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Audi A4 Maintenance and Repair

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  • My leased A4 transmission "shudders" when coming to a stop. Dealer recognizes problem and they "are working on it" but the problem still exists. Anyone have luck in "exchanging" vehicles or being let out of lease?
  • In the past 2 years I have replace the battery and alternator in my 1999 A4 1.8T. Last week it began a new problem of barely turning over and won't start. It turns over a little better when I jumt it and it will start then. The battery and alternator check out OK. I'm thing the battery cable or starter motor but I starter motor seem to work or not work. Any suggestions?
  • There is a tech bulletin on this problem at least with the 2004. My dealer finally replaced my CVT transmission with an updated version and it works great. Good luck with yours.
  • Thanks for the heads up. Wonder why this has been a problem for 3 model years? I will follow up with the dealer and Audi corporate.
  • I had a similar, but not identical, problem and it turned out to be 1 of the ignition coils. I did get a MIL and since I have a code reader was able to diagnose. I replaced for $25 and the problem was "fixed" except that due to the shaking the flexible coupling in the exhaust had to be replaced. BTW, the stealership price for the identical coil was almost $50 so shop around for parts.
  • I know this is a forum for A4 problems, but thought I'd add some thoughts from a happy owner. I now have over 150K on my 01 A4Q (manual trans) and have had very few problems. I use synthetic oil changed at Audi's recommended intervals, I replaced a rear wheel bearing at 120K (I actually changed both since I misdiagnosed the bad one), finally got around to replacing the timing belt at 150K, replaced brakes at 80K (they didn't need it I just wanted low dust pads), replaced 1 ignition coil at 100K and my Symphony stereo has the common ERR1 on the internal CD player. Other than that NO problems.
  • I am at 70k miles with 3rd party extended warranty. Getting good will is near impossible for my situation. Also, the dealership service department in Euless mentioned that my A4 had metal fragments in the fluid meaning more serious issue. Dealership quoted 8k for new transmission; I have talked to other shops quote as low as 6k. I decide to take the path of least resistance and trade mine in. At trade-in they discovered my transmission issue and only offered me 9,200 that’s after many back and forth negotiations. The car's blue book is near 15k now I'm taking a major loss by accepting 9,200 but I think it's worth it. It all comes out in the wash and I end up with a newer under warranty car. I hate to give up on my Audi loved that car and was fun to drive. But, me being a recent college grad I just didn't want to have any more expensive repairs to come up.

    Thanks for your tips; I hope no one else has these issues.

    One thing with the CVT I'd like to point out. I have read they use to only put them in smaller engine cars. I think this is an issue with the CVT not standing up to the horsepower of the 3.0 V6.
  • I purchased a certified pre-owned 2005.5 A4 2.0T Quattro from Boardwalk Audi in Plano, TX on 12/22/06. Two days later when I first started the car up it flashed me the 'coolant' warning. I checked the coolant, it was low. Suspecting a leak, I drove the car around a bit and then parked the car in a clean spot. I came back a few hours later and, sure enough, there was a fresh pool of coolant under the car.

    My car has been sitting at the dealership since then. They told me that the source of the leak is the coolant flange and that the part is backordered. Here's my question. What is the likelihood of a significant leak of coolant caused by a worn coolant flange appearing suddenly? Is it reasonable to assume that the dealership knew about the leak when they sold me the car?

    Also, I've heard cases of Audi dealerships not honoring warrenties because customers are not able to provide full maintenance documentation for the life of the vehicle. This vehicle was sold to me by the dealership as "certified pre-owned", but I was not provided with maintenance documentation for the 28k miles on the car at the time of sale. Should I be concerned?

    Finally, one of the documents I was given during the sale contains warrenty information. It says "Buyers Guide" at the top. There are two big checkboxes, one says "AS IS-NO WARRENTY" and the other says "WARRENTY". The latter is checked. Within that, there are two small checkboxes: one says "FULL" and the other says "LIMITED WARRENTY". Neither one is checked, but the text for "LIMITED WARRENTY" has two fill-in-the-blank spots. The first sentence reads: "The dealer will pay 0% of the labor and 0% of the parts for the covered systems that fail during the warrenty period." That sounds pretty bad. I also paid for an extended warrenty; an additional 2 years and 50,000 miles of covereage.

    What actions should I take to protect myself? I was so excited about my new car, but now I'm just worried.
  • you need a new air flow meter, when the car is running and this happens if you turn the key full off and back to on a.f.meter should reset, if this happens you i'd change the air flow meter.
    good luck
  • Hello, I just wanted to touch bases with you regarding your issue with Audi. I recently had my engine replaced by Audi and then 29 days later the new engine began leaking coolant. I was told that they would not fix it, however after letters to the BBB, the Attorney General and a news story on channel 11 they decided to fix it. There were several things that they looked at and it did take them a while to actually find the problem. I was without my car for about 3 months (while they were deciding what to do with the car). I do like Boardwalk Audi better than any other dealership in the metroplex. I spoke with Craig Bowen who is the service manager and he was awesome. I wish you great luck. I have had my car for 4 years and I do love it, but it seems that Audi does not exactly stand behind their product.
  • Chelle4, thank you so much for the reply. My car has been sitting in the service department for almost 2 weeks now. I am furious. I called them tonight for a status update and they couldn't even find me in the computer.

    Please, I would love to talk with you in more detail. Is there a way I can contact you?
  • I have more of a question than a problem, but my Audi salesman wasn't much help so I thought I'd try here.

    I just leased an '07 A4, 2.0, standard audio system. Prior to getting the '07 I drove an '06 A4 3.2 for a week and when I wanted to change the radio station on the 3.2 I would just roll the steering wheel control and it would go to the next station on my preset list. Now on my car when I roll the control it seeks the next station it can pick up, not the stations I have in the preset - which really makes no sense to me. Are the systems just different, or is there something I can change in the settings?
  • The clutch of my 2006 Audi A4 went out after just about 5000 miles of use. Audi ruled the problem due to abuse and I was forced to pay $1400 to replace it. Has anyone had a similar problem and know how to refute Audi's desicion?
  • Hello there

    Just wondering if someone can give me some advice. My wife has just bought a second hand Audi A4 SE 20V, 1996 model auto. Every time she starts it she needs to put her foot on the accelerator as soon as it fires to keep it going or it conks out. Once it is going it is fine and has never stalled but it is every time she starts it.

    The other question is that it has the little red light on the dash that suggests an immobiliser or alarm but it never flashes. The dealer gave her the key to the car which isn't a remote key (seemed strange).

    Would really appreciate any help or feedback
  • scouziscouzi Posts: 28
    Thank everyone for warning me. I'm stying away from WV/Audi. I was going to buy an A4. I thought my KIA dealer was bad, but I'm in heaven compared to people here. At least, my KIA dealer would always admit when a problem was widespread for my model.
  • tubulustubulus Posts: 13
    About to buy a 2006 A4, new, but obviously been sitting on the lot for a while - 6 months or so. I'm already worried about the bad reputation of Audis for reliability, and I will probably exhaust the warranty miles within 2-3 years. Could sitting on the lot for that long increase the odds of problems? Also, how is the stock Symphony II (non-bose) sound system?
  • sssfegysssfegy Posts: 132
    I used to work for VW..and I own an A4. It is very common to see a clutch go out at that or even less miles..VW/Audi clutches should be engaged and disengaged VERY QUICK but not too quick! That's the practicing you need to do, and you will get better at it, ask the service manager. Avoid slow traffic man..I swet everytime I hit one..sorry nothing you can do..they see alot and never cover it, it is considered abuse. I'll tell you though $1400 is a Great deal(serious) mine was quoted $2800 from a friend!
  • I recently leased a 2007 A4 2.0 Quattro w/6sp auto. Have about 1,000 mi on the car (it's just about 1 mo old). Today I had the most frightening experience of my driving life -- while on the highway at 60mph, I stepped hard on the accelerator pedal to change lanes and move around a slow-moving car in my lane. The A4 dropped down a few gears immediately and very quickly I was doing about 75mph. I let up my foot off the gas, only to have the car keep accelerating. I thought maybe I hit the cruise by accident, so I tapped the brake and even moved the cruise lever back & forth. By this time, the car was doing 80mph! My foot was completely off the gas.

    I shifted the car immediately into N and pulled off into the left shoulder -- with the engine still racing (probably 7,500 rpm!). The car came to a stop (again, I was in Neutral). My heart was racing. I shut off the car, put the gear selector in park and restarted.

    Everything seemed normal for the rest of the 15 mi left to get home.

    I know the A4 is a drive-by-wire vehicle with no accelerator cable to get stuck. I was wondering if anyone else had this experience with their A4? Did my winter mat somehow get stuck under the pedal and cause this? I was/am totally freaked by it given Audi's past history with sudden accel.

    I called the dealer -- they said they had no TSB's on this and had not had any A4's where someone came in with this problem. Nonetheless, they said to be safe to bring the car in Monday to have them check it out. All I can figure out they'd do is hook it up to their diagnostic machines and see if any code was saved (did the A4 record any problem?) and/or check to make sure all sensors involved with the drive-by-wire check out and are working properly.

    Any Audi technicians that read this board have any ideas?

    I am totally afraid to have anyone else in my family (wife or kids) drive this thing.
  • I have a 98' A4 2.8 Quattro and the speedometer has gone bonkers. It mellows out if your not accelerating but when you take off it's all over the place. could it be just the speed sensor or what?
  • I have an Audi A4 T 120K miles on it. I just got it back from an oil change and the tech person said to take it to an Ausi delearship right away to get the radiator or antifreeze flushed. Apparently I have the wrong type of antifreeze in it and they told me that I needed a specifice AUDI antifreeze. I have been using this type of antifreeze for a long time and have had no problems. Is it really necc. to replace the antifreeze?
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