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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1997 Audi A4 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 182007

A4 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 1997 Audi A4. The vehicle was serviced for recall # 06V403000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). When the vehicle was picked up from the dealer, the battery was dead and had to be jump started. The vehicle failed to restart after being driven 25 miles and then parked. The dealer stated that the battery failure was unrelated to the recall repair. The contact purchased a new battery, but the vehicle still would not start. A local mechanic stated that the cause of failure was the starter and the wire was burned to the starter. The engine size was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 76,000.

- Tequesta, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 062003

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having ignition switch problems. There was a recall on 2000, which he had it done.a few months later it burned the starter twice. Manufacturee was contacted, and stated that manufacturer was not responsible for it.

- Columbus, GA, USA

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