How Long Do Audi A4 Last? (Explained)

The A4 is Audi’s popular entry level luxury sedan. Launched in 2002, the A4 has continually improved, and is now a well rounded car that stands out for its flashiness in the luxury small car market.

However, before buying one, it’s important to know what kind of life expectancy an Audi A4 has.

So, how long does an Audi A4 Last?

With proper care and maintenance, an Audi A4 should last at least 150,000 to 200,000 miles. If you were to drive the average of 13,500 miles a year, a new A4 should last between 10 to 15 years. However, there are many reports of A4’s lasting much longer than this.

Continue reading to find out how reliable the Audi A4 is, if it’s expensive to maintain, and what years you should avoid buying second hand.

How Many Miles Does An Audi A4 Last?

An Audi A4 should be able to last between 150,000 to 200,000 miles if taken care of properly.

However, there are numerous reports of Audi A4 still running well after the 200,000 mile mark. It all comes down to ownership.

If you want your A4 to last a long time, you need to stay on top of maintenance.

Keep the tires at the right pressure, change oil regularly, change filters and follow the maintenance schedule in the car’s manual.

Aggressive driving can also impact a car’s life expectancy, so try to drive mindfully.

If you’re buying a used Audi a4, then make sure that the previous owner was a careful driver and kept the car well maintained.

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Does The Audi A4 Hold Its Value?

Audis are usually known for holding their value well.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the Audi A4.

According to an Iseecars study, the Audi A4 is the 6th highest depreciating car under $50,000.

You can expect a new Audi A4 to depreciate by a whopping 64.4% after 5 years of ownership.

However, compared to other luxury cars, the A4’s depreciation rate doesn’t look that bad (see table below)

CarAverage 5 Year Depreciation
Audi A464.4%
BMW 3 Series65.7%
Volvo S6067.8%
Mercedes-Benz S Class67.1%

Luxury vehicles like the Audi A4 tend to depreciate at a faster rate than other vehicles.

The main reason for this is that they are becoming less popular and are expensive to buy new, which means that the cost has to come down much more to make them attractive to the second hand market.

This is bad news if you’re thinking of buying a new A4, but great news if you’re thinking of buying a second hand A4, as you’ll get excellent value for money.

Is The Audi A4 A Reliable Car?

Even though Audi is usually known for its solid engineering skills, the A4 has got a surprisingly mixed record on reliability.

Consumer reports gave the 2009 A4 and the 2014 A4 the worst rating possible (1/5) for reliability.

It was a bit of a horror show.

However, Audi really started to turn things around with the release of the 2015 A4, which scored top marks for reliability (5/5) Most of the models since 2015 have excellent reliability ratings.

Therefore, if you’re buying a second hand A4, it’s important you buy one older than 2015.

Audi A4 Years To Avoid

Early Audi A4’s (2009-2014) have a very poor reliability record, so if you’re buying second hand, avoid these years at all costs.

Whatever you do though, make sure that you avoid the 2009 and 2011 A4’s.

These two models have the most complaints, recalls, and worst reliability scores.

What Year Audi A4 Is Most Reliable?

2015 was the first year when Consumer Reports gave the Audi A4 top marks for reliability, and they’ve scored very good for reliability ever since.

Therefore, any A4 after 2015 should have excellent reliability.

Audi A4 YearConsumer Reports Reliability Rating

Most Common Audi A4 Problems

All cars encounter problems from time to time.

Early editions of the A4 encountered lots of problems due to the fact that Audi was using cutting edge car technology.

Many problems simply didn’t rear their heads until they were tested in the real world.

Therefore, although the issues below are the most commonly reported, they are mainly associated with older Audi A4 models, and have been fixed in newer version (2015 onwards)

Here are a few of the most common Audi A4 problems reported by RepairPal

  • Oil Leaks From Camshaft
  • Ignition Coil, Wires, and Spark Plugs Failing
  • Clogged drains
  • Failed high water pressure fuel pump

If you’re buying a second hand A4, make sure that any prior problems have been fixed using official Audi parts and by an Audi affiliated garage.

How Many Miles Is Too Many For An Audi A4?

I’ve heard people say that you should avoid high mileage luxury cars like the A4 But I don’t agree with that.

What’s way more important is the service history, previous owner, year, and how you intend to use it.

For example, if you are looking at buying a 2011 A4 (notoriously bad reliability) and plan on driving 20k miles per year, then I would say that 60K miles on the clock is too many.

However, if you plan on buying a 2015 A4 (good reliability ratings) and plan on doing 10k miles each year.

As long as it has a good service history, I would be happy buying an A4 with up to 150k miles on the clock.

Unfortunately, there is no set number of miles that are too many for an Audi A4.

Instead you have to consider the cars history and your intended usage.

Is the Audi A4 Expensive To Maintain?

The Audi A4 is considered a luxury vehicle, so it’s naturally going to be more expensive to maintain than most cars.

However, compared to cars in the luxury compact category, its repair costs are reasonable.

According to RepairPal, the average annual cost to maintain an Audi A4 is $739 , which is slightly below the average annual repair cost ($801) for luxury compact cars.

CarRepairPal Avg Maintenance Cost
Audi A4$739
BMW 3 Series$773
Volvo S60$750
Mercedes-Benz S Class$1,249

Compared to other similar cars in its class (table above) the A4 costs slightly less on average to maintain each year.

RepairPal also gives the Audi A4 a 13% chance of a repair being a severe issue, compared to the average of 12% for cars in its class and 12% for all cars.

How Long Do Audi A4 Tires Last?

The tires on a new Audi A4 should last between 25,000 and 50,00 miles.

Every new audi comes with a 2-4 year tire warranty (from the tire manufacturer, not Audi)

The distance you get from your tires is dependent on driving habits, climate, road conditions, and proper maintenance.

To make your A4 tires last longer, regularly check that they are properly inflated and rotate them according to the owner’s manual.

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How Long Do Audi A4 Engines Last?

An Audi A4 Engine should easily last 150,000+ miles if taken care of properly.

While researching this article, I read a report of an old A4 police car that had over 300,000 on the clock.

To get your A4 engine to last longer, make sure that you do the following:

  • Stick to maintenance schedules in car manual
  • Don’t ignore dashboard lights
  • Continually inspect and rotate the tires
  • Keep the car clean
  • Drive carefully
  • Regularly change oil and filters

How Long Do Audi A4 Brake Pads Last?

The brake pads on your Audi A4 should last anywhere from 30,00 to 65,00 miles depending on how you use your car.

For example if you’re an aggressive driver and brake a lot, or you regularly drive in lots of traffic (such as a commute) then you can expect your brakes to replace brake pads more frequently.

Final Thoughts – Audi A4 Life Expectancy

As long as you choose the right year, the Audi A4 is a reliable car that should last between 150,000 -200,000 miles if taken care of.

Although the early years of the A4 (2002-2011) newer models (2015 onwards) are seen as very reliable and should last a long time.

Keep in mind however, that the A4 is a luxury sedan, and will therefore depreciate at a faster rate than other compact cars such as the Honda Accord.

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Second hand Audi A4’s represent excellent value for money due to the fact that they depreciate so much after the first few years of ownership.