Twin clutch­ing at straws

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

I am­think­ing of buy­ing a used Vw­golf diesel or petrol DSG auto, but I have heard that they had a prob­lem with their DSG au­tos. What years are af­fected, what mod­els, and is there any guar­an­tee to cover this?

Craig, email Hav­ing fielded many re­ports of the DSG gear­box play­ing up, we have reser­va­tions about it. Own­ers have re­ported clunky shift­ing, se­lec­tion of the wrong gears, even se­lect­ing neu­tral. We also have a copy of a ser­vice alert to deal­ers about oil pen­e­trat­ing the gear­box wiring loom and af­fect­ing the op­er­a­tion of the gear­box. The alert notes the fol­low­ing pos­si­ble prob­lems: Gear­box does not change cor­rectly and in­ter­mit­tently jumps be­tween gears; gear­box changes are hard and jerky; gear­box jerks in over­run dur­ing a gear change. We have also had more than one re­port of the gear­box go­ing into neu­tral, in one case when a driver was mak­ing a right turn, leav­ing him ex­posed to on­com­ing traf­fic. It’s not pos­si­ble to say whether a car will de­velop these is­sues but you should care­fully as­sess the op­er­a­tion of the gear­box when you test drive a car and quiz sellers on

Jack in the gear­box: The Vw­golf

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