Yes a gearbox should last a lot longer than 15000 miles and in most cases they will ten times that sort of mileage.
As for the clutch these all depend on how people drive and what sort of driving you do. If you do mostly motorway miles then you rarely use the clutch so it will last a lot longer. If you do a lot of driving in and around town then the clutch will wear out a lot quicker. Even having said that I would still expect more than 15000 miles from a clutch.
To see if this is bad have a look back at your previous driving history and if you have had manual gearboxes before ask yourself how long did the clutches last in those cars?
I hope this helps and if I can help further please feel free to ask
Hi Dave Thank you for your answer. I'm a driving instructor, have been for four years now. I owned a Mercedes A-Class before and had no issues regarding clutches or gearboxes and that vehicle was 8 years old with 80,000 miles on the clock. This issue came up the other day and Audi are apparently disputing the warranty cover. I can understand clutches going early for learners, but to have a gearbox "break" seems crazy. These aren't boy racers behind the wheel but middle aged women. How is it possible to crack in half the pressure plate? Have you ever heard of a pressure plate cracking in half on an 8 month old car with low milage being driven very gently?
Would the Flywheel need replacing because of some discolouring? I was under the impression that these things were very difficult to damage as it's solid, not dual mass.
Thanks for your help once again.
Hi if it's a solid flywheel then it should be fine with a quick clean up. If it was the dual mass then I might of said differently.
I have seen clutches break up but it's a very very rare thing to see and it's normally done with the likes of boy racers giving the clutch a very hard time. To have it on a new car with low miles really is hard to believe.
To crack the pressure plate it normally indicates that it is getting too hot and becomes brittle.
I hope this helps and if I can help further please feel free to ask.
Hi I will have to do some research myself it to this as the odds of two being like it are very odd. The chances are there are more out there in other countries doing the same.
My issue is that if they say there was play in the flywheel then this makes it a dual mass flywheel and not a solid. Also if it was that bad it needed replacing then it may well be a flywheel issue that has caused the clutch to fail as I've seen dual mass flywheel destroy clutches quite easily in the past.
Hi the two flywheels look totally different and the give away was the fact it had movement in the flywheel. Obviously a solid flywheel is made from one piece of metal so if the outside bit moves then it has to be seriously broken and you wouldn't of been able to drive the car.
But since it's a dual mass flywheel I reckon there could well be the problem to start with. If a Dual mass starts to play up it will destroy you clutch in next to no time. Without being able to see it for myself it's really hard to say but this sounds like a flywheel issue causing clutch failure which is very common.
Personally if the team you are dealing with can't tell the difference between a solid and dual mass flywheel then I would seriously lose faith and trust in them.
Hi although the dual mass flywheel does have it's problems there are lots out there that are all working well.
I look after a Skoda that has a dual mass and is used a a driving tuition car and this is his second one and neither have ever caused him problems.
As for telling which item failed first this is very hard to do and prove. Normally a clutch that has had amount on use such as in your profession the clutch would wear out quicker. For it to actually break requires serious abuse or component failure.
If you have no luck with the garage I would recommend a phone call to Audi customer services to see what they have to say. They have a bit more power to cover the cost or part of the costs to repair the car.
Hi as far as my personal thinking would be that the flywheel will be working the most when taking up driving and moving off. I would think this because this is when the most pressure is put on it. Also when you accelerate and decelerate as again this is putting the most strain on the clutch which will then be transfered in to the flywheel. If the revs are being held constant then the flywheel will stay in one place rather than move around.
When you first start the car or turn it off there is no real pressure on the clutch as it's not trying to move the weight of the car. It's just rotating at starter motor speed and then engine speed once it's started.
Hi I will have a good think over the weekend and see what I can come up with for you on this.
I'm not sure on the exact legal side of it but I'm sure that since your car is on finance you have a few more rights and you can get the finance company involved in your dispute. So it will be worth a phone call to them especially if there are more than one of you having this issue.
Hi I have been looking around the local area seeing what cars other people are using and in my area the Vauxhall Corsa and Astra seem to be the most common along with the Ford Focus and Fiesta depending what size car you are looking for.
I do regularly look after a Skoda Fabia for one company and he has never had issues with it as I mentioned before but his is the earlier shape Fabia.
I don't see why a diesel would be any worse than a petrol for stop starting bearing in mind I drive a 2007 Vauxhall PETROL that has a dual mass flywheel.
Hi I'm not sure on the set up on the A1 as I've not had a gearbox out of one to see what is different. It's a worry that there are are 6 of you with the same problem though.
I think I'll end up looking further in to this at some point to see if the DMF is totally different or not.