really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

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2001 Audi S4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Audi S4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 152006

S4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles


1) car is 2001 Audi S4 avant. Car was running for approximately 15 minutes, and was idling at top of driveway for about 5 minutes with parking brake engaged while other car in front was being moved. Upon release of parking brake regular brakes failed, resulting in car rolling downhill, about 30 feet, from a standing start and colliding with a parked car. Brake pedal showed no resistance other than mild spring push-back, and was pushed down to floor. A brake pedal was pumped with no result. Same brake conditions were repeated immediately after collision and over a continuing period of minutes with identical results, during which time I exited and returned to car on multiple occasions. Finally, after approximately 5 minutes following the accident brakes resumed full and normal functioning. Car was idling throughout this time period without interruption. Air bags did not deploy. 3) reported to dealer mohegan lake motors) on 1/16 and to Audi America on same or next day. Car towed to dealer on 1/17. Audi America reported later that they had no knowledge of any similar occurrences or issues concerning brakes - also began inquiry on why air bags did not deploy, but I did not pursue this during our discussions since there were no injuries. Dealer reported on 1/24 that they were unable to duplicate the problem, and had no answer for the brake failure, and were taking no corrective actions. Audi America reported on 1/25 they were taking no further action and making no further inquiries.

- Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA

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