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#726 of 2367 2001 A4 Camshift timing chain tensioner problem
May 23, 2005 (8:14 am)
my 2001 Audi A4 with only 45,000 miles has this problem. An independent auto repair shop told me I need this replaced at a cost of almost 1100.00 and also told me that I should not be having this problem, that I did not have nearly enough miles on my car for this to go bad. can someone help me with some info about this? I bought the car for my high school graduation a year ago from Carmax, and everything was fine then.
#727 of 2367 A4 1.8t suspension
May 23, 2005 (2:00 pm)
My daughter took her Audi to dealer for oil change and mechanic informed service rep she needed to have wishbone suspension link replaced on left front. I have looked it over and an independant mechanic in Dallas has looked it over and can find no problem. At Audi dealer today car was put on lift and my daughter was shown how this need was determined. He put fingers between the suspension and frame to measure both sides of vehicle at same point on suspension and determined that there is more room on one side than the other. There are no bent parts that can be seem but they want $750 to make this repair to a leased vehicle. Anybody else out there run up against the two finger suspension test?
I am new to list so hope this is correct method to post.
#728 of 2367 6 years A4 ownership experience
May 27, 2005 (9:15 am)
I have had my '99 A41.8T Quattro from new. Now 64k miles in the Chicago area. Let me start by saying that I had aspired to owning an Audi since I was a kid and the orginal Quattro had dominated the WRC in Europe. Maybe therein lies the problem - my ownership experience has been mixed - fun car to drive, disaster to own. While under warranty & free maintenance it was no problem as it cost nothing. Post-warranty has been a mind-numbing experience. Let me re-cap warranty issues: new muffler, dashboard computer display replaced, several airbag replacements including having to remove drivers seat twice; speakers rattled on delivery. Post warranty: door trims all rusted & fell off; sunroof broke $1000 to replace; "pre-ignition coil" failure left me stranded by the highway approx and bill of $900. Brakes all around $1,200, 2 CV joints $500 a pop, 4 wheel bearings total approx $1000; front lower pair of suspension control arms this week $1000. Now the dashboard computer has gone again.
My dealings with Audi dealers and Audi USA: dealers are incredible gougers.... example: local body shop replaced ALL the external door trims that fell off in a couple of hours for $125; Audi dealer had quoted $200 PER door for a total of $800. Since the trims had fallen off just post-warranty and had clearly been rusting and deforming for some time, I approached Audi USA to see what they would do about it - tried to be non-confrontational at the outset. But that changed once they had the cheek to deny a problem existed with '99 A4 door trims (despite literally dozens of other A4s in our area with similar, very visible problems!), would not arrange for a company area rep to meet me at the dealer to discuss. Take-away: Audi thinks consumers are suckers or stupid. Dealing with Audi USA "Customer Service" was a joke.
Summary of most important lessons learned: 1) these cars are fragile and have the inherent quality of the VW parts they are built from; get rid of the Audi once out of warranty or, if you really must continue to own the Audi, avoid the dealerships - find a good independent shop that will do VAG parts. 2) pick up an aftermarket warranty - a friend of mine has a '99 A6 under a warranty offered by a reputable insurance company and he has had a positive experience.
Finally, maybe I am a sucker and have paid too high a rate for these repairs, but the majority were performed at an independent shop and with quotes way lower on each job than those provided by a dealer. And the bottom line is all these things broke on the car - so even slightly cheaper repairs would still add up to expensive ownership.
So there you have it....Audi has not met my expectations, I will be trading in the car for an Infiniti, Lexus or BMW. Audi had its chance to win me back, but now my experiences have certainly cost Audi sales with several Chicago area friends, possibly more.
#729 of 2367 1997 A4 TD exhaust valve problem
May 29, 2005 (3:39 am)
My 1997 A4 has done 200,000 miles now and is coming up with all kinds of problems. It's a TD avant 110bhp and recently it developed an irritating and so far unsolvable problem - in third, forth or fifth gear usually at over 40 mph the turbo fails. The Audi garage replaced the mass air meter, boost solanoid and exhaust valve only 6 weeks ago and the valve has failed again. Audi are being their usual unhelpful selves and won't look at it again without charging me (my argument is that they didn't fix it properly). Anyone else come across this? Also anyone else had experience of running an A4 at this kind of mileage as other things are begninning to go wrong.
#730 of 2367 A4 Avant 130TDI Knock and creak
May 29, 2005 (11:51 am)
I have a 2003 A4 Avant tdi and it has developped a knock from somwhere between the engine and gearbox area, it knocks once or twice on pull away and then when you're slowing down or braking sharply to a slow pace it'll knock once or twice again. Audi garage checked it and told me it had nothing wrong, and the noise could not be found, only for it to appear as I left the garage car park. That coupled with an incurable creak from new makes me less than impressed with a car that cost £25k Can anyone offer advice, could it be the exhaust flexing??
#731 of 2367 50K Maintenance service for A4 2001 1.8T
May 31, 2005 (11:52 am)
My included service for my '01 A4 expired last year so I need to get the 50K service this month. Audi charges $200 for this which is basically oil change + inspections and reset the service reminder.
I can get this done on Jiffy lube or a similar place for $35. Could you please advice if it's really worth going with Audi or just have the $35 job done.
#732 of 2367 Re: 6 years A4 ownership experience [jds3]
Jun 01, 2005 (4:55 am)
I've had my '99 A4 2.8 for 3 years now, and can correlate some of your observations. I'm also in the Chicago area. I got it with 40K and it now has 80K miles. The only money I've put into it has been a passenger side airbag for $600. My sunroof also doesn't go all the way back and I'm not going to fix it because I don't "need" a sunroof. Also, my headlight washers are bad. But I know how to fix the washers; it's just a floating ground.
It does sound like you got a lemon. I wouldn't expect to have to replace 2 dash computers, several airbags, wheel bearings(before 64K!!!), "preignition coil", and all the suspension components. I know another '99 1.8T owner who had similar bad experiences. The door trims do rust away, and once mine fall off I'm going to replace them myself. It's really quite easy to replace them yourself. Your wheel bearing story terrifies me though. They are supposed to be sealed, and to last for a long time.
On the whole though, so far my experiences haven't been bad. I expect to replace the brake pads and rotors pretty soon; they are a wear item($800-1000). And the timing belt/water pump is another $1000, but that's another service recommendation. Theoretically, my upper and lower control arms need replacing because Audi made them out of cheese. But the car still seems fine, so I'll wait until it feels like I have a problem. Luckily, I go to an independent shop that knows what the hell they're doing.
I definetely agree with you regarding the dealerships. AoA is also completely useless. The dealerships take you for all they can and AoA doesn't seem to care about losing potential customers. I avoid them like the plague. They love to take something like a faulty sunroof and turn it into thousands in profit, like alchemists making gold from lead. If I took mine into the dealership today for the suspension arm recall, I would bet $100 that they would find at least $5000 worth or repairs that they would claim are essential. They must imagine they're dealing with very rich idiots.
#733 of 2367 ABS and Brake light
Jun 01, 2005 (12:01 pm)
I was driving my Audi A4 96 and i braked to stop for a stop sign and the ABS and tbe brake light came on . I had just recently changed all four brake pads on the car and it brakes fine. I have no idea whut the light is supposed to mean. I checked all the fluids and they are all fine.I looked thru all of the messages in this forum and i couldn't find anything that dealt with this problem. If anyone has any idea about whut this is suposed to mean or what i'm supposed to do for this. Please tell me. Thankyou.
#734 of 2367 Re: 2001 A4 Camshift timing chain tensioner problem [hannas]
Jun 01, 2005 (5:32 pm)
Camshft adjusters DO fail on the 1.8t's from time to time - no fix but to replace it
#735 of 2367 Re: A4 Avant 130TDI Knock and creak [cholloway]
Jun 01, 2005 (5:35 pm)
Common problem area's for knocking are upper and lover control arms, tie-rod ends, aftermarket brake parts, subframe bolts....