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a4 sudden clutch failure

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    [Feb 27, 2014]
    I hope I'm posting in the right place (if not, please direct me to a better place to post).

    We have a 2013 A4, manual transmission, driven by a very experienced driver. Clutch broke with no warning.. wasn't slipping at all in days leading up sudden failure. 16,000 miles on the car

    Has anyone heard of this being a problem before? We're having trouble stomaching $3000+ for something that doesn't strike us as user error

    Any feedback helpful. Thanks!
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    Theres no way that could be described as normal wear and tear, I would expect the dealers to deal with that and replace it. Are the saying the driver has been riding the clutch or abusing it in some way. Sounds like some kind of manufacturing defect to me.

    Karl.
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    As above no way this could be driver error, can't see how this could happen though unless you were really unlucky and the car somehow passed tests it should of failed. Audi should definitely pay especially with the mileage and age.
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    [Feb 28, 2014]
    More to the point, who's making up the figures for a replacement clutch? $3000 plus is a joke.
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    [Feb 28, 2014]
    Same problem with me. Mine went exactly likes yours at 27000 miles on a 11 reg.
    Audi quoted me £1900 and Audi UK would put a contribution towards it of £900 so i took it to my mates garage instead who did the Clutch & Flywheel all in genuine Audi parts £800.
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    Is that just unlucky or is it all part of the Audi process where it needs to be changed eventually?
    If [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Audi quoted £1900 and Audi UK would put a contribution towards it of £900, wouldn't it of been £1000? £200 difference?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Audi would of at least put some of guarantee on it if something was to go wrong again?[/FONT]
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    [Feb 28, 2014]
    Labour prices are a god damn joke. Gorgeous cars, utter failure of service
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    [Feb 28, 2014]
    Sorry, £1000 contribution they would put towards it costing me £900
    But my mate has a specialist transmission and clutch garage and i would rather give him £800 and he used all the genuine Audi parts etc.. and i got a 2 year warranty so it weren't too bad.
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    [Feb 28, 2014]
    Ive had nothing but terrible service with this Audi and the wife's Audi i have just changed. I agree most cars will have a problem sometime but if the manufacture deals with it and repairs it then its fine. If they dont repair it when they should then you are put off by them.
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    Shouldn't Audi dealer be fixing this via Warranty, as the cars only a year old?
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    [Feb 28, 2014]
    Thats what i thought when mine were being done but apparently its a "Wear & Tear item"
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    This was our 4th Audi; 2nd with a manual. No service problems before.

    Yes a clutch is a wear and tear item; but they are supposed to wear not blow like the Space Shuttle. The car was in for service 500 miles prior; granted they just drove it on the lot but no one mentioned your clutch is slipping. It is leased; so fixing at the dealer is the only way to keep them from claiming other damage. Besides the fact that we'd have to flat bed it around for estimates.

    Having them start the work but going to keep going further with corporate.
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    A clutch is a wear and tear item but 16K miles is not a reasonable amount of miles for a clutch to last. If it had done 60 or 70K then thats a different story but at 16K there is some kind of issue either with the clutch itself or something has leaked oil / fluid on the clutch and it is slipping.

    Karl.
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    Trading Standards.


    Usual Audi VW customer non service ...
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