definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,800 miles

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1998 Audi A4 suspension problems

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1998 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012005

A4 4-cyl

  • miles


The consumer requested for recall repair reimbursement for work performed on the 1998 Audi A4 lower control arms. All 4 upper control arms and one bolt on the right side was replaced.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 162004

A4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
I received a recall on my 1998 Audi A-4 for a problem with both front suspension lower control arms. When I took it in the dealer said these were okay, but the upper front suspension control arms were bad, and also the steering tie-rods. When I called Audi that it was the upper not the lower control arms that were bad they said they wouldn't do anything because the recall was for the lower. I took it to an independent repair technitian to confirm, which he did. He also said it was dangerous to drive the car with the tie rods in such bad condition. Repair costs are about $500. Because the upper and lower control arms are both part of the same unit and the car does not have high mileage (59,000 miles) I do not feel it is right for me to have bear this cost.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #3

May 012004

A4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Control arms on driver and passenger side have gone bad in the last year. I dont think that is right for the parts to fail like that.. I bought the Audi cause I thought it would be a safe and reliable car, when all it has been for me is a money trap.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

May 081999


  • miles
Right front upper control arm broke. It may cause wheel to fall and result in a crash. There is a national back order on parts, and dealer was aware of the problem, and said tha T a new design of the control arm is on the way. But mamufacturer does not admit to the problem. Please provide further information and VIN#.

- Weston, MA, USA

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