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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 Audi A4 / S4   13 A4 / S4s, 5.3 months of data per A4 / S4, average 4300 miles

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2014 Audi A4 / S4 55 A4 / S4s, 8.6 months of data per A4 / S4, average 7800 miles10
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2013 Audi A4 / S4 106 A4 / S4s, 9.4 months of data per A4 / S4, average 18800 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
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2012 Audi A4 31 A4s, 9.3 months of data per A4, average 36500 miles25
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2012 Audi S4 53 S4s, 9.6 months of data per S4, average 32100 miles57
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2011 Audi A4 43 A4s, 10.2 months of data per A4, average 46200 miles

The repair frequency for the 2010 peaked at the same level a year ago, but has improved since. Could be an end-of-warranty blip.
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2011 Audi S4 51 S4s, 10.4 months of data per S4, average 45400 miles

The repair frequency for the 2010 peaked at the same level a year ago, but has improved since. Could be an end-of-warranty blip.
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2010 Audi A4 37 A4s, 8.9 months of data per A4, average 55400 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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2010 Audi S4 57 S4s, 10.5 months of data per S4, average 54000 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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2009 Audi A4 2.0T 44 A4 2.0Ts, 9.8 months of data per A4 2.0T, average 60300 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.
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2009 Audi A4 3.2 37 A4 3.2s, 9.4 months of data per A4 3.2, average 57200 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.
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2008 Audi A4 41 A4s, 10.0 months of data per A4, average 74800 miles67
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2008 Audi S4 / RS4   10 S4 / RS4s, 11.2 months of data per S4 / RS4, average 58500 miles

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2007 Audi A4 48 A4s, 8.4 months of data per A4, average 84100 miles56
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2007 Audi S4 / RS4   19 S4 / RS4s, 10.4 months of data per S4 / RS4, average 66600 miles

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2006 Audi A4 69 A4s, 9.0 months of data per A4, average 102200 miles

Includes 2005.5. First model year of the B7 A4.
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2006 Audi S4   15 S4s, 9.1 months of data per S4, average 82600 miles

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2005 Audi A4   15 A4s, 9.1 months of data per A4, average 104500 miles

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2005 Audi S4   20 S4s, 9.8 months of data per S4, average 82300 miles

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2004 Audi A4 27 A4s, 8.5 months of data per A4, average 118600 miles126
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2004 Audi S4   20 S4s, 8.9 months of data per S4, average 96300 miles

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2003 Audi A4 25 A4s, 8.8 months of data per A4, average 137100 miles

Which might explain why this stat is lower than those for the 2002 and 2004.
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2002 Audi A4 29 A4s, 8.7 months of data per A4, average 150200 miles

First model year of the B6 A4, very high repair frequency. S4 still B5.
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2001 Audi A4 / S4   16 A4 / S4s, 8.4 months of data per A4 / S4, average 124700 miles

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2000 Audi A4 / S4   12 A4 / S4s, 8.3 months of data per A4 / S4, average 154800 miles

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Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 Reliability

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Audi A4 / S4 / RS4

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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
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 220hp 2.0L I4
8-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.
2006 4dr Sedan 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.
2006 4dr Sedan So far, perfect
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 225hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual AWD
Like that I can drive an Audi for 6+ years/100k+ miles and still feel safe.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 225hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual 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.
2005 2dr Convertible so far so good, but I have only had the car less than a month, too soon to tell
2002 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
6-speed manual AWD
120k miles + and counting, no major issues
Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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.
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 220hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Very expensive to fix and not with the same history of reliability as Benz.
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 225hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual AWD
My second A4 is better than the last, but I am glad I leased instead of buying. Reliability is just not world class.
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 225hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual AWD
Not reliable, lots of dealer visits,
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 $10,000 to fix. I had to sell this car at a loss. What a waste!
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 225hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual AWD
Expensive to maintain, constant repairs. 2500$ service bill (excluding oil changes) avg. per year to keep road-worthy.
2005 4dr Sedan In the shop 10 times during last seven months. Towed 4 times because not drivable
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.
2004 4dr Sedan Reputation for mechanical problems and expensive repairs
2003 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
6-speed manual AWD
The car is not reliable - sensors, electrics, etc.