Looking for advice on how to handle restitution from Audi for what may
be a chronic Tiptronic problem in my 2001 S4.
I'm now only at 14,700 miles. At about 12,000 miles, I started
getting a burning smell. The dealer found that the torque converter
seal had leaked and the tranny was cooking. They replaced the seal
and gave me back the car.
The burning continued but was not as severe, and at 13,100 miles my
dealer's service manager made the decison (to his credit, with no
urging from me) to install a new transmission. Well, they installed
3... the first one had a bad 4th speed and the second one had a
Now the Tiptronic is working OK but I have a new, constant
transmission whine I never had before. It's worst at about 37 mph,
but it's always there.
I'm beginning to think my $40,000 car will never be right and that I
shouldn't have to suffer with the car this way. I'm going to the
dealer again tomorrow for them to check out the whine. I'm tempted to
broach with the dealer the idea of replacing the car, with financial
concessions from Audi, or some other restitution for the car's lower
Anyone have advice or experience along these lines?