There's a lot that can go wrong in an Audi

We collect information from owners and combine it with data from NHTSA to give you a clearer picture of what breaks the most and in what vehicle generations. Oh, and there's the occasional bright spot too. Emphasis on the occasional.

Issues You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)

Some problems just keep popping up. We call these trends (we never said we were creative).

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The Worst of Audi

A quick look at all the things wrong with Audi right now.

  • 387,000 vehicles

    The number of Audi vehicles that were part of the Takata recall. Learn More

  • $7,000 bucks

    The average cost to repair an A4 engine that experienced excessive oil consumption. Read More

  • 443 complaints

    The total number of Audi owner reports (and climbing) Tell Me About It

  • $15,000,000

    The penalty levied on VW (and Audi) for installing "defeat devices" in their diesel engines. More Info

Worst generations to own

Rank Model Gen PainRank (?)
41st A4 Gen 3 8.45
40th A4 Gen 2 5.76
39th A3 Gen 3 3.89
38th A4 Gen 4 3.58
37th Q5 Gen 1 3.18

Recent Audi News

Former Audi Manager Charged with Conspiracy to Defraud Regulators and Customers

The Justice Department has found themselves a snitch. In exchange for immunity, a former employee involved with diesel engine development has named former manager Giovanni Pamio as a key part of the coverup.

Now Pamio has been charged with wire fraud, making false statements, and conspiracy to defraud regulators and customers.

U.S. prosecutors say Giovanni Pamio was in charge of a team of Audi engineers who knew it was impossible to manufacture diesel engines that could meet strict U.S. nitrogen oxide emissions.

According to the “cooperating witness”, Pamio worked on the scheme from 2006 to 2015 for the “sole purpose of defrauding customers and regulators about clean diesel vehicles.”

Ouch, does the immunity include witness protection?

Pamio allegedly told employees to create software for the purpose of cheating emissions tests conducted in the U.S., then once that was accomplished, Pamio knowingly misrepresented that the affected Audi vehicles were legal.

Pamio joins other VW and Audi employees indicted by the US.

A7 Airbags Weren’t Folded Properly and Might Not Work

I’m no laundry-folding expert (just ask my wife), but if I were folding something other than t-shirts – something like, say, an airbag – I would pay close attention.

My folding technique works for t-shirts, not airbags

I’m guessing Audi wishes its airbag supplier would do the same.

The automaker has to recall 17,700 A7 cars because the supplier didn’t properly fold the head-curtain airbags. That means they might bind, not properly inflate, and generally do a terrible job at protecting occupants in a car crash.

The recall is expected to begin on June 9th, 2017 and CarComplaints.com has additional details. Audi wouldn’t rule out having to expand the recall to other models soon, once they check those folds too.

Audi Promises to Start Behaving with Diesel Investigations

Audi just wants everyone to know that they’re promising “no more misconduct” and “full transparency” in regards to the diesel emissions mess

“We will continue until the job is done,” Chief Executive Rupert Stadler said, promising to make law and ethics Audi’s “ultimate benchmark”.

That’s nice and all, but do they really have a choice at this point?

The automaker admitted to using “defeat devices” to get around emissions tests for its 3.0-liter diesel engines. Since then Audi, and parent company Volkswagen, have since faced massive fines, legal headaches, and 3-years probation.

So it’s no wonder that shareholders are upset about delayed investigations, a refusal to publish internal results, and a general discomfort with the whole we’re still talking about this crap, really?

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