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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,333 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.

2001 Audi A4 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 242005

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


'01 A4 2.8: (1) digital display is blurry and cannot fully understand everything the computer is displaying, (2) internal oil seals have become defective causing a foul burnt-oil smell within and outside the vehicle, (3) transmission downshifts very hard and rough, (4) very poor design by the engineers to place a cupholder directly over the stereo and heater instrumentation which have caused my buttons to stick. Have taken the vehicle to various dealerships and shops and technicians have stated that the seals are obviously a design flaw and so is the display panel with has some software or lcd problems associated with it.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 142003

(reported on)


  • 38,000 miles
Vehicle was sitting for two hours with engine off. Consumer noticed smoke coming from out of the dash, and flames came through the passenger seat. Vehicle's battery was unhooked and fire went out. Radio and window were functioning on their own.

- Saint Albans, WV, USA

problem #1

Feb 252002

(reported on)


  • miles
While vehicle was parked over night a fire ignited in steering column under the dash area, and spread to the engine compartment due to an electrical short circuit.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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