hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,750 miles

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1996 Audi A4 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1996 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012005

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


1996 Audi A4 - Audi A4 front control arms all fail at around 100,000 miles. All 8 of mine were replaced. Audi sent out a tsb for 2 of the 8 control arms and are jerking people around with the reimbursement. They want people to prove that all scheduled maintenance was done, yet the parts in question are not repairable or serviceable. According to my Audi dealer, this is an ongoing problem that hasn't gotten any better, even with the latest models. These cost between $300 - $500 each to replace for a total of $3000 for all 8. they are doing everything they can to prevent people from collecting on this and this should cover all 8, since all 8 fail instead of only 2. they should be held accountable for the letter and paperwork that I provided to them for reimbursement over 6 months ago. Every Audi A4 has had this problem and continues to have this problem. Audi should have to answer for the poor design and the bogus tsb letter that they sent to owners.

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 242005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
While driving 10 mph driver's side lower control arm failed. As a result, the ball joints seperated.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012000

A4 4WD

  • miles
In 1998, while still under warranty Audi was advised of a problem which began with a noise in the car. This was eventually diagnosed as defective control arms and the lower control arms were replaced in 2/2000 at no cost to myself as Audi admitted that there was a "defect" in that model year. 2 weeks ago, I discoverd that the lower controls arms have a problem with the bolt that holds them together. I again reported this to Audi of America and was again told that they had many problems with this model and to take it to the nearest dealer. I was instructed Audi and my mechanic that the I could lose the steering at any point. Upon inspection by Audi they determined that the care is not safe to drive and that these upper control arms must be replaced. After discussing this with them, they have been extremely uncooperative and rude and have agreed to pay half of the parts, but I must pay all of the labor at their premium prices. Since the car is too dangerous to drive I do not have the option to take it to a reasonably priced auto shop. Audi has known about this problem for two yeas, as I was told by an Audi mechanic that they had considered a recall. Audi is putting their customers in great danger and will do nothing until someone is killed.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 181999


  • miles
When getting in and out of vehicle or going over bumps front end makes a loud noise. Contacted dealer, and they replaced the lower control arm. However, problem has reoccurred.

- Northborough, MA, USA

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