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2013 Audi A4 / S4 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Audi Engines Suck by OverTheRoadSalesman

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Introduction

I've had two engine failures on a 2013, 3 year old A4
Requiring complete engine replacment, twice.
Oil consumption rises, until the piston rings fail."0" compression on the first engine failure in cylinder4, second engine - less than half compression in cylinder 2 - and there are no rebuilders; requires a complete engine replacement.

Reviewed: 2013 Audi A4

4dr Sedan turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable CVT FWD

Why the 2013 Audi A4?

Reliability & durability

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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Why Not the 2013 Audi A4?

Reliability & durability

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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Conclusion

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/01/audi-mini-among-those-with-highest-engine-failure-rates.html

Since this rolling trainwreck began, I've met plenty of Audi owners with increasing oil consumption problems in late model cars, not just the 2009-2011 class action lawsuit cars.

Audi and Volkswagen are putting these 2.0 Turbos into just about every car and SUV platform they have.

My advice, 1) Use the Synthetic oil but change it more than twice as often as required, every 3,000 - 5,000 miles depending on conditions

2) When the oil consumption ticks up, complain like hell, loudly and often and put it in writing to your Dealer service center everytime you go in, and get them to sign both copies, one for you, one for them. At 30,000, and 40,000 miles get a trustworthy independant shop to do a compression check both dry and wet. If cylinder compression drops and/or oil consumption continues to get worse, insist the dealer buy it back Before 45,000 miles. If the depreciated sales offer is too low, raise hell. You might then buy an extended warranty because brother you are going to need it.

Dealers like cars well before 35,000-40,000 miles. They can then sell them as pre-owned certified to some other sucker, with some Factory Warranty left on it to 50,000.

Failing that, call in news crew trucks along with the Bankers you owe money to, having them roll the Cameras and set the bastard on fire for Nat'l TV.

Actually, just forget buying the Audi in the first place and buy the Lexus IS-350 I was looking at when I bought this maintenance sink hole.


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