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#171 of 2367 A4 1997 Quattro in Fairfield County, CT
Feb 19, 2003 (8:08 am)
I bought my car new and even ordered it. Yes, the front control arms died and had to be replaced on Audi's nickel. They groaned mercelessy. By the way, I have 51,700 miles now in Feb 2003. I had 2 engine light issues. One, under warranty, just a sensitive switch or something, then a vacuun hose a year ago which had to go thru diagnostics to isolate. Yeah, I also had a seat burnout which they repaired and replaced; I'm careful not to put too much pinpoint pressure on the seats which could damage the fragile wiring. Saab uses a denser wire but only has one setting not 6. In the 9-3. I havent heard anything worrisome about the coil. What's got me a little perturbed is Audi's maintenance calender to change the timing belt and I guess other belts at 60,000 or in my case, 6 years. Has anyone got any indicators for that? I have most services done at a private mechanic's shop; Audi for unrequieted diagnostics, maintenance switches that only they can turn off and they replaced my battery for me last summer only because I was there and it needed it. All in all, I have been very happy with the car. I did full brakes at 40,000 and all new tires too. I reground the rotars. I also stick to 2 year changes of brake fluid and anti-freeze regardless of what they say. A buddy of mine with 250,000 on a Mercedes says I should change the transmission fluid at 60,000 and forget about that $1,200.00 service for belts in the spring when the car hits 6 years. Any comments?
#172 of 2367 beware nav system
Feb 25, 2003 (9:46 am)
After trying for months Audi informs me that they will not pay for a software upgrade. I take this as a seriously as a wheel falling off.
Therefore ,I can arrive at only one conclusion. After buying 5 Audis and enjoying them that Audi's arragonce leaves me on other choices.
1. No more Audi's
2. Picket the dealer who sold it to me.
3. Take Audi to court so I can at least get my money back for an incomplete Nav system.
The companies attitude(German) shows that they do not give a tinkers damn about serious concerns. It will shortly become their problem. I can no longer advise people to buy the product when they will not own up to poor software and even more importantly incomplete software.
I can appreciate leaving out some small town but to leave out Vancouver Island which has the capiticl(Victoria) and leave out a major city in the interior of British Columbia(Kelowna pop 200,000 +) is not accatable.
Feb 25, 2003 (11:55 am)
I suggest that before making your next purchase that you thoroughly check the map detail of the Nav system BEFORE you buy, if this item is so critical to make you want to switch brands after owning five Audis and "enjoying them." I personally would not spring for the Audi Nav system until it features a map display and becomes DVD-based. Even then, any software will become outdated as existing roads change names, and new ones are built. I've seen complaints even in the Lexus and Acura boards about software updates not being complete, and others because they are not made available frequently enough, or they want too much money for them when they are released.
On the other hand if you have a malfunction and the software doesn't work even in Vancouver, and the dealer will not acknowledge it or agree to fix it, then you have a legitimate complaint.
P.S. On my portable Garmin unit, there are different software packages (maps) you can buy or download, and in my case one of them is excellent in the large metro areas, but with very limited detail in smaller towns and in rural areas. Another CD has much better detail in areas that are away from the big cities, but is not as accurate inside the metro. To address this I purchased both sets to cover my bases. But if I wanted British Columbia, I'm sure I would have to buy another map set (haven't checked as I have no plans to go there soon - loved skiing Whistler and Blackcomb, though, when I was there about 20 years ago).
Feb 25, 2003 (5:23 pm)
Thanks for the input. The problem is this is a 5th Audi. Yes the treatment is shabby and yes I complain from my dealership to the company. They refuse to send me an upgrade without me shelling out the $$
I must now look at suing them in a class action or taking them to small claims.
I will probably end up picketing on Friday evenings and Saturdays(their busy day)
Mar 04, 2003 (2:07 pm)
I was driving my wifes 2001 home from an evening at the theatre when the oil light comes on. I'm close to home and use Royal purple 5-30 so I know the car can make it.
After checking the dip I have to add 2 liters. I cannot see any leaks or puddles on the floor. Something I should know about?
Mar 04, 2003 (9:09 pm)
When was the last time you checked the oil level? Any prior history of the car using oil? If it lost this much oil in a very short time, you may have a leak somewhere. I don't know anything about "Royal purple" but I've always used Mobil 1 and the car uses very little oil in between changes. I would monitor the level closely over the next couple of weeks, and if you continue using/losing abnormal amounts of oil, have the dealer check it out.
#177 of 2367 Mother Stranded
Mar 05, 2003 (9:21 am)
As an owner of a '96 A6, I recently pushed my mother toward the purchase of an '02 A4. The car died on her yesterday, and now she is getting push-back from local dealer saying that they can't replace all coil packs due to supply issues. Was the '02 A4 purchase a good idea after all?!
#178 of 2367 second thoughts
Mar 08, 2003 (6:51 am)
After much thought, I had made up my mind to purchase a used Audi A4 1.8T, probably a 99 or 2000. I thought that it was a combination of everything I wanted basically in a vehicle...looks, comfort, and performance. However, I have heard reports of numerous problems with the A4, and this board seems to confirm that. My question is, a lot of the problems seems to be on the newer models....are these problems prevalent on the 99 and 2000 as well? Thanks for any help, I don't want to make the wrong decision, but not too many other cars appeal to me right now.
#179 of 2367 New Audi A-4
Mar 12, 2003 (11:40 am)
Hi to all- I just popped over from the Chrysler 300M board where I usually reside. My daughter recently dumped a Mazda MX-6 with tranny and brake issues, and after a test drive fell in love with an 03 A4. Against my advice, [do they ever listen?] she bought one. After just browsing a little here to see what other owners were saying I guess getting an extended warranty on her new A4 is a no-brainer. Hope she has better luck with hers than some here have had with theirs. And just to let you know, the 300M is not perfect either. We still have similar "defective part" issues after almost five years with essentially the same model. Adios.
#180 of 2367 All is well at 93,000
Mar 12, 2003 (7:04 pm)
Sorry to hear all the heat here in this forum. You folks have challenges with your Audi's like I have with my GMC Envoy.
I've had a '98 A4 1.8t Quatt 5-speed w/sport suspension since new and have done numerous mods to it too. The two only problems I ever had were a water pump and a leaky valve cover gasket (under warranty). Other than that I have the original rear brakes still on the car, original shocks still on it. Replaced the front brakes at 60,000, replaced the original tires at 50,000. I can honestly say it's been the most fun to drive and the most reliable vehicle I've owned, besides our old '95 VW Jetta GLX.