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#731 of 2367 50K Maintenance service for A4 2001 1.8T
May 31, 2005 (12:52 pm)
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 (5:55 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 (1:01 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 (6:32 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 (6:35 pm)
Common problem area's for knocking are upper and lover control arms, tie-rod ends, aftermarket brake parts, subframe bolts....
#736 of 2367 Re: A4 1.8t suspension [jst4sho]
Jun 01, 2005 (6:38 pm)
The wishbone links fail all day long - but using your finger to check the size of a gap would only be usefull to showthat the car's been smacked. When the links fail you'll hear a trundelling type noise, but the position of the wheel willl NOT change! If you have a distance difference then you've got bent components
#738 of 2367 Re: ABS and Brake light [mohsinic]
Jun 01, 2005 (6:44 pm)
Where do you have your brakes replaced? How long ago? Were they using origonal parts? Your ABS light only comes on if there's a problem with your ABS system - since you just replaced your brakes, your mechanic may not have clipped in the harness for the ABS sensor and over a few miles it has rubbed through - or - your ABS module has taken a dump.
#739 of 2367 Re: ABS and Brake light
Jun 01, 2005 (7:16 pm)
I changed em myself .. whut do u mean by clipping in the harness for the ABS sensor as i certainly did not come across any sensors just the brake caliber which we pushed in. do u have any pictures of what it should look like and otherwise if the module has been broken .. how much of a cost m i looking at. Any information would be really helpful. Thankyou
#740 of 2367 '04 problem
Jun 01, 2005 (11:12 pm)
A friend has a 2004 1.8tQ Tip 13k miles. She says that the start up is rough, the engine surges ect. It was taken to Seattle dealer. The service manager drove it for 3 days 300 miles , and claimed he could not duplicate the probem.All they will tell her is up to specs.. After getting it back, same problem. Bad gas has been ruled out. Any ideals? or known problem?