really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,750 miles

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1998 Audi A4 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #4

May 242012


  • 201,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Audi A4. The contact stated that he smelled a burning wire odor upon starting the vehicle. The contact also stated that the windshield wipers and various other electrical components were not functioning. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 00V317000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The failure mileage was 201,000.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 162011

A4 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
On a 1998 A4 quattro Audi, it is the 2nd time that the headlights switch fails, the first time was 6 months ago and have to replace the entire steering wheel column switch package. This is the second time, and this time I was on a highway around 11:00 pm with no headlights at all, in this car if the headlights don't work, also the fog lights don't work too, so suddenly you end at the middle of the night on a highway with no lights at all. This definitely is a high risk situation because you can not drive with out headlights it is like blind driving. I been searching on the web and it looks like a very common failure on this car but there is no recall at all for this yet.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 022003

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Dash lights come on with either the ignition or photo sensor. This design makes the consumer think that the vehicle's headlights are on although they are not.

- Seward, AK, USA

problem #1

Feb 092000

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Complete electrical failure caused vehicle to stall.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

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