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Has anyone experienced a problem referenced in CR's Reliability survey, leading to CR's decision to downgrade and no longer recommend the e-Ton? Apparently some owners identified drive-system electrical failures and issues with power equipment.
 

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I mean I get it. I had those issues, my rear motor had to be replaced. But, still under warranty, Audi did a good job, they even covered a month of my finance payment.
Also as an FYI the Tesla model Y had been downgraded a lot too.
 

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I had to have the tail light assembly replaced and the steering wheel module replaced. Other than that, I have had random software glitches that come and go. Still, others on the Forum have had more extensive issues. Luckily for me, my Audi dealer has been great, and really eased the annoyance of the problems. Frankly, though, I leased this car knowing that it was in its first year, packed with really new technology, so I expected there would be problems.
 

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I’ve just come out of the other side of power electronics failure affecting the rear drive; following on from replacement tail light, internal virtual mirror panel modifications, external virtual mirror camera replacements etc, plus a host of other recall or bulletins.

But despite the time off of the road and general frustration in getting to the bottom of certain problems my dealer has been great and the service excellent throughout.

Every car that is made going forward will be better understood and hopefully reliable than the last as a consequence of Audi’s efforts.
 

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Has anyone experienced a problem referenced in CR's Reliability survey, leading to CR's decision to downgrade and no longer recommend the e-Ton? Apparently some owners identified drive-system electrical failures and issues with power equipment.
Just the catastrophic failure of the battery. Turns out there is minimal protection for battery behind the front wheel wells. Good thing that tires never kick up ice, rocks or other debris and short the battery. It’s only $38,000 to replace. And not covered by warranty. At least Audi Corporate and dealer where nice when they told us to contact our insurance company.
 

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Makes sense that the e-tron is downgraded. My experience with 2585 miles is 6 weeks at the dealership service. I don't think I am alone based on lemon branded e-trons in New Jersey. Even though Q5 (and even Teslas) sell many more vehicles they have about the same number of lemons as the 2019 e-tron. So the e-tron lemon rate is about 10 times higher than other (e.g. Q5 or Tesla) vehicles - seems appropriate for a downgrade.

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/llu/Documents/Vehicles-Branded-Under-The-New-Jersey-Lemon-Law.pdf
 

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Many companies take the 'buy back' approach so as to avoid having the car branded a 'lemon'. So the fact that Tesla shows up less does not impress me. I used to live on the Tesla forums when I owned a Tesla and many many owners sought buy backs from Tesla.
 
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