About Audi A4
Holding the distinction of single-handedly reviving the Audi brand, Audi A4 has been built by the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group since late 1994 as a line of compact executive cars. Originally introduced to take the place of the Audi 80, A4 now is a favorite among luxury car buyers. Competing against the Acura TLX, Volvo S60 and Jaguar XE, A4 does well in motorsport as well and has won the Australian Super Touring Championship, the Italian Superturismo Championship and Swedish Touring Car Championship season. Now, A4 is in its fifth generation.
The fourth-generation Audi A4 under B8 series was produced from October 2007 to 2015 based on the Volkswagen Group B8 (MLB/MLP) platform. Debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show as 4-door saloon/sedan and at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show as 5-door Avant (estate/wagon), A4 came in three trim levels for sedan and wagon: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. During this generation, A4 was powered by either a 2.0 L turbocharged I4 rated at 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque or a 3.2 L V6 producing 265 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque. And both engines sent power through a 6-speed manual, automatic and CVT to front wheels or Quattro all wheels. The latest A4 (B9; Typ 8W) was introduced in June 2015 as a 2016 model. The sedan is the only available body style, A4 now gets power from turbocharged 2.0 L I4 rated at 252 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque while it on Ultra sub-trim could only produce 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions to front wheels or Quattro all wheels.
Audi A4 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Thanks to its handsome, well-finished cabin, sharp handling, available Quattro all-wheel drive, tight panel gaps, high-quality materials and firm, comfortable seating, supple ride and willing performance, Audi A4 is always a great road-trip choice. But for a safe and sound ride, you had better learn about these common problems on A4:
First, according to the car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, engine failure ranks first among all other issues on Audi A4 and some drivers said that it arises when the vehicle reaches at about 50,000 miles. For most A4 owners, they know engine failure only when the vehicle is on the verge of breaking down, but this mileage is rather short, namely, you need to notice the premature engine problem. At first, the engine will send signals to you via strange sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling; if ignored, it will run roughly, suffer from misfiring, stalling, hard starting and inability to start; finally, the vehicle also loses power when accelerating and has poor gas mileage. You are supposed to inspect if the A4 spark plug, fuel pump, air filter, oil filter, oxygen sensor, valve cover gasket and throttle body gasket are working properly or not once the Check Engine Light comes on.
Second, another terrible problem on Audi A4 would be the transmission failure, which actually is not known to many drivers, especially those who have no knowledge background about working principle of automobiles. To solve it as soon as possible to avoid worse results, some professional A4 repairmen offer some recognizable and simple symptoms of this issue. Generally speaking, it often manifests as clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle, transmission fluids leaking on the ground, transmission slippage and surging, indicator not matching the gear, vehicle starting in another gear or not going into any gear at all. Normally, the A4 torque converter, transmission assembly, CV boots, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, and shift cable are often the culprits.
Performing routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts on your Audi A4 is always seen as an effective way to make sure safety and comfort. On A4, some parts such as seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter play important roles in creating safe and comfortable driving environment, but they are exposed to harsh working conditions as well. Adding them to routine maintenance list is a must.
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