Audi Problems, Complaints, & Recalls

Audi’s history dates back to the early 20th century. It was founded by August Horch in 1909 after he left his first company, A. Horch & Cie. The name “Audi” is a Latin translation of Horch’s last name, which means “listen” in German. Audi gained prominence with its innovative designs and engineering, notably its introduction of left-hand drive in 1921.

The company merged with three other German car manufacturers in 1932, forming Auto Union AG, symbolized by the iconic four rings. Post World War II, the company faced various challenges but reestablished itself in the 1960s under Daimler-Benz and later Volkswagen. Today, Audi is known for its luxury vehicles and technological advancements.

Audi Common Problems

In the last 10 years, some Audi S5 models have experienced notable issues. The Audi S5 B8.5 (2010-2017) had common problems like carbon buildup, coolant leaks, water pump or thermostat failure, ignition coil failure, valve cover gasket leaks, PCV valve failure, and failed engine mounts.

The newer Audi S5 B9 (2017-2023) is generally more reliable, but there have been complaints about interior rattles and thermostat failures. The 2018 Audi S5, in particular, received the highest number of complaints on, primarily related to speaker rattles and engine problems. Maintenance costs for the Audi S5 are estimated to be higher than the average for luxury midsize cars


Seek Legal Assistance for Your Audi

If you’ve experienced one of the problems above, or something similar, you can report it directly to the NHTSA so they can compile your complaint in their database. If they receive enough complaints on the same topic, they may launch an investigation into the matter.

Report your problem with your Audi within the original warranty period and you will have the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act working in your favor. This federal law was designed to protect consumers from unethical warranty practices. If a dealership failed to fix a warrantable defect in your Audi within three or more attempts and/or your vehicle has been twenty or more cumulative days out of service, you may have a viable suit against the manufacturer for breach of warranty.

You may also have state lemon laws on your side. Like the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, these laws exist to extend extra protection to you, the consumer.

Don’t keep driving your Audi back to the dealership for repairs. Robison Lemon Law Group LLC can help you navigate both the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and lemon laws to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.

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