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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,115 miles

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2009 Audi A4 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 262016


  • 50,000 miles


Sun roof drains on right hand side of vehicle have failed (fail to seal out external water like rain) leading to significant quantities of water entering the passenger compartment and draining into various areas of the car during any measurable rain fall. The last rain storm of about 1/3" was enough to cause the following damage. While parked overnight, some of the water pooled in the right rear body column space where the master computer for much of the car is located. The water shorted out the computer and left car inoperable, unmoveable, unusable until it was towed and replaced, this included the purchase of a new computer and its programming and the reprogramming of the car's keys. Additionally the water saturated the carpet throughout the car and the seats. The sunroof drain repair was expensive as were the computer replacement and reprogramming. Audi has settled a class action lawsuit for leaky sunroof drains for model years 2005-2008, mine is a 2009 so no luck from Audi on paying for any of it, and when I called to complain they denied any fault in the matter.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 052013

A4 4-cyl

  • 92,354 miles
The 2009 Audi A4 convertible rear window's adhesive on my car (and others, according to internet/youtube postings) is becoming detached from the top. The only choice owners have is to purchase a new convertible top. Dealers charge between $4500-$6000. Private body shops charge approx. $1600+. while researching the issue, I discovered that it is a relatively common problem with Audi convertibles, as confirmed by the Audi service rep who informed me of the issue during a service visit. If that is the case, Audi should hold the adhesive company responsible for repair, not the Audi customer. Purchasing an entirely new top is unreasonable and unfair. My request: Audi usa should issue a recall, whether the car is still under warranty or not, at no charge to its customers. Should recoup costs from the adhesive manufacturer. At the very least, customers, at the point of sale, should be warned of the possibility of the defect that happens soon after purchase.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 162013

A4 6-cyl

  • 37,991 miles
I was just parking the car and was about 5 mph and suddenly car got accelerated unintentionally to higher RPM and hit the curb and above cement wall. Even applying brakes hadn't slowed down the vehicle because it was just few feet away.

- Nashua, NH, USA

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