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#1822 of 2367 2003 Audi A4 3.0 V6 Runs Rough
Aug 03, 2008 (5:45 pm)
I recently took my Audi to the dealer for the 40K scheduled maintenance. I have maintained this car regularly & have had no problems with the vehicle until AFTER the 40K maintenance.
Earlier this year, Audi sent me notice of a fuel pump recall. The dealer inspected the fuel pump & said it did not need replacing. They charged me $689 for the 40K & sent me off warning me that all the brakes had to be replaced within 3 months.
Then, two days later I had to return the car to the dealer when all the gas leaked out of the car as I was filling it up. The dealer ended up replacing the fuel pump after all even though they supposedly had just inspected it & found nothing wrong. But, even then, they tried to argue that they were not at fault! I argued my case & ended up with free rental car for the 4 days it took to order the pump & fix the problem that supposedly wasn't a problem.
Now, one week later, the engine light suddenly came on & the car abruptly started running rough - VERY rough. I managed to get the car back to my house although I was nervous driving it. Once again I called the dealer who then cited numerous possibilities (along with the cost for each possibility) such as a failed catalytic converter (cost = approx.$1,500). Of course the dealer failed to mention how the recent poor maintenance (incident #1 & #2) might be a factor.
I had no problems with this car until after this 40K scheduled maintenance. Then a host of problems cropped up. I have two questions based on the above: (1) Can I drive this car back to the dealer without worrying about engine damage or should I opt for getting it towed?; (2) What are the probable causes of ENGINE LIGHT ON + ROUGH ENGINE following a "heavy" maintenance?
Thanks so much for any help you can give to me.
#1823 of 2367 Re: 2003 Audi A4 3.0 V6 Runs Rough [dowopdiddy]
Aug 04, 2008 (6:27 am)
It sounds like a bad coil-pack on your car. Typically on Audi's when they go bad it results in the behavior your seeing. This can be checked by a relatively simple scan tool at most auto parts stores. If the code shows a bad coil pack it may not show what cylinder but there are ways to determine which relativaly easily.
If you do a searc on the web for "audi coil pack diy" you'll likely find the best method.
Your car is just about the right age and mileage for this to happen and it's not uncommon at all. Just poor timing.
PS - that dealer sounds like a nightmare, you may do better finding a good independent shop in the area that specializes in German vehicles VW/Audi in particular. There are lots of them out there.
Aug 04, 2008 (6:37 pm)
It was a rough engine after replacing the spark plugs in my case. It ended up that they needed to replace an engine coil - probably same as mentioned in another reply. they told me this sometimes happens after replacing a spark plug. Driving the car should be OK if it's just a small distance to the dealer.
#1825 of 2367 Power windows
Aug 11, 2008 (6:50 pm)
I just bought a 1999 A4 quattro this morning and the power windows quit working for me! They worked on my way to lunch but when i got back into the car they didn't work at all. the sunroof doesn't work now either. It still works to open and close them with the key in the door lock but thats it. Any idea's as to what the cause of this might be?
Aug 18, 2008 (6:43 am)
can anyone tell me if my release bearing and lever are bad do i need to replace the whole clutch kit
Aug 18, 2008 (9:07 am)
This is a duplicate question which has been addressed already in the "Transmission Traumas" topic.
#1828 of 2367 Re: Power windows [tyler13]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 18, 2008 (9:16 am)
Hard to say. First thing I'd do is see if a scanner will pick up a trouble code to help with the diagnosis. Of course, I'd also get out your owner's manual and check any fuse related to these operations.
ALSO - in your "8-way Relay Carrier" there is a module that we must hold under suspicion, given its function:
Relay # 4 Power Window / Sunroof Control Module
Aug 20, 2008 (12:58 pm)
hello, how you doing?
i have an audi a4 2.8 v6 quattro 1998 automatic triptronic.
the problem is when i go like in 3 or 4 gear, the car start to shake a little bit (no matter if the car is in automatic or with the triptronic).
The slippage occurs in either of two situations: 1) during slight acceleration (feathering-in the gas pedal) on upward inclines without initiating a downshift (which I consider an engine lugging situation), and 2) during slight acceleration immediately after deceleration at 50-60 mph range. The slippage does not occur hard acceleration. No fault lights (red or yellow) are lit and VAG-COM scanning shows no DTC faults in any controller.
Someone told me that it was a faulty torque convertor, i want to know where i can buy that part over the internet. Or if someone can tell me how i can fix this problem.
#1830 of 2367 Stuck rear window
Aug 26, 2008 (7:24 pm)
Hey there, I've got a 1998 A4 Quatro, and the right rear window is stuck all the way down. I know it's probably the motor, but is there a way to manually roll up the window before I can get it serviced? Please reply asap!!! Thanx!
#1831 of 2367 A4 Quattro vs A4
Aug 28, 2008 (12:31 pm)
Looking to purchase a used 2007 A4 Quattro with 6,000 miles, not Certified. Concerned with difference in gas milage and if certification. current warranty expires in four years and will never exceed that 50,000K. Appreciate any comments.