Notes: The 3rd generation A8 got off to a slow start. Really slow, like "limp home" slow thanks to leaking antifreeze frying the engine's control modules. Thankfully the problem was recalled in September 2016.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,124 miles

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2012 Audi A8 engine problems

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2012 Audi A8 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012021


  • miles


Check Engine ON. Diagnosed as cam shaft timing chain failure

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 222019


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Audi A8. The contact's vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V619000 (engine and engine cooling). The recall repair was performed by fletcher jones Audi (1523 w North ave, Chicago, il 60642, (312) 628-4300). Two years after the repair was performed, the vehicle experienced sporadic engine leaks that caused the engine to shut off without warning. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Forest Park, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 272019

A8 8-cyl

  • 83,998 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Audi A8. While driving 45 mph, the electronic power control warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to coast the vehicle to the side of the road and powered off the engine. The vehicle was restarted after 25 minutes and towed to Audi nashville (located at 1576 mallory ln, brentwood, tn 37027, (855) 574-8043). The technician could not duplicate the failure, but informed the contact that a loose connection was found on the fuel pump control module. The vehicle was not repaired. On another occasion, while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled a second time. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer and was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 83,998.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 292018


  • 109,500 miles
I've recently had to replace both high pressure fuel pumps and cam followers at cost to myself even though Audi extended the warranty due to premature failures on several Audi. Apparently my VIN wasn't in the list. I tried calling aoa for any assistance but was told because I only own one(apparently brand loyalty means buying 2 at a time) and I bought it from an independent dealer there was nothing they could do. I get all my work done at the local Audi dealer. Since then I have also had to replace my windshield due to the seals failing and leaving me with a water fall in my car(I seen several people affected in forums). Not to mention the short in my mmi screen and tail light(some of the leds are out and the extended warranty I had refused to cover) that needs to be fixed but has to be put on hold due to my thermostat failing. I only have 113,950 miles and have been getting regular service. I have had many cars over the years and never had this many problems. Between the problems I'm having and the comments made by Audi of America this may be my first and last Audi.

- Harvest, AL, USA

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