The Audi A4 has a nicely finished interior, comfortable ride and secure handling, but it lacks the agility of other cars in this segment. Further, the engine is noisy and unrefined. Our A4 came with all-wheel drive for added foul-weather traction. The interior shows excellent attention to detail and crash test results are impressive.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2002.
Road Test

The Audi A4 has a nicely finished interior, comfortable ride and secure handling, but it lacks the agility of other cars in this segment. Further, the engine is noisy and unrefined. Our A4 came with all-wheel drive for added foul-weather traction. The interior shows excellent attention to detail and crash test results are impressive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
convertible
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (200 hp)
  • 3.2-liter V6 (255 hp)
  • 4.2-liter V8 (420 hp)
  • 4.2-liter V8 (340 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Audi A4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine stopped working completely at about 113000 miles. The dealership said this never happens. I have followed the scheduled maintenance prescribed by Audi since I purchased it new in 2008"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine required a quart of oil every 1500 miles or so. Took it to the dealer beyond the 50000-mile warranty. However, Audi agreed to replace the rings and rebuild the engine at no cost to me. Car now runs great and I am very pleased with Audi and the"

Byron H., CA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Problems with car engine from day one. Audi finally replaced engine at no charge after warranty expired because it was documented that there was ongoing issues from beginning"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"complete engine failure, will require "long block" replacement (engine, turbo, file injectors, head)"

Eric H., MD (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Oil leak. Head gasket replaced"

Terry W., IL (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"It was expensive - about $1100. Most cars do not need this at the mileage intervals prescribed by Audi"

Paul T., PA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"No problem as such - just an expensive exercise!"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"Imminent failure of engine, running on 3 cylunders. Required major engine work to v3.2L engine or last year. Getting rid of vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"We were told by the dealer that it is common for the Audi A4 to have the timing belt changed prior to 100,000 miles"

Mark T., WI (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Persistent rough idle and shaking felt whether car in park or stopped at a traffic signal. Dealer changed timing belt as part of scheduled maintence and told me that the rough idle and shaking was due to a worn lobe on the camshaft. Camshaft replaced but still have the same problem. $5,000 job which included water pump, thermostat,timing chain, et al. Same problem"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"turbo failure, needs to be replaced"

Eric H., MD (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Driver side brake light kept shorting out"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 3.2-L V6)

"lightbulb replacement"

Mitchell M., HI (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"Electrical short in driver's side rear turn signal cluster. Fixed once myself by removing the light lens and cleaning the connectors. Will have to do it all over once again to fix the Short"

Frank O., VA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bulb burned out in front left turn signal. Should've been a trivial fix, but it required removing the front grill and body work to replace the bulb"

Karl S., CO (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"Replacing the bulb in a turn signal requires removal of major body panels, which is expensive. Oh, well ... that's just the way Audi does things"

Karl S., CO (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Keyless entry

"in car programming didn't work, dealership had to reprogram the entire electrical system to add a new key"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Sensor reset required"

Mitchell M., HI (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Warning lights

"Warning lights go on for no reason - headlight"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Idler pulley bearings failed"

David R., OR (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"The idler pulley replaced 2 years ago failed again, shredded the serpentine belt, and stranded me"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Audi A4 S4 3.2-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Oil leak from motor mount and we had them replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Complicated hydraulic engine mount cost over 700 to fix"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Oil leaks

"the Avant gets about 1100 miles before needing a quart of oil...we are going to change a gasket and use a new oil "for cars that EVAPORATE oil" and see if things improve"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I had two oil leaks develop at about 100K miles. One at the OIL Filter housing. The other is assumed to be between the engine and transmission"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"This car has always consumed too much oil. Some of it is burned by the engine, some leaks to the ground and some collects around the screws that hold on the valve cover. Need to top up the oil every weekend. Just had a local repair shop replace several gaskets, most notably the valve cover gasket, to reduce leakage"

Gary W., CT (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Developed a valve cover leak. Fixed inexpensively by the dealership"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

"Air diverter ("flap") on passenger-side front seat needed adjustment in order to restore flow of heated air to footwell"

Karl S., CO (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"Fan would not work"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
A/C compressor

"air conditioner did not work"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"Blower control switch to change from defrost to other settings stopped working"

Jeffrey J., MA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan would not work"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"rattle in dashboard"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front passenger seat squeaks a bit when driving over the highway. Some unidentifiable rattling near the same seat"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T Unsure)
Air or water leaks

"Convertible roof developed a leak around a window seal. Was easily repaired by the dealership"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Can hear air from driver side window"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T Unsure)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"Motor and pump to raise/lower convertible top failed"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Stops on opening and needs a push"

Charles W., CO (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 3.2-L V6)

"Horrible design - rear window is glued to convertible top and is now simply falling out. Have attempted to repair several times but only recourse (per dealer) is to replace the entire top - $4500 at dealer, or 2600 at aftermarket place"

John S., NC (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"Window cable snapped. Window would not go back up"

Frank O., VA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Injectors had to be replaced. It is a direct injection engine and luckily I bought an extended warranty that covered the $2,000 bill"

Sami S., SK (2008 Audi A4 RS 4 4.2-L V8)

"Pressure pump and pump failed. Affected camshaft. Expensive replacement and one had to be raced a second time"

Suzanne S., MI (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Car couldn't pass smog test without adjustments from shop. Sensor continues to be a problem"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Actually it was power supply components on the engine computer's "mother board". They cost was moderately excessive, but the real issue is that those parts should not have failed in a car of this age and mileage"

Karl S., CO (2008 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Just normal failure"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After engine replacement battery died almost immediately. Was annoying as it seemed related to 3 weeks of waiting to get new engine in from Germany and the car not being driven. Audi charged us for replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Ignition switch

"I think the ignition switch failure was just due to USge"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Thermostat was stuck in open position. Lowered MPG...didn't hold temp in cold weather. $500 to fix. Would have done with timing belt at 85k miles"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"We were told to replace the water pump at the same time you change the timing belt"

Mark T., WI (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Don't know much except the fuel pump system caused the first part of the camshaft to fail"

Suzanne S., MI (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"The computer system in the car went at about 50,000 - needed replaced"

Janice P., PA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine light due to failure of Drive to Sport mode switch"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission gave out on freeway with no warning. Total rebuild at $6K"

Galen S., TX (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Premature complete transmission failure even though car is not driven hard. Thankfully the dealer replaced the transmission with a new unit from the factory even though the extended warranty had expired. Because I had consistently complained about transmission slippage many times while vehicle was under extended warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"Had to replace pipes ahead of and behind catalytic converter"

Daniel J., NY (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Muffler

"Just recently discovered a hole in muffler"

Scott K., NY (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"RAdio will occasionally stay on after key is removed. I believe it is actually a key/ACC switch problem"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Audi A4 S4 4.2-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

"On the bottom of the driver door trim, water seems to pool after washing and the area now has surface rust"

Sami S., SK (2008 Audi A4 RS 4 4.2-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"Transmission computer failed and had to be replaced. Very expensive repair"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

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