The Worst S4 Problems

DSG Transmission Shifting

Audi's DSG transmissions have multiple problems resulting in violent shaking as it shifts between gears. A class-action lawsuit says the problem is expecially prevelant while accelerating or slowing down through 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gear. Audi

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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 S4 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 6 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 S4 has 6 generations with the latest starting in the 2018 model year.

By the Numbers

  1. 38 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 882 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 9 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

S4 in the 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, … continue reading

Gas Leaks Prompt Recall

Manufacturers can sometimes drag their feet when it comes to issuing recalls. But whenever there's reports of fuel leaking out of cars they start to move like someone lit a fire under their butt. That's because, well ... there might actuall … continue reading

Leaking Fuel Injectors Recalled

You know the old saying "what you don't know can't hurt you"? It's one of my Uncle's favorites, along with "don't look a gift horse in the mouth." I still don't know what a gift horse is or why I'd look it in the mouth, … continue reading