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#942 of 2367 A-pillar water leak, 2002 A4 1.8t quattro
Sep 19, 2005 (12:54 pm)
Anybody else had/heard about problems relating electrical problems due to water leaks near the A-pillar (driver side). Water leaks started about week ago and today morning windshield wipers stuck on all the time. Previous day I noticed erratic behavior on the light at the hazard light switch. Incredible a car of Audi's class can have a water leak inside...Dealer is more than willing again to repair the problem, but this is waste of my time. I love the car, but so far too many problems w only 55,000km driven (front break rotors and pads worn, worn wiper blades scratched the windshield). Maybe a BMW next time??
#943 of 2367 Re: Oil change and timing belt [jenp]
Sep 19, 2005 (2:51 pm)
My 1999 A4...timing belt bust at 65,000 miles...still battling with Audi on the matter.
I was wondering if any other 2.8 owners with timing belt failures out there if so, whether there's anything happening from Audi to help them.
#945 of 2367 Re: Audi horror stories [kocour]
Sep 20, 2005 (1:20 pm)
I have a 2002 A4 and have had nothing but problems. It is at the dealer right now and was initially qouted $7.5 for the trasmission problem. Stay Away!
#946 of 2367 Re: Audi horror stories [ruzkai]
Sep 21, 2005 (6:31 am)
Sorry to hear about your tranny troubles. Which engine and transmission do you have? Isn't your car still under warranty? I recently traded my '02 1.8t with a manual. Had one bulb go and CEL but otherwise the car was perfect.
#947 of 2367 Re: CIVIL ACTION A4 TIMING BELT, NEED HELP!!! [daget1]
Sep 25, 2005 (6:11 am)
I cannot understand why Audi has not decided to use a timing chain instead of the belt in its engines. I too had a 1998 A4 and had the belt break and do extensive damage two times, you would think they would either use a better belt or even netter, turn to a timing chain which I understand may never need replacement.
#948 of 2367 Re: Turn signals don't flash anymore [etxing]
Sep 25, 2005 (10:33 am)
I have exactly same problem on my Audi a4 1.8T 2000. Have you figured out what is wrong? I am taking main to deallership, noone else can figure out what problem is.
#949 of 2367 Re: CIVIL ACTION A4 TIMING BELT, NEED HELP!!! [civic4]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 25, 2005 (11:38 am)
Belts are quieter and simpler. You don't need a separate timing chain cover and lubrication system. Chains can get sloppy and cause poor running of the engine, too.
#950 of 2367 Oil sludge - Now on to my 3rd engine at 58K miles
Sep 25, 2005 (12:14 pm)
2003 A4 1.8T
At 51K the fuel pump died 3 hrs from home costing me $700 P&L.
At 56K the oil and engine lights came on and right then the entire engine blew out and needed to be replaced - again 3hrs from home. I got that back and it was surging during acceleration so I brought it back and the dealer cleaned dirty valves and vacuum lines. 2 days later, 3hrs from home, the main pully on the crank shaft fell out of the front of the engine. The dealer that has it now says this engine needs to be replaced. This will be the 3rd one.
I have not been charged for anything but I'm making payments and have not had my car either. They gave me a corolla though.
In my talks with the dealer I have been told that the oil suldge is from not using synthetic oil but I always brought it to the dealer every 10K miles as advised. When I asked "why 10K?" they said because they use synthetic. Now they say they used regular oil but that synthetic will solve the problem.
The problem has been identified as a defective engine and not a dealer workmanship problem. It seems Audi cannot even build a decent engine.
Has anyone else dealt with this type of situation?
#951 of 2367 Re: Oil sludge - Now on to my 3rd engine at 58K miles [tummydummy]
Sep 26, 2005 (6:37 am)
There's a dirty (literally) little secret about those 10 k oil change intervals. Audi says you can go 10k ... and then the fine print ... if you drive short distances, stop & go, in freezing temps, or in dusty conditions the oil should be changed more frequently. How frequently?... I've always gone with synthetic every 5k or 6 months, whichever comes first. Likewise, the timing belt interval is wildly optimistic.
My new 2.0t engine came with synthetic oil and after an initial 5k change, calls for 10k changes. You can bet that I will stick with the 5k/6 month change. This has kept my previous two Audi engines very happy and hopefully this will work with my current ride.
Tummydummy, I see maybe a new Lexus or Infiniti in your future Very sorry about your crummy Audi experience.