really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,142 miles

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2006 Audi A4 lights problems

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2006 Audi A4 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 9)

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problem #102

Mar 012011


  • 85,000 miles


My headlamps fail while driving. The headlamps, both right and left, will "dip". this will turf the lamps off. When I take it to the dealer they tell me that they can't make it happen so they can't fix it.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #101

Aug 012011

A4 6-cyl

  • miles
The left xenon hid headlights on my 2006 Audi A4 is constantly flickering and going out. You need to turn it on and off several times for it to stay on, but only for a short period of time. Very annoying and dangerous. Sometimes both headlights will go out at once, essentially limiting my visibility. As stated in other complaints filed, this is a serious safety issue and it is extremely frustrating.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #100

Aug 012008

A4 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Hid headlights go out while driving the car. Operator must shut off headlight switch and turn back on for headlight to go back on. This happened to the left headlight at 50,000 and the right at 90,000 after dealer put in a waterpump. Dealer denied responsibility, not covered under warranty price form repair >$700.

- Lowell, NC, USA

problem #99

Feb 132009

A4 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The headlights of my 2006 Audi A4 quattro has this annoying -- and dangerous -- problem: 1. the headlight flickers (sometimes the left, sometimes the right, sometimes both). 2. it then turns itself off 3. the message "left/right 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 on a dark country road 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. Last night I had to turn my headlights off and back on again ten times while driving in the rain in heavy traffic. 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. Go on the internet and do a search for "Audi dipped headlight" and you will find an infinite number of people having this very dangerous problem. Does someone have to die before the problem gets the attention it needs?

- Harpers Ferry, WV, USA

problem #98

Feb 012012


  • miles
The xenon hid headlights on my 2006 Audi A4 are constantly flickering and going out. I've tried turning them off an on several times and no luck, they continue to go out. Sometimes both headlights will go out at once, essentially limiting my visibility.this has been going on for over 20,000 miles and no solution from Audi has been given so it is essential that this issue be resolved through a recall, considering several people are experiencing the same issue. It is a serious safety issue and it is extremely frustrating.

- Williston, VT, USA

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problem #97

Oct 012011

A4 4-cyl

  • miles
Flickering headlights. Headlights flicker or fail, especially in cold weather. Numerous people on internet have complained about this same problem and the dealers charge ridiculous prices for attempts to fix it. Clearly, there is a flaw in design from Audi and also a big safety issue. Please help. Thank you.

- Grafton, MA, USA

problem #96

Jul 042011


  • miles


Left & right dipped headlight headlamp. Happens daily. It's a saftey concern when driving at night.

- Dove Canyon, CA, USA

problem #95

Jan 012011

A4 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Right headlight dipped warning from failure code. After driving initially with lights on, the right light will flicker and then turn off. If one then turns off the lights and turns it back on, the right light will reactivate. But after another 2-3 minutes the right light will flicker and fail again. This is a safety issue and Audi refuses to extend warranty on it.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #94

Mar 282009

A4 4-cyl

  • 48,300 miles
While driving with headlights on auto a warning light for left dipped headlights came on. I turned the light switch off and back on again and the warning went away. This happened every once in a while for quite some time and turning lights off and back on made the warning go away. Now the problem has progressed to the point that I lose both left or right headlight almost every time I drive the car. The failure has been one light or the other never both at the same time so far. This necessitates turning off the lights for about five seconds and then turning them on again to get both lights working again, very dangerous and disconcerting at night especially at highway speeds. The lights fail in this manner one to three times per trip before staying on the remainder of the trip. So far I have not had any success with dealership fixing the problem. I know that Audi does have knowledge of the problem because they have extended the warranty on the headlights to 4 years / 50000 miles. Unfortunately I was out of warranty on time by the time I received notice of the warranty extension. Bottom line, the dealership can't seem figure out if the problem is the lights, or the module, or the igniters. The car is not safe to drive at night, very frustrating.

- Bozeman, MT, USA

problem #93

Dec 232010

A4 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Left and right dipped light indicator even after having them reviewed and adjusted and ultimately replaced. Audi warranty would not cover the repair cost due as we were slightly over the 50000 mileage allowance. Ended up paying almost $300 for the repair. We continue to have "dipped light" problems.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #92

Nov 012010


  • 60,000 miles


Headlamp has "dipped" multiple times while driving (day and night) since I have owned the vehicle (now at 77K). There is an Audi tsb out for this issue but can never get a certified Audi dealership to fix this issue as they cannot make it happen on command when they inspect it. Not only is this a known issue but it is an issue that is a safety problem that Audi and it's affiliates do not take seriously or show determined interest in fixing.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #91

Nov 262009

A4 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Get dipped headlight signal and headlight turns off at random. Light will come back on if I turn the switch to off and then back on. This is a systemic problem as noted by many online Audi forums. It is not safe to have your headlights turn off at random.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #90

Jul 132009

A4 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
When driving with the headlights on one or both intermittently go out. A "headlight dipped" message appears on the drivers display. If you cycle the switch the problem resolves until the next incident. This problem happens at various times and sometimes not at all. Apparently Audi has no idea why or how to fix. This seems like an obvious design fault and warrants a recall-fix.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #89

Jun 162010

A4 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I was driving my Audi A4 a few nights after I purchased the car. After about two miles from my home the Audi A4 driver's side headlight started flickering and then went out (very dangerous) so I thought the light had burned out. The next morning I started the car going to look for a bulb to replace the headlight, noticed the light came on while I was in my dark garage. The light only comes back on after I turn the lights off which is also very dangerous. I live in an unincorporated area that's not well lit so I am afraid to drive this car at night. I have contacted Audi, but I haven't gotten a response. I took the A4 to an Audi dealership in denver and was told Audi doesn't know if the issue is the light itself or the ballast/igniter. I've replaced the bulb and the problem still exist so I took the A4 to several independent euro shops and got the same diagnosis, the igniter is a common problem with Audi vehicles. I am asking the ntsb to please issue a recall for this vehicle.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #88

Mar 212011

A4 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
"intermittent headlight malfunction. Over the course of a year of ownership, the headlights have malfunctioned (turned off), with no consistent cause apparent. The specific error message that appears in the driver information screen is "left (or right) 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 approx. 40 times, the headlight flickers, then goes out, but will come back on when the car is restarted or clear if the headlight is turned off then back on. It will then be fine for days or weeks at a time. It has been consistently getting more frequent and worse. At times, both headlights will turn off by themselves while driving causing a very dangerous situation and quick action to avoid injury or death. Then randomly turn back on. Multiple dealerships have 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, or ballast. Annecdotal evidence (conversational, and via internet owners' forums) suggests that the problem is widespread among a substantial portion of Audi's model range and years."

- Sandpoint, ID, USA

problem #87

Mar 212011


  • miles
Driver side headlight flickers, then fails.

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #86

Jun 242009


  • 70,000 miles
On multiple occasions over the last two years the left and right headlights go out and a "dipped headlight" warning light shows up on the dash. Turning the headlights off then back on will bring them back on momentarily until a vibration knocks them out again. It's usually one side or the other but sometimes both lights go out at the same time. No fault codes are stored when this happens.

- Oakwood, OH, USA

problem #85

Aug 182011


  • miles
The left headlight of my 2006 Audi A4 quattro regularly flickers, then turns itself off, then indicates a "left dipped headlight" along with an indicator that the light bulb has failed. This has happened on several occasions, intermittently. 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. I have taken it into the Audi dealership, and they have said that Audi knows about this problem but doesn't know how to fix it -- changing the light bulb doesn't solve the problem.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #84

Jul 292011


  • 50,000 miles
My headlights seems to be turning on and then off. Sometimes it will say " left dipped headlight " and the headlight failure picture will go up. Sometimes its " right dipped headlight ". sometimes both headlights go out. The Audi tech's. can't seem to resolve the issue and it's starting to cost me money. I feel that this is a safety issue as I don't have the visibility I should at night plus I am distracted as I have to turn the headlight switch on and off until it works.

- Edmonton, 00, USA

problem #83

Aug 062011

A4 4-cyl

  • 40,100 miles
I started the car and both headlights were flickering. I proceeded to drive down the street and they continued to flicker for approximately 1 mile causing decreased visibility.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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