About Audi A5
Known for its understated and modern approach to luxury and design, Audi A5 has been built by the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group since March 2007 as a compact executive car. Originally introduced as the successor to Audi A4 convertible and Audi 90, A5 is also a member of the B-platform series of vehicles that splits from the A4 lineup. Competing against the Infiniti Q60, BMW 430, and BMW 430 Gran Coupe, A5 has been praised for its design, build quality, performance and is favorably viewed by the majority of the motoring press. Now, A5 is in its second generation.
The first-generation Audi A5 was produced from 2007 to 2016, marking Audi's return to the entry-level luxury coupe market since the Audi 80, based on the MLB/MLP platform. It was offered in three body styles, 2-door coupe (8T3), 2-door cabriolet (8F7) and 5-door hatchback coupe (8TA) and came in A5 2.0 I4 TFSI Multitronic, A5 2.0 Quattro Tiptronic and S5 Quattro S Tronic. During this generation, Audi A5 was powered by 3.2 L V6 rated at 261 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque and 2.0 L turbocharged I4 producing 208 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque and these engines sent power through 6-speed automatic and manual, 8-speed automatic transmissions to front wheels or four wheels. Current A5 was unveiled in June 2016 and it gets power from a fuel-efficient turbocharged 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder engine cranking out 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and power is sent to front wheels or four wheels through 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Audi A5 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting a standard fuel-efficient engine, Quattro all-wheel drive, refined interior and plenty of standard or optional luxury features, Audi A5 remains a solid choice as a compact executive car. However, a wise A5 owner should be aware of that as time goes by, these common problems will find the vehicle:
First, as expected, engine failure ranks first among all other issues on Audi A5 according to reliable car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com. In fact, many drivers know that when a vehicle is on the verge of breaking down, the engine is often the first part to wear and tear. However, A5 drivers complained about prematurely engine failure. It is said that when the vehicle reaches at about 50,000 miles, the engine starts to make noisy sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling; after a while, the engine will suffer from performance issues so that it will misfire, stall and even have starting issues. Before the vehicle gives up on you completely, you will also notice a decrease in power while acceleration and in fuel efficiency. Once the Check Engine Light comes on, you should know the A5 spark plug, air filter, oxygen sensors, oil filter, fuel pump, valve cover gasket, drive belt and engine control module.
Second, another tricky problem on Audi A5 would be the transmission failure. Although this issue could be serious enough to cause the drivability problem, the most serious about it is that many A5 drivers have no idea about how to diagnose and solve this problem so that they lose the best chance to solve it before it is too late. Normally, it often starts with clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle; transmission fluids leaking on the ground; indicator not matching the gear; vehicle starting in another gear or not going into any gear at all; the transmission slipping and surging; and you find difficulty in shifting gears. All these symptoms are typical and could be attributed to the A5 transmission assembly, automatic transmission shifter, automatic transmission filter, shift cable, transfer case seal and clutch fork.
Furthermore, you should also take the routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on your Audi A5 seriously. Parts like A5 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be maintained routinely considering their important roles in creating safe and comfortable driving environment.
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