1997 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro 2.8 from North America
Numerous known problems that dealers cannot or will not fix
Intermittent problems with Electronic Control Unit (ECU) since new. Dealer refused to replace although service bulletin was issued that it should be replaced.
Transmission went at 53,000 miles (tiptronic) dealer says entire transmission must be replaced - cost $9,000 USD
Rear differential seals (L/R) and rear transmission seal went at 50,000 miles
Temperature control sensor went at 39,000 miles
Passenger rear wheel bearing went at 42,000 miles
Driver front passenger control arm went at 49,000 miles.
My 1998 2.8 A4 Quattro was my first Audi. For the majority of my 3-year warranty, nothing major went wrong with the car. It was a purchase not a lease.
Despite intermittent ECU and cold-start problems, the car was reliable until the 4th year.
At that point, I had leased a second A4 2002.
The car is incredibly unreliable now, and incredibly expensive to repair. A $9,000 transmission repair is ludicrous at 53,000 miles. AoA refuses to assist.
Never buying Audi again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th February, 2003
3rd Jun 2003, 15:02
I have a 1997 A4 Quatro and we also have been having problems with the transmission, starting around the 52,000 mile mark. It makes a terrible noise in 1st and 2nd gear. The dealer recommended repairing the transmission, a $4,000 endeavor on a car whose blue book value is only about $12,000. We got a 2nd opinion from an independent transmission shop - they have seen *many* of these. This is apparently a very common problem that Audi is not acknowledging or addressing in any way.