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#1235 of 2367 Re: thinking about purchasing the A4 or a Passat...help! [suzywhatever]
May 01, 2006 (10:11 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 (10:18 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 (5:56 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
#1238 of 2367 Audi A4 loss of power when cold ????
May 03, 2006 (10:48 am)
#1239 of 2367 Audi A4 loss of power when cold ????
May 03, 2006 (10:48 am)
Hey, hoping for bit of help on this...own a 2003 Audi A4 Cabriolet, and when drive first thing in the morning I experience at time a loss of power when changing through the gears ??!! Can be goig along in fourth at steady 30mph, then just sudden loss of power until change down a gear !!! Don't know if this is some amazing piece of technology to prevent the car from being driven at inapporiate rev's when cold, or more fearfully a fault ??!!! Would appreciate any thoughts or similar experinces ??!! Cheers !!
#1240 of 2367 lost without owner's manual
May 04, 2006 (8:06 pm)
Hello again, I still do not have the owner's manual for my 1998 Audi A4 that I recently purchased. Could someone please tell me what type of gas this car takes? What type of engine oil? And I cannot figure out why my oil sign keeps appearing. Please help!!
#1241 of 2367 Re: lost without owner's manual [mason3]
May 05, 2006 (8:39 am)
Mason: Why don't you call the Audi dealer service department and ask them? I wouldn't drive around with the engine oil light on. At a minimum you should make sure that you have enough oil and then take the car in to get checked by a qualified mechanic. If you have enough oil quantity, and the oil light remains on, then you most likely have an oil pressure problem, and that is NOT good. Get it checked out.
Which engine do you have? My 2001 A4 1.8T required PREMIUM gas. I would think that yours would too. I used Mobil 1 synthetic oil, 5W-20 I believe. Pretty much any guality oil in the 5W-20 or 10W-30 range should be ok until you find out from the dealer the exact recommended oil. I run Mobil 1 in all my cars and bikes. Good stuff.
May 05, 2006 (6:56 pm)
Has anyone received a recall notice on 2003 A4 1.8Q regarding fuel pump defects? I had mine replaced about a year ago and wonder if this is indeed the case whether Audi will reimburse me for the expense.
#1243 of 2367 NEW TO AUDI - I have an A4 1.8T Q - Any tips?? [shevis_audi]
May 05, 2006 (8:07 pm)
Hay Shevi, So I read all three of your post on different forums . Interesting, Just out of curiosity did you get that warranty??? Yeah Audis and their ABS module problem, the guy at the dealership is correct it is going to need it. Dont worry VW passat have the same problems, same module. As far as getting a tire pressure gauge, smart women. I check my tire pressure every month or so, or before a long trip. Next you need to check your oil level and make sure it is correct. I personally think you should go after the place that sold you the car, show them the problems you have been having. Trust me they made enough money off of you. Your rear window, they usually are reliable, probably cause no one uses them. I like the way my radio is, I am 6'1" so I have longer arms then you lol, But a few features I like about the radio are Gala have you read about that in the manual, RDS radio stations broadcast information about the song that is playing, and the fact that I can use my ipod instead of having a 6 disc changer. As far as gas mileage, I do both local and long distance driving, local driving wow I get really bad gas mileage, about 18- 21mpg this is with some highway driving. On the highway I mean all highway, the best I have ever gotten was 30mpg going to Montreal, about a 4 hour drive from ny but I made it there in less time cause I was doing 80 the whole way. My car has all the maintence up to date, it cost alot but I intent to have this car for a very long long time.
But once again I think you need to find someone familiar with Audis and have them replace your timing belt before a major problem occurs. Audi actually has a recall for this, due to so many Audi A4 timing belts tensioners failing. Although Audi wont fix it for you they will check it for free and tell you if you need one or not. But you need it.
And oh yeah here http://www.modulemaster.com/audiabsrepair.html
these guys can fix your abs module and it doesn't cost as much as what Audi wants for it.
As for as my car, I still love it, I'll try to get a pic online one of these day so you can see it.
Until next time
#1244 of 2367 Re: Ignition does not want to turn off [jtdavis]
May 05, 2006 (8:26 pm)
Unfortunately you have two different problems. The first problem with the air rushing, Well that is what they call a secondary air pump. What it does is push more air into your exhaust system, it is suppose to lower emissions by speeding up the warmup process. Either way it most likely has water in it and needs to be replace, whoever replaces it tell them to also replace the combination valve on the back of the head. It is expensive but wont affect anything else so that can wait. Although you wrote this two weeks ago, you probably already know you need and ignition switch. This is why your radio stays on and everything else. Audi has had problems with those also on the older cars.
Just like to say I still and will always LOVE my Audi No matter how much it cost to fix 112000 and couting... 98 a4 1.8tqm