Audi TFSI Engines Suffering Deadly Problems?
If you’re considering a new VW or Audi with 2.0-litre TFSI engine, then you may want to think twice before signing on the dotted line.
I’ve driven quite a few VWs and Audis with their groundbreaking TFSI unit and have been suitably impressed on every occasion. From the new Audi Q3/Q5 and A4/A5 down to the TTS and new Golf R – the 2.0-litre finely tuned engine is dropped into a variety of VAG cars. The power from such a small engine is phenomenal.
But now a very quiet voice of unhappy and frustrated Audi drivers is becoming louder. The problem being that in a handful of cases this engine uses too much oil. Around 1 litre of oil per petrol tank fill up in the worst cases. Inconvenient to say the least!
From most accounts online, it would seem that Audi’s solution to what they call the “issue”, after performing various diagnostic tests and long-term oil consumption tests is new pistons, rings and conrods. In other words an engine rebuild costing a whopping £4,800 to which they will contribute £3,000. Many owners with this problem have managed to have the engine replaced free of charge depending on how bad the problem is and how friendly their dealer is. This video shows what a big job it is:
Unless it’s an import, even a car 3 years old will still be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty but, like an insurance company, Audi won’t acknowledge the warranty if a service has been missed, and don’t even bother if you’ve tinkered with the engine and had it chipped or remapped (to which the TFSI engine is very responsive).
Case in point is this 2011 Audi A5 2.0-litre TFSI which has has been strategically parked outside the showroom of Chelmsford Audi in Essex. It’s been sign written by the disgruntled owner presumably in protest about the dealer not offering to pay the entire cost of an engine rebuild, if anything. Top marks to the owner for originality though and if you’re reading this, get in touch!
I’ve even heard of one Fiat Panda owner who cancelled their order for a new Skoda Fabia VRS after becoming aware of this problem.
Hopefully it’s just a case of a few bad apples spoiling the bunch and not growing into a more common problem. Is it time for a change to electric?