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#1631 of 2367 Re: should I buy an Audi??? [skinsfan1]
Oct 01, 2007 (8:11 pm)
You have probably read my comments on Audi (and by implication, VW).
Audi has steadfastly refused to honor its warranty commitments on failures which should not have happened, given the age, mileage and top-notch treatment that we have given the car (2004 Audi A4, 25000 miles). Our repair costs have totaled about $2800 in this time.
Our treatment at the hands of Audi has been so abysmal that we will NEVER buy another Audi (or VW). It is a matter of corporate policy on their part to blame the car owner for their problems of design and/or manufacturing.
Our experience parallels that of many people who have submitted comments. All across the country, Audi service people are reading from the same (corporate) script.
#1632 of 2367 Re: should I buy an Audi??? [athornton]
Oct 02, 2007 (5:36 am)
Thank-you for your personal experience. I have since talked to a repair shop that works exclusively on BMW/Audi/VW. They advised "hell of a car to drive...tough on the wallet to own". I have moved on from the Audi, and now looking elsewhere. Thank-you for the swing vote!!
#1633 of 2367 Re: should I buy an Audi??? [skinsfan1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 02, 2007 (7:06 am)
My buddies own a very successful Porsche/Audi independent shop and they also love and respect Audis---but they also have their little jokes about the expense of keeping them up. And you know, when a Porsche mechanic talks about Audis being expensive to run, you have to at least listen to that.
it's really the parts prices. I mean, labor per hour is the same for a Porsche or an Audi, but some of the Audi prices for components are pretty hard to take.
I guess if you are just maintaining an Audi and not replacing parts, you're okay, but when it comes to buying major pieces, it seems like the bills add up quick.
#1634 of 2367 2005 A4 power mirror control feel thru hole
Oct 06, 2007 (8:08 am)
I have a 2004 A4 w 42K miles. While trying to quickly adjust a mirror, my control popped thru the hole & into the armrest. When I took it in the service associate gal said, "I have seen lots of these, you will need a new switch." When I picked it up, the service manager said he did not think it would be covered under the warranty and that he had never seen this problem before.. HUMM - who is speaking the truth here???
Has anyone seen this problem? Seems to me that it should be covered under the warranty. Any suggestions?
Other than a recently replaced fuel filter that was causing a humming noise (under warranty no questions asked) our A4 has been pretty problem free --- so far.
#1635 of 2367 Re: should I buy an Audi??? [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 06, 2007 (9:34 am)
Expensive to run, and they don't make parts for their classic Urquattro anymore.
I sold mine because the car spent much more time in the shop waiting for parts than the time I spent having fun driving it.
#1636 of 2367 Re: A4 1.8 TURBO ISSUE [melmaca4]
Oct 08, 2007 (6:29 pm)
I have 01 A4 at 93k miles. My mechanic told me that my turbo is in fact sucking oil and that's why I ma running out of oil after 2000 miles.
We decided to reset the check engine light and take it to the dealer for a trade in.
I WILL NEVER BUY AUDI AGAIN...
#1637 of 2367 Re: A4 1.8 TURBO ISSUE [tipitip]
Oct 08, 2007 (7:21 pm)
As a general statement, I'd say that the problem you're having was in fact self induced. Typically when a turbo fails, it is due to one or both of the following two different reasons:
1) You didn't follow the VW/Audi oil specifications and/or the oil change schedule.
2) You didn't allow the turbo to properly spin down before shutting down the engine following spirited driving.
Assuming one or both of the above is true, how is it Audi's fault?
#1638 of 2367 Re: should I buy an Audi??? [wolfsport]
Oct 08, 2007 (7:28 pm)
I dropped my 02 jetta in today for an oil change, surprise they found a leaking CV boot, that they had replaced just over 14,000 miles ago, with 12,000 warranty. As they were changing my oil, I drove an '08 EOS and an '08 A4. The A4 was sweet, 2.0 turbo, performance; solid feel and tight. As my Jetta has cost me $2800 in repairs this year, I am looking to trade. After reading this, I think the A4 is out. Any idea on the new C class a friend traded his mercedes after 17 shop visits in less than 2 years? BTW, I don't have any complaints with the local VW dealer; vast inprovement over years of GM dealers.
#1639 of 2367 Re: A4 1.8 TURBO ISSUE [shipo]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 09, 2007 (7:10 am)
I suppose one could argue (if I may be devil's advocate for a minute) that there is a fine line between asking the consumer to follow instructions and burdening him with more tasks and details for maintenance that he could reasonably be expected to know.
Or to argue another way, what makes Audi turbos so sensitive to abuse whereas other cars don't seem to mind it?
Still I do question the diagnosis---once the turbo gets loose inside, it will suck oil, that is quite true, but this usually appears at start up, with high engine vacuum. In other words, if you have a "sucking" turbo, you'll look like a mosquito fogger every morning. Is this the case? Are you surrounding by blue smoke in the morning when you start 'er up?
I'd also check this engine for sludge.
Once the engine is warmed up, it's hard to believe a turbo could burn a quart of oil all by itself in 2000 miles. I'm wondering if a cylinder leakdown test is in order for this car as well.
#1640 of 2367 Re: A4 1.8 TURBO ISSUE [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 09, 2007 (2:46 pm)
my engine was never burning oil, it is clean clean clean. The turbo seals where cracked and when they opened it up it was cracked inside. I have 34000 miles on a 99...the problem has been fixed ....2000.00 later