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Interesting Facts About the Audi A4

  • If it weren't for the Audi A4, the brand might not be what it is today. This vehicle single-handedly revived the Audi brand when the company's sales figures went through a huge slump back in the late 1980s. It was a huge success that Audi's image went from being a conservative vehicle company to become a premium luxury car maker. Today, it's on the same league as other well-known German luxury auto manufacturers.

  • The actual cause of Audi's sales slump in the 1980s can actually be traced to problems with sudden acceleration incidents associated with the Audi 5000. Worse, it was featured in the TV program 60 minutes, which all but ruined Audi's image in the US. If it weren't for the A4, who knows what would have happened with Audi.

  • The Audi A4 was one of the first vehicles to receive the new multitronic transmission system, which was spelled with a lower-case 'm' by Audi for some reason. Developed by LuK, it became the company's own version of the continuously variable transmission that allowed it to change steplessly through an infinite number of effective gear ratios. This resulted in better fuel economy, lighter overall weight, and faster response when shifting gears.

  • On older A4s, the chassis is actually taken from the existing Volkswagen B6 PL46 platform. To better understand the company's platform nomenclature, the code PL46 actually stands for passenger car longitudinal platform, size 4, generation 6.

  • Audi actively participates in the German Touring Car Masters or the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and has actually won a total of eight DTM titles to date. The Audi A4 was one of the best vehicles that competed in this race, and is actually responsible for winning five DTM title back in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, and most recently in 2011.

  • The Audi A4 actually holds a world speed record of its own. Back in 2009, Hohenester Sport modified an HS 650 Audi B7 A4 Quattro to set a new world speed record as the fastest biogas-powered land vehicle. It clocked in at 364.6 KM/H (226.6 MPH) when it was driven by Jrgen Hohenester in the Papenburg test track located in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Audi A4 Articles

  • Intermittent Issues about the Audi A4 22 February 2013

    Compared to other vehicles in the Audi roster, the Audi A4 is one of the youngest cars in terms of production run. It was introduced in the year 1994 as a replacement to the Audi 80, one of the best mid-size sedans from the German automobile industry. Over the years, it has received plenty of love from the American public, as it continues to be one of the more popular sedan choices. The Audi A4 is a well-built vehicle. It only received a few complaints during its run. However, there are still intermittent issues that goes with the esteemed vehicle. Here are the popular ones.


    Transmission

    One of the issues that continues to come up again and again in most Audi A4 reviews is its oil consumption. Compared to other vehicles, the Audi A4 has high oil consumption. Even at only 30,000 miles, the A4's ECU makes the low oil engine light come off almost every 3000 miles. There have been numerous reports that claim this Audi A4 problem.


    Brakes

    On some of the Audi A4 models from the late 90s to the early 2000's, many owners have complained about the Electronic Anti-lock Braking System failing at some point. This is yet another alarming problem that may put lives and property in danger. Others reported that the brake wouldn't kick in even though the brake pedal is already pushed hard to the floor. The same problem was also present in the vehicles of Audi's mother company, Volkswagen, but they were recalled immediately.


    Ignition

    In various cases, the ignition problems have also plagued the Audi A4 in recent memory. More and more testimonies about the ignition coil failing in multiple cylinders have popped up recently. This issue causes the vehicle to stall, buckle, and stop; even while running in the middle of the interstate.


    Recalls

    In 2006, NHTSA ordered a recall of almost 30,000 Audi A4s for a problem with the electrical system, particularly the ignition switch. This affected owners of 1996 and 1997 Audi A4 models. In some models, the anchor point of the spring may crack, leading to a failure of the ignition key to return to the "on" position. This condition will cause electrical accessories such as the windshield wipers and headlights to become inoperative.

    Earlier, potentially 39,300 Audi A4 units have been recalled in 1997 for accidental air bag deployment due to static electricity discharge. Low humidity conditions can activate the driver side air bag when the driver enters or exits the vehicle. Because of this, the driver could get injured. The problem was resolved by installing a ground wire on the driver side air bag.

  • Seven Terrific Facts about the Audi A4 22 February 2013

    The Audi A4 is a relatively new car that was introduced to the market less than 20 years ago. The built of the A4 was inspired by four genrations of the Audi 80, its predecessor. The Audi A4 shares its platform with other German made cars, mainly mid-size automobiles produced by its mother company, Volkswagen.


    The current A4 incarnation, the B8, could potentially share the newest Volkswagen MLB platform with one of the vehicles to be introduced by its sister company, Porsche.


    Like the last Audi 80 model that hit the shelves in the mid 90s, a high performance version of the Audi A4 was also made available. The Audi RS2 was a successful collaboration of the two premier German carmakers: Audi and Porsche. It was built on the Audi 80 Avant trim and was the first RennSport (RS) vehicle. Banking on this triumph, Audi decided to continue this limited edition performance vehicle with the Audi A4. This paved the way for the introduction of the RS4 Avant. By the way, RennSport is the German translation for racing sport.


    In 1997, Audi became the first European car manufacturer to introduce the concept of the hyrbrid vehicle into series production by debuting the Audi A4 B5 platform hybrid version. It was dubbed the Audi Duo III.


    In 2008, a concept vehicle derived from the Audi A4 TDI trim was unveiled in the Paris Motor Show. It has a stop-start system and regenerative braking that are not equipped in most cars at that time. In addition to that, another feature also included an electric motor-based power steering.


    In 2009, a biofuel land speed record was claimed by a modified Audi A4. Hohenester Sport modified an Audi A4 with the B7 platform to churn out 690 bhp from the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine power plant. It set the new world record by traversing the test track in Papenburg, Lower Saxony at the top speed of 226.6 mph (364.6km/h).


    In news related to speed, Audi Sport re-entered the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) in 2004 with an silhouette racing car Audi A4 DTM. A V8 engine powers it. DTM is a top flight racing tournament in Europe consisting of German made cars.

  • Common Problems with the Audi A4 17 January 2013

    One of Audi's best-known vehicles is the A4, a compact executive car that was first introduced back in 1994 and is still being produced today. Often credited as one of Audi's most commercially successful vehicles, the A4 has long been a popular choice for those who are after a compact luxury car at a more affordable price range. Even though it's well received by drivers and critics alike, this vehicle has its share of common problems that have affected owners over the years. Recognizing these issues beforehand is important so that motorists can have these problems fixed or replaced with Audi A4 parts before they end up ruining their precious ride.


    Gearbox issues

    Most Audi owners have reported numerous problems with the A4's automatic gearbox, and most of these issues revolve around the car's Electronic Control Unit or ECU. This component controls the movement of the transmission system whenever a driver selects gears. A warning light will usually flash on the vehicle's dashboard whenever there's a problem with the ECU. Should the ECU fail entirely, the vehicle will lose power, the driver can't shift to reverse, and the car won't even move when shifting to drive. Unfortunately, Audi hasn't issued a recall or explanation for the A4's ECU problems.

    On a lesser note, some owners have reported that the A4's gearbox tends to slip. Once the gearbox begins to slip, the vehicle would suddenly jerk or hesitate whenever it's accelerating. Most owners agree that this issue can often be traced back to low transmission fluid, worn internal gears, or even improper gear adjustment. It's best to have the gearbox checked ASAP before any major problem further damages the gearbox.


    High oil consumption

    It seems that some A4 models are also experiencing higher than normal oil consumption, especially when they are in stop-and-go traffic. It is a common problem with the 2009 - 2011 Audi A4 and is often traced to a faulty crankcase pressure-regulating valve. Owners who notice a sudden increase in oil consumption from their Audi A4 should have this valve checked to see if it needs to be replaced immediately. Do note that the front crankshaft seal must also be replaced whenever this valve is removed.