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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,318 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.

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2001 Audi A4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 192006

A4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles


I was chasing a brake squeal. When I removed the front pads on our Audi A4, (2001), three of the four pads were not attached to their backing plates. These were the original ate pads; the car has traveled about 38000 miles.

- Groton, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 252005

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Front brake failure. Out of four pad/shoes, 3 pads physically separated off of their respectivie shoes. One of the three actually came out during driving. When this occured, I temporarily lost braking ability as the brake pedal went to the floor without providing any decelaration. Car needed to be towed to the dealership as it became usafe to drive. The remaining pad/shoe that was not separated was in reaonable condition measuring 7.7mm (out of 10mm). The two remaining separated pads are chipped showing major delamination and major degredation. Remaining pads & shoes have been saved. Brake pads/shoes & rotors were replaced by ira Audi 97 andover street danvers, MA 978-739-8806 this appears to be a catastrophic product failure once the pad lets loose completely. Events leading up to failure: About a week before, I was hearing a thunk sound when the car would change from reverse to forward motion. This occured only after the vehicle was sitting overnight.

- Swampscott, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 152004


  • 62,300 miles
While braking at any speed consumer heard a squeaking noise. Mechanic determined that the front/rear brake pads fell off.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 212004

A4 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,789 miles
Front brake pads separated from their backing plates.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 152000

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • miles
Braking system does not initially apply any meaningful stopping power when driving in wet conditions. This results in a 1-2 second delay in actual slowing when applying brakes in the wet. This situation has occurred with both stock and aftermarket wheels and brake pads and light as well as heavy wet conditions, and at all speeds.

- Dover, MA, USA

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