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Acura RSX vs. Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Audi A4 / S4 21
30.7453416149% 30.7453416149% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 A4 / S4s, 8.5 months of data per A4 / S4, average 9100 miles

 

2014 Audi A4 / S4 22
28.8571428571% 28.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 A4 / S4s, 9.9 months of data per A4 / S4, average 17500 miles

 

2013 Audi A4 / S4 41
56.6666666667% 56.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  109 A4 / S4s, 9.7 months of data per A4 / S4, average 31600 miles

Refreshed for this model year.

 

2012 Audi S4 32
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 S4s, 8.9 months of data per S4, average 41000 miles
2012 Audi A4 35
41.0714285714% 41.0714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 A4s, 9.6 months of data per A4, average 46800 miles

 

2011 Audi A4 31
29.1836734694% 29.1836734694% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  39 A4s, 8.9 months of data per A4, average 60400 miles

Multiple reports of mechatronics problems with the S4's DSG transmission. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings.
2011 Audi S4 61
78.1632653061% 78.1632653061% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 S4s, 8.6 months of data per S4, average 54900 miles

Multiple reports of mechatronics problems with the S4's DSG transmission. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings.

 

2010 Audi S4 60
66.4835164835% 66.4835164835% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 S4s, 9.7 months of data per S4, average 57400 miles

Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings. Some recent reports of mechatronics repairs with the DSG transmission in the S4, but less common recently than in the past.
2010 Audi A4 64
72.3443223443% 72.3443223443% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 A4s, 9.0 months of data per A4, average 67700 miles

Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings. Some recent reports of mechatronics repairs with the DSG transmission in the S4, but less common recently than in the past.

 

2009 Audi A4 3.2 53
36.8131868132% 36.8131868132% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 A4 3.2s, 9.5 months of data per A4 3.2, average 67700 miles

First model year of the B8 A4. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings.
2009 Audi A4 2.0T 68
53.2967032967% 53.2967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 A4 2.0Ts, 9.4 months of data per A4 2.0T, average 74100 miles

First model year of the B8 A4. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings.

 

2008 Audi A4 77
63.1868131868% 63.1868131868% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 A4s, 9.2 months of data per A4, average 84500 miles
2008 Audi S4 / RS4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 S4 / RS4s, 8.3 months of data per S4 / RS4, average 73000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2007 Audi S4 / RS4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 S4 / RS4s, 9.1 months of data per S4 / RS4, average 70500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Audi A4 84
65.8441558442% 65.8441558442% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 A4s, 9.3 months of data per A4, average 92000 miles

 

2006 Audi S4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 S4s, 8.4 months of data per S4, average 94500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Audi A4 96
73.1527093596% 73.1527093596% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  65 A4s, 8.7 months of data per A4, average 111000 miles

Includes 2005.5. First model year of the B7 A4.

 

2005 Acura RSX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 RSXs, 10.8 months of data per RSX, average 105400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Audi S4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 S4s, 8.7 months of data per S4, average 86000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Audi A4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 A4s, 9.5 months of data per A4, average 120200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Audi S4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 S4s, 9.2 months of data per S4, average 83500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2004 Audi A4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 A4s, 9.7 months of data per A4, average 129900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Audi A4 100
51.8315018315% 51.8315018315% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 A4s, 8.8 months of data per A4, average 140500 miles

 

2002 Acura RSX   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 RSXs, 7.7 months of data per RSX, average 129400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Audi A4 89
43.7728937729% 43.7728937729% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 A4s, 9.2 months of data per A4, average 157800 miles

First model year of the B6 A4, very high repair frequency. S4 still B5.

 

2001 Audi A4 / S4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 A4 / S4s, 6.9 months of data per A4 / S4, average 115300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Acura RSX

Acura RSX Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 2dr Hatch 201-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I did have a problem with the 2ed and 3rd gear grinding while shifting. Acura serviced under warranty and completely resolved the problem. see full Acura RSX review
2003 2dr Hatch 200-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I have had the car for five years with no problems and very little maintenance. see full Acura RSX review
2003 2dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
In 5 yrs/145000 miles had very few problems see full Acura RSX review
2002 2dr Hatch 200-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I have 125,000 miles and NOTHING that isnt a wear item has needed to be replaced. Bulletproof car. see full Acura RSX review
2002 2dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have 180,000 miles n it. 75% highway miles see full Acura RSX review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Audi A4 / S4 / RS4

Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable CVT FWD
This Car is like a bad Girlfriend, Very Exciting, take her places, give her status, give her lots of money, Lots. And give her love, lots of Love ... and she just won't love you back. Two complete engine failures due to rings. And this car was maintained meticulously with 5w-30w Synthetic Oil . Complete engine Replacement at 89,000 miles due to piston ring failure in Cyl. #4. $9,000 Complete engine Replacement AGAIN at 116,000 due to Piston Ring Failure in Cyl. #2. This is a 2013 car. 3 years old. 2.0 Turbo Engine A new Audi crate engine is about $7,200 just for the engine. Then of course there is dealer labor and add ons. Just now quoted at $3,700 labor. You do the math. Here is the double cool part. A factory engine in a factory car has a 50,000 mile warranty. A factory engine installed by the Audi technician at an Audi Dealership, 12,000 mile warranty. If I was racing this car on the track I could accept those kinds of engine failure numbers. But I'm an "old guy" just doing average city and freeway driving. It appears I am not alone, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/9815860/German-cars-lose-out-in-reliability-survey.html Warranty Direct underwriters did the engine failure rate survey by Brand
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see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
65,000 miles and not a single problem other than routine oil changes and tires. My BMW 335i is always in the shop and is a maintenance nightmare. see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual AWD
This car is bullet-proof. End of story. The B7 A4 is the evolution of B6/B7 platform and most of the kinks are ironed out in the final years. No worries here. see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2006 4dr Sedan 255-horsepower 3.1L V6
6-speed manual AWD
So far, perfect see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Like that I can drive an Audi for 6+ years/100k+ miles and still feel safe. see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Dont walk; Run from any 4 cylinder Audi. There are many better alternatives. The engine block is solid; Everything attached to it is waiting to fail, usually with collateral damage. 5,000 USD has been spent over years 2013-2015 for service with a Audi/VW ASE INDI shop charging conservativly (due to the frequency I was forced to visit). Many interior trim pieces, while soft to the touch, are begining to seperate and fail. Sunroof rattles all the time. Power seats worked in some directions. Handy under storage seat bins were a nice addition. Timing belt service requies removal on the entire front clip, headlamps, crash bar, radiator, etc. The 2.0 also employs a timing chain on the rear of the engine driven by the exhaust camshaft (itself driven by the timing belt), which drives the intake camshaft and houses a variable valve timing unit. The chain and tensioner assy. are prone to failure after 110k and should be replaced along with the high pressure pump's cam follower. This 15-20$ follower is the achilees tendon of the entire cam-tower & pistons, I've seen the black protective coating worn away within 5k miles on my car. After the black surface coating is worn away, the cam lob begins shave the metal surface of the cam follower, dropping the metal shards into the oil flow. Fuel also mixes with the oil commonly at this pump due to seal failure inside the pump housing. Oil change intervals should not exceed 5k miles for this engine. Evap emissions system is effectively useless as the manufactorer has shipped/contiues to ship known sub-par components (leak-check pump & assy.), which causes intermittent MIL warnings and continued, pending OBD codes.Eventually, after 10-15k miles the vacuum's check control pump fails completely and requires replacement or a constant check engine lamp and lowered MPG's/hp. The faulty system will not pass an emissions inspection until replaced with a new, less broken unit from the dealer. see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2005 2dr Convertible 220-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
so far so good, but I have only had the car less than a month, too soon to tell see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2002 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual AWD
120k miles + and counting, no major issues see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable CVT FWD
This Car is like a bad Girlfriend, Very Exciting, take her places, give her status, give her lots of money,Lots. And give herlove, lots of Love ... and she just won't love you back. Two complete engine failures due to rings. And this car was maintained meticulously with 5w-30w Synthetic Oil. Complete engine Replacement at 89,000 miles due to piston ring failure in Cyl. #4. $9,000 Complete engine Replacement AGAIN at 116,000 due to Piston Ring Failure in Cyl. #2. This is a 2013 car. 3 years old. 2.0 Turbo Engine A new Audi crate engine is about $7,200 just for the engine. Then of course there is dealer labor and add ons. Just now quoted at $3,700 for labor. You do the math. If I was racing this car on the track I could accept those kinds of engine failure numbers. But I'm an "old guy" just doing average city and freeway driving. It appears, I'm not alone http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/9815860/German-cars-lose-out-in-reliability-survey.html Warranty Direct underwriters did the survey of engine failure by brand.
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see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2012 4dr Sedan supercharged 333hp 3.0L V6
7-speed automated manual AWD
Thermostat failed at 36,000 miles. Appears to be a common issue based on what I've read. see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Very expensive to fix and not with the same history of reliability as Benz. see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
My second A4 is better than the last, but I am glad I leased instead of buying. Reliability is just not world class. see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2006 4dr Sedan 340-horsepower 4.2L V8
6-speed manual AWD
Do not buy one of these used unless the timing chain pre-tensioners have been replaced. There are a lot of complaints of these breaking at 100,000 miles. Mine went at 99,100 miles and the dealer quoted me $10,000 to fix. I had to sell this car at a loss. What a waste! see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Expensive to maintain, constant repairs. 2500$ service bill (excluding oil changes) avg. per year to keep road-worthy. see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Not reliable, lots of dealer visits, see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2005 4dr Sedan 340-horsepower 4.2L V8
6-speed manual AWD
The two cars I looked at were low mileage 2005s, CPO, and both had full service history, of which there was a lot. Both cars noted cooling issues and problems with the steering system repaired under warranty. Also numerous electrical problems. see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
In the shop 10 times during last seven months. Towed 4 times because not drivable see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reputation for mechanical problems and expensive repairs see full Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 review