Wow checkered24, if we had access to that kind of data... it would be great and very helpful!... but we don't, the Feds do! VWoA will be obligated to open all their repair records and the truth about the size and scope of this issue will be known sooner or later).
We've only been able to piece together, based on internet posts, NHTSA filings and other consumer agency reports that since late 2007, DSG malfunctions have progressively gotten worse... that high volume dealers are reporting high DSG repair numbers with about a 26% return record after service has been performed. (Thus far!) So rather than a gradual improvement with product refinement, it appears that over the last few years, VW's quality control over their DSG production has fallen into the toilet.
Words out that Mech. Units with part #'s starting with 000 are the latest to hit dealer service stations... but this cannot be completely confirmed, or if it makes any real difference. Remember that Mech.U.'s are NOT the only culprit here... there have been major issues with clutch forks, external relays and/or sensors, warped clutch packs, etc.... all kinds of BS. Some of us are on our 3rd MU and others are on full DSG replacements. Will these repairs last? Too early to tell but we're keeping our fingers crossed.
The worst hit cars appear to be the 08-09 models, EOS, GTI, R32, GLI, Wolfsburg Jetta's, and Audi A3's with DSG. What's the ratio? No one knows except VW. How long will these transmissions last?... How dependable is the design?... Are they safe and trustworthy?... Were DSG's ready for prime time play?... Again it's way too early in the game to be sure.
But if I could do it all over again, I'd buy a 6 speed MT hands down until they either improve the DSG design or replace it with a more dependable model.
Modified by VWRedux at 1:11 AM 8-9-2009