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#2191 of 2367 WHAT IS WRONG WITH AUDI????
Mar 30, 2010 (10:59 pm)
OMG I have been driving a 1997 ford escort for 13 years now and hardly had ANY repairs besides the obvious wear and tear AND RUST, I was interested in buying a 2006 a4 quattro after test driving it, i absolutely loved the drive, and what a change from my 97 escort (which still runs perfectly)!!!!! but thanks to all of you it is now out of the question!!!! GERMAN ENGINEERING? i was looking for something reliable, it never even crossed my mind that such a car would have all these idiotic problems!! it was funny when the salesman told me that i have a 100$ deductible for every time i bring in my car for repairs under the warranty, he explained to me that its to my advantage to wait until i have a few issues or repairs to make so that the 100$ deductible will cover all of them. a little bell rang in my head.... repairs? wait until i have SEVERAL issues? whats this guy saying? he sucks as a salesman, i understand what he meant now. AUDI stop spending money in pretending you're a luxury brand through advertising and start spending more money or r&d and customer relations. seriously. thank you all again, at least Toyota admits they need to recall, you AUDI people categorize your should be recalls as "normal". Clearly different set of standards.
#2192 of 2367 audi has pretty lights, they should build a car around them.
Mar 31, 2010 (9:43 pm)
audis have pretty lights, they should build a car around them
#2193 of 2367 Sluggish when accelerating!
Apr 01, 2010 (5:59 am)
Anybody experience their Audi being sluggish when they accelerate? I have 2002 S4 that starting doing this, but since I travel a lot I haven't had time to find a good repair shop locally. I just got back into town and drove it last night, and it's worse. The ABS lights comes on when it gets sluggish, so if I lift off the accelerator, it goes back to normal. In some extreme cases, when I had to pass someone on the highway a little quicker than usual, then the ABS and ESP (electronic-stability program) go on at the same time, when this happens I have to stop the car, turn off the ignition for a few secs, then it "resets" I guess. Any help/advice would be greatful! Thanks!
#2194 of 2367 Re: Sluggish when accelerating! [webtickler]
Apr 01, 2010 (7:30 am)
Couple of things might be happening here concurrently.
I believe that your ABS (Antilock Braking System) and your ESP (Electronic Stability Program) which interconnect to your EPC (Electronic Power Control) which is your throttle valve, are interrelated in the stability systems "brain". I think that they would come on anytime you lose traction (or the wheel sensors get out of sync with each other). This would cause your EPC to reduce power by limiting and closing your throttle valve. Or you could have a wiring fault between the EPC and the ECM.
This should be an item that you can have determined by the dealership by putting it on their diagnostic computer and getting the appropriate touble/service codes. If there is a problem between the throttle valve and the ECM then have them check the wiring between your throttle valve and the ECM. If all wires and signals check out, you may need a new throttle valve. If the wires don't check out, they need to find out if the wires are shorted or is the ECM giving incorrect information.
This also may be something that could be considered as "Emissions Related" and you might be able to get the dealership to cover it under the "Emissions Warranty. Worth asking.
#2195 of 2367 Re: Sluggish when accelerating! [mercops]
Apr 01, 2010 (8:49 am)
That's great info, thanks! I didn't mention that I had some gaskets for an oil leak replaced and I had a coolant leak that was taken care of Oct 09'. This current problem didn't start until 2 or 3 weeks after...so I'm guessing it's part of a "putting things back together" thing and it's a short, but the rest of the items you mentioned make sense of course. It was not the dealer though, my car is not under warranty, but typical, I should have gone to the dealer for my S4. It's so bad today that I can only accelerate to about 40mph and it's starts to freak out, so I let off the gas and wait a few secs for it to go "normal". And the weather here is sunny and 75 degrees!
#2196 of 2367 Re: +++Possible Engine or Electrical Problem+++ [tcelik]
Apr 03, 2010 (3:22 pm)
I have a 1999 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8L and it just started doing this SAME problem today. I couldn't get my car to go over 10mph and it was stalling. Did you ever find out why your Audi was doing this?
#2197 of 2367 Re: +++Possible Engine or Electrical Problem+++ [tmetro]
Apr 21, 2010 (4:44 pm)
I am almost certain that your issue is a bad coil pack or bad spark plugs (more likely the coil pack with audi's or vw's)....they actually recalled all those from 2001-2007 b/c they knew that they had an issue. Parts should cost you about $125-$150 for all (1 per cylinder)
simplt take off the plastic cover (3 plastic screvs that hold it on)...this will oncover the coil pack.....use an allen wrench to unbolt the 8 totsl bolts (2per), unplug....and replace with new ones, plug new ones in, bolt back in, put plastic cover back on, start car.....drive off into the sunset
#2198 of 2367 Re: Audi A4 unknown loud sound signal? [sirkula]
Apr 26, 2010 (8:57 am)
is it still peeping?
#2199 of 2367 Sudden clutch failure '05 A4 1.8T quattro 6M
Apr 30, 2010 (8:46 pm)
My car got rear-ended and I took it for repair at the Progressive shop. The car has 68k miles (bought new and all scheduled maintenance done at the dealership) and was in drivable condition, no difference in handling whatsoever. The clutch was performing flawlessly as always. Today I got a call from Progressive that while they were driving the car from the body shop to their concierge center, the clutch suddenly failed and they towed it to Sunset Audi (Portland, OR) - $2200 for replacement. Dealer claimed failure was not due to the accident, so Progressive wants me to foot the bill. Hence my question: is it normal for A4 Quattros to have sudden clutch failure? Or should I suspect that somebody used my car as a racing tool.
Thanks in advance
#2200 of 2367 Re: Sudden clutch failure '05 A4 1.8T quattro 6M [slavie]
May 02, 2010 (11:49 am)
As the car was driveable prior to and up until the accident and the accident was to the rear of the vehicle, it is highly unlikely that the damage occurred from the accident.
However, you left you vehicle in the custody of a third party (agent), ie: the repair shop, who was going to deliver it to the insurance concierge center. The vehicle repair shop has an obligation to provide for the guardianship of the vehicle while in its possession. In most cases, the the repair shop will state in their repair agreement that they are not liable for damages caused to the vehicle while in its custody except for cases of gross negligence. Unfortunately, gross negligence is hard to prove unless you or another party have witnessed what you believe to be gross negligence on the part of the person who was driving your vehicle. As you were not present during the failure of the clutch, you will have a tough fight on your hands.
However, there is possibly some hope. If memory serves me correctly, your Audi is capable of storing certain operating, engine and vehicle dynamic information in its computer memory (this is comparable to an aircraft "black box"). If this information is still in the memory, your dealership should be able to extract the information, which will serve to provide some data to see if the car was used as a "racing tool" or any other hot-dogging prior to clutch failure.
I would get with the dealership to see if they can extract the information and if so that could prove to be your tool to pursue the claim of gross negligence on the part of the agent and hence hold his feet to the fire by leveraging your insurance carrier that they are dealing with a firm that is not handling customers cars in a prudent, safe fashion.
Good luck and let us know how you make out.