Abnormal Noise From Suspension on Audi A8 Quattro

Various bushings—located around the subframe, suspension, and steering—deteriorate with age. A clunking noise when driving over bumps, accelerating, or stopping may be a sign of worn bushings.

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Average mileage: 112,000 (40,000–175,000)
6 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, more2006, 2009
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1997 Audi A8 Quattro 175,000 mi,
Suspension noises noted.
1999 Audi A8 Quattro 80,000 mi,
Needed to replace all front control arms. Sloppy feel when driving. Noises from front end when going over rough road surfaces.