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"
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"
Cheating Diesel Emissions
Audi was caught cheating on its diesel emissions with defeat devices. Twice. It started with the widespread dieselgate story for 2.0L 4-cylinder engines and was followed with a lesser known cheat for vehicles with the ZF 8-speed transmiss…Continue reading article "Cheating Diesel Emissions"
What 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.
What Breaks the Most
3rd Generation (2011–2018) A8 Key Numbers
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"
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.…
When Volkswagen agreed to a multi-district settlement for selling polluting engines marketed as clean diesel,
it did so knowing it’d have to pay billions of dollars to customers that owned or leased an affected vehicle when the news about the scandal broke.
Some owners that had sold their affected vehicles before the news came out tried to file for compensation in court, but didn't get very far. That may be about to change due to an interesting court decision in California.…keep reading article "Judge's Decision May Open to the Door to New Diesel-Scandal Claims"
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"