2005 Audi A4 - Shoulda bought a Lexus

Engine likes to drink a lot of wine. You need a lot of money for repairs to drive these cars, period. Who cares for the name. Should had bought a Lexus.

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What kind of engine do you have, wine doesn’t have enough alcohol content for any engine to run on that I know of.

Lexus over Audi every time.

Car is only 16-17 years old, doesn’t it have to be 21 to drink wine?


Not in Europe, where it came from.


I strongly suggest that you enroll it in AAA.
No, not the towing and road service company!
You should enroll it in Automobile Alcoholics Anonymous.



I fully don’t expect a response but I will ask anyway.
Before blaming the car my questions to you are…
Did you buy it new or used?
If new, what kind of oil change regimen have you used; both as to time and miles?
How often, if ever, does the hood come up to check the oil level?
Depending upon your answers, the cause may be you or a prior owner. I know. It’s not my fault; a way too common attitude in today’s society…

You could have ended up with one of these Lexxi…(tongue in cheek)

I don’t stand behind any car, I don’t want an inattentive driver to back over me!


Should have done your home work researching the different models before you bought. :roll_eyes:


The commonest cause of radiator leaks in not very old vehicles is from stone or gravel puncturing the front of radiator tubes. This is NOT covered by any warranty.

Lexus- the car for people who would otherwise buy a Toyota,but think they don’t cost enough to befit their status.


Or the car for folks who want something nicer than a Toyota…

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A 17 year old Lexus wouldn’t be an inexpensive vehicle to own unless you buy your parts at the local self serve auto salvage yard.

Every Lexus vehicle is equipped with air conditioning, the A/C condenser is exposed to road damage, the radiator is relatively protected.

I have replaced more than 100 Lexus radiators, they all leak from the plastic tank or tank seal.

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Pretty much every aluminum radiator with plastic end tanks that I’ve replaced has been due to leaks where the end tanks are joined to the aluminum radiator. Is that the most common leak point on all brands? Seems like it is, from my limited experience of 5 or 6 radiator replacements.

As a matter of fact, one of the new radiators I installed leaked when new at the end tank. That was a fun day.

My Lexus ES300 cracked the tank near the top hose boss, caused by a bad motor mount letting the engine rock, flexing the tank.

The Toyota truck I owned which shall henceforth be referred to by the name my crane operator gave it, “the world’s ugliest Tacoma”, was leaking at the end tanks when I bought it. And apparently for quite a while before I acquired it judging by the brown mist underhood from rusty water spraying from the seam.

I guess I am betraying my age. I have owned more cars without a/c than with and many of the cars I had with a/c had radiators that were much larger than the a/c condenser.

A/c did not become necessary in our climate until the elimated the flow through vents, wing windows,and did not shut off hot coolant to the heater when you shut off the heat.

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That makes two of us

To bad they d0n’t make them that way any more my two old trucks stil have them.

Back in the “good ole days”, there were accessories available to make low end cars look like expensive cars. When Cadillac introduced the “fishtail” taillights back in 1948, bolt on “fishtail” lights became available so one could make a 1949 Chevrolet look like a Cadillac. If you were impressed with the portholes Buick introduced on its 1949 models, there were fake bolt-on portholes that could make almost any car resemble a Buick. If you had the yearning for a Packard, but only had a second hand Ford budget, a bolt on Swan hood ornament was available. Even better, if you longed for a Rolls Royce, but could only afford a VW Beetle, a hood with a fake Rolls Royce grill was available so you could impress people with your ride.
We need something along the same line today so that Toyota’s Corolla and VW’s Golf can be made to resemble a Lexus or an Audi.

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My two favorites the 40 Ford kit for the Beetle and the Bullet nose kit for the El Camino/Malibu.

Or maybe this…


An Audi owner told me a dealer wanted $802 to replace his thermostat. Warning to all.