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#5949 of 6042 Re: '99 A4 1.8T 5-speed- Should I Buy? [triplesn8s]
May 11, 2006 (11:39 am)
I purchased my 98 A4 1.8t in 2002 for $10k with 80k miles. I now have nearly 110k miles four years later. While I definitely got my money's worth, they are notorious for having problems. It drives like nothing else for the relatively low money (compared to shelling more for a bimmer or benz). My mechanic warned me that both 4 and 6 cyl Audi's are notoriously the most difficult vehicles to work on and are expensive to maintain. In fact, he said the 6 cyl are worse because they pack so much into a small engine compartment. With that said, I recently found out I need to replace the turbo ($1500 repair). This isn't a big deal to me since I hadn't spent anything on repairs in the four years I've had it (Except did replace the timing belt at 85k miles for about $400 as preventative maintenance). If you are looking for simply low cost, most reliable: stick with japanese. If you want fun to drive and with a decent purchase price and are willing to take a risk with expensive repairs, look at the audis. With gas prices as they are, consider the 4 cyl. turbo (but save $$ now for emergency repairs).
#5950 of 6042 Re: My A4's engine exploded [jga4]
May 23, 2006 (3:24 am)
I encountered the similar experence you had with the A4 last night. It happened at I-5 Washington States while I was driving back to Canada. The situation similar to your description. Since it just happened last night, I have not contacted the Audi service yet. Don't know what they would tell me. What happened to your car now? Did you pay the engine repair cost? My vehicle just did the 300+ point inspection and certification process a month ago, I am hoping that the dealer can takes the responsibilities for that. Also when I do the search about this engine oil signal, I found this article. http://www.canadiandriver.com/roadtest/96-01a4.htm The key point is Audi issued technical service bulletins on this problem and has extended the warranty to eight years with unlimited mileage on the 1.8T engine for all Audi A4s built between 1997 and 2004. The extended warranty is transferable. Owners who have experienced engine damage and paid for repairs can request reimbursement for those repairs provided they can prove the appropriate oil was used and changed at the intervals recommended in the owner's manual.
If you were not aware this before, hope this help.
May 23, 2006 (9:54 am)
I have a 2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro with 65K miles. My book says I need the timing belt replaced at 75K miles. Any one have any opinions on this? Can I go longer than 75K? About how much should I expect it to cost to have it replaced?
Also wanted to tell the folks with engine troubles - I complained to Audi about my electrical problems (took about 4 weeks for an answer) and they agreed to reimburse me for the replacement of the "regulator" for my window. This was my most recent expense. Others were under warranty. They agreed to pay for the part, but not the labor. Better than nothing. I did have to complain to everyone though before they "looked" into the issue.
#5952 of 6042 35K service for 2004 A4 1.8T
May 31, 2006 (12:44 pm)
I bought a 04 A4 1.8 T months ago. Now the computer of it tell me to have a service in 300 miles, which will be less than 33k total on it. I called audi dealer and they said it gonna be a 35K service. Because it is still under warranty, that service should be a free one. So what shall I do? go ask them to do service in 300 miles or wait untill 35K but ask them to adjust the cpomputer?
BTW, I don't have 2004 A4 manual but a S4 one. Do they have same maintenance? What else should I do to maintain it except following the computer reminder?
#5953 of 6042 Re: 35K service for 2004 A4 1.8T [treygp]
Jun 01, 2006 (5:57 am)
Don't follow the computer reminder. Follow what the book says. I remember my first service was at 5K, then every 10K after that....15K, 25K, 35K, 45K, etc. You can have it checked now if you want, but that will be your 35K service check-up. You won't go back again until 45K. My computer always is a little off. I ask them to adjust it all of the time, but it's usually off by a couple hundred miles.
#5954 of 6042 Replacement Parts
Jun 13, 2006 (3:53 am)
Does anyone know where to obtain good A4 replacement parts online. I've got a 1.8T '05, and I need to replace the center armrest, the top broke off. Additionally, I'd like to find some custom seat covers or replace the front and rear seats.
Also, the center console ashtray cover is broken and won't stay in the closed position.
#5955 of 6042 Up date from satisfied owner of 2004 A4
Jun 13, 2006 (12:59 pm)
As an A4 owner & follower of this forum, I have some great news. No I did not get a great deal on my insurance (thought it is very reasonable)!
We got the A4 sedan, 1.8T for comfort, expected to be able to equal or slightly exceed EPA numbers. Big surprise is how Audi has managed to get both plenty of punch & economy in this package. I am a self confessing fuel economy junkie, I am especially pleased with its gas mileage.
2004 A4, non-quattro, 1.8, CVT.
Last urban driving tank by wife w moderately heavy foot: 70% in town, trips less than 10 miles got 23.8 mpg Have gotten up to 28 mpg in urban driving.
Last trip, 423 miles; 5% forest service roads, 15% freeway, 80% two lane blacktop, top speed 80 mph, driven with light foot (only a couple of WOT runs), minimal AC use, average speed overall 49mph (car's computer) got 34.4 mpg. Best was 37 mpg mostly freeway average speed of 65 mph.
Considering the best I ever got with 92 Honda Civic Si & 97 Del Sol Si was just under 40, the A4 is bit of a surprise. That plus the fact that it is supremely comfortable & had no mechanical problems for 29,000 miles makes us feel like we have a terrific car in the A4!
#5956 of 6042 Replacement Parts
Jun 13, 2006 (12:59 pm)
Noticed I had a finger slip. I have an '04 not an '05.
#5957 of 6042 Re: '99 A4 1.8T 5-speed- Should I Buy? [kelbelle37]
Jun 13, 2006 (3:56 pm)
I don't know how I missed all these posts. I was looking at a 2004 A4 1.8 quattro avant certified. It seemed worthwhile with an extended warranty until a had another dealer salesman warn me off Audi, he even recommended some of his other competitors! So I guess he's being honest with me. I was impressed with the quattro snow ability. This would be a 100000 warranty from Audi, but if it is going to be just a headache and I am used to Acura and Honda...I'm not sure now...I was also looking at Toyota RAV4 V6, but have not been able yet to get the options I want at the price I want...may wait for Acura RDX or new CRV, but that will not be until August...glad I read your post after readin another one where the enthusiast were okay with Audi..heard some other horror story about lack of support and possibility of audi pulling dealership away from one store.
#5958 of 6042 audi a4 climate control
Jun 21, 2006 (6:14 am)
I'v just bought an audi a4 (2001), it has climate control, as i'v never had a car with climate control before i'm not sure how to use it and the manual is crap. Could someone please, please help. Can i not have just outside air coming in from my vents or do i have to use the cc to get air coming in, hot or cold and would that not mean i will be using more fuel?