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1999 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 106 repairs.

1999 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (28%)

$500 - $999 (28%)

$100 - $499 (43%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 40 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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1999 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4

Engine not specified

Audi in California, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

118000 mi

US $100
Broken serp belt/leaky water pump. Fix airbag connection. 

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1999 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual AWD

Audi in California, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2013
May 2010

145000 mi

US $800
tensioner for timing belt failed, causing three valves to bend - renewed valve head with new Start, then stopped after 1/2 block, determined failed fuel pump, towed to residence removed and replaced Fuel pump and filter corrected problem. Upon completion of last fuel pump repair, technician noticed passenger window lowered, but not rising, remove and replace front passenger window motor - corrected problem Central vacuum lock pump failure, unable to use remote unlock or interior unlock, replacement part > $1,000! (parts only!!!) opted to NOT repair at this cost. Disappointed in costly safety item, likely caused by leak in extensive vacuum tube 
Jan 2011

147000 mi

US $360
All windows, sunroof non-operational. Defective central locking device caused by water leakage in rear right corner. Replaced device, but this didn't fix. Wiring still wet, once dry will try cleaning corrosion. Water leaked into trunk causing central lock vacume elect failure. Caused by clogged sunroof drain - cleared and corrected problem 
Sep 2011

148000 mi

US $45
A/C non-operational -corrected by adding 1.4 cans of refrigerant - works well now - very COLD! 
Nov 2011

155000 mi

US $21
Flooded central controller from clogged sunroof tube (corrected) replaced central controler (corrected) replace fuse 38 (corrected failure of windows lights and sunroof) root cause problem clogged drain tubes in sunroof - recommend cleaning 
Dec 2011

156000 mi

US $56
Leaking coolent - heater bi-pass hose failure 
Mar 2012

160000 mi
Intermittent dash console flickering - now non-op security alarm operation. 
Apr 2012

160700 mi

US $150
Driver's side window regulator failing, needs help alignment when rising - will need to replace soon 
Aug 2012

164000 mi

US $20
Coolent leak- "O" ring failure at coolent flange, remove and replace - corrected leak that has been progressively getting worse. Now correct pressure and temp operation. 
Oct 2012

165000 mi

US $200
Drivers front Shock failing (makes rattling sound) -renewal of strut shock corrected problem 
Jan 2013

165000 mi

US $300
Unknown short discharging battery (killed 2!) Using trickle charges nightly to keep operating until idnetified short. Arr need VAG tool to diag ($300+) 
Feb 2013

165500 mi
Battery drain identified as Central Locking system (in trunk) had corroded wire connection, cleaned with baking soda / water - corrected lock and battery drain issue (Determined by putting volt meter in-line and using fuse box to identify 
Apr 2013

166000 mi

US $50
Drivers side front window regulator failed (in closed position) ordered replacement , will install and replace unit that was acting up (needing driver;'s help when lifting to straighten out how window glass tracks in system. 
May 2013

166500 mi

US $50
Determined source os electrical drain - coming from non-operational driver's side front electric window, (constantly on un up function) Faulty electrical motor sensor, replaced w/used electrical motor- corrected window operates, 
Sep 2013

167000 mi

US $250
Excessive chatter from bumps, all control arms recently replaced - shocks renewed,m helped, identified problem after re-installing new shocks at upper shock "rubber" causing chatter from upper strut attachment. (To be done later) Window stuck lowered - remove and replace window regulator (driver's side) root cause cracked plastic cable support for track attachment of window. 
Dec 2013

177000 mi

US $25
Air Bad light illuminated (Caused by passenger seat strain on connection) - Bought OBCII (cheap kind) cleared and corrected light 

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1999 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic AWD

Audi in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2009
Dec 2009

165000 mi
ABS computer broken at about 150,000 and has to be replaced, so I just asked to disconnect it in the dealership. 4000+ repair in the year before. 

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1999 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 4-door

6-cylinder manual AWD

Audi in Washington, United States
Mar 2010 - Aug 2013
May 2010

171000 mi

US $1600
Steering rack decayed. 
Oct 2012

185000 mi

US $1600
New rotors Also air sensor fried Needed new thermostat (requires removal of timing chain). 
Jul 2013

188500 mi

US $1000
Cam seals redone; transaxel seals redone. 

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1999 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Audi in Iowa, United States
Mar 2009 - Jul 2009
Jun 2009

183000 mi
Leaking rear main oil seal when car sold. I put up with it, mostly because I am pretty anal about maintenence. I was losing about 1/2 quart every 3,000 miles. 

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1999 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Audi in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2013
Dec 2008

182000 mi

US $905
Vehicle faulty codes indicate a malfunctioning throttle body and secondary air induction system. Self-replacing a burned-out headlight. 
May 2009

188000 mi

US $25
Burned-out headlight 
Dec 2009

193000 mi

US $340
Driver's side window regulator was said to be "binding internally", hindering window motion (though it could still be closed/opened). Regulator was replaced. Dealership service tech discovered torn outer CV boots, both side. Dealership service tech discovered leaky cam seals 
Mar 2010

193000 mi

US $600
Replacement of both torn CV boots. Replacement of engine seal causing oil leak. 
Sep 2011

201000 mi

US $1573
Ventilation motors and A/C Heat control unit failure, requiring replacement. 

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1998.5 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4

Engine not specified

Audi in Washington, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
Apr 2009

100000 mi

US $185
Thermostat went out 
Audi in Georgia, United States
May 2009 - Jan 2012
Jun 2009

240000 mi

US $350
R&R alternator 
Jan 2012

272000 mi

US $300
oil cooler gasket failure 

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1998.5 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic AWD

Audi in Ohio, United States
Aug 2008 - Oct 2012
May 2009

98000 mi

US $900
Ignition control block was replaced. 
Jul 2010

99000 mi

US $650
Replaced master cylinder, front rotors and pads 
Feb 2011

99000 mi

US $140
Oil leak at the oil filter housing gasket - oil light came on - replaced gasket. 
Mar 2011

99000 mi

US $550
Rear spring broke, replaced both 
Aug 2012

104500 mi

US $1200
MAF and oxygen sensor wheel bearing 

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1998.5 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 4-door

6-cylinder manual AWD

Audi in Texas, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

98000 mi

US $1100
Air flow meters problem. Radiator was leaking 

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1999 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 Repair Histories

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