I've had a nasty shock this week with my 2007 S3 which I've only owned for 2 months.
I returned home from work and parked my car on my drive as normal. My drive is quite step so once I'd turned the engine off I placed it in first gear got out locked the car and went in the house.
Around 45 minutes later I heard a bang and jumped up to see me car crashing through my gates and coming to a juddering stop in the road. The juddering stop looked like somebody had stalled it and my first thoughts were somebody had tried to steal the car. I ran outside to find the car empty, locked, handbrake disengaged, in first gear but I was unable to push it.
I went in and got the keys, I got in the car and the handbrake was completely disengaged and the car was still in gear as I thought from looking through the window. I tested the handbrake in every way I could and it held fine and I couldn't get it to disengage.
I placed my car back on the drive and placed the car in first gear and then released the handbrake, and sure enough the car rolled down my drive (in fact more like pulsed down the hill if that makes sense, as it wasn't a continuous roll).
I've had many cars over the years from Fords, Vauxhall, Honda's, etc some imports some UK Spec and none of them have had issue holding in first, and in fact in my last car a Integra DC5 Import I demo'd to my partner the reason she should leave her car in gear on the drive and sure enough it didn't budge.
I rang Audi as the car is under warranty who said they would be able to look at it for over a week and I wouldn't be able to get a temp car from them until the 3rd June.
I'm really lucky I live on a quiet street which is a dead end and that the kids were not out playing which they usually do outside our house, otherwise somebody could have been seriously injured if not worse.
Has anybody else had a similar issue, I've read posts on the forum where people didn't leave it in gear and had issues with the cars moving while the handbrake was on but this is slightly different.
Anybody’s thoughts would be appreciated as I'm puzzled, surely this shouldn't happen, I'm currently having to park my car on the road tucked against the curb until Audi can fit me in.
Audi S3 (2007)