hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,774 miles

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problem #12

Apr 162018


  • 80,000 miles
The hid xenon headlights have dimmed to the point where driving at night could become difficult. There is a recall (05V096000) for 2004 Audi A4's with hid headlights but this VIN. Is not included. Possibly a known problem to Audi.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #11

Jan 012016


  • 11,186 miles
When cold temperature outside and low beam headlights are used. Dash will read out with (left headlight dipped) error. Seems to be a common issue among this car model

- Delta, CO, USA

problem #10

Aug 102011


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Audi A4. The contact stated that the front passenger head light failed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the light bulb needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #9

Jan 312004


  • 100,500 miles
Right and left headlights dipped error. Both headlights not working making driving unsafe. Multiple attempts to fix and research many other Audi owners have the same issue and still not able to fix. The bulbs are working fine as I swapped them with another Audi owner.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #8

Nov 102010

A4 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Audi 2004 A4 headlights.

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #7

Sep 252010


  • 50,000 miles
I purchased a used 2004 Audi A4 in November 2007 from an Audi dealership. In the fall of 2008, both my headlights and both taillights all went out within a month of each other. I brought the car into the Audi dealership and paid for service replacement bulbs for all four lights. About a month ago, my car dashboard gave a warning that my rear left fog light went out. I have not replaced that yet, as I do not use my fog lights. Last week, I got another dashboard message that my right front headlight has dipped. The right headlight is now much more dim than the left one. Because it has been summer, I have very rarely needed to drive at dark using headlights in the past few months. I researched on the internet and found several complaints for Audi cars with dipped front headlight problems, and no resolutions or true fixes for the problem. At a minimum, it appears it will cause great expense to have the headlight fixed, only to have a very high chance of the problem recurring anyway. Several of those website referred me to this complaint form. I have not yet contacted the Audi dealer about fixing this problem, as I don't want to pay for just a temporary fix. As we now get into the fall and winter months, I am concerned for my safety while driving in the dark.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 202010


  • 74,500 miles
2004 Audi A4 3.0 reporting "left dipped headlight" with left headlight flickering on and off. With no known way to fix this problem, per Audi dealership, what happens when the right headlight also goes bad? not only dangerous to the driver, but on-coming traffic! only a matter of time before someone gets killed related to Audi headlight issue! something needs to be done & immediately. ~there were no events leading up to it's failure & this problem occurs continuously...

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 012010


  • 135,000 miles
"intermittent headlight malfunction. Over the course of a year and a half of ownership, the right headlight has malfunctioned (turned off), with no consistent cause apparent. The specific error message that appears in the driver information screen is "right headlight dipped". this condition is both unsafe, and illegal - as many states will issue a traffic violation for driving with a non-functioning headlight. It has happened about 7-8 times, the headlight flickers, then goes out, but will come back on when the car is restarted, then be fine for weeks or months at a time. The dealership has been notified of the problem on at least 3 visits, and has claimed that everything is fine and they can not reproduce. They have suggested/guessed that it is the xenon light bulb itself, however it has checked out fine each time, and as mentioned, has functioned flawlessly after each occurrence with merely a restart of the vehicle. No parts have been repaired or replaced, however they have claimed to perform a visual inspection of the electrical connections on at least one visit. Anecdotal evidence (conversational, and via internet owners' forums) suggests that the problem is widespread among a substantial portion of Audi's model range and years."

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 012009


  • miles
I own a 2004 Audi A4 and last year my passengers side headlight started to flicker and would even go out as I was driving! major safety hazard! I am on many Audi forums and there are pages and pages of the same issue! do you know how dangerous this is for me and my children! and last time I went to Audi to fix my right (drivers side) headlight it cost me over $1,000 dollars. I just do not have the money for that right now and I think it is ridiculous that Audi customers all have the same problems and the NHTSA or Audi are doing nothing to solve it. I keep this car up in immaculate condition with folder and folders of service pages so its not from neglect and everyone else is having the same problem! I don't know if you know how dangerous it is because the only way to turn my passenger side headlight back on when it goes out is to pull over shut my lights and turn them back on then it comes back on and will either stay on for a little bit and then start flickering again and go out again. I am taking my life in my hands driving this car and its my only car to commute with. This issue needs to be fixed very soon!

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 302010


  • 101,000 miles
Left xenon headlight began to flicker, and after driving for a few more days, it went out completely. I replaced the bulb, but the headlight still does not work. Everything I have read online indicates the ballast or igniter might need replacement. This is extremely dangerous, given that the headlights spontaneously stop working while driving.

- Allendale, MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 012008


  • 40,000 miles
1. the left headlight flickers 2. it then turns itself off 3. the message "left dipped headlight" appears 4. the message is changed to a sign indicating that the lightbulb has failed. 5. headlight completely out now 6. replaced bulb twice 7. Audi now suggests its igniter 8. several other people on this site have the same exact problem: www.fixya.com/cars/T593349-audi_A4_left_dipped_headlight_problem.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 132008

A4 4-cyl

  • 19,102 miles
2004 Audi A4 has had several repair problems. Consumer feels that the vehicle could be in an accident due to the problems. The consumer stated all of a sudden, the vehicle stopped running while in traffic. The dealer was unable to find any problems. Several months later, the engine wouldn't turn over. The battery was replaced as well as a bulb. The convertible top would not go down. An electrical part on the convertible was replaced, one of the headlights had burned out and the crank pulley was replaced.. the convertible top became stuck in the open position and had to be replaced. The convertible top replacement caused damaged to the headliner as well the drivers side window had a leak. Updated 02/07/11

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA