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#1528 of 2367 2004 A4 1.8T Quattro 6sp manual clutch failure at 29k
May 31, 2007 (6:09 pm)
I have a familiar problem, one that at least 19 other Audi owners/posters have already detailed. I'm so ANGRY (hence the long post) that so many people seem to suffer from premature and repeated clutch failure, and not a single person seems to have had any success fighting Audi, in court or otherwise.
* I leased my Audi A4 1.8T new in 2004. I drive it less than 10k miles per year on weekends (I'm a CPA and travel out-of-town on business during the week). All maintenance has been done at Audi dealers on schedule.
* On a road trip with family 2 months ago, the clutch failed suddenly without warning (on gear change, pedal stuck against floorboard) 200 miles from home. Vehicle had to be towed 130 miles to Santa Barbara.
* Audi dealership in Santa Barbara dropped the transmission and told me: the clutch disk was "overheated" and "worn" in a way to indicate driver abuse/misuse--they said the friction material was completely "shaved" away and the repair would cost me $1,600.
* I energetically disagreed, provided details of how the car has been driven (kid gloves/weekends) and shared that my driving habits have resulted in my 1988 Honda Civic DX having 280,000 miles on it with only 2 clutch replacements.
* 2 months later (I still don't have the car back) after repeated correspondence with Audi of America, no deal has been reached. Audi of America has said they stand behind their dealership's assessment, and would not replace the clutch due to driver abuse.
* I'm scheduled for an arbitration hearing with the Better Business Bureau on June 11, 2007. I hope to have the clutch assembly replaced under the Audi Advantage Maintenance Protection program and my rental car fees of $222 paid for by Audi.
I'm flabbergasted that despite being well within the warranty period, I'm in a position to have to PROVE that I DIDN'T abuse the clutch. I mean, shouldn't Audi have to PROVE that I DID in fact do something wrong!
Does anyone know whether a case can be made on the fact that the clutch failure was sudden and without warning or indication of any kind....ie., no slippage, grinding, warning light, etc.
I hope as the 20th or so poster on this issue, I will be able to report back something fruitful from the arbitration. If not, I'm ready to follow Shom1 and empginam to court.
#1529 of 2367 Re: ABS warning light [wilner]
Jun 02, 2007 (11:34 pm)
i found the fault in this 1999 Audi A4 2.8L V6 Quattro. Electrical Connection between ABS and Instrument Cluster - No Signal - Intermittent.
pls. share your know how, how to correct this problem. thanks.
Jun 04, 2007 (7:25 am)
Recently purchased 2003 A4 convertible. Passenger side power seat only goes back half as far as driver seat. Motor is working but seat stops. Is this some kind of memory problem or setting I'm missing?
#1531 of 2367 Re: 2004 A4 1.8T Quattro 6sp manual clutch failure at 29k [christian78]
Jun 11, 2007 (9:49 pm)
We recently had the same experience with our 2004 A4 clutch at about 25000 miles. It was a sudden failure, with symptoms of clutch not disengaging, and difficulty engaging ang changing gears (ie crashing gears). Clearly out of the same scriptbook, we were given the song and dance about the overheated clutch and how we had abused it by continually racing the car and dropping the clutch. This is nonsense, of course. My wife is a teacher, 59 years old. They showed us a damaged clutch. I have no idea whether it was our clutch. We will have to pay $1500 to get the car back.
Not sure what to do. We are thinking of engaging a professional engineer to investigate their claims. We may also inform the State Attorney General, and the NTSB.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Jun 16, 2007 (9:40 am)
I have a 2005 A4 1.8T Quattro that caught on fire just sitting in the garage. Smoke was coming out from the engine compartment but I managed to push the car out. The car only had 25,000 miles on it. Local fire department put out the fire and Audi roadside service towed it to Diablo Audi in Concord, California. The dealership was terrible!!! I called Audi corporate but they are slow to react. Any suggestions?
#1533 of 2367 Engine Light???
Jun 18, 2007 (6:03 pm)
I just got my 2005 Audi A4. It has 15,000 miles and is like brand new. When I got it, the check engine light was on. I checked the gas cap but also heard it could be build up from using 87 octane. Anybody else have this problem??? Also, what does the EPC light mean?
#1534 of 2367 best place for repairs San Diego
Jun 20, 2007 (7:09 am)
I am new to San Diego and looking for an independent shop to take my A6 for repairs.
#1535 of 2367 Re: A4 Fire [greg565]
Jun 22, 2007 (11:15 am)
Update: Fire was caused by a faulty #2 coil that shorted out and set the car on fire (remember, the car was just sitting in the garage and didn't even have the keys in the ignition). Audi's position is that these things can happen, oh well. Their compensation for their error was insulting. Audi makes a dangerous vehicle and does not stand behind their product!!
DO NOT BUY AN AUDI!!!!
#1536 of 2367 if audi coil light and abs lights are on
Jun 22, 2007 (12:31 pm)
if audi coil light and abs lights are on...
its the break light switch which can be bought for 8 pounds sterling at audi.........
very tricky fitting got to be gentle with it as switches are easy to brake
#1537 of 2367 Stranded in the Smokey’s, 2006
Jun 23, 2007 (12:57 pm)
I purchased a 2006 Audi A4 quatro July 2006. Less than 1,000 miles it left me stranded at the Smokey Mountains. The car was flat bedded to Kentucky Audi who determined the starter had to be replaced. Needless to say, it ruined my vacation.
Subsequent to the Smokey’s fiasco, the car has been making a loud noise at the top of cold starts. After a couple of trips to the dealer they were unable to determine and chalked it up to what they called a normal noise when starting.
Fearing getting stranded once again, I purchased a recorder and recorded the noise on several occasions. As a result, Audi is now (6/23/2007) going to replace the starter, which I have been waiting over a week for the phone call to come in and fix.
I love everything about the Audi except for the aforementioned and the time lag accelerating. The car is for sale when the warranty expires. Too bad, cause I would stay with Audi’s if they got their act together. And, what’s this I hear about engine noise and cylinder problems with the 2007s?