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Audi Quality

tgteich tgteich
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 01/07
Posted: 01/31/07
07:35 PM

I have had 2 Audis and have had a lot of repair problems.  The last was an A6 I had for 4 years.  I have heard that about two years ago sales fell off and Audi hired a Daimler-Chrysler person to improve quality.  As nearly as I can determine, about every 3rd Audi has lots of problems.  Does anyone know if build quality has improved?  

docdoc docdoc
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 04/07
Posted: 04/20/07
06:42 AM

I too have had two Audi's,one of which was the first TT. That was a disaster. I adored the TT in spite of the four tows that were required in the two years I had the car, but I finally got tired of being stranded on the road. Audi was unfailingly ready to fix things (totally replaced the dash, the sound system, the transmission, and the heating/cooling system, and always provided a lovely Audi to drive while mine was being fixed) but it got old. The other was a 5000S diesel back in the days when diesel was a big pain. It was a fine car, except for the problems inherent in diesels. Now I have just purchased an A3, and it reminds me of why I loved the TT. I fervently hope that it's problem-free (don't we all), and I believe that it will be or I wouldn't have bought it, but we will see. According to all the reviews I found, reliability is average, and customer satisfaction with the A3 is outstanding.  

shepsan shepsan
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 05/07
Posted: 05/18/07
01:45 PM

We don't learn quickly, do we?  I too owned two Audi's.  Each was beset with mechanical failures.

Although on paper the body designs, engine specs and interior ambiance really appeals to me, the extremely poor reliability of these machines keep me from even considering them again for purchase.

In fact, my opinion of the other two major German builders, MB and BMW, has diminished with my also having reliability issues with each model I have owned.

The German mystic is, in my opinion, simply good advertising.  The cost of a quality German luxury sedan is much too high when compared to the prices asked by Acura, Infiniti and Lexus.  My experience owning cars by these Japanese makers has been excellent.  They have been reiable, comfortable and outstanding perfomers.

It is a shame that the high degree of quality that once was a mark of German autombile makering seems to have beomce a thing of the past.

What I want in a high-end car is to be able to drive it each day and not simply wait for the shop to repair it.  

tiredof tiredof
New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 12/01/07
10:42 PM

I sell Audi-BMW-Porsche automobiles . The quality of Audi and that of BMW needs to be improved . Porsche is far from perfect but they are better that all other German cars . I have owned many cars over the years including many Japanese and German brands . I enjoy driving the German cars , I prefer owning the Japenese cars . My fear regarding the quality issues of German cars is that they  will not improve but in fact may get worse as our dollar continues to fall . I consider myself a well liked , knowledgeable salesperson with a great client base . When I meet a new - potential customer for the first time I take pains in pointing out both the good and bad of German cars . I present the facts as I know them and the consumer is better able to make a decision .  

hammatime hammatime
Enthusiast | Posts: 303 | Joined: 02/07
Posted: 12/10/07
06:16 PM

As much as it bites me in the ass to say this,you are not there to inform the customer-you are there to sell whatever car it is you're selling.

If you have this much concern for the quality of the cars you are selling then you might want to go sell Infinity's and Lexus's.

Sadly,German cars of all makes are suffering from the effects of the 'making them at the lowest cost' process.

Cost cutting and no concern for the history of the brand is destroying the German car market.

Soon,they will be buying Korean built 'German cars',rebadging them and selling them worldwide as German.

I heard about Audi reliability problems ten years ago and now alot of  BMW's and Mercedes having them too.

Really sad.

They will drive the customers to the Japanese makes.  

tiredof1 tiredof1
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 12/10/07
09:15 PM

Hammatime ,

You are entitled to your opinion , I do not think you are correct . I work hard , I am honest and most of the time I am rewarded for it . I think being informative is an important part of my job . I am not there "just to sell" I am there to promote the products that I represent and to build relationships with my customer base .  

edward.larson edward.larson
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/03/08
02:51 PM

Audi has done an incredible job with the look of this car.  In terms of build quality I will always think German engineers are top notch.  Every car maker puts out the occasional lemon, but I've yet to own or drive a German automobile that registered a complaint for me, and that includes Audi's A6.  There's been a lot of hub-bub around this car lately and I saw a good interview with an Audi brand specialist that explains a lot about the R8 and it's design and build ( ).  

seabreez seabreez
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/14/08
03:22 PM

The Audi today cannot be compared to an Audi of even 10 years ago.  All cars in fact have significantly improved their vehicles in terms of quality.  Although I am a TT owner, I can tell you that I will never purchase an automatic TT (s-tronic) they are trying to push here in the USA.  In fact, I do not know any TT owner that would purchase the new TT.  Audi removed most of the great features to make it a vanilla sports car.  Too bad.  

My only true complaint with Audi is the sound and navigation systems.  Compared to Japan, they are an embarrassment.  

seabreez seabreez
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/14/08
03:29 PM

I guess you know that in the rest of the civilized world, the A3 is available with Bluetec, which gets well over 50 mpg.  Once again, this is an excellent example of Audi not understanding their market here in the USA.  

car0397 car0397
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/15/08
07:02 PM

I have owned three Audis and have not had overwhelming trouble with any of them. The only problem I had was with the compressor on my 1993 90CS, with my 1999 A6 no trouble at all and now with my 2001 A8L I just drive and drive. And as far as navigation, Audi's is twice as good as the navigation in my 2003 CLK convertible.

Thanks for the site, it's a great one.  

bigfelix bigfelix
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/17/08
01:19 PM

I'm now on my 7th Audi, in a history that includes the following:  1974 100LS, 1980 80GLS (UK car), 1982 4000, 1985 Coupe GT, 1989 90 Quattro, 1992 100S, and 1999 A6 Quattro (still my daily driver).  Except for the '74 100LS and '85 GT, all have been exceptionally reliable.  Maybe the quality has been deteriorating during the latest decade.  Pity, as I've recently started thinking about which Audi to get next...  

MS.m MS.m
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/17/08
03:57 PM

I am having a hard time believing these post are actual audi customers. My family - Including my parents have been long term audi owners with an occasional Cadillac and Bmw. We have had mild issues with most of the vehicles but nothing out of the ordinary and the Audis tend to have fewer major issues and fewer visits to the shop. I currently own an Q7 and a 2008 TT and would not even consider any other brand  at this point. My family has met many many other  Audi groups and even toured with these groups from time to time. The cars have always been the best option when you are looking for something a little more comfortable and unique over other German brands. I regularly use the TT on  snowy  country roads in England with my son in tow and we have lots of fun and I have a calm mind knowing it is Awd. I believe many of these so called Audi owners are nothing more than goonies that are paid to create negative rumors and fear about Audi. It is a shame because they have always served my family well and the cars have become the new benchmark with many others trying to keep up.  

ronbros ronbros
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/23/08
01:47 PM

I would take an R8,TDI, even with all its(socalled) problems ,im retired, and got time on my hands,R8,TDI OHHYEAH!!  

dieselrules dieselrules
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/27/08
03:24 PM

Our first audi was a '98 A6 wagon with almost 170,000 miles on it.  Awesome car, as solid as a tenk, and never a problem.
Next was a 2001 A6 wagon from Utah with only 114,000 miles on it. We put Eibach springs ans struts on it, and 17" S6 5-spoke alloys.  My wife LOVES that car.  We drive it >2000 miles back east each summer.
I bought a 2000 A6 2.7t 6-spd with 165,000 miles on it. Replaced the worn out front suspension, Eibach springs, Koni shocks.
There is hardly any new car in a showroom that matches this car for luxury, performance, and understated elegance.

HINT: Any problems with a new car will be handled before the warantee expires.  Buy a Benz or Audi that's 5 years old and you can find one under $10k.  These cars are built to last 400-500,000 miles and they will!  

Rainbowman18 Rainbowman18
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/31/08
01:17 AM

Icon Quoteseabreez:
The Audi today cannot be compared to an Audi of even 10 years ago.  All cars in fact have significantly improved their vehicles in terms of quality.  Although I am a TT owner, I can tell you that I will never purchase an automatic TT (s-tronic) they are trying to push here in the USA.  In fact, I do not know any TT owner that would purchase the new TT.  Audi removed most of the great features to make it a vanilla sports car.  Too bad.  

My only true complaint with Audi is the sound and navigation systems.  Compared to Japan, they are an embarrassment.

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SeaBreez: I am a 2008 TT owner also, a 2.0 Turbo roadster, and would not purchase anything but the
S-tronic transmission. We have lots of traffic here in southern Florida and I just am smitten with the way this tranny performs... .2 second shifts up or down, RPM blipping, and a couple different shifting patterns with properly-placed paddles.

I already flashed the ECU(APR)and added a Neuspeed cold air intake with a metallic Blitz filter. In the lighting department, I changed out the clear DRl's and put in amber bulbs and my fog lights are now HID. The car is now a rocket, especially in sport mode and on cooler days. The car gets 25 to 30 MPG and is a technical and design tour de force.

My next upgrade will come shortly; a downpipe and catback GLH twin-tipped dual exhausts and a stage
two ECU flash, good for another 25 HP. I leased the car as a project car and plan to do other upgrades to bring HP levels into the 325 to 350 range... easy to do on this engine.

This is my third Audi. I had a 2002 A4, and the only problem was the faulty ignition coils, which was handled in fine style by my dealership, in conjunction with Audi.

My second Audi is a 2006 A6 for the wife, with 38,000 miles on it and nary a problem in that time period.

My third is presently the TT, which I do not expect any problems with.

I do not know where all the negative comments are coming from about reliability, but as it stands now, with Audi experiencing a design and technical renaissance, I plan on staying with the marque
for a long time.

In closing, I would state that I have had some nice rides in the past, I'm 57 years young, and I never received the attention and positive unsolicited responses that the new TT garners from people of all ages and walks of life.

So all you detractors of the brand, put that in your bong and smoke it.

Grin  Grin  Tongue  Grin  Grin  

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