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#1345 of 2367 Re: SHould I purchase '06 A4 2.0? [kjh78]
Jul 27, 2006 (5:36 pm)
Hi, I recommend that you keep your 330XI especially if it hasn't had any problems. I purchased my A4 new in Dec 05 (2.0T quattro w/6MT) and have had nothing but disappointing dealer service experiences since. Car has 5,700 miles on it and has been in the shop for different problems at least six times. Now the car has vibrations at 60+ mph that two different dealers in the Washington DC area can't seem to fix. They agree that there are vibrations but seem either unwilling to spend time to identify the problem and fix it or they know but don't want to deal with it. My brother has a 2002 330CI and he has had no problems either. Based on my experience, I think you are better off with your current BMW or a new one. At this point, I can't recommend Audi.
Jul 31, 2006 (2:39 pm)
Hows it going? I've been very busy and havent read any post. But now I am. Your battery issue well I have had to replace my battery also and it was all my fault I kept charging my cell phone even though the car was off not good I found out. There are other reasons why batteries die, old age, bad battery. And one of the worst is when your car has a draw, either something is draining the cars battery ie light being on in trunk seen that, or other items. Hopefully yours was just old age. As far a you check engine light my car did the same thing same code and my friend who works for a dealer replaced the vacuum line, he says it common so dont replace the MAF sensor. And if you want to fix it yourself most likely you can. e-mail me and I'll show you pictures of what happened to my car.
over the weekend I drove alot and a nail got into my rt rear tire so all the air went out and I had to change my tire on the road at 11pm talk about a hot tire, almost burned myself I guess I shouldn't have been speeding. next morning my garage door had a mind of its own and closed on me while I was going out. so I have a good size dent on my hood oh well. changed my spare tire today that wasn't cheap and have to find someone to repair my dent. talk to you soon
p.s 117000 and going strong
#1347 of 2367 Audi mechanic in NJ [rwolff]
Jul 31, 2006 (2:43 pm)
Sorry been busy. Check my profile again. My email address is there...
#1348 of 2367 Re: Blown tire [samueld]
Jul 31, 2006 (4:30 pm)
I missed you! Glad you came back. Well anyway, that sucks about your blown tire. Dude, i was on the side of the road about a month ago, because Both of my right side tires blew when i ran over this small, round black metal thing which i Thought i had missed. I walked to the Wawa, since my cell phone is off, and i called some tow places, i Initially only saw that ONE tire was blown. I got a price of like $90 just for them to tow it about 4 miles to this Supercenter Walmart that i go to sometimes. I finally got a tow estimate that was like $70 and the guy just so happened to be in the area (Umm, actually i think i had decided to just go with a tire change, remembering that i had a spare). I got back to the car and saw that as he was messing with/lifting the car, and thats when i saw the other tire was flat, so i was like "What can i do??" since i only had One spare tire. He was like "Well theres really nothing you can do except get a tow" then he called up a few places/people he knew and apparently was trying to get a cheap estimate for me. I ended up getting a tow for about $75, which wasnt cheap, but slightly cheaper than the norm i guess. *Maybe i already told you guys this sorry...ah well* I ended up getting to the Walmart and they were saying that a they didnt even have Goodyear Assurance and that the cheapest one they could get me would be like $65 or something, then this guy thats worked on my car many times before popped up (he said he was on his lunch brake when i first got there and thats why i ddint see him) and he ended up finding that they Did have some Goodyear ones, so they just charged me as if it the tires were bought There/under warranty and i only paid about $9 for TWO new Goodyear Assurance tires. They had done something like that for me before, but in that case, i only had one tire, which wasnt Blown, but had a nail in the sidewall so it was going to have to be trashed. But this last time, my tires were Shredded. My little story was meant to make you feel better, but in maybe it didnt - seeing as how i didnt have to pay much for my tires, and you did. I have never even changed a tire...guess its a good thing to learn to do. Im sure its easy. But it seems like it would be really hard at Night (if you dont have a flashlight, etc etc). My battery did go dead again - this was about a month ago, i dont think i made a post about it..i dont know. I was outside for Forever..since im not one to flag people down...thought maybe someone would stop out of the goodness of their heart seeing as how i had the hood up, but no one did. Yeah, i think i did talk about this in a post already. So, yeah, i got the $120 something dollar battery, and the car has been starting up Just Fine since then. Its still having the shaking which actually feels/sounds like the engine is about to cut off/struggling to stay on ...is that what Yours sounded like?? Although, maybe you fixed yours before it got to that point - mine wasnt sounding so bad the first 2 weeks to a month of it starting. I'll take your advice and not get the Mass Air Flow Sensor. I've read in this Chilton book or something, that i got from the library, thats its really easy to change the mass air flow sensor, hopefully its easy to to the vaccuum thing too.
Sorry to hear about the dent. *Thinking of something that could make you feel better..* Well, my Bumper has been giving me probs again. The other day, i was out at this little shopping plaza. Im not one to pull my front bumper up on the curb anyway, but when i parked, i did go up just a little far. I glanced and it seemed like the bottom of the bumper wasnt touching the cement. But then when i got back to the car, and backed up, i heard this horrible sound, stopped the car, and saw that the bumper had amost Totally detached from the car, and the bigger/well, harder to reach problem - which i wasnt even sure if could solve by myself - was that the bottom part/cover had come down, but was still attached at the midsection. I did a series of tiny back ups/pull ups to finally get the plastic cover part from up against the cement, so that i could tuck it back under the underside of the bumper....and it looked like the sides of the bumper were going to cooperate enough and let me "snap" them back into place...so that was good...but it took a WHILE for me to get the black cover up and back under the bumper , all the while the people at the Starbucks across the way were probably Staring at me while i was on my knees and stuff. I thought back to how this one guy, one of the Walmart mechanics, said i could use Duck/Duct tape and that would temporarily remedy the situation. Hadnt taken his advice before (partly because this one Audi dealership finally helped me out by putting some nails int he right hand side, they couldnt do the left, and that kept the right hand side up, until this bumper incident, and partly because i Really didnt see tape helping), but i decided to...and walked to the Giant or whatever the grocery store was that was out there, and got some duct tape (it was like $6! Guess thats average, buts its still kind of expensive). And it did/has helped, although, as i suspected it would, the heat has apparently aided in the tape coming loose.
Gotta go...and i'll see about emailing you soon.
#1349 of 2367 How much should an 03 A4 1.8T oil change cost?
Aug 01, 2006 (7:48 am)
Our A4 is now 3.5 years old and I was a bit suprized at the $90 bill for an oil change and state inspection. The oil change came in at $60. $30 of that was for the synthetic oil and the balance for the filter and labor. Does that seem high? I searched this forum and in 4/05 someone was paying $30 for an oil change for a 99 A4 at an Audi dealer.
Since I'm here, I also had a brakelight replaced. This is like the 8th or 9th brake/running/head light to go and I was whining about it and told them I was worried about paying for these when the car comes off warranty. He says "the lights go out on BMW's a lot too". Gee, thanks. Is there something up with my electrical system that they should fix while it's still under warranty? I'm going to be really whining when these are costing me $50-$100.
And finally, I've been trying to get the fuel pump recall replacement done for 3 months. Is there really a parts shortage or is my dealing feeding me a line? Audi 800 number was denying any shortage but it's hard to have a lot of faith in either one of them..
#1350 of 2367 replaced engine-now must pay to fix new problem
Aug 01, 2006 (8:23 am)
I was one of the fortunate ones (I suppose) who got Audi to replace my engine because of the oil problems, however I had to pay $543 to replace water pump, timing belt and ten rollers relay. After getting the car back, now the NEW engine has a leak! All of the coolant is leaking out and I am now being told that I need to pay another $375 to fix this problem on the new engine. They are telling me that they took an old part and placed on the new enigine and that is where the leak is coming from. I do not understand how I am responsible for a leak on the new engine. Could anyone help me with this issue? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! By the way, the part is $11.00 the remainder is labor.
#1351 of 2367 A4 2003 Airconditioning
Aug 03, 2006 (4:50 pm)
Just bought a certified 03 A4. Airconditioning blows hot air, took it in and am told it meets Audi standards. This is my first Audi, do they blow cold air at all?
#1352 of 2367 A4 2002 1.8T - CAM ADJUSTOR SEAL LEAK
Aug 03, 2006 (5:34 pm)
Looking for audi owners that have had cam adjuster seal leak repair work done. This repair ran me $573 and was identified when my car was brought in for a coolant flange leak at 50,123 miles. My car had been into the dealership for the 50,000 mile service, still under warranty, just weeks earlier. I did get some assistance with the coolant flange repair. No help was offered with the cam adjustor seal leak, however. I have been told that this is a top 5 warranty repair and Audi has a policy of not identifying these leaks until they are "catagory 3" leak, which means oil is dripping into the engine compartment. My seal leak was at a "catagory 2" (visible moisture, but not dripping) when it was identified as a service issue. On a side note, I also recently had an ignition coil failure at 50,400 miles, which required towing. On this repair, I was told Audi is now using a different ignition coil part than they one used to replace coils under the recall program. Total out of warranty repair work costs at 50,400 miles are now $1,000.
#1353 of 2367 Re: A4 2003 Airconditioning [rjadc]
Aug 03, 2006 (5:46 pm)
On auto, my 2002 A4 doesn't blow cool air when the inside temp. is set relatively close to the current outside temp. Seems to works fine in cool and hot weather.
#1354 of 2367 Re: A4 2003 Airconditioning [rjadc]
Aug 07, 2006 (6:47 am)
I have an Audi A4 2005 with the same problem.
My car must have been 'tapped' during parking - I saw no visible bumber damage. The dealer says there is a cut on the bumper. There is an aluminum pipe RIGHT BEHIND THE BUMBER that cracked. This is part of the AC. My PLASTIC radiator mount was also cracked. The dealer charged me around $2000 to fix these and to redo the bumber.
WHY DOES AUDI MAKE THE CAR WITH FLIMSY MATERIALS THAT ARE PLACED RIGHT BEHIND A BUMPER ? DON'T YOU EXPECT A BUMPER TO BE BUMPED ?
Audi USA were no help. The dealership in NJ has taken 2 weeks. By the way - they couldnt find the problem the first time I brought it in.