Best of Deals Car Reviews Repair Shops Cars A-Z Radio Show

2002 Audi with bad transmission

I have a 2002 Audi A6 3.0 CVT that has transmission problems. It has about 97,000 miles. I bought extended warranty insurance through another company, not Audi. Now to fix it they say I need to pay to have the transmission disassembled before they will consider paying for the replacement with a rebuilt transmission. The list on this car was $40,000 when I bought it.

I have been checking out trading for a new car and they only want to give me $2500 for the car. I am thinking about two different options:

Having the transmission disassembled and possibly repaired if the insurance will pay for it. Then selling the car individually. I could run into problems if the insurance won?t fix the transmission. Or

Giving the car to Car Talk and NPR and having the amount deducted from my charitable deductions. The potential problem with that is that I don?t have any idea how much they will give me in value.

The car is in good shape and I have kept it repaired at all times. I am 64 years old, I could afford to mess with the transmission, but I am not sure it is worth the trouble. I live in Indiana.

Any input, suggestions, etc. would be greatly appreciated.


Judy M

Bummer on buying a non-Audi warranty. Typically CVT’s are not fixable and are rebuilt by specialty shops. I think the extended warranty company is trying to scare you off so they don’t have to pay for another CVT.

I would consult a tranny specialist or even Audi dealer who sold you car and warranty and let them fight it out.

Expect a fight from the insurer as that is what they will do so you will give up and guess what, they have your money for difficult warranty AND don’t pay.

I implore you never buy an extended warranty from a third party. A manufacturer yes but never third party.