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Sep 21, 2009 (10:59 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 (7:37 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 (3:04 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 (9:57 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 (7:13 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 (11:00 am)
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 (2:12 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
#2081 of 2367 Re: Front Passenger Window Regulator 2005.5 A4 [mercops]
Sep 28, 2009 (5:21 pm)
You guys were right. I didn't want to risk DIY and making thing worse. I stopped by the dealership this morning and made my plea, but according to their records, it wasn't the same window that they repaired. But they did offer a good faith repair. The original cost to repair was close to $600, but they did it for $320 roughly. Plus, they gave me a free loaner for the day, which was nice off them.
My car has 57K miles and I've been very fortunate with my Audi. Outside of the window issue, I haven't had any problems. However, it's a bit concerning since the cost of repair is so HIGH. I'll be posting a new thread on extended warranty.
Off-topic: One of my DRL bulbs needs to be replaced and when I asked the service rep, he said that the whole bumper needs to be removed. That's just ridiculous!
#2082 of 2367 Audi Pure Protection
Sep 28, 2009 (5:28 pm)
I got an estimate from my dealership for extended warranty (the Platinum) and the quote is as follows:
24,000 miles - $2,100
36,000 miles - $2,800
48,000 miles - $3,800
I have a 2005.5 A4 3.2Q with 57K miles and wondering if it will be money well spent to get extended warranty. As I posted on my previous thread, I just spent $320 to replace a window regulator and that's a highly discounted price, which would've been covered under this plan.
Any advice here?
#2083 of 2367 Re: New v Used [embeeduece]
Oct 06, 2009 (1:26 am)
I have a 2006 A4 Quattro 2.0 still under manufacturer's warranty for another 7 months, but I am looking into getting an extended warranty for the same reasons you mentioned - the repairs are expensive!! So, I've been looking around to get me a realible, but affordable, warranty without having to go through my Audi dealer. Can you tell me what company you went through to get the extended warranty? Thanks much.