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Audi A4, Convertible, Sedan, Wagon
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#976 of 2367 Re: Purchase ?'s [bmalbert]
Oct 17, 2005 (8:21 pm)
Just fyi, if you are truly concerned with mileage, there are possibly better options. I have a 2003 A4 1.8Q and in the city only get 14-16 mpg. This has been a common complaint. Conversely, I get about 29-31 on the highway. Both of these are not what the reported mileages are on the brochures/sticker when new, although the highway mileage is better than claimed. I believe the 2001's had the same engine as the 2002-2005's. There is a review in the new Consumer Reports that discusses these disparities and the fact that the current mileage values are based on some old formula by the EPA in the 1970s. If you are doing mostly highway driving, then this is a good option. I got my car chipped with a stage I APR and will never look back. If you haven't checked into this, it can be done for around $500, and any of the good companies are great options (GIAC, APR, Revo, Neuspeed). Prior to that I had considered selling it due to the painful turbo lag and the fact that a Honda civic outran me. The mileage did not change, although the performance was dramatically better when running 93 octane. As in above posts, make sure you get a car within the warranty or certified if possible, because there are too many nightmare stories. Nevertheless, there are alot of us that have had minimal problems as well. Just not worth the gamble....you think your ass hurts now....wait until you get a 4 digit bill for an Audi (or any German car) out of warranty.
#977 of 2367 Re: air bag light on 2000 A4 [dc cat]
by dc cat
Oct 18, 2005 (10:36 am)
i hear it could be simply dirty electrical and needs to be wiped.
#978 of 2367 Audi A4 Brake Light
Oct 21, 2005 (2:13 am)
How do you get the rear light cluster off to change a defective bulb??
I,ve released one screw on the inside of the boot and have a little bit of movement but still can't get the light cluster free!! I can't see any other obvious screws. can you help??
#979 of 2367 Gas mileage
Oct 21, 2005 (5:51 pm)
I have a 2001 A4 FWD with the 5 speed manual and I just went back and checked my mileage for the past year of so (I keep a fuel log). I was surprised to see that I get 30-32 on the highway and haven't gotten less than 24 or so in around town suburban driving, and most tanks it is 26-27. I was pretty surprised by those numbers, even though the sticker numbers are 23 city and 32 highway.
If you don't need quattro and like to shift yourself the mileage is pretty good I think.
Oct 22, 2005 (8:05 pm)
Well, all I can say is the one I have now is my first and will be my last. It is a 2003 A4 3.0 Quattro. Nothing but electrical and computer problems. Audi of America is fully aware of the issues and has now sent me to my 4th dealer which just had it 2 weeks straight with 2 of Audi's experts, one from the US and one from Germany. As usual they just replaced everything related to the computer and some wiring but it just keeps freaking out. Sad thing is I am actually speaking with Corporate (not Audi customer care) and they keep telling me I am having a unique experience, and lots of apologies but no resolution.
I hope none of you reading this will have one of these "unique experiences". I have had German cars for years and they get testy, but if the company and dealer stand behind the product then life is good. With Audi I have a total of 150 days at the dealers, one was 45 in a row. For those about to ask, yes, I pursued them with Lemon law (due to intermittent failures they avoided taking the car back) and got a large settlement. What is odd about Audi is the fact that all they had to do was fix the car, they once offered me 1 month lease payment in return for not having the car for weeks. That check never came, even after repeated calls to them, they just said they were looking into it....for 4 months? So that 1 month they offered me ballooned into much more in court and with all the warranty work, loaner cars and their own experts they have spent triple the cars value - yet they can't fix it and won’t give up. Is this putting the customer first?
As much as I wanted to like and believe in Audi I am giving up. They are not ready and they do not have the customer service attitude. I am frustrated with all the smoke blowing and I just found out my issues were known about 2 years ago...the dealers, plus Audi, chose to ignore or were incapable of understanding their own service bulletins. My advice is stay away, if you get a bad one you are in for a battle. One of their employees told me they only sell cars, seems to be true.
Sorry to ramble, but, it has been quite a wild ride. It is all documented.
It is a shame because one can see the attention to detail in the car, but any product without support is worthless.
Oct 23, 2005 (12:41 pm)
Not trying to be facetious here, but if you took them to court and won, then why would you be still driving the car? It seems counterintuitive. Let me try to explain. Your A4 has been nothing but a pain in the arse, you take it to the dealers et al X times to be unsuccessfully repaired, until the point you take them to court and win. Don't know what the settlement was and I don't want to meddle into your business, but why didn't you have Audi buy the car back from you? a. You un-ass the car. b. You take the money and buy something else.
I really like the new A4 and would really like to give Audi an opportunity. However, it's the incessant articles about bad experiences similar to yours that keeps me questioning whether or not I should give Audi a try.
#982 of 2367 Re: Blown Radio (Fuse?) [bdr127]
Oct 24, 2005 (9:05 am)
I have a similar issue with my A4. Safe doesn't come up either. Did you solve the problem?
Oct 24, 2005 (10:37 am)
I have an 03 A4 and recently when I switch on the right turn signal, it blinks twice right, twice left and then returns to correctly indicate a right turn. At the conclusion of the turn it will blink twice left again. The nearest Audi service is 90 miles from me and the one time I was there, they could not get it to do it for them. Without being able to duplicate the problem, they wouldn't look into it. Any ideas what would cause this. It happens about 25% of the time.
#984 of 2367 Re: 2006 A4 2.0T causing me pain in my neck [abizzle]
Oct 24, 2005 (11:51 am)
OK are you talking about the hesitation and lurch forward that I experience in my new 2005+ A4 2.0? Especially from stop and in normal D. Dealer told me that was the transmission and it is normal, as is the noticeable downshift when slowing.
Any other A4 2005 to 2006 owners experiencing the same?
#985 of 2367 Re: 2006 A4 2.0T causing me pain in my neck [abizzle]
Oct 24, 2005 (11:55 am)
I think I know what you're talking about, somewhat. I am 6'3" and some of what I noticed may be my height and different leg-to-pedal angle. However I do feel the 06 A4 2.0Q is not a neck-jerker. My solution: I keep a pair of thin-sole shoes (Docksiders for boats) in the car and for longer trips put them on. I get a much more sensitive "feel" for the accelertor and for the brake pedal as well. When I drive with thick-soled work shoes I really feel the difference. In car racing, the drivers have special light-weight, very sensitive shoes to improve control. Might be worth a try.