Are DSG gearboxes reliable ? In most cases, both a six-speed and seven-speed DSG gearbox will be as reliable as any other gearbox .
Solenoid failure is very common on the VW DSG , Audi S-Tronic 7 Speed Mechatronic units. This is one of the most common issues we see at Eco Torque and failures can be caused by contamination in the oil from component breakdown, as well as internal electrical faults .
For all of the preaching and pontificating about why the manual transmission is the only real “enthusiast” choice for a GTI, the fact remains that when it comes down to numbers, the DSG is a better transmission. No matter how you slice it, the DSG has been a revelation of performance, efficiency, and reliability.
It is true that it will slow down the car, but it wears out your clutch much more rapidly than using your brakes does (which are much easier to replace than clutches ). Also, if you’re driving spiritedly, downshifting without rev-matching will upset the balance of the car.
It overheats. Dry clutches DSG is prone to overheat. With so many gears and quick-changing mechanism actuated by its own servo motor, DSG has more components to fail compared to other simpler transmission.
When the next gear is engaged, ignition of the fuel is resumed via the spark plugs, and the excess fuel in the combustion chamber and exhaust manifold ignites creating that lovely “vroomph” fart /burp that we all know and love.
DSG gearbox tips Adjust your driving technique. Know wet from dry. Change the oil. Change your anti-freeze. Maintain the car’s cooling system. Replace your battery in good time. Listen for strange noises.
Cost of replacing a DSG transmission In cases where vehicle owners have to pay for new mechatronic units, cost can range from around $5000, to as much as $10 000 or sometimes even more, depending on the vehicle make and model, not including installation.
How often does your DSG or S Tronic gearbox need servicing ? Depending on the vehicle model, it is recommended that an oil and filter service is carried out every 40 thousand miles.
Some versions of the new Golf equipped with DSG ‘boxes will increase fuel economy over the manual, whereas others will lower it. The figures you’re looking at probably relate to the 2.0 TDI model, which will use the old six-speed DSG gearbox. This will harm both fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions.
After the synthetic/mineral debacle some VAG dealers took the view that the dry clutch 7 – speed DSG needed an oil change every 40,000 miles, but the official Volkswagen line is that they don’t. The 6- speed wet clutch DSG is a maintenance box and does need fresh oil and filter every 40,000 miles.
Worry not , here are the things you should never do in a DSG or a Dual Clutch automatic transmission. Avoid Using the Accelerator to Keep the Car on Slopes. Don’t Launch The Car Improperly. Avoid Putting the Car in Neutral. Don’t let the Foot of the Brake. Don’t Upshift During Braking or Vice Versa.
Average quoted dealer service for DSG is in the $300-500 range.
every 40,000 miles
Once you come to a complete stop, it is advisable to put the car in neutral. Just as you would a stick shift. In slow moving traffic , you can ride the brake, but if you sit with your car in Drive at traffic lights with only your foot on the brake, you will eventually fry the clutch – as with any automatic.