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Audi A4 Ignition Coil Problems

Has anyone been successful in going back to Audi (or their dealers) for compensation on failed ignition coils? I just purchased a 2005 A4 and within 3 months 3 of the coils failed. The car just passed 50K miles, so the parts and labor came out of my pocket.


  • hi...just had to deal with the same problem at midnight last night on my way home...very annoying! because my vehicle now has 53K and is out of warranty, and since it was the weekend, i had to go to a non-dealer auto shop. they found the problem, parts and labor were $640. pretty scared that it was a non-dealer, but had no choice since it was saturday/sunday and had to get to work later on that same day. spoke with audi salesperson and they said it was normal wear and tear, but how could i not have any warning since the engine light did not illuminate until after the car was already running for >10min???
  • ive just bought a 1996 a4 1.9td, with the air mass meter connected it smokes and has a bad flat spot but is fine when it is disconnected just lacks a bit of power, i put a new one on and it was fine for a couple of minutes and then seemed to burn the new one out and i was left with exactly the same problem but over £100 out of pocket. anyone got any ideas please
  • I've had similar problems with my 2005 A-4...(towed twice in the last three months and three of the six coils replaced thus far). I have tried, to no avail, to have Audi replace the remaining 3 coils. It is my understanding from one of the Audi service reps that there is an ongoing issue with the coils and it tends to start after the 30000 mile servicing. I have a few more months on my 4 year warranty and only 38000 miles on the car. I guess Audi would rather pay for continued towings?? My car is currently "missing" which is how I know a coil will probably "go". I had the car in yesterday in an effort to prevent that, but they wouldn't (they say "couldn't") replace a coi until the "check engine" light comes on.
    I will never, never buy an Audi again. I hope you have better luck!!!
  • ramoncramonc Posts: 10
    BEWARE: Audi, a car company dedicated to "Truth in Engineering" cannot even get coils right. Just a winding of wires that has been around since the 1920's Audi technical experts just cannot come up with a long lasting performing coils for many of their motors leaving owners holding the expensive bag for repairs when out of guarantee.. I hop you got Bosh coils as they are a better produced car part. DO NOT OWN AN AUDI WITHOUT A GUARANTEE. It will drive you to the poor house. Audi's reputation is not as solid as they pretend it is. Eventually this will bite them in the sales department as, already, the rate of repeat buyers is low for a car company that barely sells 100,000 vehicles a year in the world's larget car market. You did well by not taking the car to an Audi dealer. Just call as ask for an estimate on coil replacement. Good luck.
  • I have an '02 A4 3.0 with 90+k miles and perfect service records. In the last year, the dealer has replaced ALL ignition coils twice (second time under parts warranty). Unfortunately, the car is acting up again just like the previous times where I lose all power on the freeway. Dealer has the car trying to figure ot out as I told them I won't take it back until they figure out the problem--not fix the symptoms. Something else must be causing this. Any ideas?
  • wuzupwuzup Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 A4 1.8T 33K miles. In the last 5 months 2 window regulators and 2 coil went bad. The car is in the shop right now. I asked them to replace all coils as there seem to be quality problem. I was told it is not possible, they can only replace failed parts. My warranty is running out in 2 months. I have owned this car for 9 months now. Had it in the shop every second moth... my other car is a Toyota with 60K miles I have never had it in the shop for other than regular maintenance.
    I wonder why a company that positions itself in the luxury category cannot make cars that are a little more reliable? These are problems with parts that have been around for a long time. Buy AUDI only with warranty... you can take mine... still have 2 months :-)
  • sdsunsdsun Posts: 13
    I have a 2005 A4 Ultrasport with aftermarket upgrades. My car has 33,000 miles and its warranty just expired two weeks ago. I had my car at Audi for maint. on the day the warranty was going to expire.

    Low and behold, two weeks later (11/02/08) i was driving home one evening and i lost power and my car started to shake. Thank god, I know people in the industry. I have a friend who has a speed shop, hooked my car up to the computer and it indicated coils 2 and 4 are bad. I love it when a car can tell you what's wrong.

    The coil replacement is easy...pop off and pop back in. The coils cost about $40.00 each. So its not that bad. I was worried that it may be something more serious.

    Its not that bad. Audi makes wonderful cars.

    As with all cars, you need to try to get to know your car, and be able to attempt to do simple repairs on it.

    Now, I know that this will be a problem in about 20,000 miles again, but is no big deal. My car takes care of me and I will take care of it. :)
  • My '06 A4 2.0T, Q just got a new igintion coil today. The car only has 18K miles, I think this beats all of the above. This happened 3 days after I got my early 25K service and 15 miles later I started the car and it started to shake violently and then the check engine light started flashing and stayed on permanently. It took my dealer all day to find the problem although the computer said there was a problem in cylinder 4 right away. Good thing its a lease, this thing is going back as soon as the lease is over. And I don't think I will be getting another Audi soon. This was my 2nd one. Love the cars, too many problems. Although, I must say service has been very good, but it gets annoying to visit the dealer every other month.
  • sdsun - Sounds like I have the same car as yours but a year older. My problem is that when I am idle, at a stop sign or light, the car's RPMs start to hiccup - every 5 seconds it goes low, car shakes and feels like its going to die, and then jumps up again to a normal idle. Looks like its going to cost me 125 bucks just to go to audi to have them diagnose the problem.

    I already had 1 ignition coil go a year ago. Is this probably another?

    If it is, my dad is a mechanic and wants to fix this himself instead of me paying an arm and a leg to have audi do it. You make it sound easy to complete yourself... Can you message me or email me the directions on how you did yours?
  • sdsunsdsun Posts: 13

    Sorry to hear about your coil problem. I would be more than happy to assist you. I have a great mechanic who works on Audi Porsche and VW. Don't go to the dealer. they are idiots.

    The coils are easy to fix. They pop in and out. So easy I could do it. Much easier than changing a tire.

    Get back to me and we can figure out how to connect.
  • I was coming back home to FL yesterday from NC. On I 95, all of a sudden my car started shaking... spent the night in georgia, next day went to Advanced Auto Parts, they did a free diagnostic computer check, and i had a Misfire cylinder, first checkd if it was the spark plug, it was good.. than checkd the ignition coil... and that was the problem... bought a new one for 37$, popped the old one out put the new one in, done. problem solved...

    at first i was worried if it was something more serious, but then i thot its most likely one of cylinders are out becuase the car can still drive but it shakes and its hard....

    finally home and the cars running better than ever.. easy fix.
  • I also have a 2005 A4 1.8T 33K miles.

    My passenger window regulator went bad -- So I brought it in to have it serviced. My warranty had JUST expired a day prior, but they were nice enough to extend it to cover the repair, as well as a 35k service.

    They fixed the window -- but whatever bonehead they had do the repair, forgot to re-attach the door latch so I could no longer open the door from the inside.

    After the holidays, as I was about to bring the car in again -- My engine suddenly won't turn-over.

    I had it towed, and was informed that the Ignition Coil #4 shorted and melted the connector. They replaced the coil and repaired the wire.

    The parts were $97, but the labor was over $500 -- Due to the fact that they had to run a system diagnosis on the car, and bypass my aftermarket stereo.

    I pitched a [non-permissible content removed] and they knocked some $$ of the labor. But here's the kicker -- I get back into my car and the passenger door STILL won't open!

  • Hello,I have an 2004 A4 1.8, with 83000 miles. My check engine light came on an I think it is an engine coil that needs to be replaced. I had one replaced about 6 months ago and i was wondering if there has been a recall on these items.
  • sdsunsdsun Posts: 13
    Are you sure you have an ignition coil that needs to be replaced? Its a $30.00 part. And on an A4 you have four of them. You didn't indicate any signs that it is an ignition coil.

    You should get your car hooked up to a computer to see what the real problem is. Depending on the error code, it may not be an ignition coil at all.
  • hi sdsun, can you send me info on how to replace ignition coil? I'm having the same problem. thanks!
  • SoloKSoloK Posts: 2
    Sorry to bother you. My daughter came home last night with all the symptoms of the ignition coil problem on our 05 A4 1.8. You mentioned it was easy to replace the coils. Could I ask for the quick repair instructions? I'm inclined to replace all 4 so as not to have to deal with this again for a while.
  • SoloKSoloK Posts: 2
    I am going to answer my own question for anyone wanting to know how to change the ignition coil. It is very easy. These instructions apply to my 05 Audi A4. Just remove the plastic engine cover by turning the three screws a quarter turn. The cover lifts off exposing the engine. You will see the wiring for the 4 cylinders. Press back on the metal tab which will release the wire from the ignition coil itself. That is the ignition coil that you're looking at. Then simply lift the ignition coil out of the cylinder where it attaches to the spark plug. It is not screwed in, so simply lift it straight out. Insert a new ignition coil - I bought some for $30 each. Reattach the wire to the new ignition coil. Replace the plastic engine cover, and you're done! Now, the problem I had was that one of the coils had actually broken off, so that the bottom half was still attached to the spark plug after I removed the top. In that case, I used a long needle nosed pliers to reach in and remove the part still attached to the spark plug. Easy enough. At the auto parts store, I also purchased an Actron CP 9125 code scanner which told me that cylinders 3 and 4 were malfunctioning. (Cylinder 1 is closest to the front of the car). The scanners can be purchased for about $60 at Amazon. The parts store soaked me for $90 but I needed it right away. Good luck - it's really easy, try it!
  • I own an 02 audi a4, and I'm constantly having problems with the ignition the car is no longer covered under warranty so i need a solution...I removed the cover from my engine and notice that the last mechanic that worked on my car put in an STI ignition coil in cylinder 1. The other three cylinders have stock coils in them..

    Does anyone know if replacing all of the stock coils with after market coils will put an end to the constant replacement of them...or atleast make them last longer...?
  • damourerdamourer Posts: 1
    Doesn't looked like they have fixed the problem yet either. I have 2008 A4 2.0T that lost the number 2 and 3 coil at about 10,000 miles. I was on the road for about 2 hours, stopped for maybe half an hour, started the car up and to my surprise the engine was running very rough at idle with a check engine light on. Gave the engine a little gas (about 2,000 rpm) and when it dropped back to idle the engine was running fine again but the check engine light remained on. Drove it about 550 miles down the interstate at 70-90 mph mph and around town over the weekend (check engine light went away within 10 minutes of the idle returning to normal) waiting for the dealership to open up the following week with no notable power loss.
  • Hello Folks,

    The Break down:
    My Audi A4 1.8T 2004 started shaking and slowed down my way back from work.
    I pulled over and called Audi Dealership they told me to tow the car to service center right away and not to try to drive it further.

    As expected one of the 4 ignition coils was misfiring (I could also smell gasoline from my car's exhaust). I had extended warranty on my Audi so the diagnostic/labor/repair was covered and i only had to pay some deductible. I did that but i had read online in different forums that if one coil goes out other will follow within a month and I also got similar feedback from service manager at Audi dealership.

    Repair and expenses
    So i paid for 1/2 hour extra labor and for rest of the coil from my pocket as warranty would only for cost associated with the replacement of bad one.
    All in all it cost me around $240 (Includes 3 addition coils($36 a piece), 1/2 hour labor and extended warranty deductible)

    Thanks for reading, hope it helps.
  • Seems like VW and Audi still has a design defect if these coils are going bad in other year models and before 100,000 miles. Generally speaking for all car manufacturers, there is an individual coil for each cylinder mounted directly on top of the spark plug. This design completely eliminates the high tension spark plug wires for even better reliability. Most of these systems are designed to last over 100,000 miles, which cuts down on maintenance costs. I have an '04 A4 Quattro 1.8L Turbo and one of my coils shorted out and my car sputtered and check engine light flashed just like everyone else is saying. This happened at 62,000. The labor was covered under warranty to replace all of them, but I had to pay for the parts which was around $36 each coil. Including the towing, it was a $357 total...this after I had just had it in for 60k service last week. I think it is a good idea for car owners to chat and compare - so thanks to anyone who takes the time to do this. This might be the only way we can keep the manufacturers in check.
  • jkm808jkm808 Posts: 1
    First off--thanks to everyone who posted their experiences here. It's been helpful in understanding my situation with 2005 A4 1.8T. In my continued research I discovered that Audi has announced a voluntary recall of some 2001-2007 Audis for ignition coil issues. The great news for many of you is that you may be able to recoup the money you've spent on replacing coils if your vehicle is one of the affected models! :shades: Here are all the details: ffected_vehicles.html#source= lls_campaigns/ignition_coil.html&container=page
  • Hey, I've been in the other forum for Maint and Repairs. Just saw this thread here. My 4th coil pack in ten months failed yesterday; took my Audi in today (A4 2005 1.8 Quattro). Yes, I was told there is a recall pending for my Audi. And they have an "exception" to do the fix in advance if people come in w/ failed coils. So, allegedly, they replaced all my suspect coils under the original warranty, long since expired. Nothing out of pocket. Woo Hoo! (As a rule of thumb, if a certain car part gets its own discussion thread on Edmunds, they should probably issue a recall.) ;)

  • I just got a notice that I am suppose to take my car in for an ignition coil inspection two days before I am going on a road trip. My local audi dealer knows nothing about it and says don't worry about it. Have any Q7 owners had ignition coils fail yet?
  • Ok there is a re-call on the ignition coils for fost of all A4's . Free of charge.
  • This could be a really stupid question, but is it okay to drive once this ignition coil problem has reared its ugly head? I was 5 minutes on the road in my A4 today and it became hard to shift and the engine felt like it was seizing. I pulled over and the car was running very rough in neutral. The engine light came on. My question is if it's bad for the car to drive it to the dealership, or if it's better to have it towed. :confuse: Thanks for all the helpful info in this forum. I was afraid there was something terribly wrong, but this seems to be a common issue (hence the recall). Thanks!
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Are there still problems in new A4s? For the first time ever I took interest in an Audi, and in an A4, and I read these things :blush:
  • Aldi is now making a recall and will fix the ignition coil problem or reimburse you if you had the fixed already.
  • I want to buy a used Audi.I have owned Nissan ,ford ect..I am a Vehicle tech in the Forces. What is up with the coil proplem that I keep reading? I have had only one coil go on a car in my whole life and I am 50.Why do the coils fail every few months on the A 4, I want to buy 2002-2006?Can you buy a coil that will last for years?It still does not make sence?
  • mm2010mm2010 Posts: 1
    I bought a used 2006 A4 with about 25,000 miles on it. As soon as the warranty finished I have had problems with the first being the intake camshaft. Supposedly it was manufactured with a soft metal and wears over time and impacts the fuel pump and the pressure. Costly repair!! Once it was repaired the vehicle ran rough and the engine light came on and then started flashing. At first the dealer thought it was the coil but it took a few days to figure out the real problem...valve problems that cause the misfiring. Cost to repair quoted at $5,000!!!
    This was my first Audi and will be my last. Every car manufacturer has issues but the real test is how the manufacturer deals with the issues and their attitude. Audi's attitude is that it is your problem to figure out and they avoid dealing with you. And to add insult to injury the dealerships have the same attitude... like they are doing you a favor by servicing your vehicle. Give me a break!!
    I am done with Audi. I will go back to BMW.
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