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…Continue reading article "Busted Timing Chains"
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 …Continue reading article "Start-Stop Defects"
Turbocharged Oil Sludge
From 1997-2005, Audi 1.8-liter turbocharged engines came with a tiny 3.7 quart oil capacity. That’s simply not a lot of oil to cool down this hot engine. In 2004, following numerous sludge complaints, Audi extended the warranty on some of…Continue reading article "Turbocharged Oil Sludge"
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…Continue reading article "Excessive Oil Consumption"
Oil Starved Turbochargers
The twin-turbochargers in Audi's 4.0L V8 engine can become starved of oil because of a clogged filter. This can cause strange acceleration noises, difficulty starting the engine, or sudden stalls.Continue reading article "Oil Starved Turbochargers"
Where Engine Complaints Happen
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.
- oil consumption excessive in the 2012 Q5
- excessive oil consumption in the 2009 A4
- excessive oil usage in the 2011 A4
- excessive oil consumption in the 2010 A4
- burns oil in the 2008 A4
- excessive oil consumption in the 2013 Q5
- oil light on in the 2011 A5
Vehicle was in motion when it started shaking roughly. The car stalled and wouldn't turn back on. I had it towed home and was able to diagnose seized turbo compressors. Replaced the turbos which fixed the problem but at an enormous cost.
The turbos on the car both broke at the intermediate shaft before 75,000 miles. The car was cruising on the freeway, and the moment I slowed down to take the exit, the car lost power and shut down. I had to make an emergency stop on the side of the exit with little to no room to pull over.
Are the twin-turbochargers in Audi's 4.0L V8 engine starved of oil?
An investigation has been opened into dozens of complaints about the engines being difficult to start or suddenly shutting down due to turbocharger problems.…keep reading article "Investigation Opened into Audi V8 Turbocharger Failure"
Another Audi start-stop lawsuit has been dismissed
after the judge ruled that the owner's manual clearly states the Start-Stop systemkeep reading article "A Judge Just Ruled That Audi's Start-System Operates As Intended"
may turn off the engine before the car comes to a complete stop.Is that all it takes to win in court? Be prepared for your next owner's manual to say "cars might catch on fire due to thermodynamics" just to cover all the bases.…
The A4's 4th generation runs from 2008 to 2015. Owners really love the blend of luxury, sport, and practicality, but there are a few issues that make the cars tough to recommend.
76% of all the owner complaints about this generation are about the engine and they happen, on average, around 65,756 miles. Three of these engine complaints really stand out, particularly in the 2009 to 2011 model years.…keep reading article "3 Engine Problems That Make it Hard to Recommend the 4th Generation Audi A4"
For the third time in three months Audi has been sued for failing to do something about their dangerous start-stop defects.
It's almost as if owners don't appreciate suddenly losing access to their power steering and brakes while slowing down or not knowing whether their vehicle will accelerate through a busy intersection.…keep reading article "Canada Joins the Lawsuit Party Against Audi's Defective Start-Stop System"
A Virginia based lawsuit says Audi's start-stop system suffers from defects that cause delayed acceleration or lurching that can put occupants in danger.
The plaintiffs say that Audi HQ and dealerships will just tell owners to deactivate the start-stop system if they don't like it, but the system starts up automatically each time the ignition is pressed and must be manually deactivated by pressing a separate burden. Something the case refers to as akeep reading article "Another Audi Start-Stop Lawsuit Says the Technology Causes Dangerous Acceleration Delays"
inconvenience and mandatory burden that is not disclosed to the Class Members ar the time of the sale.…
keep reading article "A8 and S8 Recalled to Stop Loose Seals From Starting Engine Fires"
The automaker says it only happens in "rare cases" but is that true? The problem happens when a wire helix inside the seal deforms from normal engine tempterature changes. Once that happens, the whole seal can fall off due to normal engine vibrations. Doesn't sound as rare as they say it is.…
Start-stop technology shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a complete stop in order to save on fuel consumption and emissions.
That's a good thing. But it also disables the power steering and brakes way too early. And it is a little slow to re-engage those systems when the vehicle starts moving again. That's a really bad thing.…keep reading article "Defects in Audi's Start-Stop Technology Make it Dangerous to Drive"
There’s an important deadline coming up for Audi owners who previously paid for repairs to their timing chain system or damaged engine from a timing chain failure, and want the automaker to pick up the tab.
A recently approved settlement benefits thousands of owners by providing them with an extended “new vehicle limited warranty” for any future repairs, plus conditional reimbursements for any previous repairs.…keep reading article "Upcoming Deadline for Timing Chain Reimbursements"
Audi coolant pumps have been recalled (twice!) but their replacements aren’t ready yet.
So what’s an owner who can’t drive their car supposed to do? Wait, apparently.
A new lawsuit wants Audi to at least pony up for free loaner vehicles. Heck, I’m guessing some owners would even take an actual pony. Anything to get to work without starting a fire!…keep reading article "Audi Owners Are Tired of Waiting for their Replacement Coolant Pumps"
Owners and lessees of certain 2008-2014 VW and Audi vehicles may soon be eligible to receive benefits for their engine’s defective timing chain.
On November 19, 2018 a judge will rule on a proposed settlement that would either reimburse owners for previous repairs or fund future work on the timing chain tensioner system.…keep reading article "It’s the Final Countdown for Audi's Timing Chain Class-Action Settlement"
There appears to be a settlement on the horizon for Audi owners who have either had or are concerned about timing chain damage.
According to the terms, reimbursement amounts will be determined based on the age of the vehicle, how many miles are on the odometer and if the timing chain tensioner, timing chain or engine was replaced.…keep reading article "VW Wants to Settle Lawsuits Concerning Audi Timing Chains and Tensioners"
The lead plaintiff in Anzhelya Makaryan, et. al., v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. says a design defect in Audi's start-stop system allows vehicles to rollaway.
The rollaways happen because the start-stop system won't deactivate if the driver takes off their seat belt for any reason while the vehicle is stopped.
To make matters worse if that the system won't work even if the driver re-buckled their seat belts.keep reading article "Does Audi's Start-Stop Technology Allow Vehicles to Accidentally Roll Away?"
Finally! Some news about Audi that doesn't involve diesel emissions or Takata airbags.
I mean this does involve your engine potentially catching on fire, but we have to start somewhere. From CarComplaints.com:
"In 2015 and 2016, Audi learned of incidents involving overheating in the engine compartments, so an investigation was opened in 2016 to track down the problem. Engineers determined foreign materials and debris could block the coolant pumps, leading to overheating, smoldering and a severe risk of fire."…keep reading article "Audi Wants to Stop Your Engine From Catching Fire"
A judge has given VW's diesel settlement preliminary approval
, which means owners of 2-liter diesel Volkswagen and Audi vehicles are one step closer to the end of this mess.
"Judge Charles Breyer already gave preliminary approval to the $15 billion settlement that will see about $10 billion go to U.S. car owners and about $5 billion to cover environmental damages. Now the judge says he is inclined to finalize the settlement terms by October 25, 2016, at least for the most part."…keep reading article "Audi 2-liter Diesel Owners One Step Closer to Settlement"
Volkswagen Group still doesn't have an approved fix from the EPA and the company just agreed to send $175 million to lawyers representing diesel owners in the US.
In other words, the company is in financial trouble and that means some belt tightening needs to happen.…keep reading article "VW’s Delays Lead to Audi Cost Cuts"
The Audi A8's engine is leaking antifreeze onto all the wrong places and rather than catch on fire, the car is retreating into "limp home mode."
"The automaker says about 9,100 Audi A8 cars have problems that can cause the engines to stall. The 2010-2013 Audi A8 vehicles have coolant valves that can leak and allow antifreeze to enter the engine control modules."…keep reading article "A8 Owners Get a Recall for Engine Stalls"
The Green Mountain State is seeing red.
"Vermont has turned down Volkswagen's U.S. emissions cheating settlement offer and opted to sue Audi, Porsche and VW for showing a "blatant disregard" for the protection of the state’s natural resources and the health of its residents."…keep reading article "Vermont Rejects Diesel Settlement and Sues VW, Audi, and Porsche"
Audi owners who are scared of their timing chains "jumping a tooth" in the camshaft and killing the engine in the process now have a lawsuit to rally around
. Saying the defect resides in the timing chain tensioner system, the plaintiffs claim Audi and VW have continued to conceal the defects since 2010 and refused to inform buyers of the hazards.…keep reading article "Do Audi Timing Chains Jump a Tooth?"
A German newspaper says Volkswagen has been cheating again.
This time using unapproved software on its 3-liter diesels. Oh, wünderbar.
"The programs are allegedly used to shut off nitrogen oxide emissions controls after 22 minutes, about two minutes longer than the 20 minutes it takes to perform a typical emissions test. If true, emissions regulators would see normal emissions levels on test machines, then after about 22 minutes the emissions levels will shoot up."…keep reading article "VW Caught Cheating Again?"
Hey emission-wagön owners, VW has setup a special website just for you and the whole thing is ... rather complex.
There are a good amount of details available now, but those could change up until the final settlement. VW promised to have the final calculations automated on VWCourtSettlement.com by the end of the month.…keep reading article "Now There's a Website with Diesel Settlement Details"