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"
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What Owners Complain About
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2nd Generation (2017–2021) Q7 Key Numbers
There's growing concern that more than 46,000 Audi vehicles can end up with misaligned rear axles.
The automaker recalled the vehicles after discovering a certain batch of lock nuts on the axle's trailing arm are more suceptible to snap because of corrosion.…keep reading article "Audi Recalls 46,000 Vehicles With Potentially Misaligned Rear Axles"
Audi is recalling 30,000 Q7 SUVs because they're worried that (*checks notes*) unbuckled front-seat child passengers could get hurt by the airbags?
An internal investigation found the second-stage of their dual-stage airbag may deploy too quickly for young necks. Maybe we need another investigation into the people allowing their 6-year-olds to ride shotgun without a seat belt?…keep reading article "Audi Recalls 2020-2021 Q7 Over Dual-Stage Airbag Concerns"
The sensors are part of a network that monitors for crashes and can deploy airbags and the seat belt pretensioners. The automaker thinks the electrical connections for these particular sensors can disconnect over time.…keep reading article "A Front Door Crash Sensor Problem Can Disable Airbag Deployment in Certain 2021 Audi Vehicles"
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"
Audi says the bolt connects the steering shaft to the steering gear. No bolt, no steering. So the vehicles are being recalled. The recall should begin around April 19th.keep reading article "A Loose Bolt Could Knock Out the Steering in Audi's Large SUVs"
Audi announced a small number of 2019 Q7 SUVs have been recalled because their side-curtain aitbag may not properly inflate on deployment.
And on a leap-year, no less. The recall will begin around April 19th, 2020.keep reading article "2019 Q7 Recalled to Replace Side-Curtain Airbag"
Audi has been sued for installing noisy brakes in the 2015-2018 Q7, but the automaker says the suit is all squeal and no bite.
The plaintiff points to three service bulletins as evidence that Audi is aware of the issue, but in their motion to dismiss the automaker says brakes are subject to wear and tear and that noise doesn’t always represent a defect.…keep reading article "Q7 Brakes Lawsuit Might Be All Squeal and No Bite"
A Q7 owner has sued Audi over his squeaky brake pads and defective rotors.
But in a twist, the brakes that come with the car aren’t the problem … it’s the $1700 replacement parts.
In April 2018, the plaintiff heard loud squealing noises when he used the brakes even though the replacement parts had been on the Q7 less than 3,500 miles. He took the SUV to technicians who drove the vehicle but couldn't replicate the squealing and squeaking sounds.…keep reading article "Audi’s Replacement Brakes Are A Genuine Headache"