This version of Audi's flagship sedan scored very high in our luxury-car lineup. Its powerful engine provides effortless thrust, yet attains commendable fuel economy -- even with the standard AWD. It also handles crisply, corners eagerly and holds the road tenaciously. The sumptuous and tasteful cabin has nearly every comfort feature known.
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Recalls
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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Aug 24, 2016
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Audi A8 vehicles manufactured May 15, 2010, to May 14, 2012. The affected vehicles have a coolant valve that may leak, allowing coolant to enter the engine control module causing a loss of power or the engine to stall.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the coolant valve and inspect for coolant that has leaked through the electrical connector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2016. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
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: 16V619000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9067
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