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Audi A4 Maintenance and Repair

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  • Ok, I am in the market for a 2007 Audi A4 2.0T quattro with 40k miles. Fun to drive, but I am concerned with the cost of maintenance. I have heard mixed reviews. The other car I am considering is actually a Nissan Murano. I know the Audi is much more of a driver's car, but I would like to get an idea of what sort of premium I would pay to have such a car? Oil change prices/etc? Or is it only if/when a repair is needed that the higher costs show their ugly head? How often is a repair required (guesstimate). Thanks!
    Joel :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,266
    Your best approach with an Audi is scheduled, methodical, pro-active maintenance. In other words, the car goes into Dieter and Hans in the spring and fall, whether it seems to "need" anything or not. This may seem over-indulgent, and might cost you $100/$150 a month, but believe me, it's the cheap way out if you have an Audi out of warranty.

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  • thank you, I guess another question is how much more should I guess I would be paying for maintaining the audi over a 5 yr stretch vs a nissan murano... :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,266
    You might find the Edmunds MAINTENANCE COSTS TOOL a very handy way to answer that question accurately.

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  • Hello everyone,

    Yesterday my coolant light came on. I checked the level and it was right at the low line. My dealership was closing before I got off work, so I just drove home, planning to pick up some G12 today. I woke up, and checked the level of the coolant reservoir, and to my surprise, there wasn't anything registering at all.

    I found no sign of a leak, of any sort, nor could I smell any hint of coolant that may have "burned". I just bought the car, used, two weeks ago from a dealer. It's a '04 A4 1.8 Quattro. Any ideas?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,266
    Have the cooling system pressure tested and see what's up.

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  • I am currently shopping for a convertible. My search began with BMW's but I quickly changed my mind to either an Audi or Saab.

    In my research, it seems they are close. Saab's get high reviews, while Audi's are mixed.

    The styles are similar as well. Prior to purchasing, I am now at the phase where I need to research maintance and issues. Oil changes, true gas mileage, problems etc. Can anyone who may have owned either of the above shed some light on these questions?

    Thanks
  • I have a 01 Audi Quattro. I'm in need of help with my vehicle. I hope somebody will answer to this. My air suspension light came on this morning on my Vehicle and i noticed the rear is just sagging and wont come up at all... I called the dealer but nobody has got back to me yet about it.. What should I do.. Any recommendations. Money is no option for me. . Just want my car fixed.

    Kristy
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,228
    The cost of repairing air suspensions is very high, leading some who are faced with your decision to convert to a conventional (no-air) suspension. There are companies that make kits for this, but I can't think of the name(s) at the moment. Owners who have taken this route are generally happy with the results, and the savings.

    Between Edmunds, Google, and independent Audi specialists, you should be able to find the best solution for your car.
  • Hello KristyLou.. If your air suspension light came on you should have checked it immediately.. Something was obviously going on with the vehicle that needed to be fixed. Im sorry to hear that your rear air suspension has went out on you. And i can go ahead and let you know that the dealer price is going to be crazyy expensive.. around 4-7 thousand dollars. The reason i know this I have a 06 Audi All road and my air suspension system went out as well in the rear.
  • thanks ill have to check into that

    Kristy
  • Jim,

    I know i should have checked the light when it came on but with the hours i work i just didnt have time.. and i keep putting and putting it off. . now im renting a vehicle and i cant stand it... :( but neways thanks for the information, ill just have to get my dealer to fix it. Yeah it does seem A little expensive but its going to have to be fixed.. How much did you have to pay to get your vehicle fixed jim?

    Kristy.
  • I actually didnt have my dealer fix my vehicle.. I had a local shop fix it.. I didnt pay the dealer price. I paid 997.00 to get my car re fixed. But i didnt fix the air.. I went with a conversion kit and eliminated all the air out of my vehicle. I went to Strutmasters.com ; a friend had told me about them and i decided to check them out. Not only did I fix my vehicle i dont have to worry about my air system failing on me again. It came with a lifetime warranty. SO im set.

    Jimm
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,964
    It appears that "brand legacy" can also be COSTLY on the repair side also.
  • Wow.. but its not the air tho... hmm well how does it actually ride... i mean is it the same??? So you paid 997 just to fix the rear? I like the lifetime warranty thing about them because i know with the air system it can just fail again eventually. .

    Kristy
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,964
    edited December 2010
    Not that I know, but these (cheaper) replacement kits, can take huge costs and add reliability at the same time. A apples to oranges example, Lexus and Toyota offered their versions of the Toyota Landcruiser. (Germane to this discussion) Lexus had the so called adaptive shocks ( suspension )and Toyota offered the time honored shocks. Now I liked the shocks as all you had to do was R/R top/bottom bolts, change the shocks (less than $300 for a premium aftermarket set of 4) and you were good to go. Long story short, my BIL had his Lexus shocks go out (less than 50k miles) and it was going to cost $2,400 to replace. He settled for the adaptation kit (be able to put the much cheaper shocks on) @ $900. FF to the 94 Toyota Landcruiser ( 17 years old now-that I have). It has 185,000 miles and is still far from needed "new" shocks (@ $300 per set of 4)
  • so you think I should go with the conversion kit?
  • yes the ride is just as great.. i paid 997 for the kit itself with Strutmasters had it shipped to me and then I paid my local shop to fix it. It was way better than paying 6 thousand to fix the vehicle.. My ride is just as smooth as before.. I definitely had to think about what i was going to do because i know the air system can always fail in the future and i didnt want to pay 6 thousand again later on to get it fixed again,. So i think i made the best choice.
  • well thanks.. i will have to give them a call and find out more information. You said Strutmasters.com right?
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,964
    Yes. +1 here.
  • no problem let me know how it works out for you

    have a good one.

    Jimm
  • that coil pack oem should of cost u no more than 45$ thats the real price
  • also i have had the same issue with A 3.Ol engine in my opinion install oem coil which is about 45$ and replace the spark plug install irridium plugs or the problem will be persistent
  • I have a 1996 A4 Quattro with a 2.8 V6 with an automatic tiptronic trans and it will not drive under its own power. We flushed the transmission and replaced the drive axles but it still won't drive. When we jacked the front end up, we could get one of the tires to turn on its own. It was wrecked recently and the front end was totalled. We replaced the radiator, condenser, and radiator support. I need help as this is the car that is supposed to get me to college and last me a while if at all possible.
  • audidaveaudidave Posts: 1
    Hi,

    I just got an 06 A3 and I am having a problem playing songs in the SD card slots. I put 4 songs on just to see if they would work and 2 did, 2 did not.

    I am using a small 256 SD cards as its all I have in the house which is not SDHC....however before I buy bigger cards im wondering will I be able to do something that will make all my songs play from it? Of those 4 songs they are all the same .mp3 format and have that at the end of the name...

    Any help would be fantastic?

    Dave
  • I have an Audi A4 Quattro that sometimes has a problem starting when I turn it off. It turns over and I have to keep patting the gas for it to catch and then it will start. I don't know why I have to push the gas to get it to start seeing that its fuel injected. The problem is it doesn't do it all the time just when its inconvenient. Has anyone had a similar problem with there Audi. I took it to the Audi dealership and the car didnt do it not one time.
  • rowlandjrowlandj Posts: 254
    When was the last time you had your fuel filter changed? A clogged filter will lead to starting issues and they should be change at about 50,000 miles as a general rule.
  • shopdog97shopdog97 Posts: 155
    A friend of mine runs a local rapair shop and has been in business for over 30 years, servicing all makes of vehicles. I stopped in to see him today about a problem I was having with my car(not an Audi) and he said to me, "I'll fix your car for free if you can tell me what's wrong with this late model(not sure of the year, but it looks fairly new) Audi A4. He said when the owner comes to a stop the car starts idling rough and nearly dies. He told me that when they put it up on their lift and started it and put it into gear, it idles fine and doesn't stumble at all! He claims he's never heard of this. I'm no Audi owner or specialist but said I'd post the question on here and see what happens. I only know it's an Audi A4 2.8 motor and I'm not really sure if it's an A4 Quattro(it may well be. I said to him could it be a software issue, and he said he was waiting for a return call from someone who he said was more familiar with Audi's. So I just thought I'd post this on here and see if any of you may have experienced this issue with this Audi model. Thanks and have a wonderful day.
  • I had similar issues (though not bad enough to die). I have had some sensors go bad and have replaced the catalytic converter. My check engine light comes up though and gives the errors indicating that these needed to be replaced. You didn't mention anything about the check engine light so I assumed it wasn't coming up. Oddly after doing this by check engine light is still coming on so maybe it is just a computer thing. I wonder how the fuel mileage is on this car. Mine got noticably worse and improved when making these repairs. It runs real smooth now and I am not really worried about the check engine light on mine unless it shows signs of other problems. Don't know if this helps but good luck.
  • shopdog97shopdog97 Posts: 155
    I found out earlier when I went back to this garage with our Saturn Vue, this A4 Audi is a '99. Sure looked newer than that, and the lead mechanic that I knew had his head under it. He clarified that it DID NOT stall or attempt to stall, but that the idle had just become erratic and he still didn't know why it was happening. Since a catalytic converter can become clogged on any vehicle, I'd like to believe that Tom ruled this out rather quickly. I'm not sure whether this car's check engine light was on or not. Like everything else, he says that every once in a while, a "stumper" comes into his shop and caused everyone to scratch their heads. He was going to consult with someone he knows who takes care of these high end cars like Audi, MB, Jaguar, Lexus and so on. They WILL get to the bottom of this eventually, although the owner may be somewhat lighter in the wallet when all is said and done!!
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