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3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,250 miles

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2005 Audi A4 lights problems

lights problem

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2005 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012009

A4 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The right headlight will dip and then turn off while driving. You can turn the lights off and back on and it will temporarily solve the problem but will turn off again randomly. This problem has happened since I purchased the car cpo in late 2008 but has continued to get worse to the point where now it generally happens once every few minutes while the lights are on forcing me to continually turn the lights off and on the while driving which is very dangerous, not to mention extremely annoying to not only myself but other drivers as well.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #3

Nov 192011

A4

  • 80,000 miles
Since I purchased my 2005 Audi A4 2.0L at my local Audi/Porsche dealership, I have had recurring issues with my headlights. It started with shuddering and flickering while idled, and now the problem is so bad that my left light will actually shudder, flicker, and go completely out. I have to manually switch my lights off and back on (very dangerous at night) to get them back on, only to eventually shudder and go out yet again. I've taken it to the Audi dealer multiple times and they couldn't duplicate the issue and when I brought it to them with the headlight completely out, of course it was out of warranty so they want to charge me an arm and a leg (over $1000) to fix just one headlight even though this is a known issue that you can google "Audi A4 dipped headlight" and get thousands of forums full of complaints. The dealership wants to go through everything they can to nickel and dime with new bulbs that don't fix this huge safety problem. The real problem is the ballasts and igniter. I should not have to pay outrageous amounts of money for an issue that's an obvious issue across the board with this model of Audi. I'm now afraid to drive at night, especially in rural areas with little lighting because my headlights are so undependable. This is not ok, and Audi continually refuses to address this issue.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Feb 192010

A4

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Audi A4. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, the left front headlight on the drivers side of the vehicle flickered on and off. When he turned the vehicle off for fifteen minutes and then back on, the head lamp would function normally. The failure occurred intermittently. The contact stated that he called an authorized dealership and the dealer explained that they were aware of the problem but did not know how to correct it. The failure mileage was approximately 63,000. The current mileage was approximately 67,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012008

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The interior surface of the headlight lenses on my 2005 Audi A4 are normally 50% to 80% covered with moisture condensation and water droplets. Audi claims this is normal and refuse to warranty the lights. Audi states in technical bulletin group: 94, number: 05-04, that "the affected headlight lens surface should clear after approximately 10 minutes of light operation, although the entire surface may not clear. Audi further states that "condensation does not affect performance of light assemblies". I have found that no amount of light operation provides significant clearing of the lens surface.

- Shillington, PA, USA

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