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Old 10-18-2018, 07:36 PM
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Yikes, two weeks into our lease of /18 A4 last night I heard a noise coming from left rear when driving on a road that was less than smooth. First time in this car that I've heard any creak/squeak, etc. It sounded somewhat metallic. I didn't hear anything today but tomorrow or on weekend will drive that same road. Not happy to hear that some of you have experienced the issues described above and I'm hoping that I'm not experiencing same thing. I'm having a bit of lessee's remorse. I have a /15 A6 3.0T that I very much enjoy driving but it has had its share of issues (all covered under warranty) in its first 3 years/28,000 miles that have not exactly been confidence inspiring. I own that car and don't want to take a 25K haircut by offloading it now so I'm hopeful that problems were "teething problems" (if you can call poorly designed and failure-prone upper timing chain tensioners -- a problem Audi seems to have with numerous of its engine lines -- teething problems) and all will be peaceful going forward. Wife really liked the A5 Sport Back we had as a loaner for some weeks so I went ahead and leased her a nicely equipped A4 which is a lot of fun to drive. Now I'm thinking I should have run back to Mother Honda or perhaps a Chevy Impala! Hopefully what I heard does not return and if it does is an easy fix. This type of thing just shouldn't happen in a nearly 50K vehicle.

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Old 02-11-2019, 12:09 PM
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Thank you for posting your findings. I recently brought my 2018 A4, into the dealership, for the same issue mentioned by so many. The creaking noise coming from the rear pillars. Not only is the sounds driving me insane, it sounds like I'm an old wooden ship when turning in and out of driveways.

Unfortunately the dealership is telling me to hang tight, until a bulletin is released from out from Audi!! Let's be real..... This can take months up to years to get enough complaints from customers for any type of investigation and remedy to be come out.

What advise can anyone provide to get this issues resolved ASAP? I have since called Audi of American and they have recommended that I bring the car back to the dealership, who refuses todo anything until the bulletin for repairs has been released.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:44 PM
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What advise can anyone provide to get this issues resolved ASAP?
Turn the radio up louder...
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:19 PM
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This "Noise" has been driving me crazy for the last two weeks. I've always had it and its pretty faint when I have the seats up and as mentioned above, I can not hear it when I'm playing the radio.... But just cause i know its there, its been "Mission One".

With everything in place it sounds exactly like that rear window pin thing that I was reading about but after breaking off that pin, its still there. Mine noise is on the drivers side only.

Here's list of stuff I've tried to get this damn noise to go away. Removed rear parcel shelf, removed rear C pillar trim, removed rear 1/4 window trim, removed center and drivers side trunk panels. This only made it louder. I had my wife drive me around with all the panels out and I could swear it was coming from the drivers side rear fender. I pulled the rear fender liner and check the tightness of the upper rear shock mount.. Still the same.

I then though it was all those computers and fuse blocks that are held with plastic brackets behind the fender. Nope.. I give up.

It doesn't do the creak or "pop" or tap over every bump but certain streets can really make her sing but it def makes more noise when a certain part of the chassis is loaded up.

God, I hope they release a TSB or something, this noise is driving me crazy...


P.s. My car is a 17 P+ quattro with sport package and nav/VC.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:28 PM
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I have heard the noise in our /18 Premium Plus occasionally. I understand there is a TSB regarding rear window clips or something like that so I'm hoping this is our issue. However, would not surprise me if it is the body creak that may come from some faulty welds. Ugh. I'm not an Audi hater/basher but I've had more trouble with my /15 A6 3.0T Premium Plus in 3.5 years/33K miles than I've had with my 04 Acura TL in 15 years/171K miles. I keep hoping that Audi lives up to its recent good press in Consumers Reports and elsewhere as regards better quality but something tells me that this is not going to be the case. I moved over to Audi because Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus had nothing to offer that provided some driving joy. I think I'm about ready to trade the driving joy for reliability and fewer visits to the dealer. LOL. Not going to let these warranty items (the most egregious of which was replacement of upper timing chain tensioners on the A6 at 27K miles) ruin my enjoyment of the cars but I'm pretty sure I will be moving on when the A4 lease is up and the A6 will not be a long term hold for me. Too many problems too early in car's life.

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Old 02-11-2019, 10:04 PM
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I have the same creak. First time I noticed was after the body shop did the work on it after an accident, so I though it was something they forgot to do, but then I discovered this thread. I did not want to waste anymore time on it since I do not have much time left on the lease. However, my sister's car has the same issue. So it seems quite common.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:04 PM
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Mine developed creaking sounds from around the doors and windows. I got a customer satisfaction survey from Audi about a year ago and I recall it asked specific questions about if my car made creaking sounds. At that time, it didn't. It does now. I tried spraying rubber lubricant on all the weather seals thinking the doors were moving while driving over curb cuts and uneven driveways and that didn't fix it.

At my last service visit, I mentioned it to the advisor, and she said the creaking is considered normal by Audi. Not if I hear it on bumps, but on driveways normal.
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