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#1228 of 2367 Re: A4 Front suspension problems [gdb20]
Apr 26, 2006 (6:08 pm)
Yes, stay far away from the dealership and find a good mechanic familiar with Audi suspensions. I thought Audi had solved these front suspension problems. Here is a list of my front suspension woes we have had on our 97 A4:
Jan 2002: Replaced left front outer tie end.
Mar 2002: Replaced both front stabilizer links.
May 2002: Took car into dealership because the front suspension was still making load "clunking" noises. Nothing was fixed as the mechanic would have to "replace the entire front suspension to fix the problem."
Aug 2002: Front lower ball joints "noisy" diagnosis by Audi mechanic. Nothing repaired as "everything would have to be replaced."
Jul 2003: Replaced right front tie rod assembly.
Apr 2005: Replaced right front CV axle.
With all this work, the only difference I could feel or hear was the first repair. By 2002, I had given up on solving the problems. We now drive the car(when its running) with constant stretching and clunking noises coming from the front suspension. So, is it dangerous to drive your car with tie-rod problems? I cant say, but the experience with my car my be informative.
#1229 of 2367 Re: A4 Front suspension problems [jtdavis]
Apr 26, 2006 (11:19 pm)
Sorry to hear about all your trouble but the info is defintely helpful. I'm glad I did not let the dealer steal my money, especially when I haven't even heard the noise since I came back from there. I think I should be safe for now until I can find a good local shop to look into that further. Thanks!!
#1230 of 2367 thinking about purchasing the A4 or a Passat...help!
Apr 27, 2006 (4:55 am)
I am thinking about either the A4 or the Passat. Can anyone offer the Pros or Cons? I haven't had a chance to drive either, have sat in the A4 and it feels really solid. I want safety and better gas mileage (driving a ML320 gas hog now). Look forward to your comments, Thanks.
#1231 of 2367 Re: thinking about purchasing the A4 or a Passat...help! [suzywhatever]
Apr 27, 2006 (3:51 pm)
Safety and better gas mileage? Get a Civic.
Truthfully, My wife and I owned Audis, I had a 98 A4, my wife an 01 A6 4.2. We had so many problems with the A4, we sold the A6 before the warranty was up. We now drive Civics. I know, not the status symbol you would think of going to, but I must say, impressive gas mileage, great handling and a track record that will tempt the enthusiast who is tired of spending their 401K on car repairs. Audis are fun to drive, nice looking and provide a class factor, but dont fall in love with the vehicle, it will wring your last dollar from your Swiss bank account. PS, my A4 was eventually totaled by my stepson, but I was paid $870 for the oil sludge class action and also, surprised one day when there was a $3450 check in my mail box for a class action regarding timing belt rupture that I didn't think I would get. Add this to the insurance company not being able to read my odometer and guestimating 75,000 miles on it, when in fact there were twice that many miles, I was paid a decent $13,000 on the total loss of the car. We bought a Civic, and now are considering a new one but will wait to see what Honda will add to the cars features on the 07 model. By the way, we never admitted to my step son that he actually did us a favor by putting the Audi to rest. I would probably still be pouring cash into it.
#1232 of 2367 Re: A4 Catalytic Converter [abs3]
Apr 28, 2006 (11:16 am)
I am not sure if you will get this, but... Did you end up buying the parts? If so, did it work out? My engine light is on and I may have to do this soon.
#1233 of 2367 CHECK ENGINE LIGHT QUESTION
Apr 28, 2006 (11:22 am)
My mechanic told me that the computer diagnostic indicated that the problem was the catalytic converters. However, he spoke with a friend of his with a VW dealership hoping to get some insight. My mechanic was told that the computer could be upgraded or "reflushed", something about TSB was mentioned as well. However, the dealership will often tell you it is the converters because they make more money that way. Anyone have any clue about this??? I plan to follow up with more details but was hoping to find info online...thanks!
P.S. Why in the heck do dealers charge $1200 per converter and you can be them online for $350? Has anyone bought them online and have someone install them???
#1234 of 2367 Re: thinking about purchasing the A4 or a Passat...help! [civic4]
Apr 28, 2006 (2:21 pm)
Hello, I agree. I had a '97 Honda Civic EX, manual transmission. I miss that car. I purchased it used, only 4 years old. Never had trouble, just maintained the oil change. The only reason I do not have it now is because I was putting at least 500 miles EVERY weekend for almost a whole year. I had a slow oil leak that eventually turned big from the constant driving. I should have paid more attention. The engine blew. That was partially my fault because I should have focused more, I thought that if I changed the oil religiously every 3,000 to 4,000 miles it would be alright. If someone tells you there is a small leak, pay attention. I still recommend this car to anyone. I was even in an accident with it. Rear ended at full speed. It just crushed the trunk. It's been through 2 serious floods from the Florida Hurricanes. The water covered my wheels & the other time the hood. Only problem was the stick shift got stuck& it took awhile to dry out the engine. After a few kicks it was good to go. Now I have an Audi and I am sooooo worried. The gas in the Civic was EXCELLENT and I put plenty miles on it. I just took the Audi on a road test about 600 miles and it did good on gas. One tank goes at least 310 miles city or highway. But there are other problems. If you have a steady career and not many big bills you can probably deal with paying for an Audi, but if you just have a job that can lay you off anytime, get the Civic. They are reliable and gas mileage is great.
#1235 of 2367 Re: thinking about purchasing the A4 or a Passat...help! [suzywhatever]
May 01, 2006 (9:11 am)
suzywhatever, I just want to give you my opinion and share with you what I have been through with my Audi.
I have a 2005 1.8 A4 6M which I purchased on 1/11/05. This is my first German car (always drove Japanese, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan). As for the feel, drivebility and egornomics of the car, The A4 is a blast. It is fun, handles like no other car I've owned, and that interior is just to die for (in my opinion). But here is the punch line...... I will never, ever ever never, buy another Audi or other German car. My car has been in the shop four times due to engine light keep coming on. This last time, I stalled right in the Middle of the lincoln tunnel coming from NY into NJ (yes right in the middle of the Tunnel in a new car!!!!) After towing the car back to my house and then the next day to the dealer, they found that they had to replace the gas tank and all the lines. The car is still in the shop (one week and counting). The service dept say that it will drive like new again, but I have a meeting with a Lemon law lawyer in NJ to discuss my options. I had it with this lemon.
Depending on the outcome of my case, I will either have to drive another Audi until my lease experies (in 24 more months) or if they refund my money, then I will go for the Infinity G35, Acura TL, or the new Toyota Camry. I will remain japanese till the day I die. I rather have reliability and excellent customer service rather than the "German driving experience" and constant trips to the shop. Even the guy that picked me up in the tow truck told me that he picks up more Audis, BMWs, VWs and MBs than any other brands of cars....and remember that there are more Japanese and American cars on the road..go figure
I know that others probably have had a much more positive experience than me, but I am literally paranoid about driving or even starting my car once they give it back to me.
This last trip to the dealer is the last straw for me...If I were you, I'd go for the civic, honda, toyota and you will not have as many problems.
Good luck in your decision, let us know.
p.s. just one last thing, two of my best friends also own German cars: 2004 Mercedez s500 (seven trips to the dealer since March 2005) and the other owns a 2001 BMW 525 since December 2004 and he has been to the shop at least 4 times; and none of those repairs were scheduled maintanance (oil change, brakes, tune up, etc)
#1236 of 2367 Getting an Used '03 A4 3.0 Quattro
May 01, 2006 (9:18 pm)
I am new to this forum and is a long time admirer of Audi. I am planning on getting a 2003 A4 3.0 Quattro with about 54k miles. A little high on the mileage but at a pretty good price.
I am wondering about the followings,
1) What's the reliability of these batch of A4?
2) What about resale value? Does the A4 holds up pretty well?
3) Please share any personal experience with this particular year and model of A4. Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated!!!
#1237 of 2367 Re: thinking about purchasing the A4 or a Passat...help! [rjorge3]
May 02, 2006 (4:56 am)
Thank you R for the response. Wow! What a night mare!! I will definatley re-think the Audi.
I was also considering the Passat, but after your towtruck story I will test the Honda for sure. I have to admit I am a German car driver, have had mucho problemas with my Benz for sure. I do love the feel of the Audi but now I am not so sure that is going to be worth the extra money. S