Thousands of Cars Recalled Because of Transmission Problems

Click here to read Audi's press release.

Volkswagen and Audi are only recalling about a third of the vehicles the government is investigating and will replace faulty temperature sensors that may have been causing their transmissions to shut down.

These appear to be the vehicles that exhibited the flashing activity on the dashboard and then a total loss of power, with the engine shifting into neutral.

But that still leaves another 34,000 vehicles that seem to have a different problem, also related to the transmission.

NHTSA documents mention "lurching," "surging" and "delays in engaging gears." Drivers have reported that their cars then went into "limp home mode" rather than losing power altogether.

GMA asked Volkswagen what is causing that second set of symptoms, and VW said it may be related to the transmission's "mechatronic unit," which is the computer that controls the transmission.

Volkswagen said that issue is still under investigation and that it is cooperating fully with the NHTSA inquiry.

To view NHTSA's announcement of its investigation, click here.

Lisa Toler let the dealership repair her transmission, but she's still uneasy, especially because she had four kids in her car when it stalled on the highway.

"My kids didn't wanna get in the car again after it was fixed," she said. "They're like, 'Is this car gonna break down on us?'"

Dennis Capolongo says some customers have complained online that their DSG transmissions failed again after Volkswagen fixed them. He says he will not be satisfied until he gets a full refund.

"As they were shaking our hands and handing us the keys, they knew," Capolongo said. "And that's what bothers me the most, that they sold us this car knowing that this car has such a defect." Click here to read the statement Volkswagen and Audi provided to "Good Morning America."

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