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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,000 miles

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1998 Audi A4 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 032004

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles


Upon starting vehicle the ignition gets stuck in the crank position. Whenever this happens windshield wipers stop working. Vehicle had not been repaired because the vehicle was not on recall 00V317000.

- Moorestown, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 202003

A4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In March 2003, the oil warning light came on. Dealer diagnosed a faulty sensor that was replaced for $300. In June 2003, the oil warning light again came on. This time it was diagnosed as a faulty oil pump that was replaced at $900. In September 2003 the engine overheated. Diagnosis: Faulty thermostat and sensor. Replacement cost $750. Also, washer fluid container cracked and hand brake lever handle cracked (at different times) -- both made of cheap qualtiy plastic.

- Wilton, CT, USA

problem #2

Dec 272001


  • miles
Pumps are made of hard brittle plastic which fails in heat/cold engine bay. Cracks in the pump body allow the washer fluid to drain (suddenly) leaving no ability to clear the windshield of bugs/salt. Dealer reports that this is a very common problem and keeps a ready supply of replacements on hand. However cost ($60) of parts and difficulty of access (1hr disassembly/reassembly, $80+) makes this an expensive failure. I believe a price concession should be offered for out-of-warranty failures at less than reasonable life failures.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 142000

(reported on)


  • miles
Windshield washer inoperative causing poor visibilty when consumer tried to glear glass of road salt which was sprayed on vehicle by a passing truck. Nlm

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

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