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Acura RL vs. Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Acura RL or Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Acura RL and the Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Acura RL and Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Acura RL and the Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Acura RL and the Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2013 Audi A4 / S4 86 A4 / S4s, 8.5 months of data per A4 / S4, average 7800 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
21
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Audi A4 40 A4s, 8.7 months of data per A4, average 19100 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Audi S4 33 S4s, 8.6 months of data per S4, average 19700 miles42
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Audi S4 38 S4s, 10.3 months of data per S4, average 30100 miles31
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Audi A4 53 A4s, 10.0 months of data per A4, average 29500 miles32
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Audi S4 52 S4s, 9.6 months of data per S4, average 38200 miles

Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated valves and piston rings.
48
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Audi A4 48 A4s, 9.2 months of data per A4, average 43800 miles

Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated valves and piston rings.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Audi A4 3.2 26 A4 3.2s, 10.3 months of data per A4 3.2, average 41900 miles

First model year of the B8 A4. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated valves and piston rings.
49
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Audi A4 2.0T 53 A4 2.0Ts, 9.2 months of data per A4 2.0T, average 51400 miles

First model year of the B8 A4. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated valves and piston rings.
57
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Audi A4 38 A4s, 10.2 months of data per A4, average 57500 miles56
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Audi S4 / RS4   11 S4 / RS4s, 9.4 months of data per S4 / RS4, average 54300 miles

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2007 Audi A4 46 A4s, 10.1 months of data per A4, average 66200 miles65
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Audi S4 / RS4   22 S4 / RS4s, 10.4 months of data per S4 / RS4, average 57000 miles

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2006 Audi S4   19 S4s, 8.6 months of data per S4, average 69900 miles

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2006 Audi A4 67 A4s, 9.5 months of data per A4, average 88600 miles

Includes 2005.5. First model year of the B7 A4.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Audi S4   20 S4s, 9.3 months of data per S4, average 74100 miles

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2005 Audi A4   19 A4s, 8.7 months of data per A4, average 87200 miles

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2004 Audi A4 26 A4s, 9.7 months of data per A4, average 105800 miles67
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Audi S4 27 S4s, 9.1 months of data per S4, average 88800 miles122
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Audi A4 28 A4s, 8.0 months of data per A4, average 125900 miles70
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Audi S4   10 S4s, 9.2 months of data per S4, average 92000 miles

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2002 Audi A4 36 A4s, 9.6 months of data per A4, average 139500 miles

First model year of the B6 A4.
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100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Audi A4 / S4   17 A4 / S4s, 7.0 months of data per A4 / S4, average 137000 miles

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2000 Audi A4 / S4   13 A4 / S4s, 9.5 months of data per A4 / S4, average 144500 miles

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1999 Audi A4 / S4   15 A4 / S4s, 5.9 months of data per A4 / S4, average 149500 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Acura RL

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What Our Members Are Saying about Acura RL Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Acura RL: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr Sedan 300-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
High quality Honda/Acura engineering and workmanship
2004 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
It never breaks. This is my 5th Acura and none of them have had any problems.
2004 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I would put it up against any other make of car. Everyone I have owned I have put 30k plus miles on them and a few had over 150k miles when I sold them. Never had any breakdowns.
2002 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
everything
Reliability and Durability of the Acura RL: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I wonder if the car contained a time bomb that went off when the warranty expired. HVAC and audio systems required expensive repairs. Poor durability for a 4-year old car with only 27,500-miles. Acura customer service denied assistance.

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