A4 3.0 transmission issues?

2003 A4 3.0 Cab. with just under 30k miles. Last week reverse just disappeared. I met another local owner of the exact same car, including the color. His transmission was replaced at 30k miles. Is there an issue with
these cars?
The rear glass panel also detached from his top. This happened to me in the fall.
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Herewith an article out of "Auto-Bild", about the Audi A6:
" die Zuverlssigkeit ist mig. Pannen auf freier Strecke sind nicht selten (32 Prozent), meist trifft es die 2.5 TDI: Luftmassenmesser, Einspritzanlage, Lfter und ab 150.000 km auch das Automatikgetriebe. Letzteres gilt auch fr die Benziner."
--> Problems with automatic gearbox above 150,000 kilometers. and another one: "Eine komfortable Sache ist die stufenlose Multitronic, auch wenn diese Automatik nicht ganz problemlos ist. ltere Getriebe neigen zu lverlust und rucken beim Anfahren. Meist behilft sich Audi mit der Radikallsung, also Getriebeaustausch."
--> the Multitronic gearbox is comfortable, although not troublefree. Oldgearboxes tend to leak oil and to "stutter" at start. Audi uses mostly a strong solution: complete gearbox replacement.
see also http://www.autobild.de/test/gebrauchtwagen/artikel.php?artikel_ide23&artikel_seite=1
Hope this helps.
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Giovanni Tarantino
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