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#195 of 2367 I've had a 2003 A4 1.8T CVT for 4 days and still like it
Apr 25, 2003 (7:00 pm)
Tonight, I read through most of these posts and it re-enforces my opinion that the problem with German cars is that all the manufacturers buy electronic components from the same sub-standard manufacturers.
I bought the Audi because I can't walk into my Mercedes dealership without cursing someone out. M-B doesn't really care about its customers either and their electronic components have the same problems as the Audi's; not coils but other mystery electrical problems. I had to laugh when I read comments from writers here who want a M-B instead. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that Consumer Digest rated M-B as the worst cars because of all the problems with ML's (which I have) and the C-class (which I considered until I drove one; underpowered and overpriced if you don't want a stripped rear wheel drive one). Also the BWM X-5 Town Center seems to be pretty much the same griping as the M-B and Audi owners over electrical issues.
One friend of mine has a two year A4 1.8 Quattro with no problems and another has the same model from 1998 and the only problems are loose trim and stains on the seats from coffee cups flying out of the cheap cup holders. They love their cars.
Unfortunately no one builds cars that drive like the German cars do. The Japanese cars seem like an intelligent choice but they are soulless to drive. Also, the worst car I ever owned was a 1986 Honda Accord. Their automatic transmissions were very fragile (confirmed to me by a used car dealer who raved about Toyota's and Nissan's in comparison) and the dealer I used for service sucked.
It seems to me that if you want to have fun driving then this aggrevation is the price you pay. Infiniti seems to be trying to go that route but I wasn't in the mood to wait for a AWD version, and the I35 didn't excite me.
So far now, I am just going to hope that my A4 is one of the good ones and enjoy the ride.
#196 of 2367 10k miles no problems
May 12, 2003 (8:29 pm)
Well, heck, with all the complaints on this site, I figured I'd better post a quick message.
First, people who read this (and similar) site should realize the posts are not a representative cross-section of the total Audi owner population. In general, only those (relatively few?) poor folks who have problems are going to be posting much on such fine sites as this.
Second, my 2002 A4 3.0 Quattro just hit 10,000 miles with nothing wrong. And I have all those potentially troublesome goodies, such as xenon lights and heated seats. I'm bringing it in to the dealer next week for the standard (free) 10k services, and they are replacing all the coils just in case.
So there. Buy an Audi. Drive. Have fun.
#197 of 2367 Re: 10k miles no problems
May 13, 2003 (7:13 am)
How were you able to get all of your coils replaced? I had one fail on me back in January, and they only replaced the one. Since then, they have not replaced any of the other coils.
The original AoA letter said that they would be replaced only when the second coil fails. If your service team has any extras for the 3.0, send them my way. =)
#198 of 2367 10k miles, no problems
May 13, 2003 (9:25 am)
you just answered one of my questions, thank you.
i was wondering about 2002-2003 A4 owners, like yourself, and if/when audi would be replacing ALL their ignition coils. they gave a press release back in january 2003 stating they would be replacing all their coils (not just the faulty ones), but only as more parts become available. i wanted to know if that had happened yet to date.....so thanks.
#199 of 2367 Rear wheel bearings failure
May 18, 2003 (1:31 pm)
I have a 98 A4 Avant Quattro 2.8 V-6 w / 75,000 miles. Recently I've had to replace both rear wheel bearings. To my mind this seems excessive. Since the 50K warranty expired, maintenance costs (not counting oil/filters and other consumables) have run about $1700. I would appreciate your comments.
#200 of 2367 Rear wheel bearing failure
May 18, 2003 (8:39 pm)
Sounds excessive to me. I have never had wheel bearings replaced on any car I have owned over the past 49 years, and I drove several of them to 100,000 miles. $1700 dollars for the job seems expensive to me.
#201 of 2367 Coil Replacement
May 21, 2003 (9:24 pm)
Sorry for the delay in my response. You're absolutely right - the service guy mistook my last name for a similar customer who also left a message with them about losing another coil!
So when I got there, I was told exactly what we've all heard - no complete replacements unless it's your 2nd coil to go bad. Good news: the service guy here thought the actual recall would start next month.
But I got a nice Jetta loaner anyway and they vacuumed out my A4, so I'm not complaining (until I really do lose a coil!)...
#202 of 2367 Problems with my A4
May 24, 2003 (11:12 am)
I'd like some advice. I have a '99 A4 1.8T quattro, 51K miles. It's had a bad AC fan and I've had to have the rear brakes replaced twice and the front once. The dealer is telling me that german cars are making harder (metallic) brakes and softer roters so the brakes go bad faster but they brake better. This pretty much sounds like a crock to me, but I would like your opinion. I have also always had other small nagging problems, so I have just about had it with the car. There are certain things that i love about the car which is why I've kept it so long (awd, nice finish, fold down seats, etc.)
Thanks for the adivce.
#203 of 2367 A4 Timing Belt problem - can anyone help ?
May 29, 2003 (10:13 am)
I live in the UK and have a 1997 A4 1.8T Sport (Engine code: AEB) and need some help.
I recently replaced the timing belt but foolishy skimped by not replacing the timing belt tensioner, which has now failed a few months later cauding the belt to jump.
My Audi dealer wants to stip down the head to check for valve damage at huge expense, but I would prefer to avoid this if possible - Question: Is the stroke on a 1781cc AEB engine such that piston and valve contact could occur ??? If any Audi mechanics/experts can assist me in the UK, would appreciate it. Thanks
#204 of 2367 Reply to Jeff in UK
May 30, 2003 (5:09 am)
Jeff- definitely have them strip down the engine. My daughter's timing belt broke and all 20 valves were bent. In fact, I'm now into a replacement engine. Have them check for "low end" damage as well.