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#1731 of 2367 Re: Serious Engine Problem with 2007 A4 [utahjake]
Feb 09, 2008 (9:38 am)
Your dealership is not great. They are lying to you. Audi has had a problem with oil sludge in their engines and they supposedly fixed the problem. If you go online you will find over 1,000 people who are either suing Audi or fighting with them to get their vehicles fixed. My car is older than yours, but I have the 2002 A4 and Audi had to replace my engine because of the oil sludge. They knew that there was a problem, but tried to make me feel that I had done something wrong until I found the information for myself online. I absolutely love my car, however Audi does not stand behind their product and like other car makers they will say what they need to say to you to get past the recall time so that you as the consumer bear the cost of the repairs. I can honestly say that I don't know specifics regarding the 2007, but I will also say that I doubt your dealership is that wonderful. Do some research on your own about your specific make and model.
#1732 of 2367 Re: Serious Engine Problem with 2007 A4 [chelle4]
Feb 09, 2008 (9:54 am)
chelle4, while it is unfortunate that you suffered from the oil sludging issue with your 2002 A4 (I'm betting with the 1.8T engine), your comments have no bearing on the issues that utahjake is dealing with. The car in question has a 3.2 liter V6, an engine that is not known for sludging what-so-ever (unless the owner drives a HUGE number of miles without an oil change).
utahjake, contrary to what chelle4 is telling you, it sounds like your dealer is doing what they can to make you whole. Given the recent history of your car's troubles, it sounds like you're probably a candidate for a Lemon Law action (depending upon the rules in your state), however, if your dealer is still working in good faith to solve the issue, and has escalated it up to Audi corporate, I might be inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt and let them follow whatever next steps they have identified. You might also use your current troubles as a lever to get them to grant you an extended warranty (something that isn't at all unheard of in these instances).
Keep us posted on how you make out.
#1733 of 2367 Re: Serious Engine Problem with 2007 A4 [shipo]
Feb 09, 2008 (9:58 am)
Thanks for the info. My lemon law is the worst in the nation - covers up to 12,000 miles or 1 year whichever comes first. My research did show that the oil sludge problem is with the turbo engine. I'm still willing to work with the dealer. I have also contacted corporate.
#1734 of 2367 Re: Serious Engine Problem with 2007 A4 [utahjake]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 09, 2008 (11:05 am)
Well give it a bit more time but if this onslaught of problems continues, get yourself an attorney and start "communicating" with Audi.
#1735 of 2367 Vibration - Front right wheel shaft???
Feb 11, 2008 (10:48 pm)
I have a 02 Audi A4 3.0 quattro - sports suspension 120k miles in Sacto. Took it to Tahoe over New Years weekend and soon after it developed a vibration. Vibration is strongest at 40 - 60 mph when accelerating and when climbing hills. Vibration is not on the steering wheel. At first it felt like it was coming from the left side but it may be from the right. Feels like a off balance tire but is not - checked it twice now. When yanking the wheel shaft the right side makes a sound (knocking like the shaft is loose). Lifted each side and ran the wheels.. when the right side is up and wheels are running a strong vibration comes from the wheels - does not happen on the left side. Boot seems to be fine. Almost certainly points to the wheel shaft - anyone had this problem before? My mechanic thinks this can be serviced? anyone has any luck with this? cant find the replacement part anywhere but the dealer $250. Help
#1736 of 2367 Re: Vibration - Front right wheel shaft??? [amand]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 13, 2008 (6:42 pm)
Service an axle you mean? Well by the time you busted it apart and checked it out you might as well just replace it for all that labor.
#1737 of 2367 Serious Engine Problem with 2007 A4
Feb 14, 2008 (8:13 am)
See my post at #1727 for the full story - briefly, within approximately 6 weeks, I've had 5 repairs to my engine, with 21,000 miles on it, from replacing exhaust valves to fuel injectors, spark plugs etc. I am told that the next repair when the check engine light comes on will be the heads. I contacted Audi customer service. They have offered me one car payment for my inconvenience. They have refused an extended warranty for the engine. When I told the rep that one car payment did not equal the seriousness of this problem and to explain why I should remain an Audi customer, she said if I was going to change brands, then the offer of one car payment was off the table. Unbelievable. My state lemon law does not cover this situation since it is only applicable for up to 1 year or 12,000 miles. I am afraid to drive this car. My jobs takes me many places. Roadside Assistance already left me for 2 hours in a dangerous neighborhood. Suggestions?
#1738 of 2367 Re: Serious Engine Problem with 2007 A4 [utahjake]
Feb 14, 2008 (8:20 am)
I'm thinking that it's time to talk to a lawyer.
#1739 of 2367 Bumper Touch-Up ..
Feb 14, 2008 (12:53 pm)
Last nite, I didn't pull my car far enough into the garage and the closing door hinge caught a small portion of my rear bumper, making a slight scratch (no paint loss) and an area about the size of a dime paint completely scratched off.
My car color is white and the paint-less area is now black.
Question is I know it'll probably cost 500 bucks to repaint the bumper because either they'll paint it or they'll have problems matching the color which means a new bumper.
Is it perfectly acceptable - visually - to purchase a paint pen over the net and touch-it-up in that manner???
It doesn't need to look perfect, unless making it anything other than perfect will make it look worse than it does now.
#1740 of 2367 Re: Bumper Touch-Up .. [hauschild]
Feb 14, 2008 (3:06 pm)
Take a look in the phone book for those "paintless" dent repair guys. A lot of times they also do touch up paint pretty cheaply. Usually they just mask off the area around the bumper and paint it. I know a lot of car dealers use these guys to touch up used cars. May be worth a call.