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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
120,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace coil pack (1 reports)
2002 Audi A4 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 202013

A4 Sport 1.8t Quattro

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


This car is a NIGHTMARE. I own the A4 1.8T Quattro and it has been one problem after another. Unbeknownst to me, my entire engine was replaced in 2003 and due to the oil sludge issue (Audi issued a recall for this problem) I am having several other engine problems. In addition to the engine issues, there have been countless electrical problems and other random but reoccurring malfunctions (I have had to replace over 15 O2 sensors and God only knows how many coil packs).

I purchased the car with 40,000 miles on it in 2005. FIRST RED FLAG: After two months the car began stalling at red lights so I took it into my local Audi dealership. They kept it in their shop for THREE WEEKS because the problems were so extensive that they had to receive approval before agreeing to do the repairs under my warranty. Even after the warranty, it still cost me around $800.

Since the warranty expired I have shelled out over $13,000 repairing this car. On my last trip to the dealership, the tech told me that 2002 was the first year Audi had attempted to do this particular drivetrain/engine combo (Quattro AWD and LONGITUDINALLY MOUNTED 1.8T engine) and it was a failure. I believe he said something about the oil capacity being far too small for a turbo charged engine. Anyways, he ultimately admitted that he would never recommend this car to anyone. NEITHER WOULD I. I will never purchase an Audi again.

By the way, did I mention that they sold me my car "Certified Pre-Owned" only to later find out that the entire engine had been replaced prior to me purchasing the car? They flat out lied about it on the paperwork. I found out the truth when I took my car in for the oil sludge recall and the shop supervisor mentioned that I had already received an engine replacement in 2003. I pointed out that I didn't own the car in 2003 and that information was never disclosed to me or I wouldn't have purchased the car. I showed him my "Certified Pre-Owned" inspection list etc. and we were both APPALLED. Nevertheless, I tried to contact the dealership that I bought the car from--they went out of business and, not surprisingly, are being sued by numerous people for fraudulent practices.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

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