definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,000 miles

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problem #7

Dec 022013


  • miles
I just happened to look up recalls and saw the complaints on the Audi S4 2001. I noticed my car wasn't the only one where the instrument cluster has lost pixels and ends up unreadable for all warnings and manufacturer programmed safety warnings. It has been like this for years and did ask my dealer how much it would cost to fix it and it was insane. It is a real safety issue. Audi should be responsible for fixing it. I didn't realize other Audi's were having the same issue. Maybe if more people complain, Audi will be forced to fix it.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012003


  • 60,000 miles
1. all the time 2. the failure makes me unable to see the warning icons due to the dead pixels in my cluster (dash computer) 3. no repair was done.

- Quebec, 00, USA

problem #5

Jan 012009


  • 70,000 miles
1) there is no triggering event leading up to the failure. It just appears over time. 2) the lcd screen in the instrument cluster has lines of pixels that do not light up. This is constant, with more lines of pixels going out and permanently staying out over time. As a consequence, important warning messages are not displayed or readable; such as worn out brake pads, fuel low warning, washer fluid low warning, etc. If these warnings are not displayed, the vehicle may run out of gas without warning and stall while operating, or brakes may wear down to the point of losing effectiveness without warning, or be left without washer fluid without warning.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #4

Mar 152008


  • 59,000 miles
Dead pixels in instrument warning display.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 012007


  • 60,000 miles
Instrument cluster has lost pixels and ends up unreadable for all warnings and manufacturer programmed safety warnings.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008

S4 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
I both own a 2001 Audi A4 and 2001 Audi S4.. on both the red lcd instrument cluster screen has failed to the point where nothing on that screen is legible. The screen is designed to show mileage, speed warning, run time and other functions. The pixels have ceased to function to the point beyond recognition. I share this problem with a very large group of Audi owners of the same and/or similar model. This group of people expands internationally and Audi clearly knows that this is a prone to failure part.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 182007

(reported on)

S4 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Audi S4 with gauge cluster problems** this problem surfaced just after the warranty expired in 2004. The problem has since grown progressively worse, causing a serious safety issue with operating the vehicle. The consumer indicated that Audi has been aware of the problem for several years and Audi uk has replaced the failed cluster free of charge. The consumer requested that the manufacturer replace the gauge cluster at to cost to him since this is a common problem.

- Rowland Heights, CA, USA