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#2056 of 2367 Cup Holder Replacement
Aug 20, 2009 (6:06 pm)
Hey, folks. 2005 Audi A4 Quattro. In-dash cup holder broke. I'd like to order the part online and swap it out myself. Any installation instructions, links, etc. would be greatly appreciated. I did a discussion search but didn't see this info posted previously.
Also, I had a speed sensitive growl once; turned out to be a bad motor mount. Engine was thusly making odd noises as it wasn't stable. Might not be the problem discussed a few posts up, but thought I'd mention it.
#2058 of 2367 Re: Cup Holder Replacement [mercops]
Aug 21, 2009 (11:53 am)
Thanks for the link!
#2059 of 2367 Re: Engine cut out [jonp3]
Sep 04, 2009 (11:00 am)
I'm having the same problem with my A4. Just started yesterday.
Were you able to determine the issue? How was it resolved? Any help is greatly appreciated.
#2060 of 2367 handbrake light turn on
Sep 04, 2009 (3:29 pm)
my 97 a4 1.8 b5 handbrake light is always on...can anyone tell me why...thanks
#2061 of 2367 Re: handbrake light turn on [a4ipoh]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 05, 2009 (12:20 pm)
Probably the switch under the handbrake loosened up and needs adjustment, or is broken.
#2062 of 2367 Got some problems
Sep 07, 2009 (12:21 pm)
I just recently purchased a 2003 A4 1.8T Quattro with 80,000 on it. It's my first time buying a German car and know nothing about them. Let me take that back. All I knew was they're expensive to fix, and, depending on the year they're gonna need a lot of fixing. Lets just say I didn't do my homework thoroughly. After three weeks i've had three major problems.
First, it seems like the locking mechanism fell out in one of the back doors. The rest of the car will lock and alarm except that door.
Second, If i turn the key back to far while its in the igniton, then it seems to come loose. The key and the ignition will just spin in the socket until it catches. The third and most important one is the Gear shifter.
The transmission is an automatic, with the auto manual. The problem I have is that after about a minute of drive time it seems to want to go hay wire. While in drive it will bounce back and fourth between auto manual and regular auto. Then while in reg auto position, it will get stuck in auto manual, so I have to click it over to auto manual to shift. Sometimes it wont even shift in that position, sometimes it will get stuck in what ever gear it happens to be in when shifted over. THEN, while in auto manual it will shift back over to drive. Itís a cluster f#$k, and it gets annoying.
The car drives and rides awesome when it wants to but these problems are frustrating.
#2063 of 2367 Re: Got some problems [swj1218]
Sep 11, 2009 (6:25 pm)
You've nicely outlined why I buy new. Granted, there are people that will sell a car with a mere 6 years, 80k miles because "it's time to move to a new car", but more likely, that person was having problems. They put duct tape & bailing wire over any problem and sold it. Congrats, you're the buyer. I don't recall who had the following famous quote:
"I never met anyone who sold a car because it was running too well."
When you buy new, you are much less likely to encounter hosts of flaky issues (please note, I didn't say "won't encounter flaky issues"). My wife and I have owned 6 German cars over my 29 year driving career (hers too) and the only ones that were problematic were the two that we purchased used (my first car was a 73 super beetle, my wife's was a 77 Scirocco). Yes, those two had problems.
Aside from that:
- 87 GTI - sold at 213,000 miles, sold still running (though it did need some engine work)
- 86 Golf - sold at 194,000 miles, sold just due to us needing more room (we had our third child and needed more room). It was running like a champ, the interior & exterior were like new. The guy who bought it was bloody ecstatic (he was a college kid, so my wife demanded we give it to him for a low price).
- 99 Passat - sold at 224,800 miles, sold it running still beautifully, but I wanted something new, it was 9+ years old. Interior like new, exterior pretty close to new.
- now on an 07 Audi A4 (practically brand spanking new, 12,700 miles). May it lead a long life.
On German cars purchased new, we're happy with 4 of 4.
On the two purchased used, the Scirocco was a real headache - only well after my wife (girlfriend at the time) bought it did we find out it had been in a major accident. We wished we could have loved that car.... The beetle had been horribly abused, but my father and I rebuilt it - we had it about 150k miles (over what it already had on it). Sold it only because I simply lacked the time to maintain it and cute little field mice were making their homes in it.
Buy used, you're rolling the dice (and the odds are not so good)
Buy new, you're rolling the dice (but the odds are a hell of a lot better)
If you buy it new, maintain it! Real keys are oil change (every 5k miles, full synth oil only) and timing belts (follow the recommendations religously).
Oh, and we always buy manual tranny's (except for a Volvo wagon and 04 Sienna for the wife). The manual transmissions are *much* more reliable than automatics and these new fangled DSG's. On any of the cars bought new, we *never* had any transmission issue or even replaced a clutch. The DSGs have not been around long enough to say how reliable they will be, but they are more complex, so I would anticipate them to be less reliable.
OK, I'll get off my soap box now.
#2064 of 2367 Re: Got some problems [kinct]
Sep 11, 2009 (11:00 pm)
You make a good argument for buying new. However, I have been forced to work under a different program so far. I say to myself, I can not afford to make $300-$500 payments every month to own a new car, so I will need to find the best darn used car out there and then expect to spend about $500-$800 per year on maintenance. That way I get to drive a really good car but I'm not tied down on payments every month. That being said, I have a 99 Audi A4 Quattro with 147k miles on it and running pretty smoothly. I have had for four years now and have done all the major maintenance on it. However, this being my first Audi, I just wonder how long I should keep it before either the transmission or the engine will fail on me. Any thoughts or inputs are appreciated.
#2065 of 2367 Re: Got some problems [audiman5]
Sep 12, 2009 (2:46 am)
I understand totally - buying new is pricey (hence our first cars were used, and in my case, not just used but abused). But if I were in your shoes, I would buy the VW Rabbit (or whatever they want to call the low end Golf). That is inexpensive - and I have also owned those and they were champs (87 GTI - mine, 86 Golf - the wife's and then mine when she got the Volvo wagon). For a very long time, I never considered Audi (too rich for my blood). I bought an 07 in July/Aug 2008 (it was new on the lot w 19 miles on the odometer). I got a sweet deal so when I compared it to whatever else I wanted, it was very attractive. A little high-tech for my primitive needs (I'm the kind of guy who still would buy hand cranked windows - because they pretty much do not break).
Is it a manual or automatic? The manuals will go a LONG time unless you abuse the hell out of the clutch. The engine, if treated well with religious maintenance (synth oil w/ new filter every 5000 miles, you MUST do the timing belt change as per the manual) will easily surpass 200,000 miles and I would even expect it (if I had it new) to surpass 250,000 miles. I had the 1.8T engine in my 99 Passat and it ran like a champ (224,800 miles when I sold it).
If you have the space, you could always do a search for a similar Audi in a graveyard that had an accident that took out the rear end. If you have 6+ months to search, you should be able to find something. So, what I am suggesting here is start searching now (well in advance of needing the part) and see what you can get it for. Buying new from Audi would be PRICEY (though of course FAR more reliable than getting something out of the car graveyards).