The Worst A5 Problems

Excessive Oil Consumption

It's normal for cars with six-figure odometer readings to burn a little oil. But recently a few automakers have been building specific engines that require a topping off of the oil reservoir in between changes. Audi tries to tell you this i

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Busted Timing Chains

Audi's EA888 2.0-liter engine has a history of tensioner problems in its timing chain. The loose chain is to blame for multiple occurances of catastrophic engine failure. Audi was forced to offer settlement offers, including an extended war

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Takata Recalls

A large number of Audi vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).

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What A5 Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

Comparing 2 Generations

Generations are groups of model years where few, if any, changes were made to the vehicle which means their model years tend to break in similar ways. The A5 has 2 generations with the latest starting in the 2018 model year.

By the Numbers

  1. 24 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 1,531 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 9 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

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