fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,333 miles

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1996 Audi A4 miscellaneous problems

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1996 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 202000

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles


1)engine burns a quart of oil every 500 miles!! dealership has replaced headgaskets and valve seals and car still burns oils. 2)front dash is peeling and becoming loose around entire front near windshield, corners and passenger airbag!! concerned about possible damage due to exposed of passenger airbag because of peeling dash! 3)climate control system is erratic!! functions are never reliable! screen flickers and most times not visible. Unable to view temp due to screen not being visible, may cause accident due if windsheild becomes foggy because of not being able to work climate controls. These seem to be a reccurring problem with the 1996 Audi A4 spoken among other 1996 Audi A4 owners via onilne forum.

- East Rutherford, NJ, USA

problem #5

Nov 022000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the engine check light keeps coming on and stays on, vehicle has been to dealership on numerous occasions.. consumer stated the dealer is unable to diagnosis the problem, also the left outer cv boot was replaced, the trunk would not open, and tires were replaced (Goodyear tires P205/55R16).

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 082000

A4 4WD

  • miles
After starting my vehicle and attempting to turn on my headlights (incident occured approx. 8:00 pm), I noticed that my headlights, and tail lights were inoperable. I also notiiced that my climate control system, warning/indicator lights (lights during normal start-up), outside ambient temperature gauge, door locks, and my turn signals were all inoperable. I then proceeded to turn off my engine to trouble shoot the problems when I found that I was unable to turn the key in the ignition (to the off position). I verified that my automatic transmision shifter was in park "P". the engine was finally shut (1.5 hrs later) down by pulling fuel pump fuze. Dealer replaced ignition switch (# vwn 4ao 905 849 B), this corrected all problems. This problem is very simular to the 1994/1995 Audi 90 recall (id #96V017000) of the ignition switch. My vehicle was manufactured in Feb. 1996 which is two months following the last recalled Audi 90 (mfd. Recall Jan 94 to Dec 95). Audi Inc. Would not reimburse me for this repair. Please investigate: This part (ignition switch for the 90 and A4 appear to be the same: I verified this at one dealer) causes very similiar malfunctions in the A4 as the Audi 90 had in 1994/1995 vehicles. Note: Some Audi A4 owners may not have reported to NHTSA because warranty covers part up to 50,000 miles. Please verify how many ignition switches have been replaced in the A4 via dealers. If this issue prompted a recall of the Audi 90 (recall: 1996), my vehicle and possibly others has just experienced a similiar if not worse problem (can not shut of engine, no headlight/tail lights etc. Using normal technique, engine also began to overheat). This is potentially very dangerous. I fortunately had the know how to deal with this situation safely, but all A4 owners are not technically inclined. Please contact me for more information/clarification.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 011999

A4 4WD

  • miles


Audi apparently will cover replacement, even though past warrantee ($1200 parts and labor)

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #2

May 011999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light had activated and vehicle would intermittently fail to accelerate when gas pedal was depressed. Although problem wa ssporadic, the same sequence of events occurred while driving in fast moving traffic, an effort to accelerate would cause engine to race up to 4 rpms. Vehicle coasted on residual momentum, having only braking and steering ability as engine struggled to recover. Consumer brough vehicle to dealer who suggested that vehicle needed a new transmission.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

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problem #1

Aug 281997

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dashboard rubber is peeling off.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

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