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#1464 of 2367 Audi A4 1996 starting problem
Jan 16, 2007 (11:04 pm)
Just wondering if someone can give me some advice. My wife has just bought a second hand Audi A4 SE 20V, 1996 model auto. Every time she starts it she needs to put her foot on the accelerator as soon as it fires to keep it going or it conks out. Once it is going it is fine and has never stalled but it is every time she starts it.
The other question is that it has the little red light on the dash that suggests an immobiliser or alarm but it never flashes. The dealer gave her the key to the car which isn't a remote key (seemed strange).
Would really appreciate any help or feedback
#1465 of 2367 Audi A4 - No thanks
Jan 19, 2007 (10:01 am)
Thank everyone for warning me. I'm stying away from WV/Audi. I was going to buy an A4. I thought my KIA dealer was bad, but I'm in heaven compared to people here. At least, my KIA dealer would always admit when a problem was widespread for my model.
Jan 20, 2007 (12:25 pm)
About to buy a 2006 A4, new, but obviously been sitting on the lot for a while - 6 months or so. I'm already worried about the bad reputation of Audis for reliability, and I will probably exhaust the warranty miles within 2-3 years. Could sitting on the lot for that long increase the odds of problems? Also, how is the stock Symphony II (non-bose) sound system?
#1467 of 2367 Re: Update - Clutch failure at 30K [stubbsj]
Jan 20, 2007 (1:59 pm)
I used to work for VW..and I own an A4. It is very common to see a clutch go out at that or even less miles..VW/Audi clutches should be engaged and disengaged VERY QUICK but not too quick! That's the practicing you need to do, and you will get better at it, ask the service manager. Avoid slow traffic man..I swet everytime I hit one..sorry nothing you can do..they see alot and never cover it, it is considered abuse. I'll tell you though $1400 is a Great deal(serious) mine was quoted $2800 from a friend!
#1468 of 2367 2007 A4 unintended acceleration -- anyone?
Jan 20, 2007 (2:49 pm)
I recently leased a 2007 A4 2.0 Quattro w/6sp auto. Have about 1,000 mi on the car (it's just about 1 mo old). Today I had the most frightening experience of my driving life -- while on the highway at 60mph, I stepped hard on the accelerator pedal to change lanes and move around a slow-moving car in my lane. The A4 dropped down a few gears immediately and very quickly I was doing about 75mph. I let up my foot off the gas, only to have the car keep accelerating. I thought maybe I hit the cruise by accident, so I tapped the brake and even moved the cruise lever back & forth. By this time, the car was doing 80mph! My foot was completely off the gas.
I shifted the car immediately into N and pulled off into the left shoulder -- with the engine still racing (probably 7,500 rpm!). The car came to a stop (again, I was in Neutral). My heart was racing. I shut off the car, put the gear selector in park and restarted.
Everything seemed normal for the rest of the 15 mi left to get home.
I know the A4 is a drive-by-wire vehicle with no accelerator cable to get stuck. I was wondering if anyone else had this experience with their A4? Did my winter mat somehow get stuck under the pedal and cause this? I was/am totally freaked by it given Audi's past history with sudden accel.
I called the dealer -- they said they had no TSB's on this and had not had any A4's where someone came in with this problem. Nonetheless, they said to be safe to bring the car in Monday to have them check it out. All I can figure out they'd do is hook it up to their diagnostic machines and see if any code was saved (did the A4 record any problem?) and/or check to make sure all sensors involved with the drive-by-wire check out and are working properly.
Any Audi technicians that read this board have any ideas?
I am totally afraid to have anyone else in my family (wife or kids) drive this thing.
#1469 of 2367 Speedometer problem
Jan 20, 2007 (7:52 pm)
I have a 98' A4 2.8 Quattro and the speedometer has gone bonkers. It mellows out if your not accelerating but when you take off it's all over the place. could it be just the speed sensor or what?
Jan 26, 2007 (7:14 am)
I have an Audi A4 T 120K miles on it. I just got it back from an oil change and the tech person said to take it to an Ausi delearship right away to get the radiator or antifreeze flushed. Apparently I have the wrong type of antifreeze in it and they told me that I needed a specifice AUDI antifreeze. I have been using this type of antifreeze for a long time and have had no problems. Is it really necc. to replace the antifreeze?
Jan 26, 2007 (9:26 am)
Yes! You need a RED antifreeze. The dealer has it or sometimes you can find it at parts stores...one brand is called "PENTOSIN", and it is supposed to be nitrite-amine and phosphate fee.
RE: Speedometers. A4 speed sensors are a known frequent failure item.
#1472 of 2367 Re: AUDI ANSWERS [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 26, 2007 (9:34 am)
I thought that was just for Audi's that are from 2000 on. Mine is a 1997 and I keep getting mixed signals from different dealers. I haven't had any major problems as of yet. Can I buy this PENTOSIN at any Car Store Like Pep Boys?
#1473 of 2367 Re: AUDI ANSWERS [rspeace]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 26, 2007 (10:37 am)
I don't know about Pep Boys. My Audi connection puts it in all the A4s but gee if you've had no problems, there's probably no rush for this. The rule of thumb for Audis is "if it's green, it's probably the wrong stuff" but you know...not necessarily.
This looks like a good source but I haven't dealt with them personally. They'll sell you all the correct fluids for your make/model.