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You are in the Audi A4
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Audi A4, Convertible, Sedan, Wagon
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#2144 of 2367 My letter written to Audi. Let's see if they respond.
Dec 22, 2009 (7:08 am)
My 2005.5 Audi A4 has been nothing but trouble. I'll enumerate the issues, but first...
Sadly, I was warned about the lack of quality in Audi vehicles and the unusual nature of the issues that can occur. For a luxury vehicle, the issues that I have experienced should not have occurred. Luxury just doesn't mean quality materials and expensive designs. It is about building a vehicle to a standard in which the owners do not have to spend their time and money on fixes that are on the periphery of the vehicles functionality.
I am not overly upset, I am disappointed in my purchase. I just feel stupid for ignoring my peers and purchasing an Audi. The quality just isn't there. The ownership and admission of legitimate issues isn't there.
I know that you hear this a lot, but I don't see myself ever purchasing an Audi again or recommending someone to purchase one. The total cost of repair, the time spent fixing/waiting for repairs to take place seem the trump all positive things that an Audi is.
When I bought this vehicle I was proud of driving it, but now I see it as one of the worst purchases I have ever made, and I bought my house in 2006 so that should tell you have much I regret this purchase.
I should have kept my Honda. No ignition coil problems, no fuel intake fan issues, no turbo valve malfunctioning, no air bag indicator light illuminating and no unlatched trunk (and yes, this has all happened in 6 months).
Audi, quality is not just meeting, but exceeding customer expectations. Whether it is a used or new vehicle, it's your name on that car. It's your reputation whether it was sold by an authorized dealer or Bob down the block. These issues would not have been caught by either. My expectations haven't even been exceeded, let alone met.
So what are you going to do? What is Audi North America going to do? I am going to suggest that in all likelihood nothing. I am just one customer with a list of complaints/concerns. In a grand scheme of things, this email could easily be forgotten. I hope not. Regardless, it's been rather therapeutic.
I hope this lands in the hands of someone who cares ; someone that has spent a great deal of money on something and felt slighted; someone with enough guts to do something about my concerns; someone to call, be an honest person and say 'these issues shouldn't be happening.'
Quality is your legacy. Take Ownership.
#2145 of 2367 Foggy (winter) windshield impossible to clear
Dec 31, 2009 (11:12 am)
I have a 2001 Audi A4 1.9 TDi (turbo diesel) Quattro wagon, which is almost perfect, except for an impossibly foggy, drippy, even iced windshield, that cannot be cleared.
I've tried everything, AC on, high heat with full defrost fan, nothing works. (In fact the entire car is like a rainforest whenever the temp drops below +3 deg C, and is often worst around 0 deg C). Service has changed the filter, checked for leaves in the system, and other obvious fixes – and no fix. They're clueless, no ideas.
I heard something about a broken (puctured) heater core, which would leak anti-freeze and blow a mist of it onto the windshield. But we have plenty of heat, no problem. Any ideas??? Please help, this is dangerous. Thx.
#2146 of 2367 Re: Foggy (winter) windshield impossible to clear [jebtdi]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 31, 2009 (11:27 am)
It could still be a very small leak in the heater core---barely a dampness would be enough to fog the windshield---however, you'd probably notice the coolant smell in the car at times (sweet smell).
Has anyone checked for a clogged line in your AC evaporator drain?
#2147 of 2367 Re: Foggy (winter) windshield impossible to clear [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 01, 2010 (3:39 am)
Hi, thanks, no, I don't smell any sweetness per se, but maybe a slightly changed smell in the car – then again there's always a changed smell from heating or cooling...
But would I not be low on coolant at some point (which I never am)?
I understand they checked some lines but the AC evap. drain I don't know, but will definitely get them to do that.
#2148 of 2367 Re: Foggy (winter) windshield impossible to clear [jebtdi]
Jan 01, 2010 (7:31 am)
If there is no leak then perhaps your system is stuck on recycling of the air inside the cabin. Meaning that no fresh air is being introduced into the heating system. By any chance do you have your system set to recycle by accident? If not, perhaps that vent is stuck and no outside air is being allowed in to the cabin.
I know if you leave your HVAC setting on re-cycling condensation can build up.
#2149 of 2367 Re: Foggy (winter) windshield impossible to clear [rowlandj]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 01, 2010 (9:09 am)
That's a good point that rowland makes.
You wouldn't even need a real "leak" to cause condensation from a heater core---just a weeping or wetness would probably do it. Coolant loss could be minimal.
The evaporator drain is important, since moisture is gathered up by the AC system (which operates when you are on defrost). If this gathered moisture has nowhere to go, it just sits there in the drip tray like a little swamp or fishtank.
There could be new forms of life down there!!
#2150 of 2367 Audi A4 engine problem
Dec 28, 2009 (8:24 pm)
I am not much of a car guy, so I wanted to solicit your knowledge/expertise on what seems to be a problem with my 03 A4 3.0's engine.
Not soon after I purchased my used A4 about 7 months ago, I noticed that my RPM goes up and down sometimes with noticeable "revving" noise when I put in in park. It doesn't do it all the time though. But now, I am noticing a similar problem while I am driving. When I slow down for a red light, I see my rpm goes up a tick or two as soon as it reaches the 1(1000) mark and comes down again. And I feel a slight push forward(but not to the point where I'd hit a car in front of me that's 5 feet away). I also notice a louder noise with car's engine. As I said, I really don't know too much about cars, so I wanted to ask for your kind feedback on what might be causing this. Does ignition coil have anything to do with this? or the fuel pump? Reason why I am asking this is because of the recent recalls regarding these two parts on my particular model and year.
I'd appreciate any feedbacks. Kindly.
Dec 30, 2009 (3:33 am)
can any please give me a procedure and specs on how to change the timing belt
on a A4 Audi.'96.
#2152 of 2367 Re: timing belt [thankyou]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 01, 2010 (12:58 pm)
That's a lot of info and photos and diagrams to post---you probably should have yourself a workshop manual or printable CD format for this work. This isn't something you want to have to do twice because of some missing info.
You may also need to rent or borrow a holding tool and a puller---special tools for this job.
Mechanic's time, with the right tools, is 4.0 hours.