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  1. #1
    Senior Member Three Rings
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    Buying 2013 Audi A5

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    Hey Guys, has your Engine & Transmission been reliable? The 2.0T seems ok, but I've heard stories about the Tiptronic 8-speed.

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    Active Member Two Rings
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    I have a 2014 A5, 2.0T and the 8 speed, haven't had any problems yet, and im almost at 70k

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    Veteran Member Four Rings bhvrdr's Avatar
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    The 2013 2.0t in the a5 is the same crap engine thats in the a4.

    Mike

    2010 Audi A4 Avant 6AT - Unitronic Tuned - Bone Stock Hardware
    13.665 at 97.71mph - 93 octane - +1250DA
    Gone:
    2013 Audi S5 DSG - Unitronic Stage 2++ ECU & TCU, 3.17pr, Revo Charge Cooler, CTS Turbo Intake, ST60 380mm BBK
    11.482 at 118.70mph - 97 octane - +465DA
    --------------------------
    2016 A6 -- 2015 S4 -- 2009 A4 -- 2004 S4 -- 2006 A4 -- 2003 A4 -- 2000 A4

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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    I'm currently looking at a 2015 myself and would like to know

    From what I heard that 2013+s are pretty reliable and don't burn oil. I was just in the big a4 section and notices the cam tensioner class action lawsuits.

    I had that same issue with my 2.0 b7. It's a joke that Audi still hasn't been able to figure these issues out.

    Any a5s on here have the cam tensioner issue?

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    Veteran Member Four Rings bhvrdr's Avatar
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    Timing chains, tensioners, and guides are being covered on engines including 2013 model year for a4 and a5. I would not assume audi all the sudden fixed all these issues on newer engines either. Its just most have lower miles now.

    2010 Audi A4 Avant 6AT - Unitronic Tuned - Bone Stock Hardware
    13.665 at 97.71mph - 93 octane - +1250DA
    Gone:
    2013 Audi S5 DSG - Unitronic Stage 2++ ECU & TCU, 3.17pr, Revo Charge Cooler, CTS Turbo Intake, ST60 380mm BBK
    11.482 at 118.70mph - 97 octane - +465DA
    --------------------------
    2016 A6 -- 2015 S4 -- 2009 A4 -- 2004 S4 -- 2006 A4 -- 2003 A4 -- 2000 A4

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    Active Member One Ring
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    Los Angeles, CA, USA

    I have a 2013 A5 quattro coupe: no oil burning, no tensioner issues, no transmission issues. Maybe I lucked out and got a late year model with all the updated parts. VW/Audi continually update their parts, so get the newest engine of that generation you can.

    I wasn't covered by the tensioner settlement. Go to the website and check any A5 you're looking to purchase: https://timingchainlitigation.com/

    I have the 8-speed transmission and it's the smoothest shifting transmission I've ever driven. This transmission made by ZF is used by lots and lots of manufacturers (Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar, Chrysler) and I haven't heard much complaints.

    Like all transmission, ignore the "lifetime fill" crap and change the fluids (ATF, differential, quattro) every 40 - 50K miles and I think you'll be fine. I also have the notorious VW 01M transmission, which people say is practically worthless, but I have 180k+ miles on it and still shifts as smooth as the day I bought it.

    Just be extra vigilent about the maintenance and don't go for cheap parts/fluids, and I think these cars will last a long time.
    Last edited by findalex; 10-11-2018 at 07:10 PM.



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