definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,996 miles

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2000 Audi S4 electrical problems

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2000 Audi S4 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 182001

S4 6-cyl

  • 19,955 miles


The instrument cluster on all the Audi S4S and also on VW loose pixels on the dash and it goes out, it is a hazard because this is a gauge that does a system check every time you start the vehicle, the car tells the driver if there are brake problems, engine problems, also if lights are out I.e. brake lights turn signals, and also fluid status of the car. When this instrument cluster goes out or as Audi calls it loses pixels, the driver does not know the status of the car which could cause safety and harm to the operator. It has been documented many times and has been replaced on my car over 4 times and is a common occurrence with other Audi owners. Also the window regulator clip that holds the window breaks as well, Audi and VW did a recall VIN specific models of the beetle jetta and A4 but not the S4, the clip is the same design that is used in my vehicle. It also has been documented many times of failing and causes another safety issue, if the clip breaks the window will roll down unexpectedly, I.e. causing the window to break which throws glass all over the occupants in the car and also exposes limbs to objects outside of the vehicle without knowledge. Many complaints have been made about this design flaw. I have tried to resolve these issues with Audi multiple times and phone calls and multiple emails, regardless of the age and miles on my car, it is the same things that keep breaking, causing these safety issues. Both of these issues have been an ongoing problem from day one when these designs were put on the market. And replacing these items is necessary to ensure the safety of my occupants and myself. They need to be redesigned and revamped to solve these issues. Replacing them every single year is not acceptable. And even more so when someone's life is at risk, due to a bad and careless design.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #10

Feb 272010


  • 114,000 miles
ABS sensor failure on 2000 Audi S4 quattro. Light came on at 114,213. Leading to the brake light to flash along side of it and beep every other minute when your driving down the road. Haven't corrected the problem because I've heard it cost 1,700. Some people don't have that kind of money. Many other people are experiencing the same problem on VW's as well as the Audi in years from 1996-2001.

- Decherd, TN, USA

problem #9

Feb 152006


  • 40,000 miles
Instrument cluster has pixel lines not showing. This is a safety hazard because it is difficult and sometimes impossible to see important safety information displayed by the instrument cluster.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #8

Mar 172008


  • miles


The pixels in the cluster are gone. The cluster displays vital safety information and I can't see them because the pixels are dead. I see this as a major safety hazard, because I don't know when there is something wrong with the vehicle.

- Mineola, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 012007


  • miles
My information display in my instrument cluster have totally blacked out. It use to warning me if brakes are worn, if any lights are not working. Fluids need refill and so on...

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 072007


  • 40,000 miles
Instrument cluster failure. I have no way to view the important vehicle information on my cluster as the pixels in the display have failed and are now unreadable, temp, engine issues etc all appear on this screen and are unreadable.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 252007


  • miles


Instrument cluster problem in 2000 Audi S4 the instrument cluster digital screen has all of its pixels missing or messed up. It is especially worse when the heat increases. This problem is dangerous to me because this screen tells me what problems my car is having, weather my coolant is low, headlights working, etc. It warns me of nothing if I cannot see it. I find this dangerous to me and could also cause mechanical failure in the car.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 202007


  • 60,000 miles
Pixels on my instrument cluster began to get scrambled the car was serviced last month and because I could not read the warning light indicating low oil my motor was nearly blown. All warning lights come across that part of the cluster and no warning is viewable.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 012008


  • 122,000 miles
I drive a 2000 Audi S4. Today the instrument cluster stopped working while I was driving. Due to this I was unable to know how fast I was going or read any of the vehicle safety warnings, which my vehicle's diagnostic system displays on the instrument cluster. While speaking with the Audi dealership I was informed that this is not an uncommon problem. I believe this to be an unsafe vehicle flaw that must be corrected.

- Twentynine Palms, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 102007

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My gauge cluster, the center display is missing a thousand pixels and you cant read the important safety information on the center display and my radio keeps cutting in and out and I feel it could cause a fire.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 252007

(reported on)


  • miles
2000 Audi S4 has problems with the gauge cluster.* the consumer indicated that the manufacturer has been aware of the gauge cluster problem for several years. The consumer request that the dealer replace the part at no charge.

- Arlington , VA, USA

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