hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,620 miles

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2006 Audi A3 electrical problems

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2006 Audi A3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 112018


  • 100,000 miles


The transmission stops working while driving ( as if it were in neutral). While driving up a bridge it just stopped working and started rolling backwards and now will not work at all.its my understanding that Audi recalled this transmission in the uk.

- Rayne, LA, USA

problem #4

Jun 282017


  • 78,800 miles
Loss of power at any time without warning the car will lose power while in motion, on a highway, just driving down a street or turning. Almost rear ended several times.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #3

Dec 212012


  • 94,000 miles
This car was purchased used - so it may have been a previous issue. However, initially, the dashboard panel indicated that there was a "right dipped headlight." Then the headlight issue would switch to the left and it would happen intermittently. For a short period of time if I toggled the headlight switch on the dashboard back and forth - the lights would go back to normal for a short period of time. However, now the issue does not resolve itself by doing this. And, on occasion in the dark - both headlights will go out completely. I have researched public forums and it seems to be a community issue with some Audi vehicles. This is a huge safety problem and someone is eventually going to get hurt or worse. Please investigate. This is a forum listing years of complaints from several Audi drivers: www.audizine.com/forum/archive/index.php/T-332613.html

- Walnut Grove, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 312009

A3 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The problem started with an intermittent right headlight tilt message. The right bulb was replaced per tsb 2013829/6 on 4/15/09 by the dealer under warranty. We have been having this problem on the left side for the past year or more. The left headlight now turns off intermittently after the dip warning light comes on. When the lights are turned off and on again, the light turns on. This is a safety issue as the left headlight shuts off randomly. We are out of warranty now and feel both headlights should have been repaired under the original tsb while the car was under warranty. The bulbs are xenon and very expensive. This problem appears to be a common problem with Audi's based on the service order and internet discussion groups.

- El Cerrito , CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 202005


  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Audi A3. The contact stated that the shade covering the sunroof failed in her vehicle. Also, the steering column had to be replaced because the horn would not function along with the turn signals. Moreover, the electrical system also had to be re-wired. She took the vehicle to the dealer each time a failure occurred and they were repaired under warranty. Most recently, the battery failed and the contact had to pay $257 for the repair. In July of 2007, she was involved in a crash; however, the air bags failed to deploy. She has spoken with the dealer many times regarding the failures. The manufacturer reimbursed her for the battery repair. The current mileage was 22,837 and failure mileage was approximately 300.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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