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Audi A4, Sedan
Jun 27, 2005 (2:37 pm)
It seems that some members are having a hard time loving their Audis. Here are some things Iíve 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.
#5891 of 6042 Re: 1998 A4 oil leaks [hueyoz]
Jul 10, 2005 (3:10 pm)
yea, i just purchased a used 98 audi a4 2.8 and i did the whole "used car check" at the local shop and the told me that i had a leak somewhere but im now in the process of finding someone to sell me the dye so that i can run it through the engine to see where it is coming from........i also have a wierd sound coming from the front drivers side wheel but i think that is just the wheel bearing needing to be fixed/repaired/replaced,or whtever......if anybody can help me that it would be great!! my checkengine light came on yesterday and i went to autozone where they do FREE diagnostic checks, and there computer said that my spark plugs were misfiring, so i replaced those (all 6) today and the check engine light is still on! maybe its because it sometimes takes a few miles for the computer to reset, i hope thats all it is, because i haven't sold a house in a couple of weeks nd my funds are dropping:).....anyways thanks, josh
Jul 12, 2005 (3:05 pm)
I'm currently looking at a '98 A4 2.8.... and took it for a test drive. Didn't make any weird noises or anything.. but the engine light was on. I was told by the owner that the engine light was on because they removed the one fuse for the ABS because they said it only "made a noise" and wasn't actually doing much (or something to that effect), so instead of listening to the noise, they removed the fuse for it. Make sense? Also there is another sensor light on, they haven't checked it out yet and it has been on for about a month. If I get this vehicle and get the sensor checked out, you think I should be prepared for a 2000.00 (cdn.) bill, or would it likely not be that bad?
I asked about oil leaks, and they haven't noticed any problems in that area. It has about 140,000 kilometers on it. When they got the vehicle it was still under warranty so they had like alot of stuff replaced at that time.
Sorry if I"m asking this in the wrong area.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
#5893 of 6042 Re: A4 Question [gerber2]
Jul 12, 2005 (3:06 pm)
This is a fine place to ask, welcome!
#5894 of 6042 Re: A4 Question [gerber2]
Jul 13, 2005 (2:12 am)
I can't see any relationship between the engine light and the removed fuse. In fact, that indicates two different problems. I would ask to have the fuse put back in and then hear the noise for yourself. I would not be OK at all buying a car with these problems without knowing what the underlying problems are and what they cost to fix.
All A4s do make an ABS initialization noise just after initial movement. It sounds like running over an empty soda can and it is normal. I found this out on my A4 when I got it and thougth there was a problem.
Regarding the other dash light you would need to find out what one it is and what the underlying problem is.
These are great cars but I would not jump into one before knowing the entire situation and right now this all sounds just too vauge for my liking.
#5895 of 6042 Re: A4 Question [rowlandj]
Jul 13, 2005 (6:51 am)
Thanks for the response JR,
I guess private sales are always a tough thing... so perhaps I could maybe talk to the owner about getting the car checked out or 'safetied' or whatever... let them know I'm willing to pay the difference to have it checked. After getting checked the shop should be able to let me know what problems are with the car and estimated cost to fix everything needed. Sound like the best thing to do?
Like I said, it's a 1998 A4 2.8, going for $11500.00 (Canadian dollars)... i figure a dealer would resell it for much more. Anyone know what this model would resell for at a dealer? I figured maybe that even if I put a few thousand in repairs, it would still be around the 14000-15000 mark which I willing to spend if I know I'm gonna have a good car in the end.
#5896 of 6042 Re: A4 Question [gerber2]
Jul 13, 2005 (7:00 am)
A good 'once over' by a qualified technician is always a good idea. That way you are entering the deal with both eyes open. They could also look for any old accident damage or the like as that can be tough to spot unless the car is up on a lift.
Anyway, given the investment you are making I would think that it would be money well spent.
Good luck witht the process and enjoy the car if you do get it.