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#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?
#5959 of 6042 A4 1st half of 2005 Avant 6 speed engine light
Jun 21, 2006 (11:29 am)
Hoping someone can help me .
I have a 2005 A4 Avant 6 speed with 33,000 miles and about 6 months ago I began having problems . My " check engine " light would come on , each time I brought it in to the dealer ( 7 times ) they tried to trouble shoot the problem , from changing the spark plugs, cleaning the fuel rods , cleaning out gas deposits and more . They kept the car for 2 + weeks , only for me to pick it up and three days later have the light come back on . The computer would come back everytime and say the was having mis-fires .
The last time I had it in there, they told me the problem was cause by bad fuel ? And told me to stop putting premium and use regular unleaded . I have done that, and although the light has not come on, it still mis-fires and has an uneven idle . The Audi dealer w/o the light coming on , they won't do anything .
I had one of the mechanics pull me aside and told me off the record , that the fuel is not the problem , but they don't know what the problem is .
Sorry for the long post .
#5960 of 6042 Re: audi a4 climate control [harie]
Jun 21, 2006 (1:21 pm)
The auto climate control is supposed to be a plus, but frankly it is the feature I like least about my A4. I still get confused by it. I suggest you get a manual (try Ebay or dealer) or just go to an Audi Dealer & ask someone to walk you thru it.
#5961 of 6042 Manual Trans Rebuild at 75k miles?
Jun 23, 2006 (11:21 pm)
I've had my car since it was new, it was never modified or chipped, with the exception of aftermarket forged wheels. My question, has anyone had problems with the manual transmission? The mainshaft is fine, other internal parts show normal wear and tear for a 75K mile car. The mechanic showed me the dowel(fits into an actuator rod)that sheared between the shifter and the fork shaft, preventing me from shifting. I can only assume that a bent shaft caused the transmission to bind, and sheared the dowel. This car is stock, and I ALWAYS use the clutch. Any ideas? Will I have problems with AoA if I attempt to get some type of reimbursement??
#5962 of 6042 Re: audi a4 climate control [harie]
Jul 02, 2006 (11:27 pm)
I've got an '04 A4 Avant, so my climate control system may be different than yours. I cannot have air flow through the vents without the cc system being on. That is, if the OFF button's light is on, there's no air flow. My understanding is that you will only use more fuel when the A/C compressor runs, and the only way to ensure that it doesn't run is to have the system OFF or set to ECON. (I guess you could also set the desired temp very high.)
This is my first car with a climate control system, and I'm not fluent with it even after two years. I do miss just having air flow through the vents like in my old BMW, without having to turn something on and adjust it.
#5963 of 6042 Re: A4 1st half of 2005 Avant 6 speed engine light [jackolantern]
Jul 03, 2006 (10:00 am)
Did the dealer check for a faulty coilpack? From your description, that may be the cause of your problem. Pretty common on Audis after '01. It's a $40/part DYI replacement if needed.
#5964 of 6042 Looking to buy a 2003 A4 1.8 Turbo... HELP!!
Jul 25, 2006 (10:04 pm)
I am in the market for a new car and found an amazing deal on a 2003 A4 1.8 Turbo with 30,000 miles. It is a theft recovery vehicle with a rebuilt title, but I did a carfax and it turned out clean of any major damage and clear of accidents. I have been reading this forum and have gotten real scared from reading everyone's horror stories about the problems these cars have when the years and miles start adding up. But then I also see the praise that people have given it. I have concluded that this is a real hit or miss car. I am simply concerned that if I buy this car i will be spending a lot of money in the near future to fix all these problems that may occur. I don"t have deep pockets to keep up with possible probelms. Are regular maintenance issues such as oil changes expensive as well? Or will Jiffy Lube knock it out for 35 bucks? I would appreciate any suggestions that anyone can offer me to help me make this dicision and join the A4 club. thanks!!