Error Drive system

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Re: Error Drive system

Post by Jono » Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:35 pm

Interestingly the error appeared mid drive on mine yesterday. I hadn’t charged for more than 8 hours and it wasn’t showing when I started the journey

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Re: Error Drive system

Post by Zoobz32 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:13 pm

We have had this a number of times, but when we pull up, the car is stuck in Drive and won’t engage Reverse or Park. It once got stuck in Park. Had to call roadside assist. Has anyone else had this issue.

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Re: Error Drive system

Post by GarethOates » Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:03 pm

I’ve had this error show up twice now with the latest 2.1 software installed. I’ve left it charging once for over 8 hours but the error showed up a couple of days later.

A turn off and on again has fixed it the two times it’s happened for me, but I’m obviously not very happy about it.

Those who’ve taken their car to the workshop, what do they do?

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Re: Error Drive system

Post by irishlore » Thu May 06, 2021 12:27 am

Hello. I bought the id3 back in October. I've had the drive error a few times at this point with the times In-between getting longer and longer before the car goes back into drive etc, the last one been around 40 minutes. They've had the car 3 weeks with the error log having to be sent to Germany to see how to fix it. It failed the software update as well🤣. Wondering at this stage will I ask for my money back or a replacement car 🤠

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Re: Error Drive system

Post by Matoow » Wed May 26, 2021 6:56 am

Same drive issue here. We've seen it 3 times once before the 2.1 update, now twice after.

Yesterday, after driving kids to school it got stuck in the middle of the road and refused to move whilst turning the car around. We had to leave it there for 15 mins until it agreed to start.

It's now with the dealer, who apparently has agreed to look at it within 48 hours.

I'll update with what the dealer says, be interested to hear if anyone has had any dealer feedback with similar issues??

Our experience is it's unrelated to charge time..



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Re: Error Drive system

Post by Daveion » Wed May 26, 2021 8:39 am

I tend to agree with stu-evs. I will probably regret saying this but I have not had this fault and my car is often plugged in charging for more than 8 hours and often beyond 8 hours after reaching its charge setting. Does anyone know if this fault and others we see in these threads correlate with specific trim levels? If various modules change with trim level maybe it would explain why some owners have more issues than others.
My faults since Dec delivery.
My plug locked into a public charger once.
Infotainment screen froze a few times on old SW.
Had to push brake pedal hard twice to turn car on. Normally requires just a touch.
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Re: Error Drive system

Post by KeithR » Wed May 26, 2021 11:13 am

Just posted under a linked thread that my 1st Edition is going in tomorrow after several no-gear tantrums. Got going quite quickly I have to say but amber warning has told me to take it to the workshop. Loads about this issue on EU ID3 Owners page/site.

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Re: Error Drive system

Post by Brewsch » Sat May 29, 2021 3:19 pm

Had this issue today for the first time on my one month old ID3. Got stuck halfway through a manoeuvre in a car park with the car stuck in park mode for about 20 mins. Called roadside assistance but then eventually the car came back to life after maybe the sixth or seventh time turning it off and on again so didn’t need assistance in the end.

I don’t have a wall box yet so I have only charged it at public rapid chargers for 1h at a time. So this issue is not necessarily related to charging over long periods.

Will wait to see if it happens again…

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Re: Error Drive system

Post by KeithR » Sun May 30, 2021 6:36 pm

VW garage couldn’t find any faults with my drive system. I’ve had the fault three times since yesterday! Something is definitely wrong - the emergency brake assist white light remains on when this happens, with the same amber warning up by the SOS pod. Anyone else?

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Re: Error Drive system

Post by TFP » Mon May 31, 2021 9:22 pm

My ID3 broke down with error in drive system, it flashed red across car dashboard and then stopped within 10 metres, luckily had just come off a dual carriageway. Still in the garage, software update didn't sort it out. I'm worried that this could happen on a 70mph road and stop as suddenly, seems a major safety issue! Do all electric cars stop so suddenly when they breakdown?

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