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Audi A4 Maintenance and Repair

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  • rjorge3rjorge3 Posts: 138
    Sorry to hear about your 4runner....I guess lemons come in "all flavors". :lemon:

    I just picked up my car this Saturday, and long and behold, yesterday I got this warning sign "check rear light". Although this for sure is just a minor thing (this is the second time it happened), here I go again to the dealer.

    I have to agree with some in this forum that say that the dealers can also make a great difference. I refuse to go to my original dealer, Flemington Audi NJ, even if I have to pay for a rental. I was so turned off with their service that I wrote a letter to Audi customer care (most likely it found the garbage bin), indicating their poor level of customer service.

    I am having my car now serviced in LifeQuality Audi in BayRidge Brooklyn.

    I have started lemon law paperwork this week so I'll keep you guys posted as to what will happen. Audis are indeed great cars (when they are not in the shop), and I will indeed shed some tears when I switch, but I just cannot stomach so many problems in so little time.

    I figure I have some fun with all my problems:

    How can you tell if you are an Audi owner?

    1) When your neighbors ask you how come you change your car every three months, a Jetta, a Passat, another A4 or an A6 parked in your driveway...oh and sometimes an occasional Dodge Neon (but they don’t know, they are all loaners!!)

    2) You get to know at least three to four service reps from 3 to 4 different dealers, and you get to know the wife's name and kids name of at least one of them.

    3) You absolutely, positively just lease the car as to own it would represent a kamikaze move, or it means that you are very accustomed to pain.

    4) Your vocabulary all of a sudden expands as you start to use difference kinds of words, sounds etc to describe your problems to the tech.

    5) Your frequent visits to the dealer makes you an industry insider as you know about when the next model will come before the public, changes and news about the Audis (you do this when they ask you to wait for your car and not loaners are available!)

    6) and last, for no apparent reason, you start to cry when you see an add referring to the “German driving experience”. :sick:
  • pedrorpedror Posts: 1
    The air bags red light has been on for the last 3-4 weeks...I took the car to the dealer and they determined an air bag module was not working correctly...they ordered the module but will arrive in 2-3 weeks...in the mean time, does anybody know how I can get rid of the air bags light on the dashboard?...it is very anoying and it is distracting me all the time. Thanks.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,714
    Thanks for sharing the info, rjorge3. Sorry you have had problems. But your and other posters help __me__ see through the myth of the "German Driving Experience". Yes Audis do handle and ride well. It's a true pity many Audis need so much shop time in return, and that many of their dealers treat the cars as disposable luxury products.

    There was another car brand in the USA that offered the "Italian Driving Experience", which soon became known as the 'Fix It Again Tony" experience. Where are they now? Not here.
  • marleybarrmarleybarr Posts: 334
    The air bag light can only be switched off by replacing the "airbag control module", an $800 repair.
  • ddelectddelect Posts: 2
    Hi, New to this, but have a serious question. I am looking to purchase a 2006 Audi A4 wagon and was told by the service manager I can't tow my trailer (Jet Ski) because the trailer can't be wired to the car? Is this correct??
    I was told by the trailer people a hitch was available, but I needed a powered converter, but no-one has a clue how to wire it to the AUDI, I can't believe this can not be done, certainly would be disappointing, not to able to buy a car because you can't hook-up a trailer, fine car.
    My question is how do I wire a trailer to this cars electrical without causing any damage?? Any help would be greatfull.
    Thank you for any help.
    ddelect :)
  • cneffcneff Posts: 65
    Hi rjorge3,

    I went back for the same rear light failures 7 times with the '03 A4 I had. Twice it actually failed right at the spot where the dealer drives the car up to return it. Turns out it was not a bulb issue but a module somewhere deep inside the car. Only took them 5 months to figure that out and that was discovered by the guy that came all the way from Germany.

    I liked your chat about neighbors asking about all the different cars you had...consider yourself lucky as I was always given Mazda3s, Hyundais, or Chryslers. However, one thing the neighbors noticed was those loaners went more then two days without problems where my Audi had a glorious day if it made 12hrs. To be fair, Paul Miller (1 of the 4 dealers I danced with) gave me a 1.8T A4 as a loaner, had that 45 consecutive days as they figured out what to do about my 3.0....no success there either. They actually said don't come back, the car is too much of a liability and then said they focus on the best customer experience, all in the same breath. I felt so special.
  • rwolffrwolff Posts: 19
    Hi David,
    Tried your profile but couldn't get email address. If you can get me that information I'd appreciate it. Thanks
    Ray
  • rjorge3rjorge3 Posts: 138
    Thanks for that tip about the light. This is I believe my second or third time with the same problem, thus I will bring that to the tech attention.

    You know, I think what I will do from now on is to drive my trusted, old college years 1994 Toyota celica hatchback more frequently, and try to only drive the A4 maybe 2 to 3 days per week (I drive to work every day).

    I am just afraid that if my lemon law suit does not go well, and when I return the car and if they find something wrong (highly problable), then I will get stock with a huge bill.

    I guess the mistake I made when I lease the car is that I leased it for 39 months as supposed to 36 which is the warranty period. I do however intend not to even touch the car after the 36th month even if I am still making three more monthly payments.

    Oh well, lesson learned :cry:
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,714
    "To be fair, Paul Miller (1 of the 4 dealers I danced with) gave me a 1.8T A4 as a loaner, had that 45 consecutive days as they figured out what to do about my 3.0....no success there either. They actually said don't come back, the car is too much of a liability"

    thanks for heads up. I will make sure to avoid that dealer.
    Where the heck was AUDI all this time?
  • sxb9365sxb9365 Posts: 2
    I bought an 01 A4 in the beginning of march. On the first of may I took it in for the 60K mile service. 4 days later my oil pressure light comes on. I tow it back to the dealer and they perform a tsb for oil sludging. They started it back up and apparently without any odd noises or smoke etc.. the engine stalled out after 3-5 minutes. The dealer called me and said I need to fund a new engine at $10k+labor. They state there is no pressure in any of the 4 cylinders. Has any one had a similar experience???? Please help,

    THANKS!!!! :sick: :lemon:

    email sxb9365@yahoo.com
  • bulentbasbulentbas Posts: 3
    Hi all,

    I am about to buy 2001 Audi A4 2.8 quattro 112.000 miles on it at $7500. I am considering about high mileages. Is anybody has same car and mileage in this board and maybe they can give me some advice? Should I buy it?

    Thanks
    Bulent
  • ttenragttenrag Posts: 38
    Are you kidding me. Sounds like a lawsuit if it were my car! Good luck.

    It just amazes me that people continue to buy these cars used. Don't you have a warranty with the vehicle?

    I own toyotas, and have only had to change the oil and rotate the tires.
  • sxb9365sxb9365 Posts: 2
    Unfortunately the warranty expired at 50K. I've got a meeting with the service mgr tomorrow. I think what I'm going to do is have it taken to an independent mechanic who can actually tell me what's wrong with it. I've got a lawyer, I just need to know what's wrong with it. Regardless once the dust settles I'm going to off the car at a huge loss. I just need to figure out the root cause of the issue and the cheapest fix.
  • pgguypgguy Posts: 9
    Just got 06 A4 3.2 quattro manual 6 speed. Love it. Could only get manual car with sport suspension which is a bit uncomfortable for my wife and also for me. Does any one know if it is possible to exchange sport springs and/or dampers for standard parts? And if so the cost? Thanks PG guy
  • byronwalterbyronwalter Posts: 220
    Have you checked your tire pressure? As you undoubtedly know, tire pressure can have an enormous influence on how your car rides and handles. I run my pressure a little towards the high side but still think my '06 rides great. Frankly I wouldn't own an A4 without the sports suspension. The improved handling is well worth it (for me). I know that with the sports suspension, the car has slightly higher limits during spirited driving and during emergency evasion tactics, which eventually happen to us all.

    Naturally you can swap out the springs/shocks but sorry I can't help on the cost of converting the car back to a more compliant suspension.

    Byron
  • pgguypgguy Posts: 9
    Hi Byron:
    Thanks for the response. Running 35lbs in front and 33 lbs in back. These are the recommended pressures for 235/45 17" all season tires. I'll call the service dept at the dealer on Monday and see whar they say.
  • rjorge3rjorge3 Posts: 138
    bulentbas, I do not want to persue you not to buy this car, but if you do your research, Audis are not great cars to buy in the used market especially with those high miles. You might be looking a huge bills if you dont' have an extended warranty, and I doubt that you might be able to get a decent ext warranty with those miles.

    Save yourself some trouble and go for a Honda, Toyota or Nissan.
  • byronwalterbyronwalter Posts: 220
    Your tire pressure sounds good. I'm usually at about 36 front and 35 rear (Continental 235s). Hope you are able to find a cost-effective route for smoothing out your ride.

    Byron
  • genjunkgenjunk Posts: 2
    Hi sxb9365:

    I had my engine oil light came on while I was driving on a highway. It ended up the engine could not started anymore and had to get a tow truck to bring it back. Now it is in dealer shop. I looked up several websites and noted this engine problem is very common in Audi A4. In 2004, Audi had issued a warranty for all Audi engine for 8 years with unlimited mileage. Maybe you can look into this. I believe there are many Audi A4 owners have encountered or suffered this problem. Please keep us posted. The dealer has not told me what's wrong but I am worrying I may get into the same boat. Thanks.

    GJ
  • cneffcneff Posts: 65
    sorry for the late reply.

    Audi knew from the beginning the issues I had with the car and the dealers and they turned a deaf ear. In fact, one of their customer service experts told me they only sell cars and are not responsible for their dealers actions. Whatever.

    Audi of Mendham/Bernardsville was the originating dealer....they were useless and funny enough Audi USA admitted that. I did a stint at Town Motors after Paul Miller, they did try and were nice, but Audi got tired of paying all the warranty claims, (seems that is their clue to do something) so they sent me to Jack Daniels thinking it would solve the issues. JD had the car with an Audi expert and guy from Germany for 2 weeks. Still came back faulty, one phone call as follow up and one call from Audi I got (it took them 2 weeks to send me the paperwork - guess edits had to be made - the package was a book!!) The car was just a mess.

    When I told Audi USA I was still having the same issues, Audi USA said I could go to any dealer I wanted - that statement came from their so called special customer service person (the one that gets problem customers like me, or as they put it "someone having a unique experience"). So I drove around with a faulty car for a few more months, the options I paid extra for only worked in the brochure.

    Audi just sells cars...NEVER FOLLOW
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