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2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,556 miles

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1998 Audi A4 brakes problems

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 042005

A4

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 1998 Audi A4 avant, 2.8 V6, manual transmission. After 45K miles the cruise control module ("brain") failed and had to be replaced. At 91K miles the ABS brain failed. Was there, or will there be, a recall on these items?

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #8

May 152005

A4 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,000 miles
Normal driving conditions, no modifications to vehicle, at 80K miles the anti lock brake module fails and the ABS no longer works. The brakes are prone to locking up. The replacement part for the vehicle when out of warranty is $1200. I have been driving it as little as possible until I can save for the repair. Additionally, the cruise control stopped working out of the blue at 55K miles. This module has not been replaced either due to cost.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 202005

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles
ABS control unit on my 1998 Audi A4 failed as I was driving on the highway, total brake failure resulted, in which I was only able to stop via the triptronic transmission which allowed me to downshift, and finally using the ebrake...called Audi of America, they told me that their shouldnt have been total brake loss if the ABS unit failed, which made no sense since the pump was spewing brake fluid all over my engine...I assured them that it was a safety issue, and that Audi should be responsible for its repair, which runs in the range of $2500...they told me that that shouldnt have happened, and because of the high mileage on my car, they werent obligated to repair the problem, even though thousands of Audi owners have complained about the same problem...I believe Audi should be directly accountable for this mechanical defect, and issue a recall asap, before other Audi owners experience the same scary ordeal I did on the highway...thank you.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #6

May 112004

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 108,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

(1) faulty design of ABS controller, 2) failure of said ABS controller, (3) ABS no longer functioning, causing a safety hazard.

- Running Springs, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 102004

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles
ABS control unit has failed on 1998 Audi A4 quattro 2.8. this ~$2000 part raises a significant safety issue, as its failure results in loss of ABS braking and traction control.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #4

Dec 152004

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
After only 65000 miles on my 1998 Audi A4 I have been forced to replace major ABS components because of numerous failures. The ABS system works intermittently, and there is no indication of when it will fail. A brake light will come on, then go off, indicating there is trouble, but at times the light will be off and it is not until you begin to brake that you realize the ABS is non-functional. Audi has been very slow to repair the problem, requiring a 2 week wait just to diagnose the issue. Then requiring $2300 to make a 6 year old car safe to drive.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #3

Dec 012004

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

ABS unit failed on 1998 Audi A4 2.8L quattro. Repair cost is > $2000 for a rarely used electronic module.

- Shelburne, VT, USA

problem #2

May 012004

A4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Control arms on driver and passenger side have gone bad in the last year. I dont think that is right for the parts to fail like that.. I bought the Audi cause I thought it would be a safe and reliable car, when all it has been for me is a money trap.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 152004

A4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
My ABS and brake light initially came on intermittently, then began to occur more and more frequently. Now it happens every time that I get into the car. My ABS does not work. A loca Audi dealer told me that this is a very common problem for this year of car. The dealer told me that I needed a new ABS control module ($1100) and three hours of labor at $78 an hour.

- Englewood, CO, USA

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