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#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.
#1928 of 2367 Re: Burns oil [haagd]
Mar 11, 2009 (10:57 am)
My name is Joe. Ask your dealer to replace the Intake Flap Runner. This should stop unusual consumption of oil. Why Audi does not issue a recall for this problem, I do not know. These vehicles can run on 89 octane gas without harming the oxygen sensor. Good luck.
#1929 of 2367 Re: Good purchase or steer clear? [tishpit1]
Mar 12, 2009 (7:50 pm)
I have been fighting oil consumption with Audi for 1 year in my 2007 A4 2.0T. The ethics of Audi are not acceptable and they really don't give a rip about doing what is right for their customers. I am currently preparing to take legal action against them. My advice is to find a brand with business ethics that aren't based on lining their own pockets at the expense of their customers.
#1930 of 2367 Re: Burns oil [jlettie2]
Mar 12, 2009 (7:53 pm)
Thanks Joe. I will pass this on to a mechanic that is looking at my car
#1931 of 2367 Re: Burns oil [jlettie2]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 13, 2009 (7:27 am)
There is a TSB on this problem, not a recall though. What these means is that the dealer evaluates only those cars where the owner complains. He doesn't check every car that comes in to perform the fix.
Apparently (although I haven't checked all this out myself) the flap in the intake runner gets stuck allowing oil to seep into the intake and thus get burned up. This doesn't harm the engine in any way but you can use up a lot of oil and if you aren't careful you could reach a dangerously low level.
#1932 of 2367 Re: Burns oil [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 14, 2009 (6:18 pm)
TSB=Technical Service Bulletin=There's only a problem if you complain, otherwise we don't know anything. What a crock. Every car manufacturer has these, even my beloved Acura, and it's very close to fraud and deception. You gotta love lawyers.
#1933 of 2367 Major Electrical Prob
Mar 15, 2009 (3:00 am)
Recently I've bought myself an audi a4 quattro 1995.
it's got some sort of electrical problem, and the car won't start. I'm thinking it's got some issues to do with heat, because the car only starts at night, or when it's cool. usually I take the car out at night, and dawn, and most of the time (95% of the time) it never starts in the day, because it is a bit warm here. some people tell me it's the starter, and the dirt needs to be cleaned off, to reduse overheating. but I think it's much more than that...anyone have any ideas?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
#1934 of 2367 Re: Major Electrical Prob [joey_i]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 15, 2009 (9:01 am)
If you mean the car won't CRANK (starter motor doesn't engage, you turn key and nothing happens) when it's warm, then yes, you'd want to look at the starter relay and also check all battery connections at the battery and to wherever the connections attach on the other end.
If you mean the car CRANKS OVER (starter motor turns) but the engine doesn't catch, then you probably have an ignition component failing or a bad fuel pump that is binding when hot.
#1935 of 2367 Re: Major Electrical Prob [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 15, 2009 (10:45 pm)
yeah the car wont crank, so when I turn the key, nothing happens. but I hear long beep sound coming from near the device (excuse my bad descriptions, dono much about these things) where the accelerator cable is connected to. Don't know if this may be the problem, but my ignition lock is a bit dodgy, and sometimes I have to push the key in harder to start the car. but this only works on cool days, when its warm or hot, this method does nothing.