3rd Generation (2003—2005) S4 Problems

This generations ranks 45th out of 59 Audi generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), interior (16%), and the body (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Rattle on Startup 2 complaints at an average of 129,177 miles in the 2005 Audi S4.
  2. Glove Compartment Door Broke Off 1 complaints at an average of 20,000 miles in the 2004 Audi S4.
  3. Paint Peeling 1 complaints at an average of 60,000 miles in the 2005 Audi S4.

What S4 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 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 5 2 109 3.84
2004 1 1 80 0.6
2003 0 1 64 0.0

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