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Old 10-29-2009, 08:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I'm picking up my A4 this weekend and I have read so many problems of this car, mainly the oil burn issue however, Audi considered that as normal oil consumption for their engine. I dont like surprises, so I want to know what are other problems the new A4 have.

Could you guys please share your experience with the new A4?

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-31-2009, 02:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I'm picking up my A4 this weekend and I have read so many problems of this car, mainly the oil burn issue however, Audi considered that as normal oil consumption for their engine. I dont like surprises, so I want to know what are other problems the new A4 have.

Could you guys please share your experience with the new A4?

Thanks in advance
In general, it's not unusual for a VAG diesel to burn about a couple of litres of oil in the first 10K until it beds in. Then you should find it settles down and uses very little (depends on your type of motoring a bit though).

I've taken 2 A4 1.9 TDi's upto 150+K and neither used more than half a litre per 10K even then. VERY important to use only the correct oil if you service it yourself. 5W40 FS PD in my case.

I've heard from VAG specialists that there has been an issue with timing gear with the early 2.0 TDi's but that VAG now have a fix so yours should be fine.

Enjoy.

I'm aiming for a 2.0TDi S-line in about a years time if finances allow.
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my '09 a4 quattro 2.0 has about 7600 miles on it . ive added 1 quart of oil just about every 2000 miles. 'service' tells me that's 'normal' for the turbo engine. i carry quart in the car just in case. they act as if it's a very normal condition.
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Just bought my 09 A4 used Audi. It has 12,000 miles and the oil light came on just like the rest of you. I was traveling so I called the nearest dealership and made them add the oil to the car (by the way the 09's do not have a dip stick). I ask the gentleman who helped me if this was normal and he more then reassured me it was. He said the newer engines tend to burn hotter and expect to use a quart of oil every 5000 miles. I see another posting that someone said every 2000 miles. I took it a step further to call another dealership in New Jersey and again they reassured me with the same information. However if you have relatives or husband who are screaming at you telling you are crazy for believing the dealerships it is hard to accept what we are hearing. I had an 02 Passat so cars have improved a bit from 2002, so I am trying to roll with it and hope I get as many good miles out of this car as the VW.
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I've just been reading up on the oil consumption problem and am surprised to see how common it is. I have a 2003 A4 Avant, with 146,000 km on it. Love it, BUT...it was trouble free until last summer when I started to get low oil warnings. Had it in the service dept. almost every week through July & Aug. and they fixed about 3 oil leaks (gaskets, etc.), replaced rad, and more recently temperature sensor and thermostat. Throughout I've been having to top up the oil every 1200 to 1600 kms. Also notice an occasional burning smell but my dealer tells me the oil consumption is normal and that they can't find any further leaks. I've got 15k left on extended warranty and am worried there is a major untected problem still lurking. Any advice would be appreciated.
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I purchased a 2008 A4 S-line and today while traveling for business the low oil indicator came on. I work in the automotive industry and have always found it hard to believe when I read that its common. No car I have ever owned seemd to burn oil. But I guess I'll take the dealers word for it. Just have to keep a quart or two handy at home so when the indicator comes on I can add oil. When I added tonight it seems a quart got me back to the max line on the dip stick. Not a big deal, but still a pain to have to add oil like this.
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A couple of suggestions for you based on my experience. I would never go out of town without a quart of oil in the car just in case. Last summer I had to stop several times on the highway to top up. Some of my problem then was due to a couple of oil leaks that were subsequently detected and fixed, but even recently I had to put more oil in. Second, when I top up the oil, I always reset the odometer so I can keep track of how far I go before it happens again. Or I reset it after an oil change for the same reason. Last time it was 1200 km. This will give you something concrete to discuss with your service guys. If the problem persists or gets worse, you might ask them about an oil consumption test. When my car was new, and for the first 4 years I never had to add oil between 15k service checks. So where is all the oil going I ask. It's not on the driveway, and I'm not burning oil when I drive it. Good luck!
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hi dee dee,
my '09 a4 burns a quart every 2000 miles. i'm told some people add a quart after 1200 miles. audi says it's normal. just carry a qt. with you in case it needs it. otherwise the car is terrific. would i get another audi.......absolutely. it's beyond fun to drive.
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My 2010 A4 2.0T doesnt have this problem at all. Maybe i am just lucky
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how many miles does your car have? or maybe they fixed the issue.
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