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Audi A4 Maintenance and Repair

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  • goralgoral Posts: 138
    Is your car still under warranty? $1400 is WAY too much to pay, even if all 8 control arms needed replacement. I would DEFINITELY get a second opinion... My guess is that only couple of them REALLY need replacement. You can buy parts on your own (www.sasponline.com, www.germanautoparts.com, etc... just do a search for OEM Audi parts) and find a mechanic willing to put them on for you. It's easily a DIY project. You should save yourself several hundred $$$. And what's with the "nothing wrong with the control arms, they aren't faulty - just noisy". Yes, they ARE faulty - that's why they are noisy!!! That kind of attitude just pisses me off!!! Too bad Audi doesn't acknowledge the problem... It's things like that that will cause me to never ever buy a VW/Audi product.
  • khanakhana Posts: 1
    My 96 A4 Quattro has 59000 miles. It is in perfect condition, however, I have noticed the following (a) When I am stopped and then turn either left or right with my wheel completely turned at very low speeds, I notice this extreme vibration in the steering wheel. This immediately goes away once I straighten my wheel or reduce the turning angle. (b) On and Off, I get thins creaking noise from my right front end. It is not continous but comes on and off. Any ideas whats causing the two problems?? Are they problems??
  • goralgoral Posts: 138
    I don't know what the first problem is, but the second one is most likely the ever so popular control arm(s).
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    I had our A4 repaired at the dealer - expensive but this dealer has a great service department and I have a lot of confidence in them. As I mentioned this was the only unscheduled maintenance that we've had to do in 50,000 miles, so I don't mind spending what amounts to about 2 1/2 months of lease payments if it was a new one. Other than things I've purchased for it, like extra wheels/snow tires, floor mats, etc, this was our only out-of-pocket expense since paying cash for it in Feb. '98.
  • stevenjhstevenjh Posts: 5
    The service department at my dealer had built great confidence in me also, until I brought the car in for an inspection that I asked and paid for. I am in between two long driving trips this summer and wanted to be sure the car was in good shape. The report came back good (except for the control arms) and I should have had peace of mind. A day later the motor stuttered revs at a stop and the check engine light came on. Another trip back to the dealer and another $95 for a diagnostic and a small, loose vacuum hose was found. They swear up and down that this wouldn't have been found until the hose worked itself loose - but you sure have to wonder why I had to pay for 2 diagnostics in 3 days.

    To Khana - my A-4 has the same vibration from the front wheels when turning, maybe not as extreme as you describe, but I wonder if it's a side effect of the control arms.
  • bendylinebendyline Posts: 1
    I just bought a 98 Audi A4 and the Child Safety door lock on the rear Passenger Door is broken. You cannot open the door from the Inside , no matter if the switch is turned on or off.
    Just wondering if anyones run accross this before , and how difficult tearing apart the door is. I plan on doing the work myself.

    Thanks much.
  • genzogenzo Posts: 2
    in response to thread 58

    I just acquired an '02 A4 3.0 and also experience some wind noise at higher speeds from the driver's window. the noise isn't terribly obvious and is more of a slight rumble than a loud whistling, so i'm still not sure if it's natural to hear it or if you're not supposed to hear any road noise at all.

    i've only had the car for a week though and none of my passengers could hear the noise. so i've decided to give it a little more time before having the service center look at it. i'll let you know if i do.

    if anyone has the same problem it would be nice to hear if/how you've fixed it/dealt with it/etc.

    thanks
  • genzogenzo Posts: 2
    so i've had the car serviced and checked for wind noise. they say its wind noise is at "normal levels", however the service technician did say that they were getting more complaints about higher wind noise levels in the '02 a4 models. apparently there is a lot of turbulence around the side mirrors that can be lessened by folding the mirrors in (what a wonderful idea while driving =P).

    regardless, the noise isn't anything terribly high and it's still a wonderful car to drive. just thought i'd follow up on my previous post.
  • chai2chai2 Posts: 1
    First, to say hello, then to reply to some of the previous posts, and lastly, to ask a question... I am the owner of a four month old A4 3.0 Quattro, already with over 7,000 miles. I have not noticed any excessive wind noise coming from the driver's side, but have experienced excessive noise coming from the a/c during hot weather. Has anyone else heard this? The dealer says its normal, but its quite annoying. I didn't buy a $36,000 car to hear the whine of an a/c. Has anyone been able to reduce the sound when the a/c kicks in at high temperatures?
  • greggsa4greggsa4 Posts: 24
    I HAD TO HAVE THE CONTROL ARMS ($900) ON MY CAR REPLACED, 97 A4 38000 MILES. THIS WAS ON TOP OF A NEW TURBO ($1700) AND A BOX ($650) THAT SENDS THE SIGNAL TO THE COIL INDICATING WHEN TO FIRE (AS PER THE AUDI DEALER) THIS ALL HAPPENED WITHIN A SIX WEEK PERIOD (THREE OF WHICH WERE IN THE SHOP ). I NO LONGER OWN AN AUDI AND WILL NEVER PURCHASE ONE AGAIN. LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE AND BUY THE EXTENDED WARRANTY. THE A4 WAS THE WORST CAR I,I'VE EVER OWNED.
  • I have been thinking about purchasing an A4 or A6, but some of these posts have me worried. Why, well my 1989 Ford Probe LX just got totaled this spring and I am looking for a new car. It had 190K miles on it and I had very few problems with it. I was VERY hard on the car, going fast on dirt mountain roads here in Colorado (altitudes to 12k feet), taking in on 4x4 trails and playing Joe Racer going into corners too hot sometimes. No major repairs out of the ordinary ware items except a few small annoying ones (because of teething problems being first year model). Maybe I should just buy Yugo, at least then I know it?s going to be a piece of #*$(.
  • marleybarrmarleybarr Posts: 334
    On my 2.7T Audi I have the same loud noise coming from the engine compartment on hot days w/air on. I don't hear much from inside the cabin, but outside it really does howl at times!

    Audi has an extra cooling fan (atleast on the 2.7T) and chai2's Audi model may also have this extra fan. I checked w/ dealer and they claim this excessive "howling" is normal w/air on because of the reserve fan running continuously.
  • greggsa4greggsa4 Posts: 24
    IF YOU BUY THE A4 YOU'LL BE SORRRRRRY! IT WAS THE WORST CAR I'VE OWNED. I MIGHT HAVE MENTIONED THAT BEFORE.
  • Is this what I should expect for 67,000 miles on A4 Avant 2.8? All was fine during warranty. Had 60,000 mile checkup (at 62,000 actually). It came out with same little problem it went in with: engine running slightly rough. 3,000 miles later it was stalling completely. Is this to be expected? Here's the dealer fix: new airflow clamp, replace broken crankcase vent, clean throttle body and clean injectors.($600). DO YOU THINK DEALER LEFT THE BATTERY PARTICALLY DISCONNECTED ON PRIOR VISIT? Disconnected battery can cause the stalling thing I read in Consumers.

    Also, dealer says: soon I'll need new engine temperature gauge ($160), new rear brakes and probably rotors ($400 total) and leaking oil from valve cover gaskets ($?). I didn't have this kind of expense with my Volvo until 140,000!!

    Also, dealer says DON'T USE HI TEST GAS - USE REGULAR BECAUSE HI HAS MORE CARBON BUILDUP. MANUAL SAYS THE OPPOSITE! DEALER SAYS IN OHIO THE ADDITIVES ARE DIFFERENT ??!!

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE ADVISE: ISN'T THIS TOO MUCH REPAIR FOR A 3.5 YEAR OLD VEHICLE AT 67,000 MI.?
    SLEEPLESS IN OHIO,
    Thanks...
  • I have 1000 miles on my A4 Quattro. I noticed several people are experiencing the same thing as me. My ONLY complaint about my new car is what I believe is very loud wind noise in both front doors.

    I thought it was because I just came from a 2000 BMW 528i. But, seeing other people's posts, I am clearly not alone.

    Has anyone come up with a fix yet? In my 1992 Mercedes S-Class, they sprayed Silicon Lubricant on the door seals to "fatten" them up a little. That helped a bit, but finally they put in thicker door seals. That helped a lot.

    I'd appreciate your thoughts and would like to know what your Service writers have told you.

    Thanks.

    Larry
  • Are people having significant problems with their '02 A4's? Engine problems? What about the reliability thusfar of the CVT; does anyone have any experience with it? I had a horrible A4 (2001) that after a whole slew of problems I traded for a new Infiniti. Anyway, I thought mine might have just been the big lemon of the bunch. I know a woman who might want to buy one and I'm not sure what to tell her.

    Thanks!
  • I have an opportunity to purchase an used 2000 A4 with a very low mileage vehicle at a very reasonable price. Having read some of your posting, I am scared stiff to proceed with this purchase.

    I always wanted to switch to something more fun and I had my eyes on the Audi A4. I am driving a very competent Honda Accord but it is a boring car. Between my wife and I, we have had VW GTI, Mazda and Legend cars before but was sick and tired of repairs especially the VW. The Honda gave me 5 years trouble-free motoring and tough to give it up. The A4 I am interested in is 5-spd manual and front drive but upgraded with a sport package, a very very lively and lovely car.

    The car still has one year free service contract left and its odometer is under 18K mileage. Do I take the chance to enjoy the driving and worry about the repairs later?

    All previous services done were carried by Audi dealers as the car is still under warranty, do you think I should still have someone to check it out to ensure a clean bill of health or it is a waste of time?

    I know the decision is ultimately mind but I would welcome any feedback, advise etc etc.
  • Reliability seems to be the most important thing for you. I would ask myself is this tied more to the expense of incurring repairs, or the time and hassle of having to bring the car into the dealer, even if they are done at no cost to you. I doubt that the Audi will be as reliable and trouble-free as the Accord, but I guarantee that it will be more fun to drive everytime you start it up. You still have one year of free service left, and you could always buy an extended warranty beyond that, if you should get nervous as the end of the first year approaches. Again I would ask myself that question above, and decide from there - good luck!

    P.S. Our '98 A4 2.8Q has been nearly trouble free since buying it new in February 1998. It's got about 53,000 miles on it and still looks and runs like new, so I can tell you it is possible to have reliability as good as an Accord, and in some cases better (as I'm sure there have been many Accords of similar vintage to mine that have had more problems) but if you go by the averages, the typical Accord will be more reliable than the A4. But as I said it will NOT be as enjoyable to drive, which TO ME anyway is more important.
  • Thanks for the feedback. Expensive repair is one thing but the hassle of having to bring the car to the shop is another concern. My wife's new Toyota Van is less than one year old and I have been back to the dealer three times (due to wrong part was ordered) to change a light fixture under its warranty. It's just a pain dealing with dealers.

    Going back to the 2000 A4, I will probably make a decision tomorrow. Should I take the car to a Audi dealer to check it out before this private purchase deal and also would they fix it for free if they found something wrong or it's just a waste of time?
  • If you have the opportunity I would definitely take the car into the dealer assuming they can make time for you on such short notice. Provided that the car hasn't been abused in some way and the previous owner has followed the Audi maintenance schedule, the dealer will fix any problems that are covered under the very comprehensive warranty, as well as do further scheduled maintenance such as oil changes, wiper blades, etc at no cost to you. You can discuss this with the dealer when you take it in, when you can also find out when the next scheduled mainenance is due and inquire about an extended warranty if that interests you. Good luck.
  • I am looking at buying a beautiful '00 A4 2.8 Quattro (43k) at a FANTASTIC price. The only issue is that it was made for Canada and I live in the US. Does anyone see any potential problems? The title is clean, it was imported correctly, the local dealer has been servicing the car under warranty. It just seems to good to be true.
  • w210w210 Posts: 188
    No problem with Canadian models, in fact, they have stronger bumpers!
  • I have noticed this problem at highway speeds when the windows or the sunroof is open-it seems to be a vibration sounding or something, but usually cracking open the front windows when I just have the sunroof open or I will crack the rear windows if I hear the noise when just the front windows are open. I suspect that this is just the airflow over the vehicle interacting with the openings and that no amoung of dealer tweaking will ever "solve" this problem. Other than this, my Audi seems to be well-designed and I love it. No mechanical problems or complaints with over 9000 miles on my 1.8 Quattro Sedan.
  • I have a 2001 A4 2.8Q with just under 30K miles. Over the past 15K miles, I've had to replace each headlight twice! The trips to the dealer are getting a little frustrating, even though it's still under warranty. Has anyone else had problems with this? The dealer keeps telling me it depends on the amount of use, but I can't believe that's the case when I only use them at night or in the rain. Please let me know if anyone has had similar problems.

    Separately, I've also had the radio/CD display problem with the frequency display cutting out on the dashboard. I mentioned it to the dealer and they had been instructed by Audi to replace the radio if a customer complains, not the dashboard. They replaced the radio and I've had no problems since.

    Thanks for any help with the headlights.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    On our '98 2.8Q with over 53,000 miles we've had to replace just one headlight so far. And this just happened a couple of months ago - no burnouts until then. And this is the first "electrical" type of issue we've ever had with the car - not really a problem because you expect headlights, taillights, etc to start to go our after 4+ years and 50,000 miles. But I think in your case having to replace each headlight twice, in just 15,000 miles, is excessive. Sounds to me like it could be an electrical problem of some kind, but I suppose too that it could just be the luck of the draw (as in bad luck). If it were to happen again anytime soon I would definitely press the dealer (or a different dealer?) really hard to look at this more closely. You certainly don't want this to continue to happen regularly, especially when your car goes out of warranty (although in our case our dealer replaced our headlight for no charge, well after the warranty had expired).
  • Thanks, JBaumgart. It looks like a new dealer who can actually answer my questions may be the answer.
  • I plan to order an A4 Avant soon and am considering an extended warranty. I plan to keep the car at least 10 years. Can anyone help me with things like the type warranty I should get, what they cover, the cost, and what price I should expect to pay. I've heard there is a huge markup on extended warranties but I haven't been able to find out how much. By the way, the best price on the car I have gotten so far is $1400 over invoice. How's that sound?
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    I don't know if I would purchase an extended warranty at the time of purchase. You will be 100% protected for 4 years/50,000 miles, and can buy an extended warranty at any time up until then. During this time it's possible that you could change your mind about keeping the car beyond the normal warranty period, and if so you wouldn't be getting your money's worth on the extension. Maybe some other folks have some good reasons for buying it right away, but I can't think of any right now...

    Your price seems real good, especially on the Avant which others have said is in short supply.
  • ve a vibration/harmonic/noise problem. It starts at about 2200 rpm. Are you sure you vibration is from wind? Anyone else have a similar problem?
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