definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,198 miles

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2003 Audi A4 windows / windshield problems

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2003 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 282010


  • miles


When I purchased my pre-owned 03 Audi A4 cabrio in May 2010 failed to notice that the bottom left and right corners of the rear window was separating from the fabric at the top. Fast forward to May 2011 its now spread enough that you could reach a whole hand into the headliner. When it rains part of the back seat, rear deck and areas of the trunk get very wet was separating from the fabric at the bottom left and right corners of the rear window, enough that you could reach a whole hand into the headliner. When it rains the headliner around the rear glass, part of the back seat, rear deck and areas of the trunk get very wet. With the smell after it dries, im sure I have mold and mildew issues as well.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 102010

A4 4-cyl

  • 66,500 miles
2003 Audi A4 cabriolet has had numerous issues, failure of door gasket seal which destroyed plc, resulting in horrible sound safety issue, cost over $2K to fix, failure of cv joint which could cause wheel to fly off, failure of rear glass window that could come loose hurting other vehicles or passengers of car; car has less than 70K miles, was bought new and is garaged. Audi America should reimburse owners for these numerous, (and apparently inevitable, judging by what I've read and heard from other owners) problems.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #6

Sep 162010


  • 49,000 miles
200 Audi A4 convertible. Rear window has separated from roof appears as if the glue is dry rotted? miles 49K garage kept, hand washed.... found info on-line regarding several other owners experiencing this problem Audi of America refuses responsibility while Audi germany accepts full responsibility. This is a safety hazard. I'm afraid the window will fall out while on the highway.

- Branchburg, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 012008


  • 60,000 miles


The rear glass window of the convertible top of my 2003 Audi a 4 has come loose. We paid a car upholsterer to glue it back it in but it is loose again. It would be very dangerous if it fell out while traveling.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 182009


  • 50,000 miles
2003 Audi A4 cabriolet, the car is practically new, only driven in summer months. The rear window has separated from the roof, apparently the window is only sealed to the roof with a layer of glue. The window can fall out at anytime as a result of the glue loosening. The only alternative is a completely new roof.

- East Berlin, CT, USA

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problem #3

Sep 012008


  • 24,000 miles
My Audi a 4 convertible headlight lenses deteriorated so badly that it significantly affected my night driving. Plastic became cloudy (not condensation) and gray, adversely affecting the headlight effectiveness.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Sep 012005


  • 40,000 miles
Bought a 2003 Audi A4 cabriolet in 2005. 6 months later, rear window in 2003 Audi A4 detached from convertible top causing rear leather seat to rot and tear due to rain water leaking through the detached window. Tried to have the window reattached by an Audi dealership referred detailing company, adhesive did not hold and I was told the car would need a new roof. The dealership I bought the car from, don rosen Audi of conshohoken, pa nor Audi will take any responsibility for the detached window or provide payment for repairs.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #1

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85 miles
The problem that I have is when it rains. All four doors fill with up water. When I open any door a quart or more pours out of each door, door sills are always wet. In the winter, water freezes on the door sills and can't open door or have trouble (can't drive the car if I can't get in it!) took the car to the dealer to get it fixed. They told me the car is to Audi spec.'s and did nothing! called Audi customer relations and they are doing nothing and also I have been waiting for a manager to return my phone call for a week now. I have left several messages, still no return phone call (great Audi severce!). from this water damage the mirrors are not responding to their hold positions and I'am also afaid from all the moister in the doors that the electronics we start to corrosion process and who pays for that in the long run" I would think the least they could have replaced the weather stripping around all the doors. My Audi is 6 months old with 1800 miles, four doors rusting away, and the dealership and Audi wants to do nothing about it. I even showed them the rust at bottom of doors. What happens when the ice builds up so much and can't get out of the car, is this a safty issue? I'm just tired of getting my shoes and feet wet getting into a $40,000 car, then have to go get changed, but for some reason this is ok" I just never owned a vehicle in which water is allowed to get into the car's door before. I would like to meet the engineer who designed this feature!

- West Chester, PA, USA

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