Plastic bumper 200q20v Digest, Vol 30, Issue 24

Phil Rose pjrose at
Mon May 1 16:59:25 EDT 2006

At 3:38 PM -0400 5/1/06, Brett Dikeman wrote:
>On Apr 28, 2006, at 4:59 PM, Phil Rose wrote:
>>At 11:37 AM -0600 4/28/06, Brandon Rogers wrote:
>>But it's not the case with the North America '06 A3 models with DSG
>>transmission (both turbo and NA engine). The ECU will decrease power
>>if throttle is applied along with braking, irrespective of sequence.
>>That's true when attempting to accelerate from a standing start...
>Yep.  The DSG gearbox detects clutch slippage, so there is no fooling it.
>>>theorhetically you could get on the throttle while coming out of the
>>>corner befroe letting off the brakes..
>>--I haven't verified the brake/throttle situation for the car at speed.
>Far as I know, all electronic-throttle cars cut power after a few 
>seconds of braking.

But the Euro versions (at least in the past with the TT 3.2 and I 
believe the euro A3, too) have the "Launch Control" feature, which 
avoids the power cut.

>Phil- is your A3 less-than-smooth getting going from a stop?  When I 
>test drove one, it "crept" fine, but if you were at a stop, let 
>completely off the brake, and started to apply gas- there was almost 
>a lurch getting going.

Yes, with this car it's far too easy to be less-than-smooth from a 
stop. A smooth take-off can be done, but it takes some effort to 
train the foot and avoid the initial "lurch" (which is OK when you're 
actually trying to get away as quickly as possible). It might be that 
Audi programmed the throttle too aggressively (assuming the throttle 
progression is adjustable via coding) in order to compensate for the 
lack of a true Launch Control. If that's the case, perhaps the 
VAG-Com can enable the choice of a different "map" for throttle 
effect. I've not see that ability noted, and I've studied 
site fairly carefully.

>   I'm told DSG is also cranky in the cold...has it acted up any 
>after one of your cold mornings?

Never heard that complaint. But we've not had a cold morning yet--the 
car is kept in a heated garage so never been colder than about 60F 
since we've had it.



Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
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