[Biturbos4] S4 Alternative

Mike michael at isuzu-mods.com
Wed Jan 14 14:20:54 EST 2004

My S4 has / had a few problems as well.

Santa Monica Audi

out of pocket repairs:
-blown turbo hose at about 10k (dealer did not fix under warranty 
because they said it was due to outside influence) $40 part, $800 to 
replace it
-broken tranny mount at about 10K (dealer did not fix under warranty 
because they said it was due to outside influence) $50 part, $400 to 
replace it
-tranny occasionally shifts hard at the wrong time, usually when going 
uphil of the freeway. harsh enough to feel like the tranny just fell 
out. (dealer found no code so no fix)
- AOA was no help here either. they said try another dealer.

Van Nuys Keys Audi

-leaky headlight washer system (warranty).
-missing pixels in the dashboard display (warranty)
-warped brake rotors at every oil change (10k, 15k, 20k) miles (warranty)
-blown turbos at 24k (warranty)
-blown turbos at 25K (warranty but had to fight)
-loose driver's side rear door window frame (warranty)
-headlights changing their aim randomly (warranty)
-ash tray stuck closed due to putting coins in it (dealer fixed for free)
-radio went out (warranty)
-freon leak (warranty)
-blower fan was noisy at low speed (warranty)

lots of other misc things too. I love the car, but in the 10 months I've 
had it it's been in service for at least 3 months. What a deal!


California Fields wrote:

> Adding to the list of frustrated Audi S4 owners is me with the 
> follwing problems in 1.5 years:
> -leaky headlight washer system (replaced lines and/or pump).
> -torn throttle body boots (monitored and replaced on my own).
> -faulty diverter valves (replaced with 710Ns on my own).
> -play in driver seat (motor or rails replaced).
> -flickering radio display (too lazy to fix).
> -missing pixels in the dashboard computer display (too lazy to fix).
> -warped brake rotors at 28k miles (resurfaced).
> -squeaky steering wheel (steering tube replaced).
> -**rough engine idle with occasional check engine light....cylinder 5 
> misfire DTC....been in the shop 3 times for several days/weeks at a 
> time....still misfiring.
> The last one is the annoying one. I've had the car in the shop for 
> over 4 weeks total (3 separate occasions) on just that problem. Dealer 
> can't fix it. This, even after replacing nearly everything possible 
> (fuel injectors, spark plugs, MAF, cylinder head, decarbonization, 
> etc.). Not sure what to do at this point. Getting fed up. I've located 
> at least 3 other Audi S4 owners that have had the same problem 
> (fortunately for them, the cylinder head replacement worked).
> The S4 is a super fun car to drive when it's running well. It's hard 
> to find such beautiful body and interior design coupled with 
> versatility and power. But it's such a pain in the arse car when it's 
> not running properly....and for me (and I'm guessing several others) 
> that's often. For $42k original retail price, the above problems (in 
> my opinion) are inexcusable. The sad thing is, the first 7 items in 
> the list are common among many S4 owners. I begin to wonder if people 
> brainwash themselves into thinking "it's OK" to have such problems 
> because they focus on the mad power of the biturbo engine.
> If only Audi would build a RELIABLE car and back it up with good 
> customer service, they'd be unbeatable.
> Cal.
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