Audi TFSI Engines Suffering Deadly Problems?

Audi TFSI engine

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?

Audi Chelmsford

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9 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    This problem has reportedly gotten epidemic proportions. Dutch consumer TV paid attention to TFSI engines and the fact that owners are not compensated for what experts described as a structural fault in the way the engines are put together.

  2. Laurence says:

    Audi Q5 2015 20 Km Manual
    New Clutch 20,000 km
    No help from Audi.
    2500 euro bill.
    Something not correct. I need to here from other Drivers with the same issue.

    • Will says:

      I had to have a new clutch fitted to my Q5 last March after just 20,000miles.
      The person handling my booking at the Audi garage let slip that her father had exactly the same problem with his manual Q5 and changed to the automatic version.
      Several mechanics I have spoken to since reckon that the clutch isn’t up to handling the torque generated by the engine and quattro awd system.

      I’m due to change my Q5 in September when my current personal lease ends. Not sure whether to pay off the lump sum and keep the car given it’s low mileage (32,000miles) or trade it in for a new auto before the warranty runs out.

  3. Steve Nicholson says:

    Good Day, 2011 A4 2L TSFI 93,000 miles using 1 qt per 700 miles. I got the Audi curse also. The company sucks for sure. I even bought a Audi Corp car they got back from a corporate customer that already started the “modification” . The VW dealer did not mention this at all. So I bought a $26,000 car now worth $4,000 after 2.5 years. The class action did not help either, found out about it after the fact and now over mileage cap. How bad can the engine get? Will getting new rings and piston really help me to ever reach the 300,000 mile dream I have?

  4. Tom says:

    Hello same problem with oil consumption 2010 Audi A4 2.0tfsi Quattro 95000 miles with full Audi service history.
    Audi uk are going to do an engine rebuild pistons and rings, conrods completely free. Great service ??

  5. Magnus says:

    Same thing in Norway, A4 Allroad 2.0 TFSI 2010 model need engine rebuild after 60 000km. Full Audi service history, but Audi refuses to acknowledge the problem, and take any liability. A shame, and not at all something you could expect from a premium brand!!

    • Steve says:

      Audi gave me no compensation for their poor engine construction . Just paid $6000 for new rings, pistons, timing chain and tensioner, water pump and hundreds of bolts and screws. I guess owning a extra set of wheels and snow tires swayede to pay the price. I think (milage not achieved yet) I will now get 2500 miles a qt. Up from 500Iles a qt. Happy trails

  6. Matthew says:

    I bought a 2009 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI October 2015. I was getting 750km per 0.5 litters of oil (at the time I was told 1liter for every 1000km was wrong 2000km for 1 liter of oil), Car has full service history with agents. 2 months later I am getting 650km for every 1 liter used. Audi and Audi SA said take it to a dealer pay for tests, there is a good will policy results will be sent to Audi. Audi authorised for my Engine to be stripped to check the Engine block. (was told everything looks good) {They need to redo Pistons, valve stems and crank shaft}. Audi Germany saw they had not done the stage 1 fix so they reassembled my Engine charging me for the stage 1 fix, ran another oil consumption test. Results are its still failing. Audi said due to age and mileage the car has no good will. car was on 150 000km. I did not need to pay for any testing and they did not need to strip the engine for that result. Check Oil warning is now on and do not exceed 4000rpm warnings. Any options?

  7. Bill says:

    I have the very same problem.
    2011 car which I have owned for two years. Car has used excessive oil for the whole time I have owned it. The car now requires a new replacement engine as there was scraping on the bores holes. Audi saying the oil consumption issue which is a problem with this engine only accounts for £7,440 of the £9,300 engine replacement cost. The remainder amount is due by me, as god forbid Audi accepting full liability!!!
    Where do I go to gain assistance with arguing my case? Any thoughts!

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