hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,999 miles

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2005 Audi A4 lights problems

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2005 Audi A4 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #35

Aug 012010


  • 85,000 miles


Dipped headlight on 2005 Audi A4. Had issue with left headlight which Audi usa eventually replaced, now right headlight is doing the same and Audi refuses to repair under warranty.

- Warrington, PA, USA

problem #34

Oct 282010

A4 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Audi A4 (2005) - Audi is apparently aware of the problem with the "dipped headlights" in their vehicles, but will not offer a fix to owners. If one does an internet search you can find literally dozens of sites dedicated to this issue and people trying to get a resolution. This problem causes one or both of the hid headlights to flicker and go out while driving and repeats even when the lights are turned off and back on again. Aside from it being a safety issue, it's also causing owners in the form of driving violations, etc...and yet Audi usa refuses to address this well known issue.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #33

Oct 182010


  • 26,000 miles
I have a 2005 Audi A4 2.0T quattro avant and a 2006 Audi A4 2.0T quattro sedan. On both cars, the xenon directional low beam headlamps shut off without any warning with message "right dipped headlight." Lights come on again only after turning switch to off position, waiting ten seconds and turning them back on. Problem is intermittent but occurs every day. Audi dealers have replaced xenon bulbs, igniters and pigtail to lamps, advising that wires get very hot. Problem has not been fixed and constitutes great danger on dark roads. This has been recurrent on a regular basis for at least two years without a solution.

- Riverhead, NY, USA

problem #32

Sep 132010


  • 80,000 miles


Dipped lower right headlamp. I have had the bulb replaced at my expense because the dealer said that would be the reason for it to flicker and go on and off. This did not remedy the situation. Looking at all of the complaints a recall needs to happen.

- South Berwick , ME, USA

problem #31

Oct 052010

A4 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Just purchased a 2005.5 Audi A4. Headlight sometimes will flicker and goes out. Dashboard said dipped right headlight or dipped left headlight. I have learned that this is a common problem with this Audi and my Audi dealer is not acknowledging the problem. Over 75% have these cars have had this problems. I bought this car for my son as his first car and has been a major safety issue for me. He was restricted only can drive in the day time and also causing us a lot of inconvenience. By reporting this I hope someone will look into this matter and have Audi step up to resolve this problem before someone gets hurt. Thanks.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

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problem #30

Apr 272008


  • miles
Hello, I have a 2006 Audi A4 which has the xenon lights, they shut off about every time I drive my car at night and causes a huge driving distraction and the parts they say will fix it are very expensive and tend to not fix it at all, I had what they said fixed the problem only last for a month and they started to do the same thing again.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #29

Nov 102009


  • 45,000 miles


I have a 2005 A4 and for the past year have been getting a 'dipped headlight' warning on my dash lcd. While driving or idling, the driver's headlight will flicker & sporadically go off. My dealership said to shut off car, wait a minute, and turn car back on. This seems to temporarily fix the situation, but when you are driving and the lights go out or flicker, it's not consive to pull over and shut your car off. The dealerships will not address this under a recall as there is still not one set up. Audi is letting their loyal consumers down by putting us at risk of harm should we be driving and the lights just go out. This is a serious issue that needs immediate attention to ensure drivers are equipped with functioning equipment.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #28

Jan 012008


  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2005 Audi A4. One of my headlight constantly flickers then turns off. This problem happens in any and all situations. Cold, hot, day, night, morning, evening, raining. The only solution at the moment is to turn off the headlights for about 10 seconds then restart them. This is incredibly dangerous as it is night time. The bulbs themselves are not bad. It is an electronic module problem or something of the sort. I am an ase certified mechanic so I have diagnosed the car numerous time. The headlight system is extremely expensive and the problem seems to be widespread. One can easily find hundreds of cases on the forums by searching for "Audi flickering headlight". I believe Audi needs to recall these vehicles for the safety of the all drivers on the road. Driving at night should not involve turning off your lights and restarting them to reset the computer.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #27

Jul 212010


  • 60,346 miles
"intermittent headlight malfunction. Over the course of a year and a half of ownership, the right headlight has malfunctioned (turned off), with no consistent cause apparent. The specific error message that appears in the driver information screen is "left headlight dipped". this condition is both unsafe, and illegal - as many states will issue a traffic violation for driving with a non-functioning headlight. It has happened about 20 times, the headlight flickers, then goes out, but will come back on when the car is restarted, then be fine for weeks or months at a time. The dealership has been notified of the problem on at least 3 visits, and has claimed that everything is fine and they can not reproduce. They have suggested/guessed that it is the xenon light bulb itself, however it has checked out fine each time, and as mentioned, has functioned flawlessly after each occurrence with merely a restart of the vehicle. No parts have been repaired or replaced, however they have claimed to perform a visual inspection of the electrical connections on at least one visit. Anecdotal evidence (conversational, and via internet owners' forums) suggests that the problem is widespread among a substantial portion of Audi's model range and years 2005 Audi A4 3.2 quattro."

- Lantana, FL, USA

problem #26

Jul 012010


  • 50,000 miles
On my 2005.5 Audi A4, the driver's side headlight flickers, then the illumination terminates. This is a problem that the dealership has been made aware of, however they don't find the problem during service. The illumination flickers, causing other driver's to take their attention from the road and Focus on my vehicle. Additionally, as is a law in Illinois, I am not able to have a vehicle equipped with flashing or strobing white or blue light, which this malfunction ultimately does. Finally, the light being out, causes the roadway to be darker and thus, more difficult to see. Illinois law requires two properly functioning headlights, which I do not have.

- Huntley, IL, USA

problem #25

Jan 102010


  • 54,000 miles


Headlights flicker and shut off during driving of the vehicle. Dipped headlight error displays, and happens to both headlights evenly.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #24

Mar 052010


  • 38,000 miles
I own a 2005 Audi A4 and my headlights keep flickering and then go out. Either the right one or the left one goes out. I'll get either a left dipped headlight out or right dipped headlight out warning on the dash. It's recently been the right one going out but it started with left going out most of the time. This happens more than 50% of the time and is becoming a safety issue especially on the dark roads I travel on at night. I've already hit a deer in this car once, so this issue really concerns me, and I can't seem to get it fixed. I've notices this issue is happening to many other Audi owners in the forums and blogs I've read about it. I have taken it to the dealer but the don't get an error code and have been unable to fix it. Others have replaced the bulbs but the issue will continue after a couple of months I've noticed. Something needs to be done about this issue or at in the dealership being able to detect an error code for this. They want you to take it to them when the headlight is out and that is to inconvenient and dealerships are closed at night anyway.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #23

May 112010

A4 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I own an Audi A4 2.0T 2005.5 (B7). The driver side xenon headlights flicker intermittently and shut off. This is not a headlight bulb issue the problem is getting worse. The dealer aware of this and is not taking responsibility because of the cost. I have read of many other owners of this make and model having the same problem. This has the potential of creating an accident.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #22

May 072010

A4 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2005.5 Audi A4 with xenon lights. Both headlights flicker constantly and frequently turn off. By turning lights off and on, the bulb comes back on. It is dangerous for other drivers (flashing headlights) and for me (no headlights!). it is illegal, too. Dealerships and independent mechanics have suggested a range of repairs but no one seems to be sure without spending thousands (ballasts and bulbs) on a repair which may or may not work. Has been happening this way for years.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #21

Mar 052010


  • 35,000 miles
I will be driving my 2005.5 Audi A4 2.0T at night and randomly my headlights will start to flicker than completely fail. I have to turn them off than back on the problem will go away then it will happen again sometimes more often. The parts are ridiculously expensive so I"M putting off getting it fixed.

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

problem #20

Dec 272006


  • 14,000 miles
I own a 2005.5 Audi A4 3.2 quattro. While driving, I constantly get a error message "dipped right headlight" and the headlight flickers then shuts off. I can get the headlight to come back on only if I turn off then on the headlights again which I believe is very dangerous when driving on the highway. Took it to the dealer 3X and problem still not fixed. Based on internet chats, it seems to be a common problem many people are having which Audi has yet to find a solution to. It is an everyday safety concern.

- Palisades Park, NJ, USA

problem #19

Oct 312009


  • 55,000 miles
The left headlight of my 2006 Audi A4 quattro has this annoying -- and dangerous -- problem: 1. the left headlight flickers 2. it then turns itself off 3. the message "left dipped headlight" appears 4. the message is changed to a sign indicating that the lightbulb has failed. If I turn the light off (note: We're talking about driving at night here) and turn it back on again, the light will become normal again, for about a few minutes and then the cycle repeats itself. This problem is intermittent. It has been occurring a lot recently with the cold weather. I can't tell for sure whether it is temperature related. My Audi dealer said that Audi knows about this problem but doesn't know how to fix it -- changing the light bulb doesn't solve the problem.

- Weston, WI, USA

problem #18

Jan 152010


  • 50,000 miles
On 2005.5 Audi A4 with hid headlights, the headlights will flicker and then will turn off. Console will report "left/right headlight dipped". this is a common problem with the vehicle, however, Audi has taken no action to rectify the problem.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #17

Feb 052010


  • 63,000 miles
I currently own a 2005.5 Audi A4. My headlights constantly flicker, which is dangerous at night. I have been looking on Audi-tech forums and this seems to be a real problem with many Audi vehicles. When I first got the car, I used to get a flickering problem but the dealership fixed it by replacing the bulbs. However, I do not think it is the bulbs because the problem has apparently flared up again. Please check into this as it may be reason for a recall.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #16

Oct 012009


  • miles
Dipped headlight warning and headlights flickering. Brought to dealer for service said may need to be replaced $200-350 because they have to take entire bumper off. I am driving this car because my former 2001 A6 caught fire due to headlight panel in which there was a recall for. Car burnt to the ground on top of a mountain leavening just the frame. Audi could not have cared less, offer me a $2000 incentive for a new or used Audi/Volkswagen. After reading all of these complaints due to light flickering I am scared to drive my A4.

- South Berwick , ME, USA

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