11th Aug 2006, 05:39
I have a 2000 Audi A4 that has had the majority of problems listed above. The first problem since owning the car was the headlights burned out at least once every 3 months. After 2002 they stopped burning out because I replaced the bubs myself. The mechanics dirty hands contributed to the halogen bulbs burning out prematurely. The secondary fuel pump went out just in time before the 3 year bumper to bumper warranty expired. The dealer fixed it and it has been wining at start-up ever since then. The wining eventually goes away after the engine warms up. The dealer refuses to fix it because it is now out of warranty. Starting in 2005, The engine light also comes on when we go on long trips. It cost us $45.00 for a diagnostics to tell us that the O2 sensors are bad. We replaced the O2 sensors and the light came back on. It turns out the main computer was bad. The independent guy said that since it has less than 80,000 miles on it, Audi should cover the $2,000.00 repair bill, meaning that Audi would cover the computer and should back track and cover the cost of the O2 sensors that failed because of the computer. Audi refused to do that and said that it was up to the independent guy to change those out not Audi. Audi wanted to do the whole job themselves including changing out the O2 sensors, so they could charge us $3,500.00.
The windshield washer bottle was cracked also. It was leaking near the washer pump. We had to take the car back to the dealer 3 times to prove that it was indeed cracked and leaking. The dealer didn't believe us at first. They said the high pressure pump that washes the headlights is contributing to running out of washer fluid so quickly. We had to do our own diagnostics by searching down through all the clutter and I found the problem. Not the expert mechanic who has gone through the extensive certified training. The engine light is on once again and the diagnostics says its the secondary fuel pump again! Overall it is a beautiful, wonderful car that I'm sad to have to sell because of all the extreme technology's and expenses involved in it. The problem I have is that all car manufacurers are designing engine systems that have emission controls that adjust to the age of the engine. That is why most cars do not need tune-ups until 100,000 miles. They can't weed out all of the flaws that contribute to engine lights coming on all the time. If they step back about 20 years and use that emission control technolgy of time, they would probably have more reliability then they do today. Oh yeah!It would cost less too!