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Audi A4, Sedan
Nov 30, 2007 (2:57 pm)
My wife & I just got back from the dealer, and have put down a deposit on a 2003 A4 3.0 quattro with 59,000 miles. We shopped & drove similar age/mileage BMW 325i and G35s, and found this car listed for $15,500 at an Audi dealer -- which seemed like a very competitive price (particularly from a dealer.) I wanted a quattro as we are moving to Colorado in a few weeks. When we got there, the salesman said they had just got it from an auction, and it wasn't even clean yet. I said fine -- we're willing to look. I figured that its current condition was a better indicator of how it was maintained anyway. Car drove great, everything worked, etc. We were thinking it over when the salesman said he would talk to manager. He comes back & gives me "I have good news & bad news" spiel. I'm thinking -- here it comes. He says good news is they are going to "certify" the car (it was initially presented & advertised "as is," no warranty), providing the 2 year, up to 100k coverage. Now I wait for the "bad news" -- expecting the dealer to claim a "pricing mistake" or that the "certified" price is $2-3k more. Nope - he says that they have to detail & inspect it, and fix a couple of dings before they will let us have it, and it "won't be ready today" -- but can we pick it up Monday? That was the "bad news". I was considering buying it at $15.5k as is, and they certified it for nothing. Sold. So unless they discover some big problem during the inspection, I am back in the Audi club. I had a '98 A4 1.8T manual I bought new, and drove 60,000 miles with almost zero problems -- one dealer trip for a steering issue when turning the wheel in reverse, fixed under waranty -- not so much as a burned out bulb or fuse other than that in 3 years. But my wife got hit in the front left corner by a truck at stoplight, and it never seemed "right" after, so I sold it.
Hope we have good luck with this one.
#6012 of 6042 Re: 2001 Audi A4 1.8T Engine knocking [blueezes]
Dec 01, 2007 (5:47 am)
It's oil, not fuel, that causes the sludge issue on the 1.8T engines. A combination of non-synthetic oils with extended intervals caused this to occur over time.
If you have records for all the maintenance for that vehicle I suggest getting it to a dealer immediately to see how bad the sludge may be. I believe there is a recall related to this, but good maintenance records are critical. Mostly I have heard that they 'clean things up' and all is OK, but let them cover the expense if possible.
Any mechanic who is considering gasoline as the potential cause of engine oil sludge is suspect in terms of competence as far as I am concerned.
#6013 of 6042 Re: Mirror controller switch problem [204meca]
Dec 21, 2007 (10:51 pm)
Happy to report that I called the dealer back & requested repair under warranty. Got it done with no fuss.
#6015 of 6042 RPMs drop well below 1K and it stalls
Jan 02, 2008 (1:02 pm)
I tried to search the forums as I am new to this site, but wasn't able to find a similiar post.
I bought a 96 A4 2.6 this summer, and it has been great...though I am having trouble now that winter has actually returned to MN. About a month ago I was exiting the hwy, breaking around the off ramp, when the rpms just dropped to nothing. It completely stalled. Glad the steering wheel still functioned and that there wasn't anyone behind me. The weather changed to 30 degrees to 0 by the end of that day.
Didn't have an issue again, but still took it into a precision tune and the error code showed it was a plug on cylinder 5. They made the repair and everything was fine, until this morning, when it was minus 15 overnight. Actually had to get a jump. Drove fine into work, until I got a few blocks away and was at a stoplight. The RPMs started to hover around 500, it would rev back up to 1K and then finally stalled.
Anyone else experienced this? Cold Temperatures seem to be a factor.
Apologize for the long post, but wanted to give you as much info as possible.
#6016 of 6042 Audi lease termination - what a fiasco
Jan 15, 2008 (11:37 pm)
I want to share my Audi A4 lease termination experience so others can learn from my mistake. Having had a positive experience with an A6 lease via Seattle’s University Audi, I decided to lease my second Audi in 2004, this time, an A4.
One month before the end of the lease, I went through the lease termination inspection. Got dinged for $1300 items: a door ding for $125, two scratched wheels at $276 each, and a couple other things I wouldn’t challenge. I live in the city and to me, scratched rims and door dings are normal wear and tear. However, this is not Audi’s position, thus there was no negotiation. It was not a positive experience dealing with Audi Finance. I found them arrogant and ambivalent. I thought that customer retention would matter to them. My misunderstanding.
My car had low miles (27K for 4 y/o car) and was in good condition; no problems to date. It also had a low residual, so I thought that if I were going to have to pay an additional $1,300 to relieve myself of the car, perhaps I should consider purchasing it or at least have someone I know purchase it. It was a good car; good price; made sense.
Very close to the end of the contract, I took the car in for a service inspection to make sure there was nothing glaringly wrong with it before purchase. When I checked in with the service department that day, I was told it was going to be $200 for the inspection. Huh? Then the service rep told me the car was out of warranty. What? The lease isn’t up yet. Yep, the warranty had expired three days prior. Steaming, I told them to go ahead and do the inspection.
Turns out the power steering rack was going out (as well as a couple of less major things) and it was going to be about $2,500 to repair it. Well, clearly, Audi isn’t going to want this car back with such a serious problem. A conversation with the district warranty manager should give us clearance to repair it under warranty. Nope, they wouldn’t do it. That decision was completely illogical to me, regardless of you'd run the numbers. They’d rather take it back, ship it off to auction and drop the car “as is” on some unsuspecting buyer. Again, a warranty department that has no interest in customer retention either.
(So, head’s up if you are a recent purchaser of a dark blue Audi A4 VIN WAULT68E94A011017)
And my sales guy, who I’ve bought two Audis from, was no where to be seen through this process, although I know he was aware of what was happening. He too was completely uninterested in retaining me as a customer. In fact, my comment to the Sales Manager (Ivan Velkov) at University Audi was “across the Audi corporation there is universal disinterest in keeping me as a customer.”
I could provide more details to this story that would better reflect the how silly it all was, but for brevity’s sake, I won’t. Suffice it to say, Audis are selling well these days. Don’t be surprised if you don’t matter to them. I have been a European car owner for over 30 years. They’re great cars. I still have one. However, I did just purchase my first Japanese car. It’s a blast.
#6017 of 6042 Re: Audi lease termination - what a fiasco [turbofun]
Jan 23, 2008 (6:14 am)
I've learned two things from your post-
-First it's a bad idea to lease unless you're prepared to pay thru the nose for normal wear and tear at the end of the lease.
-Audi could use a more Customer-oriented dealer network. Actually I knew that from my prior experience as an Audi owner. I would urge owners to seek out an independent shop for all non-warranty maintainence and repair work as I did, it's much cheaper. Independent VW specialists can handle most work on Audis as well.
Great cars, so-so dealers.
Turbofan should have been aware that the warranty period is normally determined
by age and mileage, not the length of the lease.
#6018 of 6042 Re: Audi lease termination - what a fiasco [turbofun]
Jan 23, 2008 (8:01 pm)
Experiencing similar customer retention issues with my low mileage 03 A4 3.0Q. I got tired of turning in cars on Audi's terms and getting hit up for normal wear and tear so I decided to buy this one. For the past two years I have been plagued with inexplicable dead batteries, or failures to start because the key sensor wouldn't recognize my key. I never got an argument from the service department in regard to replacing defective lock cylinders under warranty (or covering repeats of the same repairs after warranty), but the service department refused to look deeper and ask the question as to why the recurring problem, nor did they care that I was repeatedly inconvenienced. The details of my story are a case study for Audi customer care, and I won't bore you with the play by play, but I too found they could care less about my customer experience. I raised my issue with Audi North America Customer Advocates... they suggested that I should talk to the sales manager to see if I could negotiate a deal on a new car. I drove my Audi loaner to the Infiniti dealer tonight.. I'm negotiating a deal on a new car, but its a G35X. I wanted to make it work with Audi, but it became evident that loyalty is a one way street with them.
#6019 of 6042 P reg Audi a4 2.6 v6
Jun 08, 2008 (3:16 pm)
Hello, Please bear with me as am not really any good at these forums. They really are new to me, No excuse. Please could someone tell me if their are any modifications available at all for my Audi? I know the engine is getting on a bit now? but i really love the car.I have read in other places that its not worth attepting any air flow mods, And i know this first hand, as racing filters actually decrease power.Can the engine be mapped? is it to old. is there any good exhaust systems available??Is their any turbos i might be able to add(+coolant system!)
My naive brain would have thought i might have been able to squeeze close to 200bhp
out of her instead of the current 150,although am under no illusions a few horses will have escaped over the years. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#6020 of 6042 Re: P reg Audi a4 2.6 v6 [newcombe]
Jun 13, 2008 (9:14 am)
You haven't recieved any replies because most of us are Yanks and AFAIK Audi has never offerred a 2.6 for North America. IIRC there was a 170hp 2.7 in the Audi 90 (an underrated car) and the 193hp 2.8 that was in my A4/B5s.
Very little in the way of performance mods was offered for the 2.8. Be aware that any mods, with the possible exception of a free-flowing exhaust system will adversely affect your gas mileage as I understand UK petrol prices are horrendous.
You might try www.audiworld.com, best of luck.