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

What’s most likely to break in an Audi? We’ve got the most common problems, which vehicles they affect, and how long until it happens to you. We even have recommendations on specific generations to avoid.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)


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Takata Recalls

A wide number of Audi models are part of the Takata airbag recalls. Takata, a parts supplier for numerous automakers, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that have affected over 34 million+ vehicles.

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Oil Sludge in the 1.8L Turbocharged Engine

From 1997-2005, Audi 1.8-liter turbocharged engines came with a tiny 3.7 quart oil capacity. That’s simply not a lot of oil to cool down this hot engine. In 2004, following numerous sludge complaints, Audi extended the warranty on some of the affected cars, but a c...

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Audi Caught Cheating with Defeat Devices. Twice.

Audi has been caught cheating on its diesel emissions. First, there was the widespread dieselgate story for 2.0L 4-cylinder engines. Second, there was a lesser known cheat as part of the ZF8 8-speed transmission. What consequences does the company now face?

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The Most Recalled Models

Audi generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Audi News

New Year, New Takata Recalls

Takata is a nightmare we just can’t wake up from. It’s been almost five years since the first recall, yet here we are staring down the barrel of another recall expansion for exploding inflators.

This latest round of recalls affects over 10,000 A4, A6, S4, and S6. David Woods of has the full breakdown of which model years and in what zones.

The 10,000 vehicles is just a small part of the 3.3 million inflators being recalled across pretty much every major brand you’ve heard of. Recently, the inflators have been tied to new casualties and stop-driving orders.

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Certain Airbags Aren’t Unfolding in the 2nd-Generation A5

The 2nd generation A5 has a new 7-speed dual-clutch that helps get the car from 0-60 is 5.6 seconds. But before dropping that accelerator to the floor, you’ll want to get the head-curtain airbags fixed.

The automaker says the cars were built with head curtain airbag assemblies that may fail to unfold properly in a crash … Audi says the curtain airbags can get caught on the trim of the A-pillars due to excess fabric on the airbags.

All the affected cars were built after December 8th 2017 and are part of the 2018 model year.

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Software Glitch Might Disable the Brake Lights in Emergency Situations for Q3 Owners

If your parking brake is engaged in an emergency stopping situation, it probably means you’re having a bad day. But thanks to a software glitch in the 2016-17 Audi Q3, it could get a whole lot worse.

According to Audi, there is a software error in the gateway control unit that causes the brake lights to fail. The automaker discovered the problem during internal testing in March 2016 and started working on a software fix.

No brake lights with the parking brake engaged? That is a no-no for federal safety standards and, more importantly, a good way to increase your chances of someone ramming into your back bumper.

Audi considered issuing a “service campaign” instead of going through the recall process because they weren’t sure their electromechanical parking brake was subject to the same rules as a standard parking brake. Nothing says we value our customers like trying to weasel out of a recall over a technicality. Luckily, they smartened up.

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