1st Gen (1996 – 2000) Audi A4 Problems

The 1st generation of the A4 has a cumulative PainRank™ of 1.79. That can be compared against other Audi generations. Shopping for a Audi? This generation is generally a good bet.

Owners of the 1996–2000 A4 model years have sent in 16 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the body (12%) followed by the drivetrain (12%) and the electrical (12%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2000 5
1999 4
1998 0
1997 3
1996 4

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