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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,333 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.

1998 Audi A4 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 302009


  • 152,000 miles


Control arm on my 1998 Audi A4 fractured when pulling out of a parking lot, causing complete loss of steering control. Audi technical service bulletin NHTSA # 10016418, #11242004 component description: 22. suspension:front:control arm:lower arm bulletin number: 11242004 bulletin date: Nov 2004 vehicle: 1,998 Audi A4 summary: Service action je campaign-check/replace front suspension lower control arms. Audi has found that in rare cases, one or both front suspension lower control arms on affected vehicles can exhibit wear, even though the damage to the rubber bo ( NHTSA item number - 10016418 ).

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 202009


  • 170,000 miles
Tie rod failure resulting is a compromise of steering control as described in NHTSA 99V248000.

- Cedar Springs, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 172002

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When parallel parking noticed difficulty in the steering, later noice broken wires at front of engine. Brakes have always required extra effort and performed poorly.

- Thief Riven Falls, MN, USA

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