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#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.
#122 of 148 Re: A4 reliability [jtran2012]
Apr 19, 2011 (6:00 pm)
I used to drive from Alpharetta to Stone Mountain for Dwight Harrison VW. Well worth it and the best dealership I ever had the experience of visiting. For a good dealership a 30 or even 40 minute drive is well worth it.
#123 of 148 Re: Audi A4 Reliability Post 2007-Current? [eddie650]
Apr 22, 2011 (10:52 pm)
I'm getting ready to purchase a 2005 A4 convertible with only 32k miles on it. It has been garage kept and is beautiful.
Wondering if you are still pleased with yours and if you have had any problems? This forum does cause me some concern and I've never owned an import. I know, American only but have been blessed. Husband's Lumina has over 241k miles and he changes the oil when the light comes on! Crazy!
#124 of 148 Re: Audi A4 Reliability Post 2007-Current? [3boysmom1]
Apr 23, 2011 (11:53 am)
Yes, I have the 2005+ 4 cylinder A4 convertible, and I have no regrets with my purchase. Mine has about 69,000 miles. I was glad that my original warranty lasted 50,000 miles (I think that was the figure) since I needed some repairs and they were covered. I think Audi has more problem cars on the road than normal, but I seem to have bought one of the OK ones. I bought the car because I liked this convertible rather than the others out there. So far, I'd say that my repair record has been average. I drive the car more carefully than I did my Honda Accord since I'm anxious to avoid expensive repairs.
Hope this helps.
#125 of 148 A4 reliability
Apr 23, 2011 (7:46 pm)
I had an A4 -2006, it was a beatiful car, handled real nice. It was a turbo Quatro and it was very fast and responsive. It only had 25,000 miles on it when I bought it in 2009 and I got it for a good price. But that's when I started having problems, I only had it a few days when it started missing and had no power. I returned it to the dealer and it took a couple of visits to find the problem, it was a bad cylinder coil (under warranty thank goodness) and 2 months later the same problem in another cylinder (also under warranty, whew!). In the meantime I got a letter from Audi that said they were having problems with the coils and that all future problems with them would be covered. I had previously owned a 98 Camary and I had only routine mantanence costs for the 11 years I owned the car so the Audi having problems was really scary. And I read on line that Audi owners really liked their cars but,they were expensive to fix. So I traded it after 6 months and bought another new Camary that I haven't had any problems with.