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#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.
#5897 of 6042 Re: A4 Question [rowlandj]
Jul 13, 2005 (8:03 am)
Thanks alot! All your help & comments are grealy appreciated.
#5898 of 6042 21,000 and Worn Tie Rods?
Jul 20, 2005 (6:45 am)
I have a 1997 A4 1.8T with 21,000 miles. (True). I brought the car to the Dship because the odometer light was out. They told me it would be $850 to replace PLUS they told me the car was unsafe to drive because the tie rods were worn. Anyone ever hear of worn tie rods at 21K?
Jul 20, 2005 (11:25 pm)
I just had APR Stage 1 upgrade done to my A4 1.8T Quattro B6.
The power increase (judging by acceleration feel) seems to be only about 10-15%. Clamed increase is about +51KW. Which is a big jump from 110KW originally.
I wonder is there something can be possibly wrong with my engine or it is just me been too greedy for power…..
I am used to be a car mechanic in the past so I have a rough idea of how the engines feel like.
It seems that I may need to go to Stage 2 or 3 got get some reasonable power out of it. Which is a bit of shame as I do not want to run the motor under so mach boost.
Looks like to be able to have some fun I will have to get something with the bigger engine.
#5900 of 6042 Re: my question [burnouts]
Jul 25, 2005 (8:30 pm)
Just buy the S4 which comes with twin turbos from the factory? Adding is not easy and is expensive.