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#325 of 354 Jerking stops
Sep 25, 2009 (7:39 am)
Does anybody have problem bringing the car to a slow smooth stop without jerking your head back and forth? The braking problem is worst in stop and go traffic. I brought my complaint to the dealer. The dealer's service supervisor test drove my car for almost half an hour and could not bring the car to a smooth stop without spilling the coffee or yanking your head back and forth. Most surprising to me was how the dealer viewed this problem. The dealer said the jerking problem is normal as A4 has a strong brake that makes smooth stopping impossible. In fact the service supervisor told me he had driven Audi for many many years and was never able to bring the car to a smooth stop. He said Audi is not designed to be driven like a taxi or limo. It is designed for people who wanted to stop in hurry and don't mind head jerks or yanks. I found their explanation unbelievably unprofessional as if there is a giant cover-up for possible systemic brake design problems and wanted to avoid recalls.
I wish to find know if any one on the forum has similar problems? Or am I crazy in trying to drive a German car like a normal American car? I am truly baffled by this simply and yet very annoying problem of my 2009 A4.
#326 of 354 Re: Jerking stops [nano8]
Sep 25, 2009 (10:31 am)
I call BS. This is sometimes called the TADT syndrome, They All Do That. BMW is legendary for that dodge. My 2009 A4 (FWD) has very smooth and progressive brakes that are easy to modulate. That said, as you approach the last stages of a stop, you have to ease up on the pedal a bit, because the same pressure applied to reduced forward inertia will produce an increasing rate of deceleration. The kind of person who buys an Audi is going to know how to modulate brakes.
#327 of 354 Re: Jerking stops [nano8]
Sep 25, 2009 (11:21 am)
the weirdest story...
im driving 2009 A4 quattro and have no problems stopping smoothly.
why dont you test drive any other A4 at the dealership and see if it handles any better? at least you'll know if the problem is with a car (and your dealer too in this case) or your foot is too heavy.
#328 of 354 SKEPTICAL OF BUYING A4
Sep 25, 2009 (9:34 pm)
i had my heart set on the a-4 until the dealer sold both of my 2 choices out from under me, no chance of a deposit---salesman dragged his feet, now claims he's getting my '09 from across the country. there is no audi dealership closer than 75 miles--this worries me. after reading the many posts, and the problems experienced, red lights are going on----would i be better off buying a car that i can have serviced locally? i'm getting bad vibes on my dream car---- [my 2007 honda accord has has no problems at all, and i'm considering their most expensive model instead of the audi]
i need some advice quickly!
#329 of 354 Service Concerns
Sep 26, 2009 (6:45 am)
I wouldn't be concerned about being 75 miles from a dealer. That would be true of many brands like Mercedes, BMW, VW and Audi. Service is infrequent. My Audi dealer is 90 miles away and my BMW motorcycle dealer is 150 miles away. I would be concerned about a car coming from very far away because of how it might be driven to get it to you. I like to baby a new car, although I know that some people say to drive it like you stole it to seat the rings. In 5,000 I have had no service issues with my A4.
#330 of 354 Re: Service Concerns [fglamser]
Sep 27, 2009 (9:18 pm)
i would have gone for the a4 until i learned the only dealer within 100 miles is a crook---it's a shame. they didn't level with me from the get-go---financing is a scam, especially since we are eligible for 3.99%----didn't even offer us that deal---my score is 797--hubby's 755---and they think we'll accept 6.39%--lol
they keep changing cars that are available---audi needs to have a dealership in savannah---keep these guys on their toes when there's competition.
so long, audi....for now
#331 of 354 Re: Service Concerns
Oct 17, 2009 (7:38 am)
On a recent trip one of the heater control knobs (temp, fan speed, seats, etc.) fell off. It's almost a 200 mile round trip to my dealer, so it would be nice if I could fix it myself with a new part. Any one else have this happen?
#332 of 354 Is that worth to buy "audi care plan"?
Oct 19, 2009 (12:57 pm)
Just try to know if this plan worth the price of $740.
The MSRP of the audi care plan for new A4 is $740 and it will cover "Any scheduled maintenances not completed within 5 years from the original in-service date are excluded".
#333 of 354 Re: Road/wind noise [kduda1]
Nov 06, 2009 (7:06 pm)
There is a TSB on the sunroof wind buffeting. The fix is quick and warrentied. Here it is.
60 08 33
December 23, 2008
60 Buffeting noise in cabin
Rhythmic pressure wave or buffeting noise is heard in cabin with the sunroof open to the comfort position and a road speed range of 35 mph to 45 mph .
The shape of the sunroof wind deflector may make this symptom occur within this speed range.
An effective solution is to replace the current wind deflector with wind deflector 8D9 877 651 A.
All warranty claims submitted for payment must be in accordance with the Audi Warranty Policies and Procedures Manual. Claims are subject to review or audit by Audi Warranty.
Required Parts and Tools
All parts and service references provided in this TSB are subject to change and/or removal. Always check with your Parts Department and service manuals for the latest information.
#334 of 354 Re: Road/wind noise [audidad5555]
Nov 06, 2009 (7:24 pm)
Any idea what this new wind deflector looks like? In other words, is it ugly?