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#1110 of 2367 problems with A4 cabriolet
Jan 13, 2006 (1:52 pm)
Just wanted to reiterate what everybody is saying on this site. I love the way the Audi drives, and having a convertible with 4 wheel drive that you can actually drive in the Northeast in the winter is truly awesome, BUT I have had many minor problems that are a headache, and the service dept. is absolutely the worst. Before my Audi I had 4 BMW's in a row (all 5 series) and each one was better than the next. The most recent one (a 2002) basically needed no maintenance, and had not a single flaw during the 3 year lease period. Here's my sad list on the AUDI... the convertible top didn't function right from the get-go.. they replaced it the first month I had the car. My radio has no sound in cold weather (until it warms up). they are going to replace it (see note above). My horn just stopped working one day and had to be replaced. The top is now making vibrating noise, and I brought it in once and they said they "couldn't duplicate the problem". I am bringing it in again.. I finally called the person that sold me the car and she is going to make sure the best service people look at it this time. And last but not least, one of the plastic controls on the electric seat adjustment broke, so you can't move the seat forward, only back. Luckily the automatic adjustment still works so I can get it into the right position! That's it.. no major mechanical issues, but in less than a year I've been to service more than in the last 10 years with my BMWs... I think at lease end it's back to BMW for me! ALso another secret that they don't tell you is that Audi doesn't allow their dealers to keep any stock on parts, so any repair that they need a part for, you have to bring the car back a second time!! I'm talking about things as simple as a horn, a windshield washer motor. And the new convertible top had to come from Germany!! It's really too bad because it's a great car and if they got the quality issues fixed they could really move up into the top echelon.
#1111 of 2367 Re: 97 a4 1.8t quattro [fastmav351]
Jan 13, 2006 (6:44 pm)
Has anyone else had this problem of the misfire on #2 cylinder and if so, how was it fixed? I have a 98 A4 1.8T Quattro with the same problem. The plugs were covered in oil, so my mechanic replaced the valve cover gasket, spark plugs, #2 coil, checked the compression, checked the fuel injector and still can't figure it out. Please help!! I can't afford thousands of dollars to get my car fixed!
#1112 of 2367 Re: CIVIL ACTION A4 TIMING BELT, NEED HELP!!! [daget1]
Jan 13, 2006 (7:32 pm)
Daget1 - Did you ever receive any advice on this? My daughter recently snapped a timing belt ata 63K miles on her '99 A4 and was set back $4,500. Would love to know if there is some way to offset these expenses? Did you have any luck?
#1113 of 2367 Re: problems with A4 cabriolet [rdsmd]
Jan 13, 2006 (9:33 pm)
rdsmd, I am wondering, why did you go for the Audi and did not stick to the BMW??? For me this is my first Audi and the last one as well. I am almost 98% certain that I will go for the Lexus IS350 at the end of my lease.But like I said on my prior post, I will miss the handling of the German cars. I am opening up to look into the BMW 330. I guess I'll have to do my homework to make sure it does not have as many problems as the AUDI.
You mentioned that you had very few problems with the BMW, what about their customer service? Were you happy with them?
#1114 of 2367 Ready to sell "02 A4-QUICK!!
Jan 16, 2006 (8:08 am)
I have had almost the exact same problems w/ my "02 A4. Bad computer for the dash display the day I bought car. RED FLAG for the years to come, huh? half of the horn went bad twice. "Too much door grease" per service making the left front door speaker do out twice, sunroof tilts open on it's own (another bad switch), STRANGE CLICKING LEFT FRONT DASH (if anyone knows what this is, please call my dealer, they can never hear it!!) It's almost like a blinker clicking, different speeds and at different times, not consistent. Engine light experience last week, YEAH, due to 2 bad vacuum hoses. Can't wait till April 1st when the warranty's over. Really like the drive except for the low-end d/t the Turbo.
Think I'd like a new car, but am scared of AUDI after all this. Any thoughts on the '06's, despite the ugly front grille?
#1115 of 2367 Re: [clevea4]
Jan 16, 2006 (4:32 pm)
I just had this problem occur on my car this morning. Tried pulling out of the driveway the the passenger rear was locked. Came back a couple of hours later and it was fine.
Were you able to solve your problem?
#1116 of 2367 OIL SLUDGE!!!! NEED HELP PLEASE!!!!!
Jan 16, 2006 (7:12 pm)
About my car:
Audi A4 Convertible 2004 (appx. 46000)
4 year lease
Four days ago, my car just suddenly dies in the freeway and it's towed to the dealer. The problem, "Oil Sludge" they call it. So the dealer asks for my recent service receipts so I provide them with all my receipts and I have them done with synthetic oil. Some I've got it done outside of dealer and some from the dealer. Later, they decline the warranty due to lack of info and that I went over 2000 miles on one particular time with the service. Now they are asking about $7000 to fix the car. In this case, what should I do cuz I really don't have that kind of money. This really doens't make any sense to me cuz I had cars previously and they never break down even I go over 10,000 miles! Is there anyway I can talk them into a warranty? And is there any way I can just return this junk?
#1117 of 2367 Re: OIL SLUDGE!!!! NEED HELP PLEASE!!!!! [joony422]
by KarenS HOST
Jan 17, 2006 (1:10 pm)
Enter "sludge" in the discussion search for posts from other owners discussing this issue.
#1118 of 2367 1997 A4 1.8T poor heating at floor
Jan 17, 2006 (7:17 pm)
My car does not heat well at the floor. Dealer has no idea what the problem is. Any advise. Jesse
#1119 of 2367 Re: OIL SLUDGE!!!! NEED HELP PLEASE!!!!! [joony422]
Jan 17, 2006 (10:13 pm)
Its leased, why do you have to pay for any thing ?