really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
151,500 miles

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2004 Audi A8 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Audi A8 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 242017


  • 183,000 miles


While driving and/or parking and/or putting key in ignition to start my vehicle ABS light; stabilization; and speedometer seems as though being hacked...sometimes especially in the summer when temperatures reach 100 degrees + my heater is hacked on and my interior of the vehicle is life threatening hot!!! have to open windows to 100 degrees temperature outside...my interior lights just come on and drain my battery....and my sound system flips open and music plays when im in my house and has shut off my car and while driving my sound system comes on and my radio is remotely controlled---hacked because my stations are switched ie. Tuned to different stations and my cds are scrolled through the tracks without my doing so....and my vehicle was hacked for it to speed up when I wasnt accelorating in a walmart parking lot....that could have injured myself or others..but I hit the brakes and cut my car off in a parking space...my speedometer is always being hacked that when I driving at no matter what speed....its being hacked to read 0 miles and threatens my ability to know my speed and it slows my engine performance...my park brake engages and I have to cut car off and this is highly dangerous while im driving....my steering once jerked but I miraculously wasnt in heavy traffic..I dont know who what or why but when I purchased my vehicle even the dealer boomer did alot of shady things in the service department to my vehicle.........please help...all the vehicles I buy are being hacked and eventually either recalled or crashed or damned near! or put out of order... and every insurance company I get.....my premiums go up without any reason except "its the state insurance commission" where I live changing state rules?

- Del City, OK, USA

problem #1

Oct 182014


  • 120,000 miles
Driver smelled smoke shortly after starting his vehicle and driving away from his home. The smell was of plastic, and it was assumed from an electrical short/fire. The driver stopped the car and inspected the engine area. No evidence of fire, however the driver turned back and drove the vehicle home. Strong burning plastic smell again as the vehicle was stopped. The cabin was filling with smoke. Driver opened the trunk as the battery was located in the right rear section of the trunk. Smoke was emanating from the battery compartment. A plastic panel was removed for inspection. Located directly under the battery was a plastic module identified as TRW gnoacdobnc28U* and stamped made in malaysia??. the dealer stated that the module controls the electric parking brake for the car. Inspecting the unit, multiple wire leads that feed the E-brake control unit had burned through, as did a portion of the E-brake control unit. The body area of the car near the unit was covered in soot from the electrical fire. Years prior, the driver had issues with the E-brake, the E-brakes failing to release prompting the vehicle to be towed to the dealer. At that time the service representative walked the driver into the service area to show the driver corrosion on the electric contact leads from the control unit. The representative suggested that perhaps battery acid/gases may have run down the battery into the control unit causing the corrosion. The unit may have been replaced at that time along with the battery. Photos are available of the control unit upon request.

- Verona, NJ, USA

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