fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,200 miles

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1998 Audi A4 engine problems

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 182005

A4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 76,000 miles


Timing belt tensioner failure engine runs poorly, could seize engine and cause accident.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 122002

A4 4WD

  • miles
While driving at highway speeds vehicle lost all power and was stuck on dangerous freeway overpass. Dealer diagnosed problem and informed consumer that timing belt tensioner had broken, and caused extensive engine damage. Engine has to be replaced. Audi dealer quote on parts alone is over $6900.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 292002


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at any speed and no warning the vehicle will shut off causing consumer to pull over and it will be hard to get the vehicle back started. Dealer notified. Nlm

- Florham Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 232002


  • miles
Dealer says virtually all their 6cyl cars have this fail - repair was $850.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 041999

A4 4WD

  • miles
Oil pump failed twice, November 17 1999 and December 1, 1999. Hbl, Inc of tysons corner, va presumably fixed it first time. Upon recurrence, I have contacted hbl three times by fax, but have not returned my messages. I consider this to be a major failure, as the manufacturer asks fro the car not be driven when the oil pressure sensor is premanently lit.

- Washington, DC, USA

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