hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,962 miles

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2012 Audi A7 steering problems

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2012 Audi A7 Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 122022


  • miles


As I was driving with my 4 year old daughter in the vehicle, while making a left turn my vehicle steering wheel locked or seemed to lock on me with no warning, and then the "DO NOT DRIVE VEHICLE" indicator appeared. Thank God I was able to safety steer into a driveway. Inspection is available upon request. The defect of the vehicle could have cause major bodily injuries to me and my daughter and anyone within a few feet of my vehicle. No warning signs appeared at all prior to this incident happening, this malfunction came without notice. Im very concerned with the manufacturing defect and issue on this and many Audi's vehicle that have this same issue and could possible be life threating not only for the driver but anyone. I still get anxiety when thinking of this incident and the panic that happen.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Apr 082019


  • 94,291 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Audi A7. While driving 65 mph, the steering wheel seized and the steering assist warning indicator illuminated. The contact managed to maneuver the steering wheel and drive home. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 94,291.

- Portage, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 162018


  • 170,000 miles
Takata recall, my airbag light has been on since April 2018. Audi of annapolis informed me that I have to purchase another steering wheel for $4000 to replace a faulty airbig, why" I have no horn and no air bag and I'm terrified to drive my car. I've been renting cars since April. My car is also overheating when it's idle for 10 minutes, however, when I start driving it cools down. I see recalls for other Audi models, why not the 2012 A7"

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 102018


  • 105,000 miles


While driving my 2012 Audi A7 on the highway, received numerous error messages without warning on the dashboard. The car began to lurch, stall, and drive erratically with limited driving and braking control. Situation was very unsafe and potentially life threatening. Audi dealership stated that a coolant migration defect occurred. The coolant pump valve failed internally and leaked coolant onto the wiring harness. The coolant traveled along the harness and damaged or destroyed multiple electrical components including the ECM, transmission control unit, and the harness / electrical connections. Audi has a history of coolant pump defects and has active recalls for this exact issue for other models. This model, the 2012 A7 should be added to that list as it is a known issue and technical service bulletins were sent to the dealers.

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 212017


  • 128,941 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Audi A7. The contact stated that the steering warning indicator flashed randomly. There was a sudden loss of acceleration and power each time the failure occurred. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle, which reset the code. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the manufacturer had a recall and recommended that the vehicle be serviced by a dealer. The dealer (Audi conshohocken, 610-272-9200) and the manufacturer indicated that the vehicle needed to be diagnosed to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer did not provide any recall campaigns. The failure occurred more than three times within weeks. The vehicle was not repaired yet. The approximate failure mileage was 128,941.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #1

Oct 182013

A7 6-cyl

  • 23,537 miles
October 18, 2013. Vehicle abruptly lost power steering and acceleration while traveling in the left hand lane on the at 72 miles per hour just in front of a construction zone. I was forced to cross into the right hand lane with no acceleration or power steering and bring the vehicle to a halt approximately 150 yards before the construction zone began as the right lane was closing. I was accompanied by my girlfriend. The right lane was closing with concrete K rails on both sides. This could have killed us both. Once at a full stop and in park I shut the car off. It would not restart for some time maybe 10 or fifteen minutes. I tried approximately a dozen times before it would turn on. I drove the car in to be looked it. The manufacturer designated service provider returned the car three days later unable to reproduce the problem though fault codes were registered when diagnostics were conducted. The second problem October 28, 2013. This time I was traveling by myself in town when at approximately 40 miles per hour the vehicle again, lost power steering and acceleration. I was able to coast, through a busy intersection into the gas station. I called for a tow truck and it was towed to the service provider. Again fault codes were registered under diagnostics. They had the car for 16 days and returned it as the problem could not be duplicated, though they did replace a part and said it was functioning fine. The third happened on November 17, 2013. Traveling in the left lane at approximately 75 miles per hour again the car lost power steering and acceleration identical to the previous two instances. I maneuver to the right hand lane with no power steering or acceleration. The service provider had the car for 29 days and returned as the problem could not be duplicated. Again with fault codes registered. This car is dangerous and potential fatal. It should be destroyed.

- Taylor Ridge, IL, USA

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