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#1918 of 2367 Re: 2007 Audi A4 V6 or BMW 3? [tunderbord]
Feb 06, 2009 (9:14 am)
I have an older A4 (2002) that has had its share of problems. The problems for the most part have been corrected by the dealer ...however one must stay on top of them to ensure that it has been done correctly. I have found that putting too much reliance and trust in the dealer to "do it right" is a dangerous misconception. Case in point is relying on the dealer to do the required maintenance on the vehicle during the first 50k miles while under warranty. In the owners manual is a schedule of "required service" items that must be performed. To place your faith in the dealer to perform these services is a great leap of faith. An example of this is changing the engine air cleaner at 20k and 40k miles as required. I recently (55k miles) had "issues" of no power and terrible gas mileage. Inspection and diagnosis by a "non-dealer" service provider noted that the airfilter was clogged with dirt and debris and the "snow/moisture precluder" screen located in the airfilter snorkel was clogged with leaves. The "non-dealer" service provider actually had to remove the "factory seals" (clamps & fittings) on the air cleaner housing (35 minutes work) just to open the housing to change the filter. He explained that the filter had never been changed and that the housing had never been opened. Yet in the service report issued by the dealer it showed that the unit had been serviced.
Guess all I am saying is that when you take the vehicle in for service DO NOT rely on the dealer to do the right thing. Follow up to see that it has been performed as required by Audi (who by the way is reimbursing the dealer to perform this service)
#1919 of 2367 Re: Do I really want an Audi? [upstatedoc]
Feb 08, 2009 (6:16 pm)
My experience with my 2007 A4 has been the worst vehicle ownership experience I have had. I would suggest doing a search for Audi oil consumption and determine if you are willing to roll the dice on having your oil light go on every 1,000 to 3000 miles. I am liiking at BMW's for my next vehicle
#1920 of 2367 Re: 2003 Audi A4 3.0 - Torque Converter [juiyuan]
Feb 14, 2009 (4:32 pm)
Audi's are notorious for electrical glitches. I had the same diagnosis over a year ago on a 2004 A4 as the check engin light came on just prior to a state inspection. The dealer re-set the indicator, stayed off a few days, then back on. Car has 98K on it. This year , same dealer, wanted to install a torque converter, Once ir reminded him of the procedure they did last year, they did it again. Unless the transmission feels sluggish, or you feel an slippage issue, I would mot rush to the dealer. Some models are under factory power train warranty warranty to 50K miles, This is an expensive repair. I am driving mine, runs perfect, i'm the original owner. And I had all the repairs done at the Audi dealer, until the inspection which was done at a VW dealer. I will never own another Audi. This is a second and had problems with the first. I'm an engineer so appreciate supposedly the engineering.
Yours is tow noew for such a problem. My guess is its a faulty sensor.
#1921 of 2367 service provider please
Feb 19, 2009 (6:56 am)
I am new to new jersey and need a reliable AUDI dealer for service. So far have had some dealings with the dealer in Edison and am not happy with them. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
#1922 of 2367 AUDI A4 Braking System
Feb 26, 2009 (12:13 am)
I have a AUDI A4 - 1995 Model. The ABS light used to come on every now and then. Suddenly last week the brakes just kept on applying by itself untill I could not drive any further.
Now the brakes start applying by itself after a 1 Km or so and comes to a point when I just cant move the car at all.
What can be the problem please.
#1923 of 2367 Re: '02 1.8T Electrical Problems [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 27, 2009 (6:27 pm)
Hello: We just bought an a4 quattro, 2002, 3.0 auto. I think there is an electrical drain as the battery is fairly new. I noticed that you mentioned knowing a great Audi shop in San Francisco and would be interested in contacting them as that is where my daughter is taking the car. Thanks for your help.
#1924 of 2367 Re: '02 1.8T Electrical Problems [wahenika]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 28, 2009 (12:15 am)
Hi-Tec Automotive in San Rafael CA (just north of SF, just over the GG Bridge)
They know what they're doing.
#1925 of 2367 Vibration problem audi a4 b8
Mar 09, 2009 (7:08 am)
Hello, I have a problem with my audi a4 b8, vibrates the steering wheel and the car me in general, have more balanced wheels and as usual, are the vibrations between 110km/h and 130km / h. Does anyone have the same problem or know of that can be? Thank you.
#1926 of 2367 Good purchase or steer clear?
Mar 10, 2009 (2:33 pm)
I drove a 2005 Audi A4 cabriolet the other day and just fell in love with the car! Handled better than a BMW I drove, and seemed to be put together better than a Mercedes I looked at recently that seemed to fall apart in my hands. Also considering buying a new Mazda Miata; had an old one before and was a fun car, though I prefer a backseat and a bit more room and substance. The Audi fits me perfectly and there's another one, with less miles (30k) though it's a year older, near-by also for sale. The difference in price between the used Audi and the new Miata is about $3,000 or maybe, with negotiations, a bit less. I'm reading that some owners love the Audi and some are nightmares. I'm not getting a feeling for a consensus. What problems besides electric issues should I have checked on this used Audi? Would you spend $16k on a '04 Audi A4 cabrio with 30,000 miles (no warranty)? Are the repairs more costly than a Japanese car? (My 1990 Miata was eating up on average about $300/month on repairs with expensive parts with under 80,000 miles on the odometer). I love the Audi more than the Miata, but am afraid I cannot afford payments and costly repairs. Any luck with after-market extended warranties. Got a quote on the Audi and it was OUTRAGEOUS... like $5k for $0 deductibe and I think it went only to 70,000 miles. Help!!!???
#1927 of 2367 Re: Good purchase or steer clear? [tishpit1]
Mar 10, 2009 (2:54 pm)
Based on my experience, my A4 has been very reliable with average annual maintenance cost of about $500. I drive a 99 A4 V6 with 143k miles which are known to be more reliable than the newer models. However, based on some internet chatter and what's posted on this site, they are to be steered clear from. I know I will not buy another Audi, not because I don't like the car, but because of potential issues with it. As I understand it, a warranty for Audi does not mean anything these days.
Anyway, hope this helps, and as always more feedback would be helpful from other readers.