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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,400 miles

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2004 Audi A4 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 082012

A4 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


I first had a check engine light pop on my 04 Audi A4 cvt the code number 17090, then flashing pndr indicator lights. After doing many hours of research and hearing other stories about Audi cvt issues, I came to a conclusion that the issue lies within the tcm (transmission computer) and has a faulty part that goes bad. I did not have the funds to repair this issue so I have been driving the car, caution this failure will cause loss of reverse at any given moment and sometimes drive. I did have a close call when I was backing out of my drive way and the car stopped moving, all of a sudden I didn't have reverse and the car that was down the road wasn't wanting to slow down, he did end up stopping for me but was pissed off, and I was too, no reason for a 40,000 mile car to have issues like this. Audi quotes this repair at $2500. It seems like every single Audi produced in that same time period with a cvt transmission has this issue and should be considered a manufactures defect and should be recalled so they are responsible for the costs. Audi has denied me to help with these cost, but I know have help others out, so they are defiantly aware of there issue.

- Green Bay , WI, USA

problem #3

Aug 082012

A4 6-cyl

  • 92,600 miles
I bought a 2004 Audi A4 with only 92K miles on it, on my way home with the car I heard this weird noise every time accelerate in first gear as soon as I change to second its gone. After doing some research on-line I noticed that alot of people have the same problem, then I started to wonder if Audi manufacturing company had a recall seeing that its such a common problem. Thats how I ended up on this website.

- Rosedale, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 232011

A4 4-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle according to the Audi dealer has a bad automatic tcm transmission control module that causes the car to slip gears or not shift down when coming slowing down and then needing to accelerate. The vehicle will stay locked in 3rd gear and when pulling out on to the freeway or a busy street it makes it difficult to get up to speed. When parked on a slanted driveway or street the vehicle may not engage a gear once it has been selected and the car will roll down hill.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

May 012006


  • miles
2004 Audi A4 3.0 cabriolet does not move when shifted into gear. *****

- Sterling, VA, USA

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