The 3 Most Common S4 Problems

We've pulled together a list of the most widespread problems that S4 owners have to deal with.

Takata Recalls

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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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Start-Stop Defects

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There are multiple problems with Audi's start-stop technology that outweigh the modest fuel efficiency gains. Owners complain that the system will shut off the power steering and brake systems at dangerous times and cause the accelerat The …

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DSG Transmission Shifting

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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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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

S4 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 available in North American markets.

By the Numbers

  1. 39 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.

Timeline of Recent S4 News

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