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Average Mileage:
82,500 miles
Total Complaints:
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2004 Audi A4 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 162014

A4 1.8t

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


My wife owns an Automatic 2004 Audi A4 1.8t Quattro. When the car is put into drive, or is stopped and in drive one must rev the engine up to 4,000 RPM, then all the transmission lights; PRNDS (Sport) flash red on the instrument cluster, then the car jets forward. We will not be replacing the transmission or control unit because it's pointless to replace something having a problem with the same thing that's only going to have that problem again (as others have posted).

I will be filing a complaint with Audi with the car's Vin #. I was a mechanic before I joined the Air Force and my recommendation is now not to purchase this vehicle due to this dangerous problem. If a transmission decides to suddenly transfer too much power into reverse while the car is moving forward down the highway, then the transmission turns into a bomb. Or, what if the electronic limiter which is linked to the control unit (also a common problem in this model year) decided not to work and the car selected the wrong gear? Just too, too dangerous.

- , Omaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Jan 032008

A4 1.8t

  • CVT transmission
  • 35,000 miles

The CVT transmission failed at 35k miles, and was replaced under warranty. Failed again at 40 something k miles, was replaced under warranty. Failed again at 55k miles, Audi refused to cover it even though it was a repetitive issue. They even tried to accuse me of installing a performance chip in my car, which was not true. Any way you slice it, 3 transmission failures within 20k miles is not acceptable, and Audi does not stand behind their products.

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

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