really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,740 miles

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problem #14

Dec 202017


  • 92,000 miles
Driving home from work, all of a sudden my vehicle was revving while it was idle and at low speed, making it very difficult and dangerous to steer the car and keep it under control. Upon inspection, it was found that the timing chain tensioner had failed and had caused serious engine damage, causing the pistons to fire prematurely. Previously the tensioner was replaced in 2014 by Audi when the car had ~50K miles and was reported as a "weak tensioner". my car currently has 92K miles. I believe that no replacement tensioner should only last 40K miles and cause catastrophic engine failure and put consumers at risk of not being able to control their cars.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #13

Jul 232016


  • 96,546 miles
My car has a leaking high pressure fuel leak from the high pressure hose right at the top of the engine block at the rear of the engine. The steel line connects directly to the filter and is leaking from the stainless steal line. The power steering metal hose lines are incorrect from the factory and do not supply enough pressure in the line to keep the steering wheel from a very harsh low speed shudder when turning. The lower control arm bushings fail at very low mileage. None of these issues have been acknowledged on this year car. This model Audi is an absolute lemon having multiple issues and extreme repairs and huge costs when trying to fix them. I have the paper work for these fixes and what it takes to repair them correctly. I have already had this car repaired from Audi for the piston ring oil failure which they had to replace per the lawsuit they were hit with and still denied any wrong doing. Please force this company to right these issues they ignored in the face of profits instead of doing right by the consumer.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 032013


  • 27,000 miles
When I am backing up, when I turn the steering wheel. The steering wheel and the rest of the column shudder, vibrate and makes a rumbling noise.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #11

Apr 042016


  • 65,000 miles
Every time I pull out of a parking spot, when I turn the steering wheel (not giving any gas), the steering wheel and the rest of the column shudder, vibrate and make a rumbling noise

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 182015


  • miles
When driving car it becomes really difficult at times to turn the steering wheel. Off and on. I myself almost hit someone when making a turn at around 20 mph, I had to brake and turn with both hands using alot of force. Has happened multiple times with my daughter as well. Started happening the end of last year. Called dealers and they said there are no recalls on vehicle

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 182013


  • 40,502 miles
The steering wheel was difficult to rotate because of a strong resistance to rotation. This behavior was dangerous because I could not turn the wheel in normal traffic without extreme force. The Audi dealership tested the car and replaced the "intermediate steering shaft" but would not pay for the replacement. A cars steering should work for the life of the car. I quote the service technician's report: 'confirmed customer complaint and found the steering was jerky and would not return to center. Inspected steering components and found that intermediate steering shaft was binding causing the steering to jerk. Removed and replaced shaft and tested and found car to be operating as designed." I requested the replaced part which I have. (part number 8K1 419 753 F). The part includes two universal joints, one on each end. Each universal joint includes two flexible bearings which allow the shaft to be free to rotate for change in angular position. One of the rotating pins was frozen and would not rotate. This is very dangerous and may be occurring on many of this type of shaft. The number of replacements by Audi should be identified to determine if a recall inspection is needed. I told Audi us headquarters that I would be filling a claim in small claims court. As a result they offered to pay 50% of the $714.70 bill which I accepted instead of waiting five months for a hearing in Massachusetts small claims court.

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #8

Nov 212012

A4 4-cyl

  • 31,800 miles
I have recently purchased this card and it has a weird grinding type noise when turning at slow speeds or while parked. Steering shakes and feels like something is about break or is loose at the steering component possible linkage issue.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #7

Jan 012010


  • miles
I have two 2009 A4 have a shudder sound at low speeds while turning wheel 5 or 10 mph also when parking a knocking sound when turning wheel. Please help! dealer said thats normal.

- Middle Village, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 112009


  • 3,000 miles
At low speeds, steering shakes and makes a rumbling noise when turned.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012010


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Audi A4. While turning at an unknown low speed, the contact felt unusual vibrations in the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed the vibrations were a normal occurrence with the vehicle. The failure continued to recur and became excessively worse. The vehicle was again taken to the dealer where the failure could not be duplicated. The failure persisted and the vehicle was taken to the dealer a third time where they redesigned and installed the power steering hose. The vehicle began to function as normal but the failure began to recur approximately 3,000 miles after the new power steering hose was installed. The dealer advised the steering vibrations were a normal attribute to the vehicle. The vehicle was not serviced. The failure mileage was 3,000 and the current mileage was 19,800.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #4

Oct 102009


  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Audi A4. The contact stated that there was a loud, groaning noise from the power steering. The vehicle was also difficult to turn at slow speeds, especially when trying to park. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the failure was caused by the power steering. The dealer replaced the calibers but the problem continued. The VIN was unavailable at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 300. The current mileage was approximately 2,700.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 082010


  • 28,000 miles
2009 Audi A4 avant with 28000 miles on it when the steering became hard to steer at low speed. I drove it to the Audi dealer 315 miles from my home. Told that the steering shaft had "seized" and the part was on back order. Might take two weeks or more to repair. I was given a free rental and told that they would be in touch when repaired.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 302010


  • 10 miles
I experience sever shaking of the steering wheel and wheels when turning while parked or moving at a speed below 5mph. This problem has been present since purchasing the car.

- Malibu, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012009


  • 1,200 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Audi A4. The contact stated that the steering wheel shakes when making turns and while the vehicle is stopped. In addition, the exterior side mirrors are designed with aluminum interior, which projects a glare. The only object that is visible is the dashboard. He took the vehicle to three dealers and they concluded that the steering failure was caused by the control arm clip and the steering lower arm control. Replacing the parts would not guarantee that the failure would be corrected. The manufacturer stated that there was no issue with the vehicle, but offered to pay the contact $748 per month until the failure was corrected. The manufacturer refuses to put the agreement in writing. The failure mileage was 1,200 and current mileage was 2,400.

- San Diego , CA, USA