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#127 of 148 Re: A4 reliability [brepei]
Apr 25, 2011 (11:35 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 (7:00 pm)
#129 of 148 Re: A4 reliability [gforaker]
Apr 25, 2011 (7:16 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 (6:53 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 (11:44 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.
#133 of 148 audi's are they all that great
Aug 08, 2011 (5:36 pm)
I have a 2000 Audi a 4 quattro,I bought it three years ago with 90,000 miles,it now has 125,000 miles.First the a/c compressor went,bought it on the internet for 35 dollars and my son put it on,it chills pretty good.Then the timing chain snapped which broke every thing else in the engine,so I had to buy a remanufactured engine to put in because I really liked this car,after a few months the gear would not shift to 3rd or 4th,I bought a new transmission computer but it did not do the job,so I had to put in a remanufactured transmission .The car is a pithole,I am lucky that my son does most of the work except the transmission job which I had done professionally.I have sunk enough money into this car that I could have bought a used toyota or honda.I still love the car and german engineering but I think Audi stinks.
#134 of 148 Re: audi's are they all that great [spervez]
Aug 18, 2011 (8:31 pm)
Thanks for telling about your experience. Two questions: First, where did you find an A/C compressor for $35? Was it new or used? Second, how much did the remanufactured engine cost?
Aug 29, 2011 (11:03 am)
My experience with my 2009 A4 S-Line has not been great. With less than 28000 miles, I've had three warranty repairs. After the first year, the engine cooling fans replaced because the bearings where going out, this past spring all the door sensors for the key-less entry were replaced and this past weekend, the alternator failed and left me stranded on the highway with a dead battery on a Sunday afternoon. I spend a night in a hotel and missed a day of work. Needless to say, it will be gone before the end of the warranty.
#136 of 148 Re: *Yawn* [pistol_pete1]
Sep 20, 2011 (9:14 pm)
I have a 2007 A4 2.0L Turbo with 72,000 miles. I am concerned that I have to ad oil between changes. I found three recall issues for this car, after being told by an Audi dealer there were none.
Ignition coil - inspection or replacement. Action 28F2/J1 02-2010
Crankcase Ventilation Valve/DTC's. #170903 01-20-2009
Fuel Pressure Senor. #24M4 10-22-2010
This week I have experienced "transmission failure". I wish we could really know when the mechanic is being truthful. After a lot of research, I now doubt that I needed to rebuild the transmission. It may have been the result of a failed "range sensor". I was out of town, so I didn't have the ability to wait and see. Started off with a dead battery. Coincidence but, seemed to start the ball rolling. Still suffered hard starts, AutoZone checked it out and decided my alternator was also bad. So I bought it from them and they referred me to a Mechanic down the street. Remember I was traveling. My gear indicator lights started to flash a few days prior but after the intitial battery replacement, the car may have been a little sluggish on take off but not too noticeable. I thought perhaps the battery being dead, something needed to reset.
The mechanic put the new alternator in, checked the codes for the transmission, inconclusive... Said he checked the trans fluid, actually drained about 4 tbl spoons out, said it was fine & added a quart. I was good to go. About 100 miles later pulled in to a parking lot, the RPM's dropped, then jumped I thought it was going to die. Never had that happen before. Gear indicator lights started flashing again, but I got back to where I was staying. Thinking I really had a problem, got up the next morning started the car everything was fine,no lights, ran great, a little low on gas I drove it around until I could fill it up. It seemed fine, I even washed it, no problems. Around 10 pm ran to the store, while parking I put it in reverse & nothing, just nuetral. indicator lights flashing, RPM's up & down. I couldn't believe it. I changed gears repeatedly couldn't get reverse. Next morning knowing an AAMCO shop was nearby, drove it over.. it went into reverse now, but no Backup lights came on. He checked it out, said they had to pull the transmission, it's a sealed unit Ma'am.. called me later and said there was metal everywhere.. I had a bearing failure. I am concerned, that because it was intermitent and AAMCO has taken 2 extra days so far, because they are waiting for the "range sensor" from Audi.. That I may have been dupped. Reading about range sensors, it sounds like that may have been it from the beginning. Should I have gone directly to Audi? Audi said they would not rebuild it, they would have put a new one in for $7,100. out the door. AAMCO gave me 3 options, from $5,800 to $7,700 depending on how I wanted to sleep at night, they said. This is my first repairs out of warranty, but it's major.