What's Wrong with the Audi A4?

A4 owners have made 180 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (53%), followed by the transmission (7%) and the electrical (5%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the A4.

Comparing A4 Generations

Watch out for the 3rd generation's (2005–2007) 8.74 PainRank™, which is the worst of 5 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
5th Gen A4 2016–2018
4 0.95
4th Gen A4 2008–2015
89 5.15
3rd Gen A4 2005–2007
33 8.74
2nd Gen A4 2001–2004
38 7.71
1st Gen A4 1996–2000
16 1.79

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    The Worst A4 Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2003 (10), 2002 (10), 2005 (6), 2012 (6), 2013 (5), 2000 (5), 1996 (4), 1999 (4), 2014 (3), 2017 (3), 1997 (3), 2001 (2), 2016 (1), 2015 (0), 1998 (0), and 2018 (0).