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

  • 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 (?)
24th A4 Gen 3 8.76
23rd A4 Gen 2 7.2
22nd A4 Gen 4 4.08
21st A3 Gen 3 3.89
20th Q5 Gen 1 2.83

Recent Audi News

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.

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.