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#112 of 148 audi can not fix their own cars
Oct 13, 2010 (9:07 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 (4:09 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.
#114 of 148 A4 reliability
Jan 13, 2011 (6:11 pm)
Just found this thread. Don't forget that people with problems are far more likely to post on forums like this.
The wife has a 2001 A4 with over 150k miles, almost all put on by her, the rest by me. The car looks and drives like new. Sure there have been a few problems over the years, but only a few. The biggest was last year when she finally had the dealer fix a small leak and wiring problem (some of the warning sensors would go off occasionally) on the back side of the engine. Major disassembly was required and I think the total bill was around $2000. She felt it worthwhile because she will keep the car several more years. Other than that, struts, brakes and such which are normal. She now has a slow leak in the AC so we just recharge it every Spring and it lasts til Winter. She absolutely loves the car.
#115 of 148 Re: A4 reliability [gforaker]
Feb 19, 2011 (7:28 pm)
To anyone who either owns an A4 or is considering getting one, some quick words of advice:
I currently drive a 2002 Audi A4 3.0 quattro; as many others on this forum have posted, the vehicle drives great and has considerable pick up. I love the way it looks and the interior; that said, I have some serious issues with both the reliability and the care provided by Audi dealerships.
When I purchased my Audi, it was eight years old with 88k miles on it; it drove fine in the test drive and for the first several months afterwards. Since then, I have nearly bought it again in repairs. I had to get my power steering pump and front bushels replaced, twice; my A/C unit had to be replaced. I cannot stress enough the costs associated with owning this vehicle. To make matters worse, the primary motivation of ALL employees I have come into contact with at the Audi dealership seems to be getting my car in there once a month. As previously mentioned in this forum, Audi is very hesitant to stand by their product and quality of repair/maintenance. If you or anyone you know is considering purchasing this vehicle, drop the money to get it checked out by a mechanic you trust; in addition, I hope you have a good bit of disposable income because chances are you will get hit with a hefty repair bill at some point.
For all you a4 owners out there, if any of you live in the Atlanta area and know a good mechanic who specializes in german vehicles and is trustworthy and affordable, please let me know.
#116 of 148 Audi A4 Reliability
Feb 25, 2011 (1:54 am)
Thought I would share my experiences with my 2005 Audi A4 Cabriolet. Loved the looks of the car, and the Dolphin gray color with light leather interior was very sharp. Bought the car with just under 40,000 miles and it had been well cared for, with hardly a scratch on it, and a pristine interior with an engine compartment you could eat off of. It handled great and got excellent gas mileage of 30 plus on a 1000 mile driving vacation.
As for the reliability, it began having issues as soon as that trip ended. A coolant puddle appeared in the garage under the car and came with a repair bill of several hundred dollars. The windshield washer reservoir and pump failed within another month and another few hundred to repair. Tail lamp bulbs burned out along with center brake light strip for another three hundred. It was at this point where I became frustrated, cause I would have liked to replace the bulbs myself, but this required removing panels inside the trunk. Even changing the air filter required major disassembling of intake, which I found out after purchasing a K&N filter replacement. I was told by the service manager that repair work was where Audi makes the money, so it is not designed for much owner upkeep.
The check engine light problems finally put me over the edge, and prompted me to buy my own hand held code reader rather than pay the dealer $69 to reset. My A4 had the CVT type transmission, and one of the codes Audi determined would require a new valve body at $2000. It was at this point I started looking to the internet to see if this issue was common with A4's having so few miles on them. Sure enough there are problems with the CVT transmissions and even though it is not recommended in the owners manual, the CVT fluid should probably be changed out every 25,000 miles. Failure to do so will cost money, since when the fluid ages it creates a variety of problems with seals and hydraulic pressure. I opted to give changing out the fluid for a couple of hundred, to see if this might help the hydraulic pressure and possibly reset the code. At this point I had no shifting issues or indications of transmission problems, the car had only 40,000 miles, and the code stayed reset for a week and then came back. After reading more horror stories about CVT transmission issues and $6000 replacement costs, I had some decisions to make. I had spent well over a thousand in repairs for the 3,000 miles we had driven the car, and still had a check engine light and code that would not reset. So I decided to fold my hand and limit my losses, and part with this car after less than a year. A 40K automobile should have better reliability!
Still think the A4 Cabrio is a beautiful car, but to much wallet liability for me to worry about.
If you ar thinking of purchasing an Audi A4, stay away from the CVT, and purchase an extended warranty to limit your liability. These cars seem to do well for the warranty period, but then require deep pockets to keep up.
#117 of 148 Re: Audi A4 Reliability [ragtop53]
Feb 25, 2011 (7:18 pm)
You could argue the same for many makes. And used cars are always a gamble. Cars can look spotless and have a steady service history and be owned by a little old lady. But some little old ladies don't drive like the stereotype might suggest. And some have relatives who beat the snot out of their car when they borrow it. Point is, don't judge a book (or car) by its cover.
I owned a Saab which had its share of CELs and fixes, but I was good with doing repair work myself and hunting for reasonably priced parts instead of buying retail from a dealer. Overall the car was fantastic, but its the kind of vehicle that really requires an owner with mechanical aptitude AND genuine interest. I had a similar coolant leak and took care of it myself in <2 hours and with $15 worth of parts (or less). The most expensive repair I ever had to make was a new DIC which set me back $150 buying one online. An owner that doesn't know any better would have forked over $500 to a dealer to install one (a 10 minute job by the way). In your case with the A4 you probably made the right decision to get out from it. If working on cars was a hobby you enjoyed, it might have been worth holding onto.
#118 of 148 Re: Audi A4 Reliability [slee_stack]
Feb 25, 2011 (10:07 pm)
What's CELs and DIC?
#119 of 148 Re: Audi A4 Reliability [hpmctorque]
Feb 26, 2011 (6:42 am)
CEL is "Check Engine Light".
#120 of 148 Re: Audi A4 Reliability [gforaker]
Feb 27, 2011 (8:44 pm)
#121 of 148 Re: A4 reliability [spencerpoole]
Apr 02, 2011 (9:04 pm)
I have heard good things from my dad who takes our 2006 525i and 2006 325i (also 1998 Honda Prelude too, but you wanted to know about German cars) to Summit Auto in Decatur, GA.
You can check them out on yelp and find more info about them on Google. They specialize in imports (European and Japanese Cars).
It's a bit far out from where I am from (Alpharetta) but my dad says it's worth it.