remotely (a reach, I know, but let's go with it for a minute), you have two real choices:

Rebuild the transmission for $3500 and up.

Sell the car as-is for $2500.

$2500 + $3500 = $6000 which is about what the car is worth. SO, if you like the car and have $3500 cash handy, I would have the transmission rebuilt. If the car has been a constant headache and you are indifferent to owning it, sell it or trade it in.

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No do not take it to an audi dealer they try to say that they have changed a bunch of things on the car and they charge you an arm and a leg. Another reason is because it will work for about a mounth and then it will take a sh** again. Buy a trannsimission from a junkyard. Audi Always have problems. I have a 2001 Audi A6 V8 4.2 and it wont drive in revearse.
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hey whats up i recently bought a 2001 audi a6 4.2 with an automatic transmission. i got a good deal for the car because it has tranny issues(shocking) so i was told that the reverse gear doesn't work. then i was told when started and running the ATF starts squirting out the vent hole on the transmission. do any of you have any opinions on what may be causing that? does that and the reverse gear not working be separate problems or are they linked together? i haven't gotten the car on the lift yet to check it out myself as i just bought it yesterday and jus going by what the people told me. maybe its something easy? but i would rather buy a used tranny from the junk yard for 1000 dollars and put it in rather than paying thousand for trying to diagnosing and still have to buy a new one to put in. thanks todd
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:59 PM
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i have the same exact car with the same problem wont drive in reverse wonder if i bought yours lol
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Hi all does any buddy know how to service a Audi 2.8 L automatic.I replace the oil and filter but i think i have made something wrong my car goes into gear but does not move .
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:02 AM
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Are you sure you didn't drain the ATF? That drain plug is very close to the oil plug on the bottom of the cars. If this happened you have an empty tranny and overfull engine, assuming you put oil back in since you said you started the car.

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I am not sure where the plug is.A normal car or pickup is right on the bottom.As u know the audi has the same,exept it has a plug on the side but not right on the bottom. i would say about 70 mm from the bottem of the sump .I hope PLease help not sure what to do .That car is (was) in very good condition .In south Africa not a lot of people know how to work on this caR

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Hello, I have a 2001 Audi A6 4.2. The tranmission has started giving me problems. Currently the car is in limp mode and can only be driven in a certain gear. Its a transmission safe mode. The car has been tested and there are internal problems in the transmission that need to be fixed.

How much do you think this repair will cost?

I would need the transmission rebuilt. I received an estimate for a new transmission at $5000. Way too much not worth it.


If its too pricy I would probably end up having to sell the car the way it is with transmission needing repair. How much money do you think I get for a car in that condition.
First - get vehicle on VAG tool - you may have solenoid problems, etc.
Second- (and to address the reverse gear issue mentioned in thread) the -24 and other variants of this ZF trans have reverse drum issues - I had mine rebuilt due to reverse drum failure for ~$3900 w/an 18 mo warranty by an independent shop. In my case, the car was worth keeping w/only 75K miles.
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Thanks for all the info. My AT is steadily getting worse...no reverse problems. Seems to run only in 2nd or 3rd once it's warm....I love the car, only 98K miles.
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