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.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Audi A4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering is electric. Total & sudden power steering failure at 33,641 miles. Drove home "manual", then had towed. Steering rack, which includes power unit, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Clicking noise from rear shock absorbers"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"We had no problem - it was a warranty recall"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The electric assisted steering became "notchy" like a volume knob that clicks from one volume level to the next. It would not let me turn the wheel to a position between the notches. After 4 trips to the dealer Audi replaced the steering rack"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermediate steering shaft replaced (under warranty) at @28000 km. Known problem as a TSB exists for it"

Edward B., ON (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"Car shakes despite alignment and new tires"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Left rear wheel bearing failed. Dealer replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a whirring sound coming from the front left wheel. The service technician diagnosed a wheel bearing problem, and said it was probably due to hitting a severe pot hole"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 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

Master cylinder

"Leaking Gasket"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Audi A4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"rear brake pads needed to be replaced and rotors cut at 42500.Front brakes are fine. Never had back brakes go bad before even up to 54000 miles. The reason given by service tech was we had a harsh winter and the salt was to blame?"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Pads went fast and squeaked way sooner than expected"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I replaced the brakes 10 months ago and the dealership just advised that my brakes were down to 10% and needed to be replaced. Again. After only 10 months"

Christi F., MA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sensor for pad wear did not work, pads wore very thin, brakes overheated multiple times before cause was diagnosed. Result: new pads, new rotors"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Parking brake

"Wiring issue with the electronic parking brake"

M H., NJ (2013 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

Display screen freezes up

"radio station indicator resets to last station on preferred list and stays there for several minutes after starting car"

Tom B., WI (2013 Audi A4 3.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The MMI has had several problems that haven't been completely fixed. The screen will occasionally stop working, sometimes requiring a restart of the car. The radio also doesn't display the radio station information system correctly. The service manag"

Thomas H., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Same issue-- sound goes out at times"

Christopher C., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"noisy reception"

Ronald R., CT (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The bluetooth and IPOD sound will go out sometimes. It requires me to turn off the car to reset the system"

Christopher C., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"The radio turns itself on every time the car starts. then on turning the radio off, it turns itself on again. Incredibly annoying"

Anonymous, NY (2013 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

"When starting the 1st to 2nd gear shift is frequently very rough. They have performed software updates but the problem still exists. They say there are no OBD codes showing a problem so there is nothing they can do to fix it"

Thomas H., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I was told by the dealer that the issues I was concerned about were a result of a AVT (automatic variable transmission) and that there was nothing wrong with the car"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi A4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gear selector or linkage

"Gear shifter suddenly became "loose." Did not feel firm. Did not guide itself into next gear. We had to carefully guide gear shifter"

Steven S., NY (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Leaking. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2013 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

"In general, it's a very good car. Coming from a BMW, it just doesn't compare. Audi's are cheaper than BMWs, but the quality is not as good either. Constant squeaking from sunroof shade. I am worried how it will sound in a few years andif other so"

Shane S., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Body rattle right side dealer unable to fix"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Breaks squeak when cold"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"metallic creaking noise when going over bumps when weather is hot"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Cooling pump failed for a minor engine coolant leak; fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Completely failed at 50,141 miles. I had to argue that it should be covered under the 50,000 mile warranty. Eventually Audi USA agreed to cover it"

Robert S., TX (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine was leaking coolant. It was found to be a faulty water pump. The water pump was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, SC (2013 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

"Fuse blew"

John P., ON (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Both HID xenon bulbs had to be replaced"

John P., ON (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"high mounted centre stop light stopped working. Repair caused issues with rear window defroster"

Anonymous, ON (2013 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

"one of the injectors when out and was covered by the warranty"

F S., TX (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Recall"

Anonymous, IL (2013 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.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Windshield cracked in garage over night with nothing striking it"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Mirrors

"Rear view mirror detached from mount. Defect in mount necessitated windshield be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2013 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

Loose interior trim or moldings

"The clip that holds the visor broke"

Anonymous, CA (2013 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died; attributed to end of life"

Anonymous, WA (2013 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

Electrical failure

"Switch for AC BROKE and neede replacing"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Rocker arm failed that damaged the cam"

Anonymous, MN (2013 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.

Engine Minor

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

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM
Apr 11 2018
A blocked pump or a short-circuited pump can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2013-2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet, A5 Sedan and Audi Q5 vehicles, 2012-2015 Audi A6 vehicles and 2013-2016 Audi A4 Sedan and A4 allroad vehicles. These vehicles, equipped with 2.0l Turbo FSI engines, have an electric coolant pump that can either become blocked with debris from the cooling system causing it to overheat or can short-circuit from moisture within the pump.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the pumps, free of charge. The recall began September 14, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi's number's for this recall is 19N3/19N4. Note: This recall is in additional to the coolant pump software update applied as a remedy under recall 17V002.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V229000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 342867
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Oct 05 2017
The melted wires can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2013-2016 Audi A5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, A4 Sedan, A4 Allroad and Q5 vehicles. Contact corrosion within the electrical connector for the auxiliary heater may cause the heater wires to overheat or melt.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the auxiliary heater and, as necessary, update the software, free of charge. The Recall began November 27, 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 80C5 and 80C6.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V622000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 216913
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM
Jan 03 2017
If the coolant pump overheats, it can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2013-2017 Audi A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 vehicles, 2013-2016 Audi Allroad and Audi A4 vehicles and 2012-2015 Audi A6 vehicles. These vehicles, equipped with 2.0l Turbo FSI engines, have an electric coolant pump that can be blocked with debris from the cooling system, resulting in the pump overheating.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will update the software so that the power supply to the coolant pump is deactivated if the pump becomes blocked with debris, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 20, 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 19M1.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V002000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 342867
AIR BAGS
Oct 24 2014
If the front air bags do not deploy in the event of a secondary impact to the front of the vehicle, there is an increased risk of occupant injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Audi A4 and S4 vehicles manufactured February 16, 2012, to October 21, 2014, and 2013-2015 Audi Allroad vehicles manufactured March 12, 2012, to October 21, 2014. Due to an improper algorithm in the air bag control module, if a crash necessitates deployment of the side air bags, a second impact to the front of the vehicle may not command the front air bags to also deploy.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and Audi dealers will update the air bag control unit software, free of charge. The recall began on November 14, 2014. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69K5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V667000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 101938
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