2012 Audi A8 4.2 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 8A)
Audi is building a few (hopefully) LEMONS and attempting to outrun their flawed automobiles with marketing dollars.
A search of the AUDI forums disclose a number of late model A8L vehicles with similar problems and a
lack of acknowledgement by Audi that they intend to stand behind their warrantees.
Audi is intimidating dealers, directing them to not service the car or refusing to pay them for warrantee repairs.
Seat sensor - airbag deactivation
Mirror heat not working
tranny hard downshift
Radio station refresh
Cell phone pairing fails
Door close/locks malfunction when cold
Clunk on acceleration
MMI system fails to play .wav and .flac files
Int lighting flickers
Adaptive Cruise Control
Automatic braking in traffic
seat heat packages
All in all, the vehicle incorporates very impressive and even amazing design and engineering.
I suspect there is also a schism between the engineers, mechanics and the 'bean counters' as the integrity of the engineers and mechanics would almost certainly be willing to admit and resolve these nagging problems. What appears to have happened unfortunately, is that the managers have decided they can disguise the flaws, claiming "as designed" and suppress any information which would cause buyers to thing twice before buying into a flawed brand.
The sad and inexcusable disappointment is the stance taken by Audi of America in their efforts to hide, disguise, deny and then frustrate repair attempts. Brad Hollister to be specific, is preventing this Lemon from coming to the attention of CEO Keough.
This is so contrary to the fine tradition and integrity of the AUDI brand that some heads should certainly roll.