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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2013 Audi A7 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2013 Audi A7 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 082013


  • 14,000 miles


While rolling to a stop at a left hand turn signal automatic gas saver feature turned vehicle off or defaulted prior to the vehicle coming to a complete halt. Automatic gas saver feature turns engine off at a stop to save idling emissions and fuel consumption. Vehicle froze, brakes were hard, steering locked and car very slowly rolled into vehicle in front. Air bags did not deploy possibly because vehicle was completely off. This happened three times in 22,000 miles only when the automatic gas saver feature is on. The first time no fault message/code was noted due to panic. The second and third times a fault code/message displayed on the dash stating "key not recognized". this could or could not be related. Batteries in key fob are strong/functional.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 052014

A7 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
While attempting to parallel park, the car jumped without warning and crashed into a brand new hearse in front of a mortuary. Applied the gas pedal once with no response, applied again with a surprise surge of the car and crashed into the hearse causing extensive damage to both vehicles. I have made at least 3 inquiries of the dealer since owning the car concerning the surging. I was given three different answers, ranging from using both feet (brake and gas), faulty rug design, and something to do with the computer/electric system. As I am not an electrician, I didn't understand the reasons. I feel this car is a potential terrible accident to happen and am, frankly, afraid for my lady and myself to drive the car, as much as we really like it. I am convinced that the accident is not the driver's fault, but rests solely with a defect, or bad design, in the system that causes intermittent surging with this car. I would like absolution from insurance liability in this accident, as I don't feel the accident could be avoided due to the intermittent problem with surging.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #1

May 122014


  • 20,000 miles
In summary, in December, 2013, the referenced 2013 Audi A7 received a diagnosis for malfunctioning homelink, malfunctioning electric seat belt tensioner (Audi pre-sense), navigation system errors and related items. On May 12, 2014 the vehicle was dropped off at Audi orland park, Illinois, for such repairs. On May 19, 2014, upon information and belief, homelink electronic module had been replaced. However, upon replacement, a new, systemic problem arose, that is, replacement of the 5F module became required due to risks the 5F module will fail upon reprogramming. As of May 19, 2014, despite replacement of homelink electronic module, no repair had been accomplished. A particularly troubling matter is that the 5F module required programming which, in the past, had caused 5F module failures in other Audi vehicles. Thus, one apparently minor failure (in this case, homelink) can lead to systemic failure in various Audi models. A systemic failure due to 5F module defective design and defective programming is unsafe and legally unacceptable.

- Monee, IL, USA

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