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I absolutely have this issue. The pedal "grinds" and sticks. I haven't yet figured out the fix.
 

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That's great to hear - thanks, Seamo! Looking forward to getting this fixed.
 

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Sounds like a slave cylinder, which isn't surprising, and could it read: "release bearing?" If so, that is a pain - the release bearing involves a lot of labour to remove and reinstall. Thanks, and keep us posted.
 

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Oh, geez... this does not sound good at all. Hopefully, they'll develop a TSB on the issue so we can all get this fixed correctly. The sticky clutch pedal drives me nuts!

Heh... I'm actually not from Europe at all - I'm in Seattle, USA... but originally from Canada, hence, the proper spelling of "labour." The name "Europa" came years ago when I signed up for AudiWorld... I work in finance, so I thought it'd be clever to spell Europa as "€uropa." For continuity's sake, I haven't bothered to change the name.
 

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Argh... It's excellent that there's a (potentiallly) identified fix, but the R&R time (and complexity) is not excellent.

Thanks for the info, guys.
 

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I can't really say whether or not it's acceptable to have delays due to parts shortages. Knowing what I do about the car - that it's a low-volume, specialty car in its first year of production, it's unsurprising that a) the parts support network isn't running smoothly yet; and b) most technicians and their parts departments haven't a clue what to expect with these cars, so diagnosis isn't always going to be straightforward (even though *I believe* each dealership was required to send a tech to S5 repair training). Bear in mind that the MLP cars use the fancy new front differential for quattro, which necessitates some crazy configuration of two clutches and flywheels (or something like that), so it's not like your standard Audi.

Three weeks... ugh. I hope it doesn't take them that long for mine, but I'll survive... the TT is still a blast to drive.
 

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SDS5: You describe this issue as "...outrageous... " - I think this characterization is grossly unreasonable. Cars are imperfect machines, and things necessarily do go wrong (even in $60K cars). It’s also worth noting that the S5 is in its FIRST model year, which is typically a period in which there are many growing pains. I knew I was bearing some risk in buying a first model year car on an entirely new platform. If this is the only widespread problem, I say congrats to Audi on a job well done. From the outside, this sounds to me like a bad batch of bearings from Audi's bearing supplier, not some systemic engineering flaw on Audi's part. Don't you think that the S5 underwent hundreds of thousands of miles of shakedown testing, and that they would have caught and fixed this if it was either a design flaw or that there were inadequate specs on the bearing that were causing premature wear or failure? I think so. If it is an overall engineering flaw, as evidenced by repeated failures in repaired cars, well, then we can start tossing around words like "outrageous."

I share your hesitation about having your (my) car be the first car torn apart for a transmission R&R, but this is where trust with the dealership comes in. I do know for a fact that they have a tech who went to S5 training, and I am confident that this tech will be the one working on my car. I'm not crazy about my car being the one he learns on, but that's life. Yes, the crank-diff-flywheel-clutch arrangement is unique to this car, but I feel like this will only enhance the diligence with which the tech will perform the repair. I'd also like to see the TSB, if it exists at the time, but I'm not going to pound the table for it.

"b) physically show me all the special tools that are required to do this job - those are the tools that the manual says that will be needed." Come on, you can't be serious... that is such an unrealistic demand. If I were a dealership, I'd ask you to go elsewhere because it sounds like you'd be the type of person who would be impossible to satisfy. Note also that this repair does not require removal of the engine.

I know your post was intended to be constructive and helpful, but I really think you have some unrealistic expectations about this situation. It's fine to be insistent that the dealer act with extra care and diligence in doing this repair, but you need to temper your expectations with a little easiness.
 

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Nominally, there may be two model years, but speaking practially, the S5/A5 was in production for less than a full year by the time I got my car in October. It is still reasonable to call it "first model year."
 

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SDS5:

I still don't see anything with these cars yet that rises to the level of outrageous. Again, if it were some systemic failure in engineering or quality control, then I'd agree (the paint orangepeel effect irks me). But I really don't think this is an easy QC catch - many of the cars may not have exhibited symptoms until they had some miles on them.

I respect your experience with Audi; my experience with the S5, the TT, and the A4 has been excellent. The dying radio situation on the A4 is outrageous, as is the cluster situation on the TT, but otherwise, they've been reliable and dependable.
 
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