fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,250 miles

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2013 Audi A4 electrical problems

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2013 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 052016


  • 14,000 miles


Car fails to start via the key in the ignition. You have to wiggle the key to get the ignition to start. Battery in key fob is ok as it opens and locks the car with no issue. Seems to be a software, or loose connection issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012014


  • 15,000 miles
I was loading my dogs into the car. The keys were sitting on dash because my hands were full. I had an 8 month old in the car in her car seat. As I closed the last door, the car locked with the keys and the baby inside it. I was in a fairly remote place but was able to get the fire department to get the car open and get the baby out before something tragic occurred. It happened to me once before when I was loading my car and the wind blew the last door shut. Both times the car locked immediately. The Audi dealership said that this key is supposed to lock the car after a specified period of time, 20 or 30 seconds. After researching they found they could disable the automatic locking system which they did for me. This is very dangerous as it could have been a very hot day with a child locked in the car, people need to be aware of this system and that they can lock a child or a non able bodied person or animal in a car.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Oct 122012


  • 2,000 miles
Sudden accelaration was observed several times while driving Audi A4. However, no accidents occured due to this. Audi should take a look into possible elctromechanical problems in 2013 Audi.

- Stafford, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 232012

A4 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
After 3500 miles the vehicle developed a "notchy" sensation in the steering feel that varied in intensity and would occur at random times. This notchy sensation would occur any speed above 20mph, as if switched on. When symptoms would occur there would be a heavy, notchy feeling on either side of straight steer that would take a lot of force to overcome and then once feeling like the wheel is over the notch, it would over correct making it difficult to maintain a lane. The steering wheel could not be placed in those notch positions, as if trying to drive using a click wheel. The notchiness is also felt throughout all wheel travel, not just on center, straight wheel. This makes staying on a given path difficult and unsafe. At random times steering felt so heavy that it felt like there was no power steering in maneuvers. Dealer has replaced the steering rack but the very next day the notchy steering symptoms reappeared randomly. There is no set of conditions to reproduce the problem, however turning the car off and on or turning the wheel lock to lock alleviates the symptoms. The symptoms have slowly increased in frequency since the replacement and occur at random times, especially during highway driving. This is the first year Audi has introduced electromechanical steering into their cars in the United States. This is potentially a new design flaw that has gotten through testing or a new production defect and should be investigated quickly. Many other 2013 Audi (varying models) owners have had the same issue.

- Everett, WA, USA

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