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Audi A4, Auto Repair, Sedan
#104 of 148 Re: 2000 A4 1.8T breaks down a lot [fkuciapa]
Feb 13, 2010 (2:54 pm)
Unfortunately, I have had very similar problems with my now former 2005 A4 3.0 Quatrro. After the warranty expired the costs piled up. Within a year of the warranty expiring the car was towed twice and I spent over $2000 on new tires and brake pads. The first time the car was towed the car needed a very costly new fuel pump. The second time the car was towed the dealer informed me it needed a new $13,000 engine, worth almost as much as the car if not more!!! At 4 years old and 62,000 miles a car should not need a new engine. No one in the dealership could tell me exactly what went wrong except that I had an excellent service record and all my fluids were fine. The dealership tried to offer me $2,000 for the car, which I just shelled out for the tires to the dealership. They would also not make any deal towards a trade in for a new Audi, which I was willing to try again with Audi. Audi obviously does not stand behind their vehicles or their customers.
#105 of 148 buying advice
May 01, 2010 (6:28 pm)
I'm hearing all these bad reviews for the A4 1.8T. I am about to buy a 2002 A4 1.8T that has 84,000 miles on it, it was owned by a female bank worker, the seems to be in great shape. It's a local dealer who has it for sale, they are not an Audi dealership. Should I stay away from this car? they have it priced 10,900.
Any help would be greatly welcomed!!!
#106 of 148 Re: buying advice [rrrx]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
May 03, 2010 (11:33 am)
This is a really difficult question for anyone else to answer. The plus side is that it's really fun to drive. The minus side is that there will be times when you can't drive it at all, and it will require more than the average amount in repair bills to make it drive again.
You should do a forums search here on the terms A4 problems. Then, assume that you will experience at least some of the problems mentioned by others. Can your budget handle that? If so, can you also handle your car being out-of-commission for those periods of time/frequency?
I have owned two vehicles in my life with poor reliability histories. The first one, I was spending $800/month in repairs for about the last 5 months of ownership. The second one, I beat the odds and experienced almost no problems at all. It's up to you to decide whether you can afford the risks. Personally, if I were spending $11K on a used vehicle, I'd be looking at something less exciting, but with a better likelihood of lower impact on my future & ongoing budget.
#108 of 148 Neet opinion about buying a 07 A4
May 12, 2010 (7:29 pm)
I saw a cheap 07 A4 Quattro manual transmission with 100,000 and I'm thinking about buying it. What are your suggestions??? Tell me fast please I don't want to make an expensive mistake.
#109 of 148 Re: Neet opinion about buying a 07 A4 [gatillo21]
May 13, 2010 (5:29 am)
You didn' mention price or condition. Get it checked out thoroughly by a qualified indy mechanic. 1-150 bucks. Does it have a complete service record?
#110 of 148 Need buying advice - 2000 A4, quattro, 1.8T, 53k miles
Sep 04, 2010 (7:07 pm)
The seller is asking for $6k. It sounds like a great price for that car, but I'm worried about the things I've read on this thread.
I just wonder that if the car has ran fine up to this point, no major problems, then that means it won't have any now?
But others have told me that the problems start after 50k miles? Any opinions?
#111 of 148 2006 Audi a4 3.2
Sep 06, 2010 (12:30 pm)
Hello, I have purchased a 2006 audi a4 with a 3.2 engine, automatic. The thing is that it has a salvaged title(passengers side was hit). I took it to dealer before purchasing he said no frame damage or mechanical, the car is fine.
I am wondering what steps i should take to be sure that this car lasts? When and what should i change and how often? As you can tell i am a NEWBIE to German Cars, any help would be apprecieated.
#112 of 148 audi can not fix their own cars
Oct 13, 2010 (8:07 pm)
i have 2005.5 A4 turbo... it has 55,000 miles on it and it shivers.... took it to the dealer to check it out and they cannot tell me what is wrong with my car... they r telling me that they will start pulling my car apart.... piece by piece to figure out what is wrong with it... and why it is doing it.......... they dont know whats causing it so i dont know where they r going to start and they want to charge me labor and parts for what they think they will used .... no estimate of how much it will cost...... no assurance that they will fix the problem even after spending x amount of dollars. i called audi of usa to see if their tec could help to determine where the problem comes from and what is causing it...... sorry we have 50,000k warranty its out ! now your only choice is to do what dealer says......and but he doest know what to do .... so i am lost ... i wish they told me that our tec only make cars they dont know how to fix them if something goes wrong with it.
#113 of 148 2009 Audi A4 2.0T engine replaced @ 33k
Nov 29, 2010 (3:09 pm)
A few weeks ago my car started driving strangely and while stopped at a light I realized that the car was actually making very loud noises and the front end of the car was shaking violently. The car stalled and when I tried to turn it back on nothing happened. I noticed an EPC light on the instrument panel. I ended up calling Audi roadside assistance and they came and towed the car to the dealership.
My service rep informed me that after inspecting the car it was decided that a new engine would be ordered. She stated that a representative from Audi of America had to come to the shop, taken some parts and he had placed the order for the new engine.
The service report states the following:
Bad Engine; pulled plugs and found the plugs and pistons damaged on cylinders 1,2, and 3. Pistons are all pitted.
I am now concerned about several things, the car only has about 17k left of warranty and I am very worried that something will go wrong after the warranty expires. I am also concerned that a carfax report will show that the engine was replaced and that will affect the resale value.
I am hoping for some input from forum members as far as what I should/could do next. Do I have a legitimate reason to file a complaint with Audi? Iím hoping that at the very least they would extend my warranty. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.