Back in 2009, Audi released the all-new Q5 model, it was during the time where I was looking for a new car and the Q5 was just right for me. I was advised, as a general percussion, not to buy the first batch of any new model car. Instead, I should wait a few batches because there’s almost always something wrong that goes with the first batch.
Leaning on Audi’s history and reputation in the market, I shrugged off the advice and didn’t think much of it. Now, 7 years later, I really do see why I should have. After driving the car for 3 or 4 years I had a gear malfunction issue. luckily I was still under warranty and had it replaced.
The gear malfunction issue came a few years later, and it’s apparently a common thing with the first few batches of the Audi Q5. The garage I took it to had 3 other Q5’s with the same exact issue and their owners basically don’t want them back. Audi is asking for a price that’s more than what I get if I were to sell the whole car to fix the gear.
So there you have it, learn the lesson the easy way instead of the hard way. Make sure you get something that’s been in the market for a few years I’d say.