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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Audi A4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 172002

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


When parallel parking noticed difficulty in the steering, later noice broken wires at front of engine. Brakes have always required extra effort and performed poorly.

- Thief Riven Falls, MN, USA

problem #4

Mar 012001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Malfunctioning of housing for brakes and clutch caused brake failure which resulted in a vehicle crash. Driver received severe injuries.

- Paris, NY, USA

problem #3

May 202000

A4 4WD

  • miles
In heavy rain conditions, brakes become unresponsive for appx 1-2 seconds, regardless of pedal pressure. I have been driving for 18 years and can attest that this is not a case of normal 'reduced effectiveness' associated with wet conditions. In certain conditions, the car will travel for 20-50 feet without any noticeable brake effectiveness. Yes, I do pump my brakes frequently under these conditions to clear excess water from the pads/rotors.

- Rowayton, CT, USA

problem #2

Feb 011998

A4 4WD

  • miles
Brakes do not work in wet conditions!

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 171999


  • miles
Vehicle experienced steering wheel and brake lock up. Mjs

- Washington, DC, USA

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