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#5937 of 6042 Re: '99 A4 1.8T 5-speed- Should I Buy? [triplesn8s]
Apr 14, 2006 (7:16 am)
I would seriously consider buying anything but an Audi. My car is now about 2.5 years old (bought it new - on the showroom floor - with 4 miles on it) and I've replaced every headlight, tail light, turn signal, and now the "regulator" - all electrical problems. The regulator (because my driver's side window will not work properly will cost ~ $350. The car is a lemon and everyone I work with that has one (6 people - years 1998 - 2005) have various problems and it's costing them an arm and a leg to keep up with. They're great looking cars and I love the way mine handles (2004 A4 1.8T Quattro), but it's too costly and too much of a pain to keep up with.
#5938 of 6042 Audi America not standing behind their product
Apr 17, 2006 (11:49 am)
I have a 2004 Audi A4T Quattro and since I purchased it (new), it's had electrical problems. So far I've replaced every headlight, taillight (one twice), one turn signal, the windshield washer motor, brackets (twice) on the windshield wipers because of corroding, the fuse for the wiper fluid injectors, and the regulator for the power window. I've complained to Audi and me dealer since the beginning (prior to my warranty expiring) and the dealer just blew it off as "it happens" and Audi said last time I spoke to them to let them know if it keeps happening and if so, they would look into it. Well, I called today (Audi America) and was TOTALLY blown off with some scripted BS about now it's not under warranty so they've fulfilled their obligation. They told me to talk to the dealer which will do nothing. What are my other alternatives? I'm not even sure what I'm supposed to ask the dealer or Audi to do. Buy me a new car??? I've sunk so much money into a two year old car. My plan was to run this one until it died, but it looks like it's headed to the grave before it's time. What should I do?
#5939 of 6042 Re: 2002 A4 1.8T Speaker Sizes [juejuebie]
Apr 18, 2006 (7:49 pm)
you looked at crutchfield web site? looks like there are several option with or with out bose also with or without Nav system and from the looks of it theres an adaptor ring around the speakers that can be removed or inserted depending on what level audio group was supplied with your car for diff speak sizes..I know this wasn't any help but the best bet Jubie is to measure the ones in you car?
#5940 of 6042 Should i buy An Audi A4
Apr 24, 2006 (11:09 pm)
I was wondering if i should buy an audi A4. I ask this only cause i have heard of massive electrical problems since it was bought by VW. Also if thats a lie I am looking at 96 to 98 5speed awd. Should i get the 1.8T or the 2.8. Any advice will be much appreciated. Thanks for you time.
#5941 of 6042 Re: Should i buy An Audi A4 [rallyallday]
Apr 28, 2006 (8:50 pm)
I have had 2 A4 1.8Ts, originally a 2000 model year (which I bought new and my brother still drives everyday reliably with over 300,000 on the odometer, plus my current car which is a 2004 model year with 85,000 on it.
Both have been extremely reliable as I have not experienced the problems that everyone has heard.
I have driven the 1.8T as well as the 2.8 many many times, I would get the 2.8 if you are going to go with an automatic, otherwise I would pick the 1.8T with the 5 or 6 speed any day of the week. On top of a more sports car feel, you can chip the 1.8T from 150 or 170 to about 208bhp. Which is what I have done, and that changes the whole dynamic of "turbo".
#5942 of 6042 Re: '03 A4 with 54K miles [andys120]
Apr 28, 2006 (8:58 pm)
I have had two A4s (a 2000 and a 2004) both of which I bought new of which my brother still drives the 2000 which has over 300K on it and I drive the 2004 which has 85K on it.
Neither car had any major repairs other than oil, gas, brakes, tires etc... except the 2000 needed a new radio after 200K and 3 years (replaced very economically I may add through a dealer swap program) and the 2004 did have a transmission replaced under warranty early in the warranty period with no hassles (in fact it was the dealer that found the problem, I was just in for an oil change).
I highly recommend it, enjoy!!!
#5943 of 6042 My A4's engine exploded
May 03, 2006 (5:39 am)
If you have an A4 with a 1.8 liter engine, watch out! You may have the same problem I had last week. My oil warning light came on as I was driving on a busy highway. I pulled over and checked the oil, and it showed that my oil was full. I continued on my way and the oil warning sounded again. I checked again and the oil was still full. I started to drive again and the warning went off another time and then I heard a loud POP. Smoke poured out of the back of my car, it lost all power, and I had to drift across 4 lanes of busy traffic to get to safety.
The Audi dealer says I have a hole blown out of the engine. He refuses to say how it happened, but did say that no oil was circulating in the engine. Now, he wants me to pay $12,000.00 for a new engine, even though I had kept my car in great condition, changed the oil, used top of the line synthetic oil (as instructed), and just had my last scheduled service 2 months ago.
I called Audi of America for assistance, but they absolutely refuse to help me. Their customer service is a sham. They have a bunch of unknowledgeable operators who just take information. They will call the dealer and if the dealer refuses to help you, then Audi won't help you either.
The problem was not of my making, it was a problem endemic to the 1.8 liter engine. Audi has apparently had a long history of problems with the 1.8 liter engine and oil starvation (among other problems - belts, etc.), but won't replace your engine if it blows up after it reaches the 50,000 mile warranty limit. I am left without a car and must either buy another vehicle or pay a huge sum to get the Audi fixed. I wouldn't drive another Audi if it were given to me.
#5944 of 6042 Re: My A4's engine exploded [jga4]
May 05, 2006 (9:39 am)
OMG!!! I'm so sorry to hear that happened to you! I PRAY it doesn't happen to my lemon. I know exactly what you mean about Audi customer service - it's a bunch of 22 year old girls (nothing again women - I am one - but... they're clueless and scripted) who just consistently repeat "I'm sorry, but we've satisfied our obligations to you for the past 50K miles...blah blah blah." Right now they are "in discussions" with my dealer as to whether or not they (the dealer probably) should help me out with all of my electrical problems. Good luck! and by Japanese next time, I know I am!
#5945 of 6042 2002 Audi A4 IAT sensor???
May 09, 2006 (8:10 am)
Does anyone know where i can find the IAT sensor for a 2002 audi a4 3.0 quattro?? I have bought a performance chip that installs to the harness wires. Do anyone have any comments on that either? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#5946 of 6042 buying tips for 2002 a4 avant
May 10, 2006 (9:02 am)
i've had it for a week now...a 2002 a4 avant with 3.0 v6 and tiptronic, sport pkg, luxury pkg, everything but the Bose stereo and navigation (which i've used and isn't very good for this model year - i don't pay them much attention anyway...i'm too involved in driving). so far no problems at all. i'll keep you posted as i put more miles on the odo.
got a great deal from the dealer including a bumper to bumper warranty for 4 yrs and 48k miles...yep, an out of warranty car is now completely covered, and the warranty cost me next to nothing (this is goes way beyond the CPO warranty they offer). i did my research and got a screaming deal on this after negotiating with the dealer - i went as far talking to several of the sales people and with the managers so that when it comes in for service, i'm not just dealing with them as car sellers but more of a bunch of friends. the dealership was fantastic, and possibly the least pushy staff i have ever encountered at a car dealership. it was refreshing since i had been test driving cars for a month and began to loathe going to any dealer. another plus...Audi is replacing the rims (previous owner scratched them while parking) and back bumper (because of a tiny scratch i couldn't even see...but they say it happened when they were moving the car on the lot so it must be replaced - now that's honesty and service). not sure if i can mention the dealership name here...
i've wanted this car for a while and waited until the year, color, engine, trans, accessories, etc were exactly what i wanted and could afford...i think the 2002-2005 platform look is the best Audi has made. the new large-mouth bass grill for 2006 is okay but the previous version is a 10 for looks inside and out - i think the wagon is far more attractive than the sedan, which is no slouch itself. driving dynamics are great and the sport suspension makes any stretch of open road or sweeping turn a pleasure to blast through. while only a bit less refined than a bmw engine, the 3.0 v6 with tiptronic is great and has plenty of power. not to mention 22-28 miles per gallon at 75-80 on the highway. because of Audi's drive-by-wire electronic throttle, using the cruise control improves gaas mileage on the freewat by 4-6 mpg over using your foot the whole time.
i'm not completely star-struck here...i know German cars a bit (have had 3 of them now...MB, BMW, and the Audi) and expect some little gremlins to develop given the high level of technology in the car. but with my warranty, i won't have to pay to play. to give you an idea, i spent nearly as much in repairs last year for my outgoing 1990 Mercedes wagon (out of warranty) as i will in car payments on this newer Audi. i loved the Benz wagon for its size and feel on the road, but it was simply getting ridiculous to spend $1000 for repairs a few times a year on a car worth less than $10k. but for a car with over 150k on the odometer, the car still drives/maintains very well. not even Mercedes makes cars like that anymore, with a llifetime measured in decades not years. the Benz can easily go another 150k on the motor, so i didn't have to get rid of it if i didn't want to.
tip...when test driving a car, drive the exact same car (if possible) on several different days at different times of the day including at night to get the feel for it. this will also let you determine how comfortable you are with the view, the cockpit and controls (is everything within reach? and lit at night for use?), the dynamics of the suspension (drive over some potholes, speed bumps, etc...expansion joints on sothern California freeways is a good test of any car's composure at high speed) and how well the engine responds in different scenarios - merging onto the freeway or merging into city traffic on a busy street. watch the gas gauge as you drive too...is the engine gulping gas when you drive hard around town? a half hour to hour long test drive will let you know...if the dealer is reluctant to do this, spring for the cost of the gas yourself, and then be weary of a dealer that won't spend a few bucks on gas to sell a $20k plus car.
overall, i am very happy with the entire experience and the car too. my apologies to Audi owners who got a "bad one." it happens with every manufacturer, especially the higher end cars loaded with gizmos. that is the price you pay for having a car that is more than just transportation. if i didn't enjoy driving so much, i would have gotten a different car and saved some money.
put it/keep it under warranty, test drive the heck out of it (i test drove the car i bought three separate times over the course of a week totaling about 2-3 hours behind the wheel), and enjoy.