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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,000 miles

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1998 Audi A4 lights problems

lights problem

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 022012


  • 190,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Audi A4. The contact stated that the amber reflector headlights illuminated poorly and decreased vision. The dealer was notified, but denied any assistance to repair the vehicle because the VIN was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 06E049000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 190,000.

- Brooklyn Center, MN, USA

problem #2

Mar 302012

A4 6-cyl

  • miles
I have had a recent discussion with Audi customer service manager in wayzata, mn at 11:55am. This is regarding a defect in my model year 1998 Audi A4 2.8., or Audi A4 2.8 manufactured June of 1997. I researched the web and saw hundreds of similar complaints regarding the light switch. I turned my light switch on and the low beam and high beam do not work. The temporary high beam works. I saw many other 1998 Audi owners with the same problem; even more similar with the fact that we had a 1998 model year car that was manufactured in 1997. The recall campaign is a little ambiguous stating model years and manufacture dates. My car falls within the manufacture date but not the recall date. The recall is open however 1998 models, which are being affected by this issue, are not included. It is obvious that cars manufactured prior to August of 1997 even though they are model year 1998 have the same problem.

- Falcon Heights, MN, USA

problem #1

Nov 162011

A4 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
On a 1998 A4 quattro Audi, it is the 2nd time that the headlights switch fails, the first time was 6 months ago and have to replace the entire steering wheel column switch package. This is the second time, and this time I was on a highway around 11:00 pm with no headlights at all, in this car if the headlights don't work, also the fog lights don't work too, so suddenly you end at the middle of the night on a highway with no lights at all. This definitely is a high risk situation because you can not drive with out headlights it is like blind driving. I been searching on the web and it looks like a very common failure on this car but there is no recall at all for this yet.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

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