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Audi A4 Maintenance and Repair

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  • so far the guy have sent me receipts of the services his done to the car and any repairs done, so far

    -right cv joint replace
    -control arm upper LHF x2
    -dipstick tube
    -both wiper blades
    -wheel alignment front/rear
    -bobs bucket 8pcs
    -2 new front tires
    -change muffler

    there's a few wear and tear within the car it self but also a key scratch on the right hand side front panel, which would cost $150-$200 for a respray?
    the miles is reasonably high but for its year its not too bad.
    i might consider dropping the price to $5000 and see if he will take it straight off. i work on my own cars in the past n always have service them my self but major work of course at the mechanic as i dont have proper tools for it. but other then that i do hope its no more of a headache then it is buying a second hand car lol

    cheers guys
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    edited October 2011
    I still say forget it. The car is way overpriced. It's a $3,500 car all day long, if that. And you can't respray a door panel for $200, at least not competently.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    edited October 2011
    I agree with you on this particular car, Shifty. However, this is an opportune time to ask you a question, which is why do A4s maintain their value as well as they do, considering their high maintenance factor? Their residual values seem to be in the ballpark with their competitors.
  • jj813jj813 Posts: 1
    My 2008 A4 3.2 automatic s-line just got a major coolant leak... it literally leaked most of the fluid out of the reservoir within 30 minutes!

    Prior to the leak, my car was running fine and was parked for a few hours. When I started her back up the coolant light immediately went on; I didn't see any puddles under the car. My car is due for its 55K mile service, so I thought the coolant level was just low due to normal driving usage. I was only driving 4 miles back home so I went on the road. Nothing abnormal happened and the temp gage was at its usual place right in the middle of the range. When I pulled in my garage and got out of the car, I saw drip lines on the floor, and smelled a sweet burn of liquid. Within a few minutes, fluid was dripping quickly onto the floor, and a wee bit of smoke was coming from the front of the car. Oh sh**t! I popped the hood for a visual inspection. I didn't see any leaks in the hose, but I really couldn't see alot looking at it with just the hood open and a flashlight. Got down on the floor and it appeared the leak was coming from the passenger side of the engine about half way in (almost next to the wheel on the passenger side of the car). I think the smoke was from the coolant dripping onto the hot metal near the front of the engine (behind the grill).

    Any ideas what it could be? Car has 55K miles on it (just out of warranty of course). I hope it is nothing major and won't cost a fortune to fix. Thanks in advance.....
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    Interesting. Please let us know what caused the leak, and how much it cost to repair it.

    My wife has a '07 A4 2.0T Quattro automatic with 56,000 miles, which is why I'm interested in owner experiences after the factory warranty expires.
  • Well the residual values are set by leasing companies and are sometimes set high in order to push cars out of the showroom.

    My feeling/intuition is that once out of warranty, the resale value of Audis does not match that of its competitors, BMW and Benz, but I haven't thoroughly researched this pricing pattern. Perhaps other have and can contribute?

    Interesting you mentioned this...I just saw a very clean, but very miled up, Audi A8 that recently lost its transmission---the owner just gave the car away for free, since the parts + labor costs are formidable. ($6200 parts, 20 hours labor).

    Fortunately the A4 is not so maintenance intensive as an A8, but even so, on that '99 A4, a transmission overhaul would be $3200 + 10 hours labor, so that car would be totaled.
  • My son has a 1996 Audi A4 Quattro - 2.8L V-6 with over 160K on the clock. He bought it thinking that is was a solid car and still had several miles left in it. Wrong decision - it has been a money pit. Anything with much over 100K on it is prone to be a maintenance nightmare. Audi's are difficult for the typical DIY's and parts on the older models are hard to find.

    The rear drive shaft was just removed from my sons car with bad rag joints and a shot carrier bearing. The repair is going to cost more than the car is worth. Does anyone know if we can just leave the drive shaft out and drive the car on front wheel drive only?? It is still a fairly solid car but is on its last leg.
  • how many owners did that car have before your son? as i think these cars should be treated like babies, whenever something goes wrong you should fix it at once and don't wait because it will be more. that's my opinion about these cars.
  • Trust me do not buy that Audi, I have had mine for close to 5 years and I don't even want to begin to tell you the MASSIVE list of parts I've replaced (5 wheel bearings, all control arms, half shafts, tie rod ends, and the list goes on.) I'm a 21 year old college student who bought a 96 A4 Quattro 2.8L 12v 5 speed thinking it would be great for the Michigan winters, which it has, but realistically this is not the car you want for your kid unless he's got a great job and has the DIY knowhow to tear things apart and rebuild them. I've learned everything I know about cars tearing mine apart countless times. Maintenance is so difficult on these vehicles that just to change the fuel filter (my RPMs were bouncing everywhere and the car would randomly stall, in fact after changing it, it still happens) you need to drop the entire gas tank down just to get the filter out of the bracket because there's no access door under the rear seat like most cars. If you buy that car you will deeply regret it, LISTEN TO ME & LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES.
  • Just had to let you know that I made an account on this site just so I could tell you what i've experienced. I stumbled across this post looking for some Audi parts because I'm prepping her to go up for sale.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    Thanks for all the information and the heads up. How many miles does your car have?
  • 1998 audi A4 quattro 1-8 turbo. I have a brake fliud leak that i cant find?? it seems to be dripping down about the middle of the engine and off the trans pan. from the top i see no leaking around the master cylinder or brake booster. no fluid in the basin where the battery is. how do i know if it is the master cyl or the brake booster or a brake line going to the pass side front wheel?
  • vwdawgvwdawg Posts: 162
    Hi jimmy: Are you sure it's brake fluid and not engine oil? Not sure how b.f. would be dripping down the side of the engine. If it's oil, then might check the valve cover gasket...common problem with older Audis. vwdawg
  • if it IS brake fluid, you may have to lift the car and look for some brake line junction block that could be leaking.
  • I'm almost positive its brake fluid. it difficult to see but it seems to be coming down and dripping off the transmission pan. I replaced a front caliper, both front flexy brake hoses and new pads all around. My son and I just put in a new rack. This car is a fixer upper. the brake pedal goes to the floor when we tried to bleed all 4. then the dripping starts. i'm thinking we damaged the line to the front pass wheel, if its inside the rack housing? or coming from the master cyl or power booster. there's no fluid i can see from from the booster or cylinder but could it leak from behind?
  • Yeah, it can leak from the back of the brake booster but usually this leak show up INSIDE the car, where the push rod from the brake pedal goes through the firewall.

    it's possible a brake line could anchor to a steering rack housing, but I can't say without having the car in front of me.
  • WAIT TILL YOU HEAR MY AUDI STORY....

    The reason this post is sooo long is because I can't make it any shorter and tell this story. I literally just signed up and became a member of this site just so I could reply to your Audi post... First of all I gotta say... be thankful your Audi isn't the one I have haha... ALL the crazy problems I've had with my 98 Audi a4 quattro 1.8T 5speed after only having it for 4 month will never happen to me agian because I know it's not possible for another car to pull this kind of Bullsh** on me twice in a lifetime!!! I have to say say this first... I'm a 23 year old girl from Green bay, Wisconsin. I'm CONSTANTLY fixing cars... I have a 1989 Porsche 944 that keeps falling but I keep fixing that one... A 1998 Audi is not an old car by any means but I don't know what to say when the car that is the same age as me makes my new foreign sports car look like a cheap toy! I've also owned a 2000 BMW M Roadster... 2 years older than the Audi and the quality difference between the two is a joke... Yeah Jokes on me & I sure as hell am NOT laughing! The part that gets to me the most is for some crazy reason i LIKE this car and not sure why but I really wan't to keep it running... haha I will have to sell that before the end... Unless I get myself a couple parts cars.

    Here we go........ The first time I noticed that something wasn't quite right with that car is WORD FOR WORD what you posted about the "flashing red light". I'd go over a bump and BEEP BEEP (and from ONLY owning high $$ maintenance foreign sports cars in my life) That bad feeling I get from my cars when I just KNOW a prepare is imitate... hit me like a swift kick in the balls after only have the car for 2 weeks... So a couple weeks after that my rear break caliber started leaking tons of break fluid. I replaced it and had to bleed all of my breaks. Then within a couple weeks of that out of nowhere at a stoplight... The car was idling just fine but then while letting off the clutch... the more throttle I gave she would try to choke out and stall unless I quickly pushed in the clutch... So what the hell now right?!? I Had to tow her A** home and luckily I figured out what was wrong before I took her in to a mechanic. The hoses on my turbo for air intake weren't "air tight" there was an air leak. I fixed that myself. The red break like still goes off but now from back end of my engine pretty much under my dashboard a metal pipe directly attatched to my radiator is leaking massive amounts of break fluid. Just a simple O ring I'm sure... But there is NO WAY I can get to that pipe myself and replace the seal... Oh well I guess I'm stuck filling up the coolant tank FOREVER. While all these events were unfolding before my eyes I've been noticing a "pop" sound coming from the back end of the car right as I shift between the first 3 gears... COOL pretty sure my car is now backfiring and It keeps getting a little louder with every POP. Oh and I forgot that something suspension related is making one of the most god awful moaning noise I've ever heard on the driver's side and OH I think the other side is starting to make the noise now too... hahahaha OK well at least the car runs... I'll give it that.. Trying to be positive. It's AWD and a Wisconsin winter is 2 months away.

    Few days later my clutch goes....

    I got that car this year for the 4th of july and I ended up having to push her home right when football season started...

    I'd really like to hear someone top that story...

    ...

    That car is getting fixed right now and I'll have her back for Christmas...

    I've NEVER experienced anything like this before and just threw me off to point where I'm more confused than anything because It all happened sooo fast. That car is coming back into my life within the week... and starting to feel a touch of anxiety because I almost think that car might actually be self aware with a terrible sense of humor and something big planned for me....

    hahahaha I own the Audi from hell and I really wanted to share this.

    At least your Audi isn't THIS Audi.... Good luck.
  • To err is human. Appears to be coolant leaking from a hose on the back side of the engine. Very weak cooland as it is almost a clear color. It's got a hue of pink to it.I'm going to bleed the brakes again. The bleeder screw are bigger than most US cars and I had trouble getting a hose to fit tight. Than I guess i will fix the coolant, flush and fill. Thanks!
  • Hello,

    I got a flat tire tonight. I cannot get the damned thing off. I got it jacked up and off the ground, and all five lug nuts off and it would not bug, it was so tight it felt like it is welded on. I called my dad as i wasnt somewhere with a computer and he found something on youtube that said to use the black plastic peg from the tool kit and insert it in place of a lug nut and than slide the tire off. I tried this and still found the tire to be snug as can be. Has anyone one experienced the same problem or have any idea how to get it off? it is a rear tire on an '02 a4 quattro. I got the black peg very far in there and couldnt see any difference between any of the holes for the lugs or any label that shows the peg needing to be placed in a certain hole. oh yeah and my glove box mechanism is broke so my manual is stuck in the glove box. PLEASE HELP!
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