2006 Audi A4 2.0 turbo from North America
I absolutely hated this vehicle, it had cost me way too much to buy and maintain
Within the first month of ownership, the engine light came on, a message (a very unclear message) was indicated that the engine was suffering from under/over boost. I was advised that it could be a sensor of some sort, that was changed, and the light came off.
Approximately five (5) months later, I exited the freeway and the exhausted began emitting a lot of white smoke with a very high metallic burning smell. I had the car towed (at MY expense) to the dealer, only to find out that the turbine was destroyed. My warranty only covered partial of the cost to repair. Out of a $5000 repair I paid $2300 out of pocket. A poor experience all round so far.
The funny thing is, the dealer said to me that my lack of care was the cause of all these problems, so the voided my warranty. They claimed that I was not idling the engine before my drives, and that I should idle for at least 5 minutes before I shut the ignition off. Some very odd requests I would say, it's not a high performance race car, and is sold to be driven everyday. What was even more odd was the fact that with my previous car it was a habit to run it before I drove. I exercised the practices with the Audi. I only used 94 octane and Audi recommended synthetic oils.
After the turbine replacement (they did not replace my intercooler, odd I would say with a turbine job) and oil pump.
About 3 months later, the turbine went again. I was very upset, I went back to the dealer and of course, they said it was my fault. I had an argument with the service manager and they agreed to replace the turbine at no cost to me. Finally, some help.
About 8 months have passed and the turbine is acting up again, the car also either runs too cold or too hot, and I'm also burning oil now too. withing 2 months of my last oil change, I burnt off 1 LITRE of oil. It's been nothing but problems, and I've decided to sell the vehicle, a complete loss on the money side of things because I have to sell at well below resale value due to the problems.
As of this point, I will NEVER purchase another VW/Audi product again.
- Poor service experience.
- Ongoing turbine issues, which were never resolved.
- Burning oil.
- Horrible rear seat space.
- Despite all the problems, it was a fun car to drive with the 6 speed transmission, just not worth the headache of maintaining it.
- Hope this was just my car, good luck to all you Audi owners out there.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st March, 2010
1st Mar 2010, 12:28
Why is it that almost all the complaints about Audis are from North America? Just based on your experience, you've got terrible dealers, I mean, trying to blame you 3 months after the turbine failed. And anyone can tell you that with modern turbos you don't need to (but it would be good to) idle the car for 5 minutes before stopping. It isn't even in the manual.
Sorry for your bitter experience -- I've had 5 Audis, nothing more than a water pump or a hose.