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#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.
#1741 of 2367 Re: Bumper Touch-Up .. [604doc]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 14, 2008 (3:11 pm)
Those mobile paint guys did a good job on my bumper if you don't look too TOO closely at it.
I think anything is better than a black blotch on a white bumper.
#1742 of 2367 Shopping 98-99 A4s.. 2.8 vs 1.8T?
Feb 17, 2008 (7:29 pm)
I'm looking at a few 80-110 K or so.. any thoughts on 2.8 v. 1.8? Thinking maybe 4 cyl turbo has more to break on it than the v6 for the older mileage ones.. don't know the engines that well tho. any thoughts on longevity/maintenance for these past120K?
#1743 of 2367 Re: Shopping 98-99 A4s.. 2.8 vs 1.8T? [crazyh2182]
Feb 18, 2008 (12:08 am)
I have a 99 A4 V6 winter package. I bought it when it had 101k miles and now it's at 131k. I have spent close to $3 on maintenance so far, but then again I bought mine for about $7500, so it's not a bad deal. Unless you get a deal like I did, you may want to pass on Audi. Things I have done so far: T-belt, front suspension, valve cover gaskets (oil leaked on spark plug well, causing the misfire), replaced broken Exhaust recirc tubing, oil leaks.
Now smoking from the engine. The engine itself is burning 1-1/2 quarts per oil change (every 3k miles).
Sorry Audi owners but you know how it is...
#1744 of 2367 Re: Shopping 98-99 A4s.. 2.8 vs 1.8T? [davida2]
Feb 18, 2008 (6:28 am)
The fact you had trouble with a '99 model is not surprising; but, Audi's have come a long way since '99. The newer platforms are more reliable. To extrapolate one bad experience to the entire brand is not really fair.
#1745 of 2367 Re: Serious Engine Problem with 2007 A4 [utahjake]
Feb 25, 2008 (9:01 pm)
I've had an '08 A4 for about 5 weeks, just hit 2115 miles and the car died. ( yes, that's 2 thousand miles) Oil pressure light came on then it sputtered and stalled. Audi Care came, (after 2 hrs) and towed it to the local dealership. they were great and promptly go me into a loaner, an '07 A4. There was a specialist at the dealership who immediately said it was going to be a major repair. They took a week to find out that it threw a cam, ( and to rule out it was anything I might have done), the entire engine has to be rebuilt. It's been 4 weeks now, ( parts are on back order) and could be an additional 2 or more til it's done. Problem is I don't want it back.
I bought a NEW car and expect a NEW car, not a rebuilt one. For the price I'm paying it should be a no brainer. I could have saved a lot of money buying a "lesser" car, but I mistaken thought Audi meant quality. Audi of America has been terrible to deal with, stringing me along, not returning calls, finally I got word today, that they want to waive 2 months payments for my inconvenience, and repair, but not replace the car, I said no way.
I've written to the president of Audi of America, the director of Customer relations, and even my state's newspaper's consumer advocate columnist.
Hopefully something good will come out of this, I love the car, and all I want is what I've paid for, a NEW car, in working order that is. I may contact my lawyer as well. Problem is I bought it out of state, and have to check that state's lemon laws if any.
I'd love to hear if you've had any recent luck resolving your problems.
#1746 of 2367 Re: Serious Engine Problem with 2007 A4 [wayne1984]
Feb 26, 2008 (5:08 am)
The first thing I did was to write to the Exec VP for Audi of America, Johan de Nysschen. Of course, no response. I contacted customer service. They offered to make one car payment as a good will gesture! I then called the Executive Office at the Auburn Hills MI corporate office and left serveral messages. Finally, a person called me back, said he would look into it, and 2 days later offered me 2 car payments and to extend the warranty to 62,000 miles. I told him that I had driven my BMWs for over 100,000 miles without engine problems and wanted a 100,000 warranty. He said no, this case did not warrant that action and that was their final offer. I am shocked that you weren't even offered the additional 12,000 miles of a warranty since you have a 2008 with low mileage!
I am now suing Audi. Like you, I bought a car I thought I could drive for 100,000 dependable miles. If I have to travel a long distance for work, I now rent a car. You should qualify under any state's lemon law since the car is so new. You should also qualify to have the car replaced. Go to a law firm that does this type of work on a regular basis because otherwise, your lawyer will have to stumble through and learn the process. You can search on the internet and find dozens of law firms that specialize in these type of cases. I am suing under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act and that federal law requires the automotive company to pay the attorneys' fees so you will not be responsible for fees, just possibly $200-400 in costs.
It is nice to know that Audi does NOT stand behind their product. I am definitely getting rid of this car ASAP. Good luck and let me know what happens. Let me know if you need any other info on finding a lawyer.