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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,469 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Audi S4 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Audi S4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 072006


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Audi S4. While driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions, the instrument panel displayed missing and faded pixels, as well as incomplete information about the vehicle. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 120,000.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 232008


  • 59,600 miles
Instrument cluster on my 2002 Audi S4 has failed. Without this display, the potential for a hazardous situation increases due to not being able to read the errors which would normally be displayed. I am aware of this being a very common faulty part and would recommend looking into a recall.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 172008


  • 36,254 miles
I bought my car with 36, xxx miles on it. The center lcd screen does not work. The car is practically brand new and the center cluster information center is busted. Its barely readable, but display important user diagnostic/info about the car (service lights, etc). This is unacceptable and I would like to prompt a recall. It's a 2002 Audi S4, 2.7T the previous owner complained to me when I bought the car that it never worked for him either. (he owned car for nearly 2 years+).

- East Hampstead, NH, USA

problem #2

Jan 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had a check engine light come on when diagonal, found fault 16985 aesis advised to replace ECM. ECM was replaced, since then have been losing power during acceleration to the point where the car does not have any power then kicks back in. Taking to the dealer several times and they say they can not find anything wrong.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 182003

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,493 miles
The driver's seat experienced a rocking motion when the vehicle accelerated. The consumer suspected possible seat frame damage. The seat would rock forward and backward upon acceleration and deceleration. The dealer refused to do any further repairs. The problem gradually became worse. There was a coolant leak and an electrical short where the oil pressure switch was located.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

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