This is my first post here, and I'd first like to say hello to everyone.
We recently bought an approved used A3 sportback 1.6Tdi (61reg) from an Audi dealer. It's the first time we have spent quite a sum on a car, so both my wife and I are expecting a lot from it. Everything seems perfect so far, except that in the past two days I've "stalled" the car over 5/6 times. From what I can remember, all happened when I was changing from 1st to 2nd after moving off. Most cases there was a message on the Instrument Cluster saying 'Stop/Start deactivated, please start the engine manually', which I did. (I later learnt maybe this is because I switched off the 'stop/start' system).
Our previous car was an 2001 Polo with petrol engine. I've never had any problems with changing to 2nd gear very shortly after the car has set off. I won't say my clutch skills are perfect, so I won't be surprised if I happen to stall a new car a couple of times. My concern with this A3 is that, I seem to stall too often when I accelerate, and it can really become dangerous if the car behind me is not expecting me to stop suddenly during acceleration. Furthermore even though the 'stop/start' system allows me to restart the engine just by pressing the clutch, there may still be a second or two I am not in control of the car, which can also be dangerous.
My feeling about this car, is the gears don't seem to tolerate low speeds very much. When queuing in the morning traffic, I found myself really struggling to drive smoothly at ~5mph with 1st gear.
My question really is, is this a common problem when drivers switch from petrol to diesel (so that I will have to improve/adjust my gear changing habits)? or it indicates a likely fault with the clutch or gear box (so that I must contact the dealer for an examination)?
Thanks very much indeed for any advice.