really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,387 miles

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1998 Audi A4 brakes problems

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #59

Dec 012005

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


1. heated seat burned through the leather burning the back of my leg when on the lowest setting(1/6). 2. the cruise control works about 1% of the time and will engage unexpectedly if not turned off.

- Fort Johnson, NY, USA

problem #58

Apr 042006

A4 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,500 miles
ABS computer out. From people I have talked to it's a frequent problem in these cars. It is quite expensive to replace.

- Sugar Hill, Ga, GA, USA

problem #57

Feb 052006

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My ABS light started blinking in my 1998 Audi A4. I went to a mechanic and had it diagnosed; found that it was a light failure; I was told I would have to pay a lot of money to pull out the electronics and most likely not even solve the problem. Later I started to notice that my ABS was not engaging properly and sometimes not at all (which is now the case), I filed complaints with Audi and boshe about this but they told me there could be no recall because ABS is not a traffic concern. Recently I was driving in the rain and making a 98 degree turn not terribly fast; there was no stop sign, and I ended up doing a 360 to a stop. I found this not only a scary experience, but one that could have been life threatening. It didn't make sense; im driving the honorable quattro. I decided to look further. I found many people have the same problem. Specifically w/ models in 1998. Im a fairly good driver in fact I did a defensive driving class at infineon raceway so I was still confused how I lost so much traction in such a short amount of time. I found the problem was actually part of the quattro itself. The electronic braking, traction systems, and various other vehicle dynamic systems are all dependent on the ABS control module. All the test up to then showed no link to ABS control unit; I was made to believe that my car just had a light failure. I started researching the control unit and I found that there is already a recall on the part but not for Audi but for Volkswagen! the campaign id number is 02V031000. I talked to people who were owners of Volkswagen who got the recall and many of them had almost identical problems to mine. Some even said the unit caught fire. So here I am told I have a light problem, then told Audi cant do anything for me except get a whole new ABS system at my expense. Now I find the truth is one control module is responsible for the lack of control in my car as well as a possible car fire. Please help: I and many others need a new unit.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #56

Dec 232005

A4 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,000 miles


ABS warning light intermittent. Research uncovered the fact that the ABS controller in the Audi and VW passat is faulty. Audi customer care has replaced the ABS controller for other customers. See this discussion thread tech.bentleypublishers.com/thread.jspa?threadid=3409&start=0&tstart=0. if this article\ad (cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ABS-Bosch-5-3I-ABS-controller-repair_W0qqcmdzviewitemqqcategoryz111105qqitemz4601089179qqrdz1qqsspagenamezwdvw) is true and the problem is a cold solder joint then it is truly a manufacturers defect. Please investigate.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #55

Oct 012005

A4 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 156,000 miles
Audi A4 ABS malfunction. 1998 2.8 liter quattro.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #54

Aug 192005

A4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 76,755 miles
ABS system failure. ABS dash light flashes and brake light remains lit. ABS system not functional. Standard hydraulic brakes remain functional without ABS safety feature.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #53

Apr 162005

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,950 miles


ABS light and brake light came on while driving. Pulled over and checked owner's manual which indicated loss of ABS, but full conventional brake power. Blinking lights went off by themselves after few minutes. Since the warning, I am experiencing slight resistance from brake pedal occasionally. Judging by postings on Audi world.com, this has happened to several people. Waiting to get appointment for diagnostics and part replacement if necessary.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #52

Dec 202004


  • 756,023 miles
The ABS warning light illuminated after starting the vehicle, and stayed on until vehicle was shut off. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #51

Jan 232005

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
1998 Audi A4 2.8 quattro- my ABS sensor has failed. ABS light is on.

- Bluffton, IN, USA

problem #50

Dec 152004

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
After only 65000 miles on my 1998 Audi A4 I have been forced to replace major ABS components because of numerous failures. The ABS system works intermittently, and there is no indication of when it will fail. A brake light will come on, then go off, indicating there is trouble, but at times the light will be off and it is not until you begin to brake that you realize the ABS is non-functional. Audi has been very slow to repair the problem, requiring a 2 week wait just to diagnose the issue. Then requiring $2300 to make a 6 year old car safe to drive.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #49

Oct 192004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,002 miles


Once vehicle warms ABS light comes on, and the system is inoperable. Consumer had not serviced the vehicle.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #48

Jul 202004

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
Audi A4 quattro, 1998, 2.8L ABS control module failure. ABS light and blinking break light displayed on dash warning lights. Carrera motors of bend, or defined the problem as no communication/faulty ABS control module /N #8E0 614 111M.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #47

Apr 102004

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,600 miles
Anti lock braking system failure, goes into non-antilock mode. The failure is constant, it fails everytime the car is started.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #46

Mar 052003

A4 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,000 miles
Car experiences diminished braking abilities under wet/cold conditions. If roads are wet, even if above freezing conditions, braking suddenly to avoid other traffic results in near crashes or dangerous swerving to avoid accident. This is not due to poor road conditions but directly related to the Audi's braking abilities in wet conditions. Very dangerous and unpredictable. Have recently traded in vehicle and incurred large financial loss due to this and other serious problems.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #45

Apr 032002

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • miles
If brakes are cold (not used for more than 15 minutes on a freeway) and the weather is cold and wet, the brakes will not grip for the first one to two seconds. At best, only one or two may slightly grip making the car swerve to one side. Checking the audiworld.com web site forums shows that this is a common and serious safety problem.

- Sumas, WA, USA

problem #44

Apr 202000

A4 4WD

  • miles
In wet weather the brakes need to be applied much harder otherwise no slowing occurs.

- Belcamp, MD, USA

problem #43

Mar 032000

A4 4WD

  • miles
Everytime it rains the brakes seems to have a.5 sec to 1 second delay before it works. Audi please recall this brake system as it might cause accidents.

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

problem #42

Apr 102001

(reported on)


  • miles
Brakes appear inactive for approx 1sec during heavy rain.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 282001

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • miles
In heavy rain or slush, braking is severely degraded. It appears that the brake rotors and/or pads act like sponges in wet weather, and can't shed water fast enough during initial braking. A scarey 1-2 seconds will elapse before the brakes, under high pedal pressure, will engage. To avoid the problem, you have to drive with 1 foot on the brake, and 1 foot on the gas to dry out the brakes, then repeatedly check for braking effectiveness.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #40

Dec 301998

A4 4WD

  • miles
In snow and sometimes rain and when going over railroad tracks the brakes do not respond and you feel like you have absolutley no brakes.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

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