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#5866 of 6042 Cleaning Old Headlight Assemblies Lenses
Jun 03, 2005 (6:12 pm)
I have a question about my 1997 Audi A4 1.8T. I recently had my drivers side headlight assembly replaced due to a collision. After having it replaced, I noticed that my passenger side headlight lens is very dirty and now I have the problem of one clean and one dirty headlight. Does anyone know how to clean the lens without having to replace the entire assembly for $250? I have heard that C.L.R. works but if anyone has any other ideas to help match my headlights I would really appreciate it! Thanks
#5868 of 6042 Rear bumper damage
Jun 05, 2005 (12:34 pm)
I have a 98 A4 Quattro 1.8T
I had a minor accident but my entire rear bumper came off! I'm trying to determine whether or not I should file a claim with my insurance company or if I should pay for the repairs on my own.
I'm looking for an idea of how much I should expect to pay for new bumper, bumper cover, painting, installation, etc. Am I looking at $1,000 or a lot lot more??
#5869 of 6042 Re: XM RADIO in 2004 1.8t A4 [mks4]
Jun 05, 2005 (1:10 pm)
I just bought a 2004 A4 Cab, and they said it was a special Audi module for $700.
#5870 of 6042 De Facto Standard Warranty Grace Period?
Jun 06, 2005 (10:19 am)
Sadly, I must admit that due to circumstances I won't go into here, we just barely (at this point, less than one week!) exceeded our 4 year anniversay date of official vehicle delivery without taking advantage of our final scheduled service. (Yes, we were low in mileage accumulation versus the norm).
That having been written, I wanted to compare notes regarding how others in similar situations negotiated (or attempted to negotiate, if unsuccessful) a 50,000 mile service in spite of being a few days past official warranty expiry. I am interested primarly in cases where people were less than one month past the official date.
#5871 of 6042 Re: De Facto Standard Warranty Grace Period? [jimbopat]
Jun 06, 2005 (11:01 am)
Just one added thought ....
With Daimler, as well as certain American and Japanese companies now offering standard warranties ranging from 5 - 7 years, and from 75K to 100K miles, is anyone here aware of any moves on the part of Audi to offer a longer standard warranty? Are there warranties longer than 50K / 4 years already offered in certain countries (I am in the US - here it's 50K/4 years).
Jun 06, 2005 (6:00 pm)
I wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations on getting an extended warranty. My 2002 Audi A4 3.0 has about 48k miles on it and with the problems I have had on it during the warranty I am assuming getting an extended warranty is a good idea.
Does anyone have a recommendation on a good place to get it through. I checked the Audi dealership one...but I am assuming that that is typically more expensive than other companies. Any help would be great!
#5873 of 6042 Re: Trouble Free A4? [mosher]
Jun 10, 2005 (10:32 am)
Well, I have a 99 1/2 A4 1.8T Quattro that just last weekend went over 100k. I chipped it at 70k and upgraded the suspension at 85k.
Here are the notable things that I have experienced:
- Catalytic converter went out at about 90k: Not unusual and the non-Audi branded part came to $400.
- Main hydralic brake unit (located in engine compartment) went out: Audi branded part cost me $900.
-Electric valve firing unit (something that manages the valve timing) died: $300 ish.
-Water pump blew: $150 ish.
-In dash LCD screen has been losing its clarity for the past 30k miles; unreadable on warm days (Would cost $500 to replace).
-My Turbo unit's waste gate (allows for excess boost to exit turbo unit on de-accelerations) is bent and making a fluttering sound. Cost to replace stock turbo is $800.
There have been some other "minor" things as well, but these are the big ones. I do love the Audi brand and enjoy the car tremendously. If I was in better financial straights I would probebly lease a new one and enjoy the protection of the warranty. Overall, this car has been very reliable, strong in the snow and rain and has given me greater appreciation for the germanic engineering. I would do it again.
I hope this was helpful!
#5874 of 6042 1.8 vs 3.0 - do you need the 6
Jun 11, 2005 (7:34 pm)
I just got rid of my 89 Toyota with 240K (owned from new) and am looking to start another 16 year relationship with an A4 (lightly used). My question is whether the 6 is necessary? I'm the kind of driver that sticks to the slow lane and goes about one mile above the limit but my daughter says "Dad this is not about need, its about want." I'm also interested to hear about reliability problems of the turbo versus the unturboed 6.
Thanks for your advice....
#5875 of 6042 Re: 1.8 vs 3.0 - do you need the 6 [formercressida]
Jun 14, 2005 (10:46 am)
I have read that the 1.8T is a much more reliable engine. It does not have the same power as the V6, but it served me well before I chipped it. You could always go my route and buy the 1.8T and if you feel you need more power you can purchase an APR (www.goapr.com) chip for $400 and boost the horsepower/torque. The chip upgrade does not require any other "mods," does not impact fuel economy and dramatically improves performance.