When gearboxes go haywire

24 05 2008

I drive an Audi A4 2.5 TDI on weekends. During weekdays, I take the train to work or work at home – ah, the perks of working in academia. The car is a joy to ride: smooth, economical, responsive, comfortable. The best thing about it is its automatic gearbox: a continuous variable transmission, or ‘multitronic’ as Audi calls it. Shifting gears becomes effortless and even imperceptible. Unfortunately, it’s also a pretty costly piece of technology. Mine is malfunctioning at the moment to the tune of 4800 euro.

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