definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,431 miles

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2011 Audi A5 drivetrain problems

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2011 Audi A5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 262014


  • miles


This vehicle when I start in the morning feels like something is rubbing on the wheels. It maybe the wheel bearings. Also just like the other Audi owners have said this car consumes at least a quart of oil every 800 to a 1000 miles or so. I decided on this vehicle based on reputation, I've had it a year and I'm not happy. I thought this was normal. But I see its not. Please help.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 082015


  • 37,123 miles
I was moving from a stationary position and saw an error for TPMS and then an error came up as no reverse gear available - you can cotnue to drive. I can move forward not reverse and the gears move in odd number from 1 -3-5 etc. I bought this certfied preowned car over a week ago and this issue came up. The mileage on the car is 37K M so I dont know whats the issue

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 232015


  • 70,000 miles
The timing chain failed during normal operation at 70,000M. The car was maintained by the dealer according to manuf. Specs. All records are available. The Audi A5 2.0T engine is known to have a manuf defect causing high oil consumption (class action suit and settlement). The manuf. Denies any linkage to low oil and denies responsibility for the power train failure. These internal parts are designed for long-life and are not maintained on a regular basis. Failure is accused by a design defect or a manuf defect. The massive failure of the internal parts of the engine due to the failure of a part often requires wholesale replacement of the engine. Audi has refused to accept full responsibility. This failure when the car is in potion will result in loss of all power assistance to brakes and steering - subjecting the driver and passengers to potential serious injury or death.

- Southlake , TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 212015


  • 70,600 miles
March 21 my low oil light came on, as it has every couple of months from the day I bought my car. Audi always told me this was normal. I would go to the dealer every couple of months when the light came on and get a quart poured in. I've never had another issue with the car and I have serviced it perfectly at the dealership. About a month ago I got notice of the class action lawsuit for my car and it's overconsumption of oil. On March 21st when I had more oil added, we made an appointment for the oil oversconsumption problem to be fixed. That night at midnight. I started my car. Drove about a block to an intersection. Stopped at the light. And the car stopped. The timing chain broke and the engine is destroyed. A timing chain should never break. I am lucky I was not driving on the freeway when the engine failed. The oil overconsumption could definitely lead to the timing chain breaking. Audi refuses to admit this even though it is documented. There is a documented manufacturer defect in my engine for the 2011 A5S, but they refuse to cover the engine replacement. It is their fault. I was sitting on a time bomb and Audi was fully aware that this could happen and they never checked and never mentioned it to me. Now they expect me to cover the cost of a new engine when it was a manufacturer problem. It clearly states in the class action suit that the defect can lead to complete engine failure. I am over my warranty, but that should not matter. This defect existed from day one. They need to be held responsible.

- Austin, TX, USA

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