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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,316 miles

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1998 Audi A4 suspension problems

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 182005

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,528 miles


The contact states that he is unable to have a recall 99V248000 repaired without charge. He purchased a used vehicle last week with an outstanding recall, when he took the vehicle to the dealer to have recall repair completed. The manufacturer refused to offer a free remedy. The recall stated that the tie rods would be replaced. The dealer and manufacturer indicated that because there was no damage to the rubber boots the tie rods would not be replaced free of charge. The dealer provided a repair order indicating that the lower control arm was damaged.

- Marquette, MI, USA

problem #7

Mar 092005

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles
The vehicle developed a severe vibration in the front end. The upper, lower suspension arms and the tie rod ends were replaced. There was a severe oil leakage observed coming from the engine during acceleration. Oil was found in the spark plug cavities and the spark plug wires protective sleeve was brittle due to high engine temperature.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #6

Dec 102004

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 150,000 miles
I received a recall notice for the lower control arms on my 1998 Audi A4. I contacted the dealer to schedule the service. They are going to inspect my control arms. If they need to be replaced I must pay for the replacement because I can prove that I had an Audi technician look at the control arms at the regularly scheduled intervals. This seems very unsafe seeing how it affects the steering of the car. It also seems unusual an inspection of the control arms would prevent a failure of the control arms.

- Bedford, NH, USA

problem #5

Sep 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While turning left at 25 mph, the vehicle vibrated and the driver heard a loud noise coming from the rear. Suddenly the passenger lower control arm broke. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and pull over. The vehicle was towed home. The consumer will get in contact with the dealer in the near future.

- Barre, VT, USA

problem #4

Jul 202004

A4 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My 1998 Audi A4 tqm has 85K miles onit. I just had all the lower control arms replaced for a second time (first tiem done under recall) becaus eit was creaking and growning. Both tie rodsends and one upper control arm were found to have failed as well. Audi advises these are "wear items" even though the lower control arms wer eoriginally replaced under recall, and have only 45000 miles on them!

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

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problem #3

Mar 052004

A4 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 101,000 miles
1998 Audi A4 fwd / 101,000 miles / broken drivers side front lower control arm / front suspension component (lower front control arm) snapped at bushing as I was parking. Car was rendered limp and could not be towed due to probable fender damage that would be caused by dragging limp wheel. Had this component broken at higher speeds a catastrophic accident would have been unavoidable.

- Waynesboro, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 052002

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer is having problems with front suspension, and there is a loud noise coming from the lower control arm. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

- Woodbridge, CT, USA

problem #1

Apr 132001

(reported on)


  • miles
Lower control arm has worn out and needs to be replaced at 40,000 miles. Dealer cannot determine cause of premature failure.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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