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#2071 of 2367 Audi A4 1.8T Quatro 1999, Transmission problem??
Sep 19, 2009 (1:20 pm)
I bought my Audi in March of 09 with 112k its a auto with manual auto, so far the car has been great.
I'm up to 115k now and I'm having some minor issues with it.
I don't know much about cars, I bought my Audi because its AWD and I've heard good things about German made cars as opposed to American made.
Anyhow, my Audi is shifting sluggishly, occasionally the RPMs will jump up then level back out quickly. also around 70-80 the car has a mild shudder, or wobble.
I did have my tires replaced and balanced just recently, so the shudder must be something else(I would guess)
I'm planning on taking it to the dealership to get diagnosed, but I was hoping someone might be able to shed some light on the problem
Thanks in advance for anyones help
#2072 of 2367 Re: A4 '96 Rear Left Humming Problem [keithlutz1]
Sep 19, 2009 (5:24 pm)
This sounds familiar. I have 'a 01 and mines turned out to be the hub bearings. 300+ each side. good luck!
#2073 of 2367 Re: Audi A4 1.8T Quatro 1999, Transmission problem?? [jkuebler]
Sep 21, 2009 (9:34 am)
Hello, jkuebler The reply from gdb20 suggests a wheel bearing, which I would tend to agree with. However, I'm not a big fan of dealerships, even though some of them perform good work. What I DON'T like is that you never know which tech is going to work on your car. Also, they will charge you at least $125 to even put your A4 up on the hoist, and the labor cost is very high. Find a good repair shop in your community. They'll might even diagnose the prob for free, assuming you will give them the work. Dealer's $300 per axle for a bearing sounds high to me. Good luck. audiophile1
Sep 21, 2009 (11:59 am)
I bought used. I've had some issues in the 9 months I've owned her. (2005 A4 Quattrro 1.8) Mostly the infamous coil packs discussed thoroughly on this board. Also a motor mount and a small engine leak. And I blew the clutch. And while all is annoying, I bought an extended warranty and folded it into the loan. And with the exception of the clutch, the warranty has paid for all repairs, minus the deductible and small ticky-tack stuff. Audi maintenance is expensive as opposed to say a Chevy. You have to know and accept that going in. If buying used, find an Audi you like and inspect it as best you can. Just my take. P.S. My third coil pack failed this weekend. Grr.
#2075 of 2367 Re: New v Used [embeeduece]
Sep 22, 2009 (8:37 am)
Audi & VW have had a running issue with coil packs for many years. Check on the history and details on the problem at:
Also, I had an issue with my A4 1.8T about 2 years back and after discussing it with a "former Audi Service Tech" who had opened his own shop, he related that sometimes the internal oil seal around the valve cover will fail causing oil to fill the space between the coil pack and the valve cover. He claimed that the hot oil could cause the insulator in the coil pack to degrade and possibly short the coil pack out over time. A check of my A4 revealed that there was indeed a oil leak at the valve cover, as noted by oil covering the end of the coil pack and by the oil in the space around the spark plug. The oil was about 3/4" deep and had worked its way into the inside of the insulator. As I work on my own vehicles, (mostly due to poor dealer experiences and their ridiculous costs) I replaced the valve cover gasket simply because of the leak a pretty simple straight forward job (under 2 hours) and parts were not too expensive (under $50) and replaced the coil pack that failed (under $40). Now at oil change, I routinely pull the packs and inspect for leaks. No additional problems noted for past 25,000 miles.
Additionally, in 2003 VW & Audi did a major recall replacing all ignition coils whether they fail or not on many vehicles, mine included.
The vehicles affected in this action included cars equipped with 1.8 liter engines, such as the Audi TT and A4; and the VW Golf/GTI, Jetta, New Beetle and Passat. VW & Audi also included the Passat W8 engine, all VW's equipped with the 2.8 liter VR6; as well as the Audi 3.0 liter V6 engine. In total, approximately 530,000 cars were affected by this action.
I do not know if a similar recall was ever issued for later models or types but it may prove beneficial to check this web page for additional links to the problem:
Hope this info helps you out. Good luck and happy driving!!!
#2076 of 2367 gearbox problem a4 1.8 t
Sep 22, 2009 (4:04 pm)
Please tell me somebody how to solve the problem that nabeel63 posted i have the same problem
Please help !!
#2077 of 2367 Front Passenger Window Regulator 2005.5 A4
Sep 27, 2009 (10:57 pm)
Any idea how much the dealer would charge to make this repair? My warranty has expired; however, I've had similar problems with the same window in the past, twice while under warranty. Could I make the argument that it has been an ongoing problem and maybe it should be covered under warranty?
#2078 of 2367 Re: Front Passenger Window Regulator 2005.5 A4 [mcmuney]
Sep 28, 2009 (8:13 am)
Hello, mcmuney. For some reason that is totally beyond my comprehension, not to mention that fact that the Germans are allegedly such great engineers, they have yet to figure out how to make functional power windows. I have had several window problems with my 1999 Jetta and a failed motor on my 1997 A4. This is more tolerable with these older vehicles, but the driver side window just dropped out of the track on my brand new 2005 Jetta wagon with less than 5k miles. This was repaired under warranty, but still inexcusable for a new car. I would guess that a dealer is going to charge AT LEAST $400-500, probably more, for this repair. I would complain VERY loudly. Not sure if you're a do-it-yourselfer, but you can probably find a used regulator from a yard for $100-150 and replace it yourself.
Good luck, and let us know what happens. audiophile1
#2079 of 2367 Re: Front Passenger Window Regulator 2005.5 A4 [mcmuney]
Sep 28, 2009 (12:00 pm)
Your claim to warranty may have a very thin leg to stand. If the dealer has replaced the part that went bad on the past two repairs under warranty, you could make the arguement that even though the original car warranty may have expired, the warranty on the PART has not. In good faith, they may elect to repair window and replace the part free but charge you the labor. I had a similar issue with the antenna modules on my A-4. The dealer installed a new unit under warranty about 8,000 miles before the warranty ran out. 1200 miles after the warranty ran out the part failed again. I made the arguement and we decided to split the cost, me paying the labor and the dealer paying the cost of the part. It is worth a try especially if you make a big enough stink that the part did not have 50,000 miles on it. Good luck and let the readers know the outcome.
#2080 of 2367 looking for help with maintenance
Sep 28, 2009 (3:12 pm)
is there anyone in the southampton roads area of va that could possibly work on an audi who is not as expensive as the closest and only dealership which is in Va Beach, my audi is sitting in the yard again after two motors have been put in and I just want to get it fixable, i believe it is a sludge problem that seized this motor as well