Audi Quattro 1997



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Audi Quattro 1997 bulletins
BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - HEADLIGHTS
2005624302/26/200710022141Headlight aiming, using hella universal beamsetter. *kb2007-07-06
WHEELS - LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS
TSB-44-08-1411/19/200810027923Audi: wheel bolts require torque adjustment. torque sticks and torque extension bars are not approved by audi of america, inc. and should not be used to apply torque to wheel bolts. all audi models included. *pe2009-02-20
Audi Quattro 1997 Consumer Complaints
Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
AIR BAGS - FRONTAL
03/03/1998
 While driving down the road the vehicle went to the left and the steering locked up, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing the driver to hit the media in the road. the brakes locked up, and the vehicle has abs brakes. the driver said that the air bag did not deploy. *ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - SWITCH
10/01/200571000104/15/1997
 I experienced a failure identical to recall 00v317000. the plastic ignition switch housing fractures, allowing the ignition and starter to fire continuously. my starter burned out and the repair of both the switch and the starter cost $830.56. audi claims my car was not in the recall group.*jb
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
01/15/200312/15/2000
 Heater stopped working-heater core checked and found to be okay. thermastat replaced. water pump found to be non-functional and replaced. problem not solved. head gaskets replaced and found cracked head. head replaced -s still did not solve the heat problem. heater core replaced-still did not solve the problem. radiator replaced - problem appears to be solved, however car runs worse than it did before spending $3,500-. totall frustrated and no help from audi after numerous phone calls. car warranty ran out in december-problem occured in january.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
12/20/1999
 Dont have parts for vehicle recall items. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
01/15/200312/15/2000
 Heater stopped working-heater core checked and found to be okay. thermastat replaced. water pump found to be non-functional and replaced. problem not solved. head gaskets replaced and found cracked head. head replaced -s still did not solve the heat problem. heater core replaced-still did not solve the problem. radiator replaced - problem appears to be solved, however car runs worse than it did before spending $3,500-. totall frustrated and no help from audi after numerous phone calls. car warranty ran out in december-problem occured in january.
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - HEADLIGHTS - SWITCH
02/12/200584750102/24/2003
 Tl*the contact owns a 1997 audi a4 quattro. the contact stated that the headlight switch failed, which caused the headlights to shut off while driving 35 mph at night. he had to park the vehicle for the remainder of the evening. he was informed that the vin was not included in nhtsa campaign id number 06e049000 (exterior lighting). the contact repaired the failure himself. the failure mileage was 84,750. updated 07/07/08. *bf updated
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK
03/22/20001010/01/1999
 The problem is one that is known to many of us a4 owners. it has to do with very poor braking performance in wet conditions. these cars did not come with a shield behind the front discs to prevent water from accumulating. the result is little or no braking for 1-2 seconds after the brakes are applied. i must drag the brake pedal in order to dry the discs before they will perform as they are supposed to. this is a common problem that has been discussed in depth on audiworld.com(use the archives to investigate). audi is aware of the problem due to numerous complaints but fails to do anything to remedy the situation. it seems like a couple of shields would be an inexpensive and easy fix to the problem. again, this is a common problem on many a4s. *ak
03/03/1998
 While driving down the road the vehicle went to the left and the steering locked up, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing the driver to hit the media in the road. the brakes locked up, and the vehicle has abs brakes. the driver said that the air bag did not deploy. *ak
STEERING
03/03/1998
 While driving down the road the vehicle went to the left and the steering locked up, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing the driver to hit the media in the road. the brakes locked up, and the vehicle has abs brakes. the driver said that the air bag did not deploy. *ak
SUSPENSION - FRONT - CONTROL ARM - LOWER ARM
12/07/2004203/31/1997
 My wife and i purchased a new 1997 audi a4 quattro. within the first couple of years we received a recall notice that the lower front control arms might need to be replaced. the dealer examined the car and determined the replacement was necessary. now, last week i received another recall notice from audi about the same problem; prematurely worn out front lower control arms. i called the audi dealer and inquired about bringing the car in to be looked at. the person i talked to on the phone told me that since they had no record of a 60,000 mile checkup, that audi would not pay the cost of repairs, if necessary. he told me the cost to repair these lower control arms is around $1,100 parts and labor. he also indicated that almost all audi a4 owners of my model year had had this repair done at least once. the car now has 80,000 miles on it and is otherwise in good shape. it seems to me that if audi is having such a serious problem with the lower control arms on their a4's that they need to issue two factory recalls for the same problem within about six years time, the problem is serious enough that they should be required to pay for the repairs, and not the customer who bought the car with this sort of serious manufacturing/design defect. please add my name to what i am sure is a growing list of unsatisfied audi a4 customers who are looking for satisfaction from audi for this problem which could lead to loss of directional control.*ak
SUSPENSION - FRONT - MACPHERSON STRUT
03/11/200759000102/01/1997
 On sunday night, 3/11/07, my wife was driving our audi a6 quattro wagon when the car suddenly went out of control. as she applied the brake, the car veered wildly, spinning a full 360 degrees. to gain control my wife next tried light acceleration and was able with that and brute force to pull the car onto the side of the road. the dealer, after examining the vehicle, told us that a nut had come off the bolt holding the right front strut. we do not understand how a nut would suddenly loosen like this after 60,000 miles and 10 years. the repair was to replace both struts and other damaged components. we are very much relieved that this failure did not have catastrophic results, but are concerned that such a failure could occur.
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
12/02/1997211/27/1996
 Throttle body failed twice.
04/30/1997
 Consumer stated when approaching a intersection while traveling about 45 mph, and upon depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle lost all power without no warning, causing a near accident. consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer replaced the computer chip within the transmission, problem still exists. *ak
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL - ACCELERATOR PEDAL
12/11/19983
 Gas pedal intermittently sticks when depressed, no power, followed by power surge.(sudden acceleration). this problem occurs at start up or when driving slowly.
Car dealers selling Audi Quattro 1997
StateCityZipNamePhone
CTWATERTOWN06795VALANTE AUDI860 274 8846
MNMAPLEWOOD55109MAPLEWOOD IMPORTS651-483-2681
PALANCASTER17601AUTOHAUS LANCASTER717-299-2801
VARICHMONDWEST BROAD AUDI804-270-9000