Sounds like they have some quality issues. And that's horrible, for a car that starts out at $25k
Not to cross up manufacturers, but they should build and price it the same as the Chevy Sonic, but as a RWD sporty alternative. A couple hundred lbs lighter with about 50-60 less hp, and $12k off the current MSRP, and I think it'd be a very good car.
And about the quality issues you talked about, most of that stuff hasn't started happening on my family's domestics until 120k+ miles. Shame to see that kind of thing on a brand-new car. The radio is especially disappointing and looks like something you'd expect from a Chinese or Mexican auto marque.
And Shadow, I doubt different oil in the trans would help
. IF its anything like my Sonic it needs more/better synchros on 2nd. You've said before that you can just powershift and slam gears in your Audi, it has what, like 5 synchros on 2nd?