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Audi A4 Maintenance and Repair



  • 2003 A4 1.8T
    At 51K the fuel pump died 3 hrs from home costing me $700 P&L.
    At 56K the oil and engine lights came on and right then the entire engine blew out and needed to be replaced - again 3hrs from home. I got that back and it was surging during acceleration so I brought it back and the dealer cleaned dirty valves and vacuum lines. 2 days later, 3hrs from home, the main pully on the crank shaft fell out of the front of the engine. The dealer that has it now says this engine needs to be replaced. This will be the 3rd one.

    I have not been charged for anything but I'm making payments and have not had my car either. They gave me a corolla though.

    In my talks with the dealer I have been told that the oil suldge is from not using synthetic oil but I always brought it to the dealer every 10K miles as advised. When I asked "why 10K?" they said because they use synthetic. Now they say they used regular oil but that synthetic will solve the problem.

    The problem has been identified as a defective engine and not a dealer workmanship problem. It seems Audi cannot even build a decent engine.

    Has anyone else dealt with this type of situation?
  • There's a dirty (literally) little secret about those 10 k oil change intervals. Audi says you can go 10k ... and then the fine print ... if you drive short distances, stop & go, in freezing temps, or in dusty conditions the oil should be changed more frequently. How frequently?... I've always gone with synthetic every 5k or 6 months, whichever comes first. Likewise, the timing belt interval is wildly optimistic.

    My new 2.0t engine came with synthetic oil and after an initial 5k change, calls for 10k changes. You can bet that I will stick with the 5k/6 month change. This has kept my previous two Audi engines very happy and hopefully this will work with my current ride.

    Tummydummy, I see maybe a new Lexus or Infiniti in your future :) Very sorry about your crummy Audi experience.

  • This is the second time in a year that the convertable top inside handle will not turn completely to unlock the top. I have tried everything. i.e. lock trunk, emergency brake up, in park, etc. Last year I brought the car to Audi and they repaired it with a trunk lock sensor replacement at a cost of $600. Well that lasted about 6 months and now I have the same problem. Does anyone else have this problem.? Am I missing something. Is there a cheaper way to fix this? I love this car but you can imagine how frustrating this is on those nice sunny days! Any help would be appreciated
  • jjyjjy Posts: 1
    I am very worried about the future of my Audi A4.

    I have 2003 A4 1.8T

    The CVT transmission needed to be replaced at 52,000 miles! just 2,000 miles after the warranty!! The dealer claimed that it happens every so often but there was no recall from the manufacturer. I am not confident about this CVT transmission and I cannot wait to get this car replaced! If it goes out on me again that would be $10,000 to replace it. (I heard that this Audi transmission is one of the most expensive transmissions)
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    Does anyone know what the actual "official" name for the thing that controls the self-leveling xenon headlights? It is a "box" that's about 4"-5" cubed that's right behind the headlights under the hood.... There is a group of wires terminated with a clip that goes to it. Anyone know what this thing is called? I'm looking for a replacement, but I don't know the name of the thing to search for..... Thanks!

    (2002.5 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro)
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    I should clarify that to say "under the hood, behind the headlight assembly" (not just the actual bulb itself).... Thanks in advance!
  • mjs2mjs2 Posts: 1
    I just spent over $4,000 to keep my 1999 1.8 Turbo on the road (with only 63,000 miles, mind you). Last night I started the car, pulled out of a parking lot and felt the entire car start to shake. My husband was driving and said he felt like it wouldn't shift into higher gear. Then the engine light came on. We stopped the car and restarted it, and it seems to be running fine but the engine light is still on. We drove it back home (about 75 miles) and it made it, but I'm afraid to get in that thing again. I literally picked it up from the service dealer one week ago (only $550 bucks that time). Does anyone know if that kind of shaking is a transmission problem or, even worse, the dreaded timing belt? They just checked the timing belt and said it was fine, but I don't think those Audi service people have a clue what they're doing. And I'm SICK OF SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS EVERY MONTH!!! After plowing that much money into it, I was hoping to hold on to it another year but that's looking highly unlikely...
  • i dont know if u have replaced the wheel bearing yet, but you might want to check your brake dust cover before you go dumping a 300 dollar wheel bearing into it, just a suggestion
  • Nope, not the timing belt but maybe a failing ignition coil pack? Something's up and if you had any ignition work done, the dealer may owe you.
  • I'm new to this forum so I'll need your help....I've noticed from these posts that a lot of the problems/issues are with the 2002 - newer A4 1.8T or the 2001 and older 2.8 Quattros. Am I safer purchasing a 3.0 Quattro? Were there coil issues with the 3.0? What are other things I need to be aware (outside of the timing belt)?

    Thanks in advance.
  • mcmuneymcmuney Posts: 64
    I had a 2003 3.0 CVT and they did have the coil recalled on them. Mine was replaced during regular maintenance. I had some minor stuff happend to it, but nothing major. The reason I say that I HAD is because I traded it in for the 2005.5 3.2 Quattro and I'm very happy with it so far.
  • I have a 2003 A4 1.8T. Since new I have not been able to refuel the car with the OPW model 12VW nozzle. No matter how slow I try to fill the car or what angle I hold the nozzle it just shuts off and fuel spills out.

    Most new stations in my area use this nozzle and as older stations replace nozzles they install the OPW 12VW. The places I can get gas are slowly disappearing. I know some other A4's have had this problem. Anyone know of a fix? My dealer is unable and unwilling to help.
  • I just bought a 2006 Audi A4 2.0 T and I have noticed that the ride has caused me to experience neck pain and stiffness. I think it is the turbo effect.

    Please respond if you have experienced the same problem and what I can do about it. Or what you think my problem is.
  • I just bought a 2006 Audi 2.0T premium pckg, sunroof, cold weather. First things first I think the car looks great and drives well. However I have experienced some neck pain from the turbo ride.

    Is this something I will get used to or is something wrong with my Audi

    Anybody have any thoughts?
    I used to drive a 1999 323CI BMW.
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    What does the turbocharger have to do with the ride?
  • cicerocicero Posts: 51
    Provided you are not joking, I am somewhat perplexed by your inquiry. I think you may get some cynical responses to your questions. I doubt that the turbo charging has anything to do with what you are describing. It sounds more like a seat adjustment or a different driving position than you experienced in your older BMW. Suspension differences might also explain the pain but the turbo is not a likely explanation.
  • Yeah I am sorry I never drove a car that was a turbo. I guess what I am talking about is the effect that I feel when I accelerate from a stoped or slowed down position. Like I said my last car was a 323 and you had to really give it gas to get it to move. And the A4 is a very soft pedal and when I start to go, I get this neck jerking like motion.

    Either way my friends think its rediculous but the bottom line is I have been driving the car for one week and seriously concerned about the ride comfort. I am imagining it is that I am not used to the ride of the car since it is such a contrast I feel from my previous ride of 6 years.

    Thanks for comments and corrections I hope everyone understands what I am trying to convey, sorry for sounding so stupid.
    Please let me know if you have any thoughts
  • Experiment with the angle on your headrest. If that doesn't seem to help, adjust the position of the steering wheel, both forward and aft as well as vertical. Also see if your tire pressure is set correctly. But gotta say that is one of the more bizarre complaints that I've read. :P

  • cicerocicero Posts: 51
    No need to apologize or repeatedly apologize. At least you asked the question. I am curious as to how many years you have been driving? Ask your dealer whether there is an Audi driving course available or a student driving course. You may be "jumping on it" by jamming down on the accelerator. Jerking indicates that you are accelerating too fast and then stopping too fast. Ride comfort goes to the seating position and the feel of the road. It does not sound like you have those problems and I suspect that the newer Audi has a better ride than the much older BMW. Good luck
  • josh7josh7 Posts: 1
    I had someone jump my 98 A4 the other day and they hooked up the jumpers backwards. I think it blew my radio or maybe just a fuse, because not even the SAFE option comes up when I try to turn on the radio. I checked the fuse box. Anyone know what else I can check before I resort to taking it to the shop? Thanks.">
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