Audi Lemon Law Attorneys
If you’ve brought your purchased or leased Audi in for repairs repeatedly, call 1(833) 4MY – LEMON to speak with an Audi lemon law attorney about your case for free.
The experienced trial attorneys at Wirtz Law will protect your Lemon Law rights and pursue your claim at no cost to you. Our proven success record speaks for itself.
At Wirtz Law APC, our experienced trial teams are dedicated to fighting for our clients and getting maximum damages, including civil penalties. Over the past 6 years, Wirtz Law APC has recovered more than $27,500,000 for consumers like you.
Common Audi Defects
If you’ve brought your Audi in two times or more for any of the following concerns, you may have a lemon. Call 1 (833) 4MY – LEMON to speak with an Audi lemon law attorney and get our team of experienced trial attorneys fighting on your behalf today.
The engine is the heart of the vehicle. A car can’t drive without a proper engine.
Common symptoms of engine failures include:
- Engine Control Module (ECM) warning lights on the dash
- Check engine lights
- No start, excessive cranking,
- Lack of acceleration
- Loss of power
- Stalling (most often when attempting to shift gear)
Pistons make internal combustion engines work. Pistons move to compress the air-fuel mixture within an engine’s cylinders, which rotates the crankshaft and makes the car run. Piston failures can be caused by inherently defective components, use of incorrect oil ratios, worn or damaged air filters, overheating, and air leaks.
Common symptoms of piston failures include:
- White or grey exhaust smoke
- Excessive oil consumption
- Decrease in power
- Impaired acceleration
Ignition or Spark Plug Failures
Sparks plugs ignite the air-fuel mixture within an engine’s cylinders, creating the explosion required to power to the engine. While failures can be caused by improper heat ranges or chemical contamination, the most common cause of damage to spark plugs results from improper torque instillation.
Common symptoms of a spark plug failures include:
- Slow acceleration
- Poor fuel economy
- Difficulty starting the vehicle
Exhaust System Malfunctions
The exhaust system is made up of many parts: manifolds, oxygen sensors, catalytic converters, resonators, exhaust pipes, mufflers, and tailpipes. The exhaust system controls noise, directs fumes away from passengers, improves performance and fuel consumption, and is one of the most heavily regulated systems in vehicles today.
California and Federal emissions warranties even require extended coverage of many emissions system components, even if a car’s basic warranties have expired.
Common symptoms of exhaust system failures include:
- Loud hissing sounds from the exhaust
- The smell of raw gasoline
- Decrease in power
- Lack of acceleration
- Loss of fuel efficiency
- Detached, hanging, or dragging exhaust pipe
Catalytic Converter Failure
Catalytic converters reduce the release of toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine through a redox reaction.
Common symptoms of a catalytic converter failure include:
- Poor engine performance
- Reduced acceleration
- Dark exhaust smoke
- Excessive heat underneath the vehicle
- Smell of sulfur from the exhaust
Timing Belt Wear
The timing belt synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft within internal combustion engines. Misalignment can cause premature wear.
Common symptoms of a bad timing belt include:
- Ticking noises from the engine
- Oil leaking from the front of the motor
Oil is responsible for lubricating parts of the engine, helping to absorb heat and reduce overheating due to friction. Most oil leakage is the result of degraded engine gaskets, oil pan leaks, oil seals, or bad connections.
Common symptoms of oil leakage, which can indicate a more serious problem, include:
- Dark puddles under your car
- Smoke from the engine
- Engine overheating
- The smell of burning oil.
*Note that your Audi may still be a lemon even if the issue is not listed above. Call 1 (833) 4MY – LEMON today to describe your unique issues and get a free case evaluation.
Is My Audi Model a Lemon?
Think you might have a lemon? If your Audi is on the list below and has required repeated repairs for the same issue, contact an Audi lemon law attorney at 1 (833) 4MY – LEMON.
- Audi A3
- Audi A3 Sedan
- Audi A4 Allroad
- Audi A4 Sedan
- Audi A5
- Audi A5 Cabriolet
- Audi A5 Coupe
- Audi A5 Sportback
- Audi A6
- Audi A6 Allroad
- Audi A6 Sedan
- Audi A7
- Audi A8
- Audi E-Tron
- Audi E-Tron Sportback
- Audi Q3
- Audi Q5
- Audi Q7
- Audi Q8
- Audi R5 Q8
- Audi R8
- Audi R8 Spyder
- Audi RS 3 Sedan
- Audi RS 5 Coupe
- Audi RS 5 Sportback
- Audi RS 6 Avant
- Audi RS 7
- Audi S3 Sedan
- Audi S4
- Audi S5 Cabriolet
- Audi S5 Coupe
- Audi S5 Sportback
- Audi S6
- Audi S7
- Audi S8
- Audi SQ5
- Audi SQ7
- Audi SQ8
- Audi TT
- Audi TT Coupe
- Audi TT Roadster
- Audi TT RS Coupe
- Audi TTS Coupe
*Note that your Audi may still be a lemon even if not listed above.
Notable Recent Audi Recalls
Audi A6 — Starter Generator (Safety Recall No. 27H2)
- In May 2020, Audi of America recalled more than 5,000 Audi A6s, including the 2019 and 2020 models. This recall addresses a fire risk, which drivers may first notice as a “burning or smoke odor while driving.” Audi directed consumers to park their vehicles outdoors if possible and to not wash the engine compartment until the recall could be performed. This repair requires replacement of the entire starter generator.
- According to Audi, this malfunction occurs because “moisture may enter the starter generator and lead to an electrical short circuit, which may result in smoldering or potentially a fire.”
- NHTSA’s Recall Report identifies the cause of the defect to be the plastic molding (sic) on the inverter within the starter generator. This molding (sic) may crack, breaking the seal and allowing moisture to enter.
Audi Q5 — Rear Wheel Arch Trim (Safety Recall No. 66K8)
- In October 2019, Audi of America recalled more than 174,000 Audi Q5s, including 2018, 2019, and 2020 models and the 2018 and 2019 SQ5s. The recall was the result of a faulty rear wheel arch trim piece. Drivers may notice “the edge of the wheel arch trim sticking out.” Drivers may also notice wind noise when driving.
- According to Audi, “The cover trim for the rear wheel arches may become loose. If this happens, the trim may detach completely when driving, creating a road hazard and safety risk to others on the road.” NHTSA’s Recall Report further explains that “due to dimensional and material tolerances, the clips of the rear wheel arch trim may not properly secure the trim to the chassis.”
Audi A3 — Passenger Occupant Detection System (Safety Recall No. 69Z4)
- In September 2019, Audi of America recalled more than 138,000 Audi A3s, including 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 models of the A3 Sedan, A3 Cabriolet, A3 E-Tron, RS3, and S3 Sedan. The safety recall was issued because of a faulty electrical connector that would malfunction and deactivate the front passenger-side airbag. In the event of a crash, “there would be an increased risk of injury to the occupant seated in the front passenger seat.” The problem could be identified by the lighting of the “passenger airbag off” system despite a passenger being present.
- According to Audi, the malfunction would occur because “due to a mostly temporary loose contact at the connect, the passenger occupant detection system (PODS) may detect an error and switch off the passenger airbag even though the seat may be occupied.” NHTSA’s Recall Report described the cause of the defect as due to a “widening of the plug-in contacts at the connector underneath the seat,” leading to “sporadic loose contacts and incorrect electrical contacting.”
Audi Q3 — LED Turn Signal/Body Control Module Software Noncompliant (Safety Recall No. 97DK)
- In June 2019, Audi of America recalled more than 23,000 Audi Q3s, including 2016, 2017, and 2018 models. This “compliance” recall was the result of a faulty turn signal that could malfunction at any time, and necessary because, without remedy, the regulatory requirements for the turn signal component were not met. Audi acknowledged that the fix was needed for safety reasons as well, because “loss of the turn signal function, without warning to the driver, could increase the risk of a crash.”
- According to Audi, the malfunction was the result of “an incorrect software configuration.”
Audi A8 — Fuel Pressure Damper (Safety Recall No. 20BM)
- In February 2019, Audi of America recalled more than 6,000 Audi A8s, including 2013, 2014, and 2015 models in addition to 2012, 2013, and 2014 S8 models. Drivers reported a fuel odor which indicates a faulty fuel supply line. This safety recall was issued because “leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.”
- According to Audi, the malfunction was the result of “the fuel supply line for the high-pressure fuel pump becom[ing] porous, resulting in a fuel odor or fuel leak.” As described in NHTSA’s Recall Report, the problem occurs when “the fuel supply line for the high-pressure fuel pump become[s] porous/damaged from the inside.”
I think I have a lemon. What do I do now?
Under California’s Lemon Law, if you’ve given an automaker a “reasonable number of attempts” to repair your vehicle but the problems persist, your car might qualify for repurchase or replacement. Big automakers like Audi often try to muddy the water and re-define the analysis of Lemon Law qualification to their benefit – which is why consumers should never fight the big automakers alone! Generally speaking, as few as two (2) repair opportunities can be enough for your car to qualify. Don’t rely on Audi’s evaluation of your repair history, contact the professionals at Wirtz Law today.
If you have a lemon, call 1(833) 4MY – LEMON to speak with an Audi lemon law attorney about your case for free.
At Wirtz Law APC, we are dedicated to protecting consumers from large automakers like Audi. Audi AG is a German-based luxury car manufacturer owned by the Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., does business under the fictitious name “Audi of America,” to distribute its vehicles within the United States.
Established in 1932, Audi has a long history as a preeminent global brand. Despite the lofty price tags for their vehicles, Audis deliver a plethora of problems. With more than 600 recalls on their vehicles within the last ten years, Audis are not the perfect cars their marketing teams paint them to be. The highly-publicized unintended acceleration concerns in the late 1980s and the 2015 emissions fraud scandal are only the tip of the iceberg. Audi vehicles continue to suffer from serious defects.
Over the past 6 years, Wirtz Law has recovered more than $27,500,000 for clients like you. On average, Wirtz Law APC fights for its clients in ten jury trials a year and settles many more cases at all stages of the litigation. We consistently recover more than just a buyback for our clients, recovering both actual damages and civil penalties against the automakers and distributors.
We are the firm other lawyers hire when it’s time to go to trial, and consumers hire when they want their case handled right. We are ready to fight for your rights, today!
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