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#5881 of 6042 1998 A4 oil leaks
Jun 21, 2005 (4:00 am)
Has anyone out there had any experience with bad (and consistent) oil leaks for the 2.4 V6? I've had an oil leak for about 3 months and Audi first said it was a couple of oil hoses leaking and fixed that for me. HOwever it kept leaking and then they said it was a leak from the solenoid cover and fixed that. However it kept leaking and now they say it is yet another leak from the bottom of the engine. All different leaks (so they say) and it's costing me an arm and a leg. They tell me that this particular engine (and also the 2.8) have a history of oil leaks. Has anyone had the same problem? Is it true about this engine, or I am being led up the garden path?
#5882 of 6042 I've heard horror stories
Jun 21, 2005 (5:34 am)
My daughter has an opportunity to buy a 2000 A4 2.8L v-6 with 101,000 miles. I've heard horror stories from other Audi owners (not A4 owners) and am concerned that she (a college student) is buying a car that will cost her a lot to fix. What can we anticipate for repairs with this car? It has already had a timing belt changed, water pump replaced and will have the catalytic convertor repaired before the sale.
#5883 of 6042 new audi owner
Jun 23, 2005 (3:05 pm)
Hey everyone, I just bought a used 98 A4 Quattro Sedan, it has 85k miles on it. I heard lots of great things before i bought it, and now all i seam to be hearing are bad things. Did I make a bad investment? What are some of the things I should look out for? Any advice would be helpful, thanks.
#5884 of 6042 Re: new audi owner [jboom]
Jun 24, 2005 (2:06 am)
This is the way it always happens!
By the way, welcome to the club
From what I can tell:
-change oil and oil filter every half period what AUDI recommends!
-use best oil available (I personally go for MOTUL synthetic, racing oil)
-keep an eye on electronics for unusual warnings lights
- MOST IMPORTANT ONE “ ENJOY YOUR CAR, IT IS A FINE ANIMAL”
AUDI A4 1.8T Quattro
#5885 of 6042 Re: new audi owner [simple2]
Jun 24, 2005 (5:33 am)
simple2, thanks for the good feedback, its always good to hear positive stuff. Sorry I'm not up to the lingo, but what is a half period? I know to change oil every 3k miles, are you also saying to change oil filter at the same time? I am definately loving this car so far. Thanks again.
Jun 25, 2005 (3:37 am)
Green00 and JBoom
Like you, I have just bought a used Audi and am about to embark on the same experience as everyone else who posts here.
It might be of interest to tell others about my buying experience. Here in Canada, the new warranty is 4/80,000 K, that's 48,000 miles to Americans, and Audi certified pre-owns get another 2/80,000, so you get 160,000 km in all. I haven't seen too much mention of this secondary warranty in other posts. Having a lifestyle that doesn't leave room for bringing the car in for repairs, I opted to pay a little more to get a car that was more toward the lightly used side than being well used but cheaper.
I finally settled on two almost identical 2002 3.0 M6's. One had close to 48,000 miles and the other was 24,000 miles. The difference in price was $4800. I suppose you can buy a lot of repairs for that much. I consulted car nuts, previous audi owners and my mechanic and they all said go for the more expensive car.
The high mileage car had the sport package and gorgeous 17 inch Continental aggressive tread pattern tires. The low mileage car had wimpy Michelin Pilot 16 tires. One car said, "I belong to a fast driver." The other car said, "I'm a boulevardier." One car had deeply scored rotors. The other (and this may be a dealer's trick) still had silver paint on the outside edge of the rotors.
I said, how fast can you go in bumper to bumper traffic on the expressway at rush hour? (95% of my driving.)
So, after signing up for some pretty hefty monthly payments, I'm the happy owner of car with about 3 years bumper to bumper warranty and the wimpy tires.
In my former life, the Cressida got me through the first 120,000 miles without a single repair, other than routine maintenance. But the oil seals went at 138,000 and I replaced the engine with a rebuilt model. The new engine immediately leaked just as badly and I had it back under the 6 month warranty. This was a premonition; ultimately the second engine leaked a quart a day at 240,000 on the odometer, which means that it only lasted about 100,000 miles. Even so, I was ready for my third engine, except that there was a long list of maintenance items. So we'll see how this Audi compares.
Jun 27, 2005 (2:37 pm)
It seems that some members are having a hard time loving their Audis. Here are some things I’ve learned (been taught) over the years that may help. Feed your Audi synthetic oil and the highest octane gas you can find. Let it warm up before driving full throttle. Once its warm please drive it like you stole it but let it cool down before tucking away for the night (drive slow shift often let it idle for a minute). Those gauges are there for a reason! Short drives are BAD- Drive the long way anywhere. Let the engine get up to peak operating temp every time. Read the Owners manual and understand the service intervals and maintenance are minimum requirements. I have two audis, an 88 audi 90 quattro with 250kms on it and a 2001 a4 1.8turbo quattro. Like all relationships, loving your Audi takes work but it is worth it!
#5888 of 6042 Trunk CD changer - 02 A4 w/ navi
Jul 02, 2005 (12:11 pm)
I have a 2004 A4 (b6) w/ a navigation-plus unit. he downside to the nav+ is that I have no indash cd-changer. Does anyone know if the 02 A4 is prewired for a trunk mounted cd-changer?
I know I can install a glove-box changer but they are too expensive at the dealer + I'd rather go w/ an aftermarket trunk unit if pre-wired.
#5889 of 6042 Re: new audi owner [jboom]
Jul 05, 2005 (3:48 pm)
I own an Audi '99 -- I just received a claim form from Audi of America for repairs done or to be done (after inspection) to the timing belt and other stuff and repairs associated with any consequential damage. Long story short: if you own a 97-99 (I believe) and you either recently repaired or are in need of repair (covers inspection) of the timing systems, Audi will refund/pay for the repairs/damages. I received the claim form while the car was still in the shop being repairs so I called the number on the claim form and activated a file for a future refund. I don't have the toll free number for the JK Reimbursement Program -- it's at work -- but if you want, I can follow up with you tomorrow and provide you with the data.
Now, just today, the catalytic convert went out costing around $1,600 to repair. The Audi rep said that if the mileage were not over 80,000 that Audi would cover it with a claim--my cars mileage is 82,000. Does anyone know anything about this catalytic federal law?
#5890 of 6042 Re: new audi owner [pmenchaca]
Jul 09, 2005 (4:28 am)
Could you provide the toll-free number or a number from the claim form? I have a '99 A4 2.8 that was recently in the shop (at 52,000 miles) to replace the timing belt along with the water pump & other associated guides, seals, etc... ($1200+ for the work.) The pulley shaft on the water pump was wobbling badly & producing a noise such that the engine sounded like a Diesel. I am not certain if the warranty would apply in my case; however if I had not replaced these components it would simply have been a question of when things would go horribly wrong.
As for your catalytic converter, I will have to see if any info is available online.