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Audi A4, Auto Repair, Sedan
#123 of 148 Re: Audi A4 Reliability Post 2007-Current? [eddie650]
Apr 22, 2011 (9:52 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 (10:53 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 (6:46 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.
Apr 24, 2011 (3:14 pm)
A word from a wise old driver about german automobiles. Unless you have pockets as deep as the Grand Canyon......stay away from them. Especially if they are out of warranty.
German vehicles will eat your lunch. Germans love to tinker with their automobiles. The more problems, the better they like it. We Americans do not like to tinker with our daily drivers that we depend on.
If your going to buy a German made automobile, you might be better off leasing the damn things. Get a new one every two to three years. All under warranty. Their problems. Not yours!
#127 of 148 Re: A4 reliability [brepei]
Apr 25, 2011 (10:35 am)
Get real! You traded an A4 for a Camry because you worried it might have future repairs? You clearly are not the target customer for an Audi. You can ask several of my friends how reliable their Toyotas are. My A4 has not had much more in repairs over the past 160,000 miles than their cars.
Of course an expensive luxury European car might cost more to repair, that is not the point, anymore than a beautiful girl friend might cost more to maintain and keep happy than a dumpy frumpy girl.
A German car is lot like a trophy wife (or GF) - an awesome creature with an attraction unlike any other. But once you move in together, you find there are some less pretty stuff that she never advertised. She can just shut down on the side of the road, and remind you there's nothing you can do about it. And you'll hate her for a few days as she unloads your wallet. But once she comes back all dressed up and cute again, purring like normal, you fall in love all over again, pledging your undying love to the end. And guess what, some of us think it is worth it.
#128 of 148 Re: A4 reliability [gforaker]
Apr 25, 2011 (6:00 pm)
#129 of 148 Re: A4 reliability [gforaker]
Apr 25, 2011 (6:16 pm)
That's a great reply, I have a 2000 corvette I feel the same way about, no matter how hard it is to work on, I still love the way she looks and drives.Getting back to the Audi, this was my wife's car and she gets really mad if she breaks down and I'm at hunting camp with no phone reception(intensional). So the Camary V-6 XLE made her happy, enough said. Regards.
#131 of 148 Re: A4 reliability [brepei]
May 12, 2011 (5:53 am)
I totally agree with you, I have a 2000 Audi A4 which I purchased in 04 V6 non quattro. after a 3 month the vehicle started to over heat. brought it to a shop and they told me that the water pump needed to be changed plus some module that cost 200 bucks. so in the process of changing the water pump they ask me if I would like to change the timing belt one time. also the Heater core was leaking so they just bypassed it for me since I live in Florida. to change the heater core they want 2000 dollars to do the job. next the valve cover was leaking, that was going to cost another 1500 dollars because the Chilton book says that the job is a ten hour job when it only takes them 2 hours at the most to do it. I have completely replaced my suspension uppers and lower control arms Struts sway bar links, Tie Rod ends, countless Alignments they still cant seem to get it right. Oh and I replaced the Transmission with another used Transmission. Replaced 2 front window regulators, the material on the roof started to hang down. I fixed it myself. the LCD screen on the dash when bad also the radio LCD is bad. replace 2 wheel sensors, I still have a bad Catalytic converters acutally both of them, and O2 sensors still need to change but we dont have emission testing in Florida so I will not change them. plus they are like buying platinum. after 7 years you can see that I still dont know when to quit. I must be f*$king stupid to keep the car so long or I am in love with a beautiful bitch that keeps wanting money thrown at her. Well I am in the market for a new car now but I can tell you one thing, it will NOT be and Audi.
#132 of 148 2009 A4 Prestige engine replacement @ 25K
Aug 03, 2011 (10:44 am)
So, my A4, which I enjoy very much, started to burn excess oil in the last six months ("Add 1 quart" message every 1200 miles). Took it to the dealer, and Audi's recommendation was, install a new engine (due to pitting). I am getting a new 2012 engine. I can't decipher if it is a good thing or a bad thing. Any thoughts?
Aside from this, the only other major problem I have had was with the water pump. It was replaced. Other minor issues were, door sensors failing one by one, which were all replaced promptly.
I am wondering, after I get my car back, should I trade it for a new one, or keep until warranty expires. I will probably get a S5 or A7.
It is EXTREMLY IRRITATING that, Audi hasn't addressed the reliability issue. On the other hand, all makes seem to have such problems (BMW/MB/Infiniti etc), though to a lesser extent.
Any one else have similar problems?
Any feedback/advise is greatly appreciated.