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#64 of 2367 1996 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro
Jun 28, 2002 (4:34 pm)
My 96 A4 Quattro has 59000 miles. It is in perfect condition, however, I have noticed the following (a) When I am stopped and then turn either left or right with my wheel completely turned at very low speeds, I notice this extreme vibration in the steering wheel. This immediately goes away once I straighten my wheel or reduce the turning angle. (b) On and Off, I get thins creaking noise from my right front end. It is not continous but comes on and off. Any ideas whats causing the two problems?? Are they problems??
#65 of 2367 khana
Jun 28, 2002 (6:49 pm)
I don't know what the first problem is, but the second one is most likely the ever so popular control arm(s).
Jun 28, 2002 (10:30 pm)
I had our A4 repaired at the dealer - expensive but this dealer has a great service department and I have a lot of confidence in them. As I mentioned this was the only unscheduled maintenance that we've had to do in 50,000 miles, so I don't mind spending what amounts to about 2 1/2 months of lease payments if it was a new one. Other than things I've purchased for it, like extra wheels/snow tires, floor mats, etc, this was our only out-of-pocket expense since paying cash for it in Feb. '98.
Jul 02, 2002 (4:08 am)
The service department at my dealer had built great confidence in me also, until I brought the car in for an inspection that I asked and paid for. I am in between two long driving trips this summer and wanted to be sure the car was in good shape. The report came back good (except for the control arms) and I should have had peace of mind. A day later the motor stuttered revs at a stop and the check engine light came on. Another trip back to the dealer and another $95 for a diagnostic and a small, loose vacuum hose was found. They swear up and down that this wouldn't have been found until the hose worked itself loose - but you sure have to wonder why I had to pay for 2 diagnostics in 3 days.
To Khana - my A-4 has the same vibration from the front wheels when turning, maybe not as extreme as you describe, but I wonder if it's a side effect of the control arms.
#68 of 2367 Child safety lock broken
Jul 10, 2002 (3:19 pm)
I just bought a 98 Audi A4 and the Child Safety door lock on the rear Passenger Door is broken. You cannot open the door from the Inside , no matter if the switch is turned on or off.
Just wondering if anyones run accross this before , and how difficult tearing apart the door is. I plan on doing the work myself.
#69 of 2367 Re: Wind Noise
Jul 29, 2002 (6:21 pm)
in response to thread 58
I just acquired an '02 A4 3.0 and also experience some wind noise at higher speeds from the driver's window. the noise isn't terribly obvious and is more of a slight rumble than a loud whistling, so i'm still not sure if it's natural to hear it or if you're not supposed to hear any road noise at all.
i've only had the car for a week though and none of my passengers could hear the noise. so i've decided to give it a little more time before having the service center look at it. i'll let you know if i do.
if anyone has the same problem it would be nice to hear if/how you've fixed it/dealt with it/etc.
#70 of 2367 Re: Wind Noise - followup
Aug 04, 2002 (2:49 am)
so i've had the car serviced and checked for wind noise. they say its wind noise is at "normal levels", however the service technician did say that they were getting more complaints about higher wind noise levels in the '02 a4 models. apparently there is a lot of turbulence around the side mirrors that can be lessened by folding the mirrors in (what a wonderful idea while driving =P).
regardless, the noise isn't anything terribly high and it's still a wonderful car to drive. just thought i'd follow up on my previous post.
#71 of 2367 Excessive fan noise
Aug 14, 2002 (9:41 pm)
First, to say hello, then to reply to some of the previous posts, and lastly, to ask a question... I am the owner of a four month old A4 3.0 Quattro, already with over 7,000 miles. I have not noticed any excessive wind noise coming from the driver's side, but have experienced excessive noise coming from the a/c during hot weather. Has anyone else heard this? The dealer says its normal, but its quite annoying. I didn't buy a $36,000 car to hear the whine of an a/c. Has anyone been able to reduce the sound when the a/c kicks in at high temperatures?
#72 of 2367 CONTROL ARMS
Aug 22, 2002 (9:53 pm)
I HAD TO HAVE THE CONTROL ARMS ($900) ON MY CAR REPLACED, 97 A4 38000 MILES. THIS WAS ON TOP OF A NEW TURBO ($1700) AND A BOX ($650) THAT SENDS THE SIGNAL TO THE COIL INDICATING WHEN TO FIRE (AS PER THE AUDI DEALER) THIS ALL HAPPENED WITHIN A SIX WEEK PERIOD (THREE OF WHICH WERE IN THE SHOP ). I NO LONGER OWN AN AUDI AND WILL NEVER PURCHASE ONE AGAIN. LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE AND BUY THE EXTENDED WARRANTY. THE A4 WAS THE WORST CAR I,I'VE EVER OWNED.
#73 of 2367 Audi or not???
Aug 29, 2002 (7:19 am)
I have been thinking about purchasing an A4 or A6, but some of these posts have me worried. Why, well my 1989 Ford Probe LX just got totaled this spring and I am looking for a new car. It had 190K miles on it and I had very few problems with it. I was VERY hard on the car, going fast on dirt mountain roads here in Colorado (altitudes to 12k feet), taking in on 4x4 trails and playing Joe Racer going into corners too hot sometimes. No major repairs out of the ordinary ware items except a few small annoying ones (because of teething problems being first year model). Maybe I should just buy Yugo, at least then I know it?s going to be a piece of #*$(.