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Out of the blue all of the sudden my 2000 Audi A6 Quattro started sputtering or jerking and seems like it is not engaging the first gear or something. I have to extremely slowly press the gas to get it going, then once it is out of first gear it goes fine... just don not stop...lol. Anyway, is that the transmission? would I have to replace it? or... any idea of the cost on a repair like this?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Christine, You may need to replace your fuel filter, your description sounds like you may have a fuel issue like a pump or filter concern.. If it has been a while since you had a fuel system service you may want to see ab out getting the system flushed with a fuel filter replacement. You can also have a mechanic check the fuel pressure at the fuel rail to check for optimum performance. If it has been a while since you have had preventive maintenance performed it may just be ready for a tune up. A. J. Pierce

Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Hi Christine, Yes, you are starting in the right spot. BUT, that is not the only possible cause of trouble. There are vacuum line that can cause jumping, bad gas, a clogged filter and various sensors that kick on and off. Is the check engine light on? Check the transmission fluid. Is the transmission fluid full? Is it dirty? Does the condition happen as the gears are changing or only during acceleration? Have you had any repairs done prior to this condition? Before we condemn the very expensive transmission repair, have these items checked. Check the askpatty.com site for an auto repair shop. When you bring your car in to be road tested, do not tell them anything other than your symptoms. This will allow them to focus on what the cause of trouble is.

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Christine, I would suggest that you check the fluid in the transmission first. Look in your owner's manual on how to locate the dipstick under your hood. If you don*t have access to it then you'll have to take it to a shop to have it checked. It could simply be low fluid. Transmission fluid must be changed on a regular basis. If you haven*t had it changed in 10 years...this may be the problem. Just so you know, if you haven*t had it changed in 10 years it's usually advisable not to change it. Since you*re having trouble you have no choice. Just know that you may be looking at a transmission repair instead of just a transmission service. Hope this helps.

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Christine~ Sputtering is not a good sign...but could be something simple as bad gas. Are you running Premium? Another alternative is a good tune-up, have you had that done lately as it*s a 2000? Without a diagnostic on your vehicle it's SO hard to tell and it could be that you need a transmission flush or you do have something going out! As you can see, it could be a variety of "What if's?" without looking into it..take it to a trusted mechanic. This could be an EASY FIX....

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