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#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.
#133 of 148 audi's are they all that great
Aug 08, 2011 (4:36 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 (7:31 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 (10:03 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 (8:14 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.
#137 of 148 Re: 2009 A4 Prestige engine replacement @ 25K [anitha]
Dec 21, 2011 (6:26 am)
i am having a similar issue. what has your progress been? thanks
#138 of 148 Audi 2010 CVT Issues?
Feb 07, 2012 (10:19 am)
About to purchase my first Audi here - 2010 A4 CVT Premium with 17000 miles CPO for $28,500. Forgive me if this has been answered before, but what is the verdict on the CVT issues? I am really concerned about these things now. My other alternative is an Acura.
I test drove the car and it seems fine, but will be driving it again this Friday. Can someone provide me with a set of steps I need to carry out to check for CVT problems (like changing gears a certain way)?
Really really appreciate any help. I really like the Audi but don't want it to turn into a nightmare. Also, are the 2011s any better?
#139 of 148 Re: Audi 2010 CVT Issues? [vw_rider]
Feb 07, 2012 (10:45 am)
There is not a lot of activity on this forum. I suggest you also check on www.audiforums.com
#140 of 148 Re: Audi 2010 CVT Issues? [vw_rider]
Feb 07, 2012 (4:48 pm)
I haven't had any experience with the CVT but I had an 06 A4 turbo Quatro and it was really fast and responsive (like my c-5 Corvette) but it broke down 2 times in less than 6 months(lucky it was under warranty) the coils kept burning out. But you gotta remember its made by Volkswagon. Get the Acura alot better track record. Regards sc
#141 of 148 Re: Audi A4 Reliability Post 2007-Current? [bjacobs]
Apr 25, 2012 (6:44 am)
So tired of everyone bad mouthing audi's. I've known audi's to get to 300k, same with toyota's, honda's, ford's, chevy's, vw's, and every other car. the fact is, if you take care of your car, do all the scheduled maintenance like it was clock work, don't drive it like it was stolen, then any car is going to treat you right. Yes audi does has some issues, but so does every other car. One main issue on the audi a4 1.8, is the timing belt. i recommend changing it at around 80k. I currently drive an 03 audi a4. I've done all the scheduled maintenance on it, and it's at 170k. I've probably put about $2k into the motor, but that includes oil, filters, plugs, etc... I've had to change the started once, and the timing belt. If you are mechanically inclined, or know how to follow step by step instructions, then audi's aren't even that expensive to fix. order parts online or go to a local mom and pop parts store. Or start hanging out with a mechanic that has a business account with a parts store and get your parts at cost. that's what i do. Enjoy your audi, take care of it and it will take care of you. don't be afraid of minor issues. and even some of the major issues that you may have are not that major. Timing was easy to change. the entire front end comes apart pretty simply, so it's easy to get to. most pre 04 ignition coil packs have the recall, so it they go out audi will replace them for free.