1st Generation (1996—2000) A4 Problems

This generations ranks 50th out of 59 Audi generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the body (12%), drivetrain (12%), and the electrical (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Problems Changing Gears 1 complaints at an average of 101,284 miles in the 1996 Audi A4.
  2. Creaking Noise 1 complaints at an average of 80,000 miles in the 1997 Audi A4.
  3. Window Motor Failure 1 complaints at an average of 52,000 miles in the 2000 Audi A4.

What A4 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Audi model years.

Watch out for the 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 5 3 68 1.83
1999 4 6 57 1.77
1998 0 5 71 0.0
1997 3 7 54 2.14
1996 4 6 40 3.2

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