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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,002 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.

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2001 Audi S4 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Oct 012007

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 78,000 miles


(1) driving my vehicle (2) center dash digital display failure, missing and faded pixels (3) none, display shows incomplete information about vehicle warnings.

- North Aurora, IL, USA

problem #8

Jan 232005

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Center display of gauge cluster, displays critical warning systems. Faulty, intermittent and complete failure of pixel display.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 222007

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Dashboard lcd display failure.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 302007

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The led center display in the dashboard cluster is failing on my 2001 Audi S4. The cluster was replaced under warranty by the dealer, but is failing again. The center display is used to show important safety messages such as dangerously low oil levels, brake pads needing replacement, etc. Audi will only replace these for free under warranty and charges an arm and a leg to replace out of warranty. Apparently the center display is not separately replaceable and the whole gauge cluster needs to be replaced. This also was an issue on my 1998 Audi A4, built on the same 'B5' platform as my current S4. This is a known issue on many model years that Audi of America is choosing to ignore and hope that it will go away as these cars age. Unfortunately, it's only getting worse as more and more clusters go bad.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 142007

S4 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 122,675 miles
My vehicles instrument cluster does not work! it is clearly stated in the user manual that it should be replaced because it is for my convenience and safety to prevent considerable damage to my vehicle due to certain malfunctions. I would say that 90% of Audi owners I know, constantly complain about their instrument clusters either fading or going completely out. Something needs to be done about this. I cant even see vital functions that my car is telling me, I hear beeps signaling something is wrong, but I don't know what it is and have to constantly go to the shop to have a diagnostic scan on my car since not even the shop can just look at it and tell me what is wrong. This problem has been ongoing since mid July and bell Audi in rahway wants to change me $800 to fix something that should be recalled due to safety.

- South Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 242007

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The lcd display screen in the center of the instrument cluster is unreadable, many missing lines and pixels, it notifies me of vital safety and hazardous conditions of my car and/or parts failure. Rear view mirror also not working.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 132006

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,633 miles


(1) usually in hot weather (2) the instrument cluster (driver information) display is unreadable. This display provides auto-check system information. Malfunctions or urgent repairs are supposed to be displayed by red (priority 1) or yellow (priority 2) light symbols in the instrument cluster. These notifications are there to remind the driver that a problem exists which should be corrected for both convenience & safety, and to prevent the risk of considerable damage to the vehicle. A person could get stranded in the middle of nowhere, or worse get into an accident, if not notified in the correct manner. (3) nothing has been done yet to rectify the problem. The unit replacement costs around $700-$900. I have searched on forums, it seems to be a common problem with this particular model, regardless of the mileage on the vehicle. Audi of America should consider recalling and fixing this equipment as soon as possible.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 052007

S4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Audi S4. The electrical instrument panel warning indicator lights were partially readable. The contact stated that the pixels on the panel fail to properly illuminate, however, the speedometer is working normally. The failure has not been diagnosed by a dealer. The failure has been occurring since June of 2007. The failure mileage was 62,000 and current mileage was 79,655.

- New Berlin , WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 012007

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Audi S4. The contact stated that the instrument panel has a lcd display screen with lines going through it, which prevents him from reading the gauges. After a few days, his visibility was zero. The dealer stated that the entire instrument panel control cluster would have to be replaced. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was 78,000 and failure mileage was 70,000.

- Porvo, UT, USA

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