Volkswagen, Audi DSG Transmission Problems Class Action Settlement Announced

Volkswagen, Audi DSG Transmission Problems Class Action Settlement Announced

Last Updated on April 19, 2022

A class action lawsuit was filed alleging that certain Audi S4 and S5 vehicles were built with defective direct-shift gearbox transmissions (DSG transmissions). The suit claimed the DSG transmissions contain a defect that results in a shudder, judder, rough shift, and unexpectedly enter the vehicle into limp mode due to the transmission defect. Volkswagen has agreed to a settlement in this class action lawsuit over these DSG transmission problems.

This settlement covers current and former owners and lessees of 2010, 2011, 2012 Audi S4 or Audi S5 vehicles. Claim deadline is 7/29/22.

Audi S4 and S5 DSG Transmission Problems

Vehicle owners allege a defective with the DSG transmission causes random and somewhat erratic behavior. The suit states owners experienced sudden rough and unexpected shaking, violent jerking while accelerating, and shifting into gears. Owners claim these defects are even present when decelerating, resulting in serious safety concerns for vehicles occupants.

Additionally, the suit claims the vehicles computer would try to compensate for the DSG transmission problems by putting the car into limp mode. Limp mode is a feature in cars which activates when the vehicles control unit detects a mechanical problem. Once it detects an issue, limp mode will cause the less important features of the car such as air conditioning, to switch off, and the speed of the car will be reduced.

Owners Forced to Pay Out of Pocket for Repairs

The suit claims that Volkswagen knew about these alleged DSG transmission problems, yet still required owners to pay out-of-pocket for repairs. According to KBB, costs for an S4/S5 DSG transmission repair average between $5,196 to $7,205 dollars.

Volkswagen hasn’t admitted any wrongdoing, but has agreed to a class action settlement. The Plaintiff and VWGoA both have agreed to this settlement.

Settlement Members Will Receive Reimbursement and Warranty Extensions

The terms of the Audi transmission settlement are intended to benefit all Class Members, not just those who have taken legal action. Under the terms of the settlement, Class Members can receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket repair expenses and warranty extensions.

Class Members who had to pay out of pocket for transmission repairs will be reimbursed based on age of vehicle and mileage.

Time/Mileage Parameters and Percentage Limits of Reimbursement Coverage

Audi transmission settlement reimburstment table

Additionally, Audi will extend the warranties of class vehicles to cover future repairs. The extended warranty will cover one transmission repair within nine years or 90,000 miles. Repairs are only covered if an authorized Audi dealer diagnoses the vehicle with transmission problems as noted in the settlement. These include: shuddering, juddering, rough shifting, and/or car put into limp mode due to transmission problems.

Audi Models Affected

The following Audi models are affected by this settlement:

  • 2010 Audi S4
  • 2011 Audi S4
  • 2012 Audi S4
  • 2010 Audi S5
  • 2011 Audi S5
  • 2012 Audi S5

Status of the Volkswagen, Audi Class Action Litigation

Gillard, et al. v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Civil Action No. 4:17-cv-07287-HSG was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. This lawsuit is now settled.

What Action Audi S4/S5 Owners Need to Take?

If you purchased or leased a 2010, 2011, or 2012 Audi S4/S5 vehicle in the United States or Puerto Rico that was imported and distributed by VWGoA for sale or lease you are eligible for settlement benefits.

To submit a claim, please visit Gillard, et al. v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. settlement site. Claim deadline is July 29, 2022. Claim forms must include documentation of expenses, including receipts, invoices, and other proof.

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One thought on “Volkswagen, Audi DSG Transmission Problems Class Action Settlement Announced

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    Manuel Sanchez
    September 28, 2022 at 9:01 am

    I took my vehicle to Audi to be inspected due to noises and jerking, shuttering of my Audi s4. I took it back in May 15 2022. They had my vehicle and did not inform me about the recall. Now I see the deadline has been reach. Is there anything I can do because now I have to pay out of pocket and it’s not fair. I believe they didn’t mention the recall for a quick buck.

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