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#235 of 251 2005 Audi A4 Cab
Mar 11, 2010 (12:20 pm)
My 2005 A4 cab just went out of warranty in November, 2009. I only have 45k miles on it. However, in the last month I've forked out $2500 for repairs, including a new fuel pump, themostat housing, and valves and gaskets that have dry rotted. I also had the timing belt replaced at the dealership's recommendation--they said it would be due for replacement in the near future and went ahead and did it while the car was in the shop for the fuel pump replacement.
I love the car, but the amount of repair work I've had to have in the last month seems excessive. Plus, now I'm constantly worried that my CVT transmission is going to go out on me, since this model car has a known problem with that issue.
Is all the repair work I've had to have done lately a sign of things to come? Or is this normal for this car? What else do I need to be worried about? I could be investing all that repair money in a new vehicle and don't want to continue to throw money at repairs. I need some advice!
#236 of 251 Re: 2005 Audi A4 Cab [stacyjm]
Apr 12, 2010 (12:55 pm)
I can identify with you. My 2004 A4 Cabrio 3.0 went out of warranty about 2 years ago, and I've had A LOT of repairs. I've finally learned to avoid my Audi dealer, as their labor rates & recommended time for different fixes makes the repairs ridiculously expensive. I can't even remember the entire list, but in addition to $2000 for convertible top positioning sensors & control module (which probably wouldn't have been needed if I'd been aware of the reset procedure mentioned here!!), I've replaced an Antenna ($800 or so); had an oil pan leak (also around $1000); got a new timing belt (Audi dealer wanted $2800 for 75000 mile maintenance including timing belt, but I got it done for around 1000 elsewhere), new brakes & tires (expected), co2 sensor (more than $500), a replacement for the prop to hold up my hood; and a few other things I can't remember. Now my trunk won't open (Audi estimated $500, but I'm going elsewhere); my glovebox latching doesn't work (Audi dealer said around $800; I decided to lock the box & not use it); the front got knocked off my dash cupholder (dealer wanted around $400 to replace; other repair shop glued it back).
All in all--very frustrating for a quality car; I still love the way it looks & drives, but wish I'd sold it 2 years ago; now I feel like I've put so much money in, I should keep for a while!!
#237 of 251 LEASE - FOR 3 Series BMW convertible or Audi A5 Convertible?
Apr 26, 2010 (12:28 pm)
Help!!!! Ok. this is the last week to make up my mind about which convertible to choose. BMW 3 series is sweet. But they want $5000 down and asking approx $545 per month for 3 years. 12,000 miles per year. I am reading that the Audi's are only approx $2000 down and the payments are much cheaper. Has anyone compared both convertibles and have any feedback on each and which one is the better car. I will be giving in my 328 i sedan. Black on black. I loved my BMW. But lower payments and down payment will make my husband happier i am sure. What do you guys think.
#238 of 251 Re: Insulated Roof - standard or option ? [kyfdx]
May 31, 2010 (4:26 pm)
Uh, actually that might be a maybe.
Yes - a triple layer roof is standard. However, I think the original poster may have been asking about the optional "acoustic convertible roof" option which was only available on the 3.2 models and only with the Convenience Package which means models equipped with Home-link, rain-sensing wipers and bi-xeon lights most likely have the extra-quiet roof.
Does anyone know if it was a stand along option and how I can tell if a car has it? I'm in the market for a used CAB to replace my ancient Saab 9-3 'vert.
#239 of 251 Sport Suspension
May 31, 2010 (4:30 pm)
Also, can someone tell me how to identify if the car is equipped with the $250 Sport Suspension. If there a badge, or different tire size or unique wheels?
#240 of 251 Re: Sport Suspension [rdfan]
Jun 11, 2010 (10:53 am)
Ask to see the original Bill of Sale and/or the Window Sticker on the car. Another way- track it on one of the car status sites (to see repair/collision data). ID by VIN which should give you all the items originally on the vehicle. Ask if the top was replaced (which may be important for other reasons, too).
#241 of 251 Help Audi 2007 Cabriolet
Jun 18, 2010 (3:56 am)
I am thinking about a 2007 Cabriolet quattro with 16k miles and 11 months left on original warranty..I have been reading all the posts about repair costs etc..for $28600 am I getting a potential lemon???
Any replies would be appreciated
#242 of 251 Broken Spring in Convertible Top
Jul 23, 2010 (6:29 pm)
The Audi dealership cannot seem to resolve an issue with the convertible top on my 2004 A4 3.0 Cab. (46Kmiles - 7 years old). The spring that holds the inner roof top to the upper canvas, (visible at just behind mid-point while dropping the roof), is broken. It looks as though the j hook spring is connected to the lining on one end, but broken in two below the actual spring. The lining has pulled away from the canvas and is noticeably separated and sagging when the top is up.
Does anyone know of a fix? Where to find the springs? Had this problem also? etc.
#243 of 251 Re: 2005 Audi A4 Cab [hatnbak]
Sep 02, 2010 (11:24 pm)
Can you tell me about the rest procedure. I had the same exact issue today on my 2006 where I tried to open the top and it just stopped working, manually closed it but still doesn't work. You can reply to me at kmohajer4gmail.com.
#244 of 251 Re: 2005 Audi A4 Cab [hatnbak]
Nov 15, 2010 (2:26 pm)
I ahve a 2004 audi cab. my radio antenna went out 2 years ago and audi wanted 650 bucks to repair. i have replaced the fuel pump, the hinges on the glove box broke (they want $300 to fix). ignition coils went bad and chrome trim has oxidized. if it was not paid for I would dump it. sorry excuse for a $40K car.