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1998 Audi Avant A-4 wagon speed control problem

Hi - new owner of 1998 Avant A 4, 2.8, 5 speed automatic, 2 wheel drive. Speed control does not normally work - has worked once in the past week (since owning), but every other time it does not respond or hold speed. Is this a knows problem with this model? Yup, I've checked the manual for directions (just in case...) Also looking for suggestions on good new/used parts for this car. Good local repair shop, but nearest dealer 150 miles away.
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    Thank you! Extremely good advice and service...

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Yes it is a known failure of the combination switch (the switch assembly on the left side of the column, comprising the turn signal/cruise control stalk and the headlight stalk). They're a problematic part of the B5 chassis (model year 96-01) A4 cars. The fix is to replace the switch assembly, which involves removing the airbag and steering wheel. It's not a difficult job but I recommend having it done by an experienced technician if you haven't worked with airbags before. For the part, you can find them on eBay or at Audi salvage yards like www.shokan.com (who will ship it to you), or you can spend about $150 or so for a brand-new one from www.ecstuning.com, www.germanautoparts.com. Honestly, I'd just buy a new one - if you get a used one, it may last years, or it may last days, and there's no way to know beforehand.

If you're in the northern PA, southern NY area, I can do the work for you with no trouble. Otherwise, find an independent Euro specialty shop in your area - they'll have the experience with the Audi but won't charge as much as a dealership.

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