Last post on Dec 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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Audi A4, Convertible, Sedan, Wagon
#78 of 87 Re: Audi has Lost one Sale [janice96]
Nov 17, 2010 (2:08 pm)
janice96, I would suggest getting a good japanese brand again like subaru, honda, or toyota. They are a lot cheaper to maintain and repair as well. This is my last VW/Audi product.
#80 of 87 Re: Catalytic Converters Covered by Fed Law [eglamonte]
Nov 23, 2010 (6:13 pm)
How did it go with the dealer ? I have the same issue with my 2003 Audi A4 3.0 . I know there was a recall for the coils but I feel there is an issue with the Converters. I have an appt tomorrow morning with Audi to replace the coils but I really hope there isn't any issue with the converters . Can you assist me with getting a copy of that document ?
#81 of 87 Ignitions coils and catalytic converters
Nov 29, 2010 (4:07 pm)
Today my dealer says the check engine light is because of a bad catalytic converter because of a check engine light. 2002 A4 3.0 has already had one catalytic converter replaced at 56k miles and now they want ANOTHER one at 106K? Does anyone know if the 8/80K federal law on converters applies to replaced parts? 2 ignition coils replaced, the last just this past May (part of the recall), multiple sensors, complete engine rebuild of the left cams after a service appt, timing belt, water pump, etc. etc. the list is too long! This car is a money pit! I have never owned or know anyone who has owned a car where the catalytic converter goes bad, let alone TWICE on one vehicle!
#82 of 87 Re: Ignitions coils and catalytic converters [tam_e]
Nov 29, 2010 (4:26 pm)
Not surprised at all. You have had the same repairs that I have had, but I can also throw in the windshield wiper motor blowing out TWICE. Audi sucks. I will never buy another one and will do all I can to discourage anyone else from buying one. To answer your question, though, I do not know for sure, but the law should apply to replaced parts, too. Your new part only has 50k miles on it. My check engine light has been on for 5 years, and after every repair it comes right back on. Audi will not even admit that there is a relationship between the bad ignition coils and the cat con. Expect your other ignition coils to go out, too.
#83 of 87 Re: Ignitions coils and catalytic converters [bjbrooks]
Nov 29, 2010 (5:05 pm)
I don't expect that as they already have been replaced TWICE under 2 different recalls. However, now that I have no expectations where Audi is concerned, only bitter disappointment, I certainly wouldn't be surprised if they needed a third replacement. I'm trying to gather information so that I have data to combat this with the dealership if it comes to that as they still have not given me an estimate and haven't been able to tell me exactly what all is wrong except the code for a bad converter. I, too, will never buy another one even with their generous offer of $1500 for loyalty buyers that my dealership had - doesn't even begin to cover maintenance costs and exasperation.
#84 of 87 Re: Ignitions coils and catalytic converters [tam_e]
Feb 23, 2011 (2:46 pm)
I wondering if anyone tried replacing or disconnecting the catalytic sensor? I'd assume the only potential issue is with passing a smog test?
#85 of 87 Re: Ignitions coils and catalytic converters [dat2011]
Nov 09, 2011 (12:29 pm)
I have some very useful information on this subject ( ignition coils and cat convertors). These two problems seem to go hand in hand, and maybe you service departments are not explaining the reasons why. First I will assume that the check engine light is not only on, but also blinking.
When an ignition coil fails, and causes a misfire in a cylinder, the fuel is still being injected into that cylinder. That unburned fuel will enter into the exhaust system and will pass through to the catalytic convertor, which is typically MUCH hotter than the rest of the exhaust, by design. This introduction of raw fuel into the catalytic converter causes the destruction of the cat. So if you have had a misfire in the past, it is safe to say that you will be replacing a catalytic convertor in the future.
Back to the blinking check engine light... This "blinking" light is warning you that the catalytic convertor is in danger of "meltdown" ( usually a sure indicator of a cylinder misfire). This situation is not just for Audi's, however. If any of your cars or trucks... American, German, Asian etc. display a "flashing" check engine light, the same problem(s) probably exist. You will probably experience the same after affects as well.
The best thing to do in this scenario, is to get the vehicle off the road and into a service shop ASAP, preferably without the engine running ( to save your catalytic convertor).
#86 of 87 Re: ignition coils- Audi will pay [mik63]
Dec 29, 2011 (11:46 am)
I had very similar problems with my Audi (2001 A4) in June and since I am the second owner, I did not get the recall on the coils... I had to get my car towed to my regular body shop and before I knew what the repair was for, they coils were replaced. I called Audi because my mechanic said that my coils were under recall a few years back. I had my repairs done (at my mechanic -not Audi) and then just faxed in a reciept to Audi Customer Care and (although it too several months), I did get a check for the parts and labor... Great Customer Service on Audis part.
#87 of 87 Audi A4 Heads up Display
Dec 29, 2011 (11:56 am)
So I have owned my Audi for 2 years now and I love it... It has cost me here and there but living in Hawaii, with a car thats 10+ years old, Its going to cost $$...
My heads up display is not working.. Its not completely out because I see traces of information byt so blurred and distorted that I cannot make out that its saying... My car randomly beeps and Im sure with a proper heads up display I would know what its saying... I have been made aware (during an oil change) that my wiper fluid holder is cracked.... So I assume its telling me I need fluid??? I have googled a new display and it requires minor electrical abilities (I have NONE).
So, my first question is: Has anyone had this issue with their heads up display? Is there and easy fix?
Second question: Just yesterday, my car was having a bit of a trying time starting... slight hesitation... I feared the worst! (Had a new alternator put in it in April 2011) Once started, car ran great, no notifications of any problem (but with a non-working head up display ^ who really knows) Got to my destination... and my car sat for a few hours... went out to head on an erron and it started fine (slight hesitation noted) and drove two blocks to the mail box on my way out.. went to start it again and I got the "I have a bad cold" failure. It clicked and attempted to start but nothing...
So: Could this be my battery? OR WORSE???? I had it jumped and it started right up and was great.... got it back to the house, let it run for a bit and then it sat for several hours again.... went out before bed to give it a pep talk and nothing..... it tried but just would not perform.... HELP!!!