definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,638 miles

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1997 Audi A4 suspension problems

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1997 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 262005

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,200 miles


Failing lower control arms.

- Avon, CT, USA

problem #4

Jan 012005

A4 6-cyl

  • 23,991 miles
Both of the vehicle's front lower control arms failed. The consumer previously owned a 1882 Audi 4000 and a 1985 Audi 4000S quattro.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #3

Nov 282004

A4 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Every 30,000 miles to 40,000 miles the lower control arms failed. When this occurred, the front end made a clanking noise, and the front wheels loosened. Consumer contacted the dealer and the manufacturer, and was offered 50% of total repair cost by the manufacturer.

- West Dover, VT, USA

problem #2

Mar 202001

A4 4WD

  • miles
Left and right lower control arms (2 on each side for a total of 4) were severly worn, and have been for quite some time prior to my having the defect inspected. With the car on lift, the ball joint could be pulled out of it's socket with little effort. Had I hit a bump at a high rate of speed, this could easily cause loss of control. I am contacting Audi as well, but haven't as of this writing.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 152000

A4 4WD

  • miles
I was told by the dealer that the control arms are failing because Audi didn't provide for lubrication points.. they had no explanation for the loss of the engine mount bolts, and could not respond when I said I had never owned a car that had lost it's engine mount bolts.. obviously this has also got to be a problem caused by poor design and engine vibration.. these bolts should be safety wired to prevent this problem. I think Audi should cover the costs of replacement of the control arm and engine mount, but the differential problem could be due to wear, although again I don't have this problem on my Jeep or other vehicles.

- Pine Island, MN, USA

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