2009 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 2009

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2009 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 repairs by problem area

Engine (36%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (1%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (16%)

Other (3%)

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2009 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (18%)

$1000 - $2499 (27%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (9%)

< $100 (27%)

Chart based on 11 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Audi A4 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

14700 mi High speed shimmy in steering wheel. Remedied by road force balancing the wheels and installing updated control arms. Low speed shudder in steering wheel at parking lot speeds. Remedied by a new-style power steering hose. 
11780 mi Low speed steering shudder on slick surfaces. Power steering hoses were replaced on TSB. Problem corrected. 
7200 mi Service Recal for Faulty power steering hose 
48000 mi

US $1700
Hub bearing 
11000 mi 60 MPH steering vibration 
19000 mi

US $55
Low speed shudder and high speed vibration. Power steering hose was replaced and new control arms were installed. Four wheel balance performed. 
21700 mi After having the control arms replaced via the TSB at Audi Raleigh, the highway vibration is still there. Considered trading on a new Q5 2.0T but residual value was terrible on Q5 and trade-in value on A4 horrific. No clue what to do now! 

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2009 Audi A4 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable CVT FWD

15000 mi Power steering hose design was defective - replaced with redesigned power steering hose. 
10000 mi Got my control arms and power steering hose replaced due to vibration issues. Covered under warranty. 
25000 mi Had known issues with 2009 a4 taken care of shudder at low speed and shudder at highway speeds under warranty. Lower control arms and power steering hose replaced. Now care drives perfect, no more shudder. 
1000 mi vibration felt at highway speeds. vibration problem resolved. vehicle drives smooth. 

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2009 Audi A4 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

32860 mi The steering was very noisy when turning the wheels left and right, the dealer order the part to fix it, they said it was a known problem but I can't find the paper explaining the exact problem. 
26040 mi Low speed steering vibration Installed new power steering hose per TSB 
17360 mi Vibration in the steering when turning the wheels at idle (no speed) Power steering pump replaced 
3500 mi In-warranty tire replacement to alleviate vibration. Control arms ordered and will be installed in about a month. 
7000 mi Control arms replaced. Air conditioner exhibited strange smells. filter was wet, A/C cleaned and filter replaced by dealer. 
27000 mi car shuddered badly at slow speeds. dealer replaced a hose and it's 90% bettter 
31700 mi Steering shudder 
30700 mi Low speed stutter in steering. Hose replaced. 
41000 mi It feels like the vehicle is not driving smooth. You can feel some annoying vibration coming in to the cabin at 55+mph on smooth roads. 
25000 mi Steering vibration when turning wheel at slow speeds 
29000 mi Lower control arms (finally) replaced 
51000 mi Replace lower control arm bushings, shimmy at high speeds 
52000 mi

US $85
Low speed shudder while turning. power steering hose replaced via TSB. 
32000 mi Steering wheel shudder/judder at low speeds when backing out of a parking spot. Steering wheel vibration at highway speeds. Dealer could not duplicate the problem. This is now the 4th time the car has been in for this problem 
11000 mi Like many 2009 Audi A-4's, mine has a steering wheel vibration at 65-75 mph. Factory knows about this. (See Edmund's site). New lower control arms and bushings are on order. 
13000 mi Exactly as Edmunds described it. Vibration in steering wheel at 65-75 mph. If TTAC would spend less time worrying about General Motors, and more on nuts and bolts problems like this and ones many others are experiencing, it wouldn't be such a bad thing. 
14000 mi The lower control arms were replaced, the wheels were hard road balanced, and the car, so far at least, feels perfect. Problem appears to be resolved. 
14000 mi Shudder in steering repaired with new power steering hose as per tsb.  
7000 mi Steering wheel vibration at high speeds. Unresolved. 
6000 mi Suspension fault in dashboard. Repaired wire harness for sensors. Steering shimmy - roadforce balanced wheels as per TSB. Suspension fault. Wire harness replaced due to defective wire. Lower control arms replaced as per TSB 
1800 mi shimmy steering wheel at 60-70 mph. (two trips to dealership and the problem still exits) 
6000 mi new control arms were installed, but they do not eliminate the steering wheel vibration completely. 
26300 mi New hose is replaced to eliminate the steering wheel vibration during parking maneuver  
18000 mi Rear suspension bushing making noise 
5000 mi

US $87
Steering wheel shimmy. Re-balanced tires, but that did not solve the problem. Problem may be caused by bad bushings in front control arms. 
11800 mi replaced hose on steering pump to stop low-speed shudder 
13000 mi The shimmy was still there when I traded the A4, although the dealer had road forced balanced the wheels twice. We were at the point where he was going to request replacement control arms for the fix. 
1200 mi Steering wheel Vibrations 
18000 mi Slight vibration at low speeds from steering wheel column. Power steering hose replaced according to the TSB  

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2009 Audi A4 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

58000 mi

US $1000
Failed aftermarket front coilover - internal component failure required replacement from manufacturer. 
60000 mi

US $1200
Left tie rod end loose, causing vibration at 65-80 mph. I had both tie rods ends replaced as a precaution, $500. Right front upper control arm bushing noted to be ripped. Both sides (upper) preventatively replaced, $700. 
18000 mi low speed shudder issue resolved by replacement of power steering hose. 
33700 mi control arms replaced to resolve high speed vibration issue 
37200 mi Front wheel bearing was replaced 
57040 mi

C $500
Replaced front left bearing. front was replaced at ~50k km 

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2009 Audi A4 4dr Sedan

265-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

26000 mi replaced with new power steering hoses to eliminate low speed shudder on steering wheel 
1000 mi Terrible wheel shudder between 55-65 MPH. Steering wheel literally shook in your hands. Tried to balance tires and did nothing. Consulting with Audi on issue. 
6000 mi Steering wheel vibrates at highway speed, starts at 65-75mph and disappears or smoothens at 80mph and above. Update: I've talked to Audi about this problem and they have told me that they are redesigning a new power steering hose, available Jan 2010. 
14300 mi Control arms were replaced per TSB of high speed steering wheel shimmy, also, Power steering hose replaced per TSB of low speed steering wheel shimmy. 

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2009 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 Suspension Problems

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