2018 Audi Q3 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Exterior lighting, electrical system and vehicle structure issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Luxury SUVs are overtaking the market, and customers couldn’t have been happier to get behind the wheel of a 2018 Audi Q3. The automaker claims that the newest lineup is “engineered to progress at your pace,” but research suggests otherwise. In fact, the faulty exterior lighting, defective electrical system and poorly-built structure all pose safety risks to occupants.

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Problems with the Exterior Lighting

The various forms of exterior lighting are meant to work together to alert others on the road of the Q3’s presence on the road. When one aspect of this fails, it becomes dangerous to drive the SUV, yet we see many unsuspecting drivers facing this problem. Often, modern vehicles alert occupants when there is a problem with the turn signal, but that seems to be an issue with this Q3 model. Sadly, there aren’t a lot of documented complaints about the situation, because customers don’t know it’s happening. This ignorance leaves people in a lot of risk, especially while making a turn.

To correct the situation, Audi issued a recall of Q3 SUVs. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V385000 states that the indicator for a failed turn signal isn’t working correctly. Without this indicator, others on the road aren’t aware of the upcoming turn, which could lead to an accident. To repair the situation, owners must have the body control module replaced. In the meantime, drivers everywhere are making turns without the proper signaling equipment, thereby putting their luxury car and occupants at risk. Maybe this vehicle was “engineered to progress” in a straight line only.

Problems with the Electrical System

As with the lighting situation, there are other electrical system issues plaguing this Audi model. You can find several people discussing the defective backup camera situation.

One NHTSA complaint says, “Backup camera won’t work when car transmission is in reverse, nor when manually pressing Park Assist button. This has happened on a couple of occasions before, but I thought it was a fluke. Today backup camera was completely disabled multiple times while driving when putting transmission in reverse.”

Audi isn’t afraid to discuss electrical system issues. In fact, the company currently has more than 30 service bulletins related to electrical malfunctions and problems. Service Bulletin #A801809 2050693 even talks about a strange whining noise that comes from the instrument panel. So, what this Q3 offers is a malfunctioning turn signal combined with the lack of backup camera while attempting to go backward. On top of that, owners get to listen to an annoying sound coming from the instrument panel at the same time, as a reminder of how this Audi SUV is a lemon. Overall, it’s not what a luxury car owner wants, but also a rolling hazard that should be avoided at all costs. Other drivers that see one coming should stay clear because there’s no way of knowing where this SUV is “engineered to progress” to.

Problems with the Shattering Sunroof

It isn’t cheap to drive a 2018 Audi Q3. Owners spend a good chunk of change to drive this luxury model and expect it to be made from high-quality materials, but that’s not the case. In fact, one NHTSA review states, “Driving during the morning on my way to work I heard this explosion and a sound behind. When I pulled off I noticed my moonroof was shattered. Just about to fall off or blow away. No object had hit the car. It was simply a huge explosion.”

Unfortunately, this is not a random complaint, but something found by numerous owners, yet no recall has been issued. The only thing the company has been willing to acknowledge are some squeaks and rattles coming from the roof area with panoramic sunroofs. This is illustrated in Service Bulletin #A701866 2038029, and shows that the structure wasn’t built correctly. If it was, owners wouldn’t need to deal with unnecessary noises or shattering auto glass. This SUV is engineered for something, but it’s not progress. Instead, it’s safe to say this vehicle belongs in the junkyard.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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