The Audi A4 remained highly competitive. In fact, this A4 was nearly everything a compact sports sedan should be. It has a solid, high-quality feel and the interior is exquisite. Agile handling makes it fun to drive and the ride, though quite firm, is supple and controlled. The cabin is quiet unless you ask the turbocharged four-cylinder engine to work hard.

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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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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.
NA
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
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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. FCW and AEB standard from 2017.
Road Test

The Audi A4 remained highly competitive. In fact, this A4 was nearly everything a compact sports sedan should be. It has a solid, high-quality feel and the interior is exquisite. Agile handling makes it fun to drive and the ride, though quite firm, is supple and controlled. The cabin is quiet unless you ask the turbocharged four-cylinder engine to work hard. Otherwise, it sounds civilized and the seamless eight-speed automatic transmission is terrific. Fuel economy is a very respectable 25 mpg overall, which is made more impressive, given its popular Quattro all-wheel-drive. For a punchy higher performance A4, you'd have to opt for the supercharged V6 S4.

If you want more cargo space, the Allroad is essentially a wagon version.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (211 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (333 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 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

Cylinder head

"Actually it was over pressuring the oil system so that the rings needed to be replaced. Audi finally paid for all the work"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was a known issue,but took several years to get a resolution which was a complete rebuild of the engine"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cylinder 1 gives error codes Audi says can not be fixed . They have tried a variety of solutions, none work. The next step is to open it up, which may not fix it and the engine never be the same again"

Damon N., CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Piston #1 misses all the time and Audi could not fix it. Steering pump needed replacement and now it need a qt of oil ever 1500 mi."

Damon N., CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car started going through 1 quart of oil every 400 miles. about a year ago and is still burning at that rate. The internet search indicated that his is a common problem and cost to repair is about $8000."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a class action lawsuit re: a manufacturing defect in my engine (See links below), but my vehicle didn't exceed the threshold of oil consumption in time to qualify for the free repair before the terms of the recall expired. My dealer performed the repair at cost (about 50% off the normal cost), which I found acceptable, but the problem of oil consumption persisted for years before they acknowledged the problem and performed the repair. The problem got increasingly worse, I had to add a quart of oil about every 1000 miles at the end. The vehicle has been fine since the repair (June 2019). It is now repaired, and I still enjoy the vehicle. I'm mostly annoyed that the dealer did not acknowledge and repair, under warranty, a defect they surely recognized earlier. Related info: http://casestudies.atlanticmotorcar.com/audi-engine-oil -consumption-correction/ https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/closed -settlements/57394-audi-oil-consumption-class-action -lawsuit-settlement/"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was burning oil so Audi did a ring job on it, and no problems since. It was on warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Excessive loss of oil required new rings"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"This model had a tendency to use excessive amounts of oil, and ours turned out to be one of them. I don't know all what the dealer did, but they had to pretty much rebuild the engine to fix the problem. And the problem is fixed."

Stanley J., PA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"oil consumption high -Audi replaced the piston rings"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"tremendous oil consumption. Audi rebuilt pistons and rings at no charge"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Around 100,000 kms (about 1 month after the AudiCare warranty expired) the engine oil consumption started increasing from about 1 litre per 5-7000 km to 1 litre per 3000 km. Nothing was noted by the dealership at 109,000 km servicing. When oil consumption increased to 1 litre per 1500 km (around 120,000 km and 9 months after last service), I booked another service appointment with dealership to check oil consumption issue. Four days prior to appointment, the engine failed at 120116 km. Had vehicle towed to dealership. Apparently the timing chain tensioner failed, caused piston to over-extend and damage cylinder head. Complete head & piston replacement required, including timing chain, tensioner, bearings & gaskets. As well, the turbocharger wastegate was found to be flapping in the breeze. Turbocharger replacement required. I suggested that this was very un-Audi-like and asked Audi to cover the cost of this kind of catastrophic product failure. Audi Canada offered to cover the cost of the parts however the parts don't install themselves and I was stuck with a $8,900 labor charge from the dealership, a cost that Audi has NOT reimbursed me for. I am surprised and I feel betrayed that Audi accepts no responsibility for this kind of product failure at 120,000 km. If you recall, when I last shared my Audi experience with CR, I praised the vehicle's lasting durability and lack of any issues with ownership. I do not feel that way anymore."

Norman K., AB (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Excessive oil usage, pistons replaced. Then had problem with turbo. Dealer wanted to charge 3k but Audi had extended Warranty to 7 years 70 thousand"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Excessive oil consumption. Repair included new piston rings. Problem appears to be fixed"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine had to be rebuilt in accordance to the class action lawsuit"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Constantly burning or blowing out oil. Took several visits to dealership to verify damage and initiate a repair. Dealer finally rebuilt the engine to correct a PVC error"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Audi A4 3.2 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Oil in exhaust on acceleration and adding oil very frequently. Dealer ran diagnostics and replaced the rings in the engine without charge"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Seems there is a common problem with these engines losing internal oil seal and directly adding oil to the incoming fuel mix. Got down to consuming 1 quart per 100 miles of driving. There is no option to replacing the engine other than replacing the car"

Barry F., CT (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"At about 45000 mi, Car began burning almost as much oil as gas. Initially, dealer replaced defective turbocharger. Problem persisted. After much research discovered that this was common and Audi had a little-known court settlement requiring them to repair or replace the engine in these cases. Ultimately, the engine had to be pulled and completely rebuilt - took a month. While out of regular warranty, Audi had to pick up expense. Along with other problems like failing brakes, this is the least reliable car I have ever owned."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil circulation to engine causing engine failure, also high oil consumption Engine failure at 44000 miles Audi response dealer service reports not available for life of car so no liability to them we were on our own"

Anonymous, (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine consumed oil since it was new, at a rate or ~one quart every 3-4000 miles. Audi denied that it was a real "problem", but it persisted, and worsened at ~60000 miles, to one quart every 500 miles. Audi made no attempt to repair the problem, and unbeknownst to me, a class-action suit was brought against Audi by owners also experiencing this problem, which turned out to be a defect in the engineering of the engine, and which Audi settled by rebuilding the engines of those cars involved in the suit. But they did not notify me of this settlement, and my car's engine continued to deteriorate. At my service visit in mid-2019, they determined that the engine required rebuilding, a $7500 repair; the value of the vehicle at that time was in the range of $2000, so clearly not worth repairing. I am now in the market for a replacement vehicle."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine was a problem and Audi/VW paid for 3/4 of the replacement/rebuild. We paid $3000. the other $2700 was for fuel pump, brakes, etc."

Anonymous, (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Was eating oil, so needs to put in all new pistons"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil consumption beyond manufacture specification"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car burns 3 quarts of oil per 1000 miles. this is insane. Shouldn't this be a recall to correct"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"All pistons will have to be replace due to excessive oil consumption"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"to much oil consumption"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine was burning oil. Lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs in CA and mailed all audi drivers affected. Dealership did a complete engine rebuild covered by audi"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was replace under warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine burned (or otherwise lost) oil. After testing, dealer took car in and rebuilt engine. Rebuilt enine totally failed within one week. Dealer put in new engine. With new warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"We are now subject to a class action suit where timing belts have had to be replaced at the amount of $2,400."

Timothy W., CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Timing chain failed. Fortunately it was sitting in my garage when it happened. Car would not start. Audi repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The design of the original timing chain tensioner was faulty and at 52,000 miles allowed the chain to jump a tooth on the sprockets. This caused the engine to barely run without enough torque to run faster than about 20 mph. I learned that had the chain jumped one more tooth the valves would have been destroyed so the car was towed to a shop where the chain and tensioner were replaced. A class action suit was brought against Volkswagon of America (Audi's owner) about this issue and initially we were told that we would be reimbursed for the repair work only if it was performed by an authorized dealer (I used an independent) but recently I was told that charges from an independent would be covered up to the cost of a dealer's rate. So far I haven't seen any such reimbursement even though I submitted a claim several months ago."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Replaced the turbo"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo gate valve went bad. Had to replace turbocharger"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo stopped working and cost 3,500.00 to replace"

Anonymous, GA (2011 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

Engine computer

"Check engine light problem. The car was hesitating"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The fuel injector on cylinder #2 has been misfiring. Audi has covered this under warranty, but I'm still having problems with a slight engine stutter under acceleration. The check engine light has come on 3 times in the past 6 weeks"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Faulty sensor reading"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"began running rough after 65K miles. Dealer unable to easily diagnose without $4000 commitment on my part; the problem was reading out in the computer diagnostics"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed to have carbon build up removed from engine at 60,000 miles."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Am not sure it is an oil leak, but car uses one quart of oil per 400 miles. Calls to Audi result in lame responses; Audi won't look at car without oil-change history; as we change oil ourselves, this is not possible. As a result, we would be responsible for poor engine quality and repairs to prevent this vehicle from burning oil and polluting."

Nancy B., NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear crankshaft seal"

Guy S., FL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Audi supposedly fixed high oil consumption which was up to 2 quarts every 10k. worked for about 15k miles now seems ti be using about the same. Also electronic dip stick is very unreliable showing partially full after adding quart and then days later showing full"

Mike C., VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leakage internal to the engine that caused oil in the exhaust and excessive oil consumption by the engine"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Audi doesn't think it's a problem, but I have to add engine oil every 5000 miles. Any other manufacturer would consider that an issue."

Anonymous, NH (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It started using oil and now uses a quart about every 600 miles."

Stanley J., PA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Audi A4 loses about 1 litre of oil every 1,700 km."

Anonymous, BC (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Burns A LOT of oil. About a quart every 500 miles"

Anonymous, HI (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine is burning 1 qt of oil every 700 miles. Audi not standing behind warranty to cover this known problem."

P N., UT (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My 2011 Audi A4 began burning oil in 2018 and gradually became worse to the extent I was putting in a quart a week. Repair bill to completely rebuild engine was quoted at $5000. Sold it to dealer notifying them of issue."

Anonymous, IN (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car experienced excessive oil consumption which was noted by me at the first service. The dealership changed the oil to "make sure it was at the correct level" and told me we'd see what was up at the next service. The excessive oil consumption stop"

Robert S., RI (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car was consuming oil at a rate of 1 quart per 1,000 miles. The manufacturer did not send a recall notice, but there was a class action lawsuit. The dealer removed the engine and replaced some parts (it took over a week to complete) as part of"

Doug G., NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car burns oil and when brought in to have this checked an oil leak was also identified. Still pending final testing on oil burning for potential repair under class action settlement"

Anonymous, VA (2011 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.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"BALL JOINTS NEEDED REPLACEMENT AT 80,000 KM. I NOTICED A WHINING NOISE IN THE FRONT END WHICH I NOTIFIED MY DEALER OF DURING A REGULAR OIL CHANGE"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Started making noise. I was pretty sure what it was and took it to the dealer to get it fixed. It was covered under the CPO warranty"

A H., UT (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

"Had to replace - replaced with new - replaced 4"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Audi A4 S4)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Steering pump failing, so that extremely hard to steer at slow speeds such as parking, as if it does not have power steering. I have not replaced this at $1000 due to the much bigger problem above; I do not want to put more money into this car. I am forced to replace it rather than risking a catastrophic failure with issue #1. Audi has not owned this problem, but I see for that model year it is much worse than average for Engine Major in CR reviews. Still, the car drives like a dream though"

Damon N., CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"michigan roads caused them to break"

Jeffrey B., MI (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"2 shocks have needed replacement, presumably due to age/mileage"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car Doesn't hold curves above 60mph"

Anonymous, DE (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering shaft and clockspring broke"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermediate steering shaft pivot points seized."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"This car chews through tires very quickly, causing cupping and odd tire noise. 4 sets in last 90 k miles."

Damon N., CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Front wheel bearings had to be replaced at 88k"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Both front wheel bearings required replacement this year"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Alternator

"altenator failed"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Coil

"Fuel cutoff at 3500 rpm. Presently in shop. If it isn't the coil, it just as easily could be the fuel pump"

Anonymous, HI (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Audi replaced the coil at no charge several months ago"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Coils had to be replaced - great shaking until was done. Due to oil consumption issue pistons will be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Faulty ignition coils that failed while driving. All four were replaced under manufacturer's warranty. Apparently this was a known issue"

Paul C., BC (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"replace plugs and coils"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"3rd party repair company said this was a common issue with this vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failure of ignition coils. All 4 had to be replaced at different intervals in time. Also, engine oil consumption is a current concern which is in the process of being evaluated"

Scott M., TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"ignition coils failed"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Starter

"In the last 2 weeks, the car will not turnover after short drives.It eventually (20 minutes) will start."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Occasionally backup camera will not come on or has too much interference to be useful"

Douglas C., HI (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Backup camera went out and had to be replaced, which was done under warranty"

Justin S., TX (2011 Audi A4 S4 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Cannot connect via bluetooth for playing audio (music, podcasts, etc.) from the phone - but it does work for phone calls so obviously it can connect. The connector in the glove box is audi specific and the standard cable is for an old style iPhone only (I have android). Cable is very expensive to replace and difficult to get working with non apple phones - generally I cannot use the car's systems (voice commands, steering wheel controls or console controls) to interact with the phone to say pause playback or move to the next track. I think they improved this in later models but it is a serious detriment to an otherwise very fun car to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Failure of MMI/GPS/audio system (integrated)"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Audi A4 S4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The map data are four years out of date and Audi can't provide an update"

John P., MD (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"my contacts have wee dropped and won't let them be restored"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The MMI doesn't pair well with all bluetooth phones. Causes the MMI to freeze up and lose radio station presets"

Jim H., GA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"While AM/FM reception is fine, Sirius satellite reception falls out at many locations as I drive across town. THis did not happen the first 5 or so years of the car's life"

Anonymous, TX (2011 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

12V power plug

"12 volt power plug in console will not work with our phone chargers. The one in the dash works fine with these same chargers"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Top center brake light intermittently stops working (and dashboard status lamp illuminates). On-line forums discuss this issue with A4s extensively. Audi dealership has offered to replace brakelight assembly for $270 however I will attempt to solder the apparently defective wire myself before paying for a new lamp."

Norman K., AB (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"light out indicator is intermittently displayed even though the bulb is ok"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"To change a headlight bulb you need to take it to a dealership, as the entire bumper assembly needs to be removed. It seem that the Audi deliberatly designed the car to need to be taken to a dealership for even the simplest of problems, like changing a bulb."

Alex V., CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Interior lights

"The information light on the dash fades in and out and does not consistently light all areas of the dash."

Mary C., ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Entire electrical system went down and had to be replaced; $3800. All systems including new radio, new sensors at doors, windows, moonroof, lighting, trunk release, etc."

Anonymous, (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"The car has a warning message that indicates a brake/turn signal is not properly functioning. After inspection the brake/turn signal lights are functioning properly."

Andrew R., CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"wiper sensor doesn't work well"

W A., UT (2011 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

"Stalling"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intake manifold and carbon cleaning in May 2019. Then in October 2019 the fuel injector needed to be replaced (under warranty)."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A failure in the fuel injection system caused the engine to die and the car would not re-start. This happened twice before the dealership fixed the issue. The car was at the dealership approx. 3 days the first and a week the second time"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Car stalling"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"At 10 years old and 63000 miles, the car began to chug and then die completely. Took into mechanic whoi could not diagnose the problem as it wouldn't happen when he had it. It continued to happen and I would be stranded, so had it towed to Audi, who said fuel pump was shot and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I think we replaced the fuel pump"

Anonymous, (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Pump failed while driving"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump sensor was bad and also received an indication that this was known defect"

Anonymous, TX (2011 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

Automatic climate control

"System damper controls &/or sensors faulted and prevented heater blower function at temperatures below +10 degrees F. Heater operation was usually restored after vehicle was operated for approximately 30 minutes to an hour, tuned off, and then restarted. Dealer diagnosis located the problem after 4 diagnosis attempts over 3 years and replacement of blower motor twice. Cost to repair was $4,500 despite first being reported over one year prior to end of Certified Pre-Owned extended warranty, and the multiple attempts to diagnose repair by dealer. At that time vehicle wholesale market value was $5,000 so repairs were declined."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Would not get cool in hot weather. So, it provided some A/C but not enough."

Larry R., VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Heat failed to come on during below zero conditions, quite common in Minnesota, area of primary winter use of vehicle. Three attempts to diagnose failed because failure codes were volatile and did not display until car was driven to the dealer while exhibiting the problem. Dealer replaced suspected causal components (controller [user dash module], blower motor & another item I don't recall name of,) on three more visits until system wiring harness replacement cured the problem. This was covered under CPO warranty beyond warranty period because issue was documented prior to warranty expiration date and Audi US Customer Service was informed of failure to diagnose and repair (prior to expiration date.)"

Richard J., CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Issue covered in addressing climate control issue discussed prior."

Richard J., CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Had to recharge coolant twice in 12 months."

Larry R., VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In the 5 years we've owned this car, I've had to completely recharge the cooling system twice. My impression was that this was a once-every-4-5 years need, not every 30 months."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is facing and lots of cracks in the paint."

Timothy W., CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Explained in previous section about rusting. The two appear to be related."

Anonymous, AB (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rust

"Paint peeling and rust formed on the wheel wells behind the front wheels."

Mary C., ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Our car was bumped in a parking lot by another driver, and it took more than 12 months to get their insurance to cover it, causing paint peeling and cracking. This isn't a car defect."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Approx. 140000 kms noticed paint 'bubbling' at back of front wheel wells and at rear quarter panel where top body panel joins (horizontal joint). Three weeks ago a 4 in² wafer of finish paint came off the front side panel just aft of front driver's side wheel well, exposing bare metal. On an Audi? Have not yet visited Audi's warranty manager. Soon."

Anonymous, AB (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"had to have all 4 rotors and brake pads replaced. From year 3 to year it was a dramatic change. Not understanding why the rotors went bad. The new trade pads leave tons of brake dust. The original pads left almost no brake dust at all"

Paul K., PA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Audi uses the rear electric actuated rear calipers for cruise control speed arresting which is annoying and wears rear brakes at a fast rate"

J B., ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car had sad on the lot for an extended period rusting the rotors... Caused excessive pad wear. Pads and Rotors were replaces at ~35000km"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Regular brake failure

"Experienced excessive rust on all four disc's requiring repair."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 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

Driveline vibration

"right front wheel bearing went. Made an awful racket in the car"

Marc W., MA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"Wheel bearings have failed at 50k km. Also, Spark plugs foul after very low mileage due to incomplete burn due to intake valves carboning up due to direct injection design problems"

J B., ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"The computer would sense that, due to premature wear of the timing chain tensioners, that to not damage the engine it needed to shut off the engine. Not fun at 70 mph! Occurred several times and took much trial and error to fix. Very dangerous and frustrating."

Anonymous, (2011 Audi A4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch replacement needed on a car with less that 25k miles on it, never driven by an inexperienced manual transmission driver. This compared very poorly to my previous vehicle (a VW jetta) where the clutch was fine after 80k miles, even after teaching my wife to drive manual with that vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clutch replacement just a couple weeks after 4 yr warranty (and still a few 1000 miles below warranty max. of 50,000. Audi claimed "normal wear & tear". Would not cover"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"not Audi fault, metal piece hit the transmission oil pan, need complete replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"coolant leak. car cannot be driven in this state, nor can it be refilled manually/away from the dealer. this part was an issue twice, nearly a year to the day as the prior year. thankfully one day short so covered under parts warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 Unsure Unsure)
Cooling fan

"Radiator auxiliary fan bearings went out and hit the radiator, bending some radiator fins, and also took chunks out of the fan shroud. Al 3 items were replaced under warranty"

Scott G., SC (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Water pump seal leakage. Water pump replaced"

Donald L., AK (2011 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

Air or water leaks

"Sunroof leaks during rain storms and dealer is unable to fix problem"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Car is starting to rattle a lot from the hatch area, it is the wagon - Avant"

Mike C., VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"1-2-3 upshifts were rough. Braking in traffic forced rough downshifts especially into 1st"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Not completely clear on what this means, however, the transmission light would come on as I was driving. It made terrible noises"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Audi A4)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"catalytic converter failed and alternator failes"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

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