Problems with Audi

Audi car recalls will stretch around the world in some cases and problems might be related to certain countries only. The German auto manufacturer has its headquarters in Germany, although separate operations are clear in the United States as well and this leads to separate social channels.


The Audi production process involves the company designing, engineering, marketing, and producing its vehicles. There’s a number of production facilities around the world, nine at the time of writing, and there’s been recalls impacting various regions.

Previously, we have seen recalls for sunroof issues, fuel line leaks, airbags, and other problems. Some of the issues customers experience will not lead to a recall, so leave any faults you have with an Audi vehicle below and detail the exact fault. This can help the community on Car Recalls and of course yourself as well.

Audi Car Recalls insight up to October 2017

If there's been Audi car recalls in 2017, then customer reports will be found below.

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  • Jamie

    The revs on my 1999 Audi A3 1.8T seem to bounce when the engine is cold, is this a common issue?

  • Jed

    Engine oil on my 2003 A4 Quattro 1.8 turbo keeps disappearing, I have heard it could be an issue with the oil cooler, is this correct?

  • Mac

    Finally got my Audi S4 repaired, so now I do not drive in fear worrying about the faulty airbag software.

  • Mel

    35,000 Audi models have had to be recalled in China due to a leaking seal in the fuel injection system, and so one has to wonder if this will be extended to the U.S. or is it just specific to the manufacturing process in China?

  • Andrew

    My 2007 Audi B7 RS4 has had multiple issues, although the biggest problem has been with the clutch. I was silly to think that an Audi main dealer would be better to use than one of the back road shops.

  • Tom

    My 2012 Audi Q7 is to be recalled next march, although I have yet to receive the letter as to when it is booked in for.

  • Paul

    Just purchased myself a B6 2.5 TDi Sport, which has developed a strange from the front drivers wheel and the faster I go, the older the noise.

  • Nick

    I have a 2005 Audi A4, which suffers from a vibration on idle, Audi assumed it was the flywheel, which I got replaced, yet the issue still remains.

  • Angela

    The oil light keeps coming on in my Audi A3 S-Line Black Edition 1.8 TFSI, but my concern is that Audi said they will replace the replace the pistons and cams, although do not guarantee it will solve the problem.

  • Jason

    My Audi A4 auto acts very strongly because if you are on a hill and select reverse, the car starts to go forward.

  • Sue

    I have a 2003 Audi A3 and for some reason the ride is very hard, would I be able to improve this by fitting slightly higher profile tires?

  • Nigel

    My 2005 Audi A6 seems to be shifting roughly through the gears, although more so in 2nd.

  • Helen

    I currently have a 2013 Audi Q5, which has since developed a horrible noise from the panoramic sunroof. I’m not sure if it is an issue with not fully closing, or if the seal could have gone, so what is it most likely to be?

  • Daryl

    A word of warning, if you have less than 70,000 miles on your 2011 Audi A5 and you experience turbo issues, the dealer will cover the repair costs. I learnt the hard way, as had all the work done without being notified of this.

  • Andrew

    There seems to be more brake noise than what you would expect from a 2012 Audi S4. I know these brakes have taken some punishment, but how many miles should they last?

  • Derek

    What would cause my Audi TT to stay stuck in gear? I have changed the transmission fluid, but still nothing, so what should I try next?

  • Elliot

    Why does my 2012 Audi Q5 go through a lot of oil? I used to feel at least 1 liter every 2,500 miles, which has slowly increased, and no I am finding myself topping up the engine oil every week now.

  • Jenny

    The paint has started to peel on my 2003 Audi All-road model. Ok, so I know the vehicle is 12 years old, but that is nothing and should not expect such issues.

  • Woody

    Well, my 1995 Audi Quattro has thick grey smoke coming from the tailpipe. It was running fine and then one morning I started the car and has been blowing the smoke ever since. I changed the engine oil and was ok for a few hours, then all of a sudden thick oil smelling smoke has now started to come out of the tailpipe – what do I do?

  • Darren

    The instrument cluster on my 2001 Audi TT has failed on me. Nothing is showing up how it is meant to, such as the wrong readings. Am I right in thinking there was a recall on this, and if so is it now too late to get it rectified for free?

  • Dawn

    I’m confused as to why I have to add around 1 quart of oil for every 500 miles that I travel in my 2010 Audi A4. The strange thing is, the vehicle still drives like a dream, and while some of you might say just take it to Audi, my funds are a bit tight, and so wondered if anyone could give me any advice on what to look out for?

  • Dougie

    A few hours after I had parked my Audi S4 and set the emergency, the vehicle still managed to roll back, although did stop on a warning sign. If it was not for that sign I died to think the kind of accident it could have caused, or god forbid hit someone walking along. I have since taken the car to the dealer, who were unable to find anything wrong, and so I am now left with an expensive bill to repair the damage to the bodywork

  • Hannah

    I am at a loss as to why I have now had to change the thermostat on my 2011 Audi A6 three times now, and also changed some hoses that had started to leak as well. It’s silly because the car is only four years old and so should not even be having such issues. Not only that, but you would have thought better of a German built car, as they are meant to be of a higher standard than your South Korean or American made vehicles.

  • Lillian

    My 2007 Audi Q7 only has around 15,000 miles on the clock, which means it has hardly been used compared to other vehicles of that year. It is for this reason why that I cannot understand why the passenger leather front seat has started to crack. What makes it even more consign is that I have hardly had anyone sit on that seat.

  • Petra

    Audi suggest that the timing belt on the 2003 Audi allroad be replaced every 100,000 miles, so how come I have now had to change the belt two, and I am still on 79,000 miles? I have made certain that genuine parts are used, and also main dealer, so what on earth is happening?

  • Gary

    Come on Audi, just get your act together because I am waiting on my notice to be sent to me, that way I will finally know what it is you plan to do to fix the diesel engine in my vehicle to make it spew out less emissions. Although, I am also curious as to how you are going to compensate me?

  • Eric

    Still playing the waiting game to see when Audi will finally send me the letter to tell me what they plan to do to finally fix the emission problem. What worries me more is how much extra fuel this has cost me over the past 4 years I have had the vehicle.

  • Norm

    The convertible top on my 2004 Audi A4 gets stuck halfway open. I then have to go through the manual process to get it closed, which has now become a bit of a pain. I have since taken it to the Audi dealer several times, and they have not been able to fix it – so do you have any suggestions?

    • Adrianm121

      When it gets stuck try pulling on the vertical “flap” towards the back of the car. There’s a switch which needs to be fully engaged before the rest of the hood will descend.

  • Josh

    Even though my 2003 Audi AllRoad has more than 100,000 miles on the clock, I did not expect its paint to start peeling, such as the plastic paint on the armrests and buttons. It seems to be soft to the touch and just lifts off easily. I now have an interior that looks cheap and rubbish.

  • Ginaro

    Ok, so I know my Audi Q7 is now 8 years old, but I still do not expect the leather seats to start to crack. I have made certain that I used a decent leather feed and cleaner, yet it has not made one bit of difference.

  • Jamie

    My 2012 Audi Q5 has done around 20,000 miles and now the brakes have started to play up already. It first started with a squeaking, and so did what I was advised to do by the dealer, and that was to get up to a high speed and hit the brakes heavy.

    The squeak did not go, but now the brakes often make a horrible grinding noise, and have now been told by the dealer that the brakes have overheated – so what do I do next?

  • Gary

    Has anyone had the message Deactivate Steering, Do Not Drive on the dash of their Audi S5 before? If so, then you might want to get the power steering module checked because it may need replacing. Try not to leave it too long though, as the part can take weeks, as it has to come from Germany.

  • Martin

    The engine out of nowhere overheated on my Audi Q7, which is very strange. What is more annoying is that the car just ran out of warranty, and so will now have an expensive. Does anyone know what the issue could be, and how much it is likely to cost?

  • Charlotte

    My Audi Allroad has started to annoy me because it has had all sorts of leaks, such as from the transmission, coolant, oil and even a leak for two of the shocks.

  • David

    The engine in my 2012 Audi Q7 keeps overheating on short journeys, although there is never really any bad traffic. I have been told that it could be the thermostat, but was just wondering how hard that is to repair myself to save such a huge repair bill?

  • Sarah

    My 2004 Audi A4 has a problem with acceleration. The car recently had a full service where all the usual things were replaced, but still judders when I put the accelerator flat to the floor.

  • Sally L

    I parked my 2010 Audi Q5 3.2 Saturday evening car was running great seven years old 60,000 miles when I went to start it Sunday morning it’s shaking and shuttering all over so I shut it off I had it towed to the local Audi dealer Monday morning Tuesday afternoon they called me and told me I needed a new engine it was $8100 and there was nothing they could do to help the timing jumped and they don’t know why I called Audi to see if I can get any assistance I’m waiting to hear back and the local dealer I bought it new from is seeing what they will do about the price AUDI you need to stand behind your vehicles this car was taken care of and garage kept and the engine blew it 60,000 miles for no reason I’m about to say Audi sucks I’ll have to wait a few days and see

    • Sal M

      Well they basically told me I’m screwed because I did the last two oil changes at my workplace, a local garage, instead of pay triple the price at the dealer, for the same oil and filter, still haven’t told me what caused the timing to jump, screw Audi, I’ll never buy or recommend them again, goodbye hard earned $8000

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