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#5965 of 6042 Re: Looking to buy a 2003 A4 1.8 Turbo... HELP!! [vtlax2]
Jul 28, 2006 (10:17 am)
Hi there -
I love my Audi, but is quite pricey. I actually have nicknamed it "Pricey" just for that reason. Oil changes usually run about $75 at the dealer, and I do suggest going to the dealer for any maintenance - even minor things. I took mine for an oil change at a chain oil change place and the filter (because it was not Audi but aftermarket) caused the oil to "leak" at times. Not so much that there was a problem, but under the car where the oil plug is was a mess and I had to have the Audi garage scrub it clean. The cars are fun to drive and very attractive (I think) but it will be a bit of a headache. I have three dealerships in my area (Pittsburgh, PA) and the one where I bought the car has turned out to be real jerks. I paid over $600 to have a $200 part replaced because, basically, they took their time doing it AND I was without a car for a week!!! One other dealership is not much better. A friend has a TT and I've taken it for maintence (normal stuff-oil changes, etc.) and they are just not nice. And the third dealership is just SO pretentous. I will not take it there. Just make sure the service people at your Audi garage are very accomodating because you WILL get to know them very well. If you have a choice, I'd look for a used Acura or even BMW (no that I'll ever buy another German car). And, BTW, my Audi started having problems at 5,000 miles. It's not just older ones with high mileage.
#5966 of 6042 Check Engine Light
Jul 28, 2006 (4:02 pm)
We have a 2002 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Tiptronic. The car has 84,000Km's on it. No Problems what so ever untill .. today. the car is curently sitting in our garage and it is NOT starting..the car is turning over but the engine will not start. It just came back from the dealer 2 weeks ago from a 300point inspection oil change, tire rotate, ect..does any1 or anybody have any sort of idea what this problem could be? is it something anybody has experienced before?
#5967 of 6042 Re: Looking to buy a 2003 A4 1.8 Turbo... HELP!! [kelbelle37]
Jul 29, 2006 (2:05 pm)
do suggest going to the dealer for any maintenance - even minor
Aside from warranty work I advise you to find a good independent, they are more reasonable than dealers. I'd avoid the lube chains as well. I was quite successful with my '98 A4 in getting maintenance done by a good local Audi-VW specialist at reasonable cost not withstanding the excessively high cost of parts which they must buy thru the dealer network.
#5968 of 6042 Re: Looking to buy a 2003 A4 1.8 Turbo... HELP!! [vtlax2]
Aug 02, 2006 (5:20 pm)
I have not gone further in the stream, and my reply may be unnecessary but I would suggest that if you bought a nice car that you take it to some place other than Quik Lube. The 1.8s need reliable oil service and taking it to Thrift Lube is not going to get you the "R" in reliable. Check the posts and you may find that some owners/renters failed to properly take care of their oil changes and they suffered.
#5969 of 6042 Re: Looking to buy a 2003 A4 1.8 Turbo... HELP!! [vtlax2]
Aug 12, 2006 (11:09 am)
If you are still looking for an Audi, I would like to put my two sense in. All cars have problems or will need to fixed or maintained, but Audi's are known to be expensive when it comes to genuine parts. What it really comes down to is how well the car has been treated and maintained, and they way you choose to maintain your audi. Audi's are awesome and I am definetly a fan, I love them. What is truly appealing is the way it is built, how it drives, and the quality of the product that is impressive. For your situation, the best thing to do is not trust carfax. The idea behind it is good, but in my experience it is never accurate and cannot be trusted. Having an experienced body shop check it over is better as they can see things that you would not be able to. If you are looking to purchase this car through a bank, see if they offer extended warranties. They might not on this car because of it's title status. I have owned two audi's so far, an A4 2.8 sedan and a S4 V8. The warranty's pay for themselves. For example I paid $1500 for a 7 yr/100K extended warranty and it has paid for itself 3 times over so far because all that I am responsible for the diagnosis. Find an independent shop that is audi certified and reputable. Definetly maintain it and get oil changes regularly (I suggest synthetic), and if something starts going wrong- get it checked out ASAP before it gets worse because it is not going to go away by ignoring it. Lastly, drive and enjoy it- it's a drivers car. Good Luck.
#5970 of 6042 Re: A4 1st half of 2005 Avant 6 speed engine light [jackolantern]
Aug 12, 2006 (11:31 am)
Hope someone fixed this for you, if not- I had a similar problem. My A4 sedan had simlar symtoms and I took it to every single german car shop & the dealership and no one could figure it out. They changed everything it seems, and nothing helped. They even told me the gas myth- which is totally wrong by the way. I finally took it to an american hot rod shop where they asked me to take it for a test drive while they rode in the passenger seat. In less than 5 minutes going around a block at 25 mph- the mechanic told me that it was the spark plug HARNESS. The only thing that no one had changed yet. He was right. After weeks of the run around, and the confusion he had solved my Audi's problem with a $40 fix.
#5971 of 6042 pre-2000 A4's - good 1st car?
Aug 14, 2006 (6:20 am)
Hi folks... I haven't posted here in about 6 years, but that was over on some Ford boards. Lately my wife and I have been looking for a wagon to replace one of our 2-door coupes, mainly for baby hauling =) I searched the regional inventory for wagons under $10k (our budget limit) and under 100k miles and to my surprise a few '98 and '99 A4 Avant Quattros came up. Now I've really only owned domestic cars and the prospect of our new "family" car being a fancy German ride is pretty appealing but also scary. I've done quite a bit of research including reading most of this forum, but I've mostly found information on 2001+ models, none of which are near $10k around here.
So I was hoping someone out there could take a stab at a couple questions I had. Basically, am I setting myself up for a reliability disaster if I buy a '98/'99 Avant with 80+k miles on it? What sorts of things can I identify from a test drive that foreshadow huge problems? Thanks for any help anyone can provide!!
#5972 of 6042 Re: pre-2000 A4's - good 1st car? [engufgne]
Aug 16, 2006 (4:01 pm)
Basically, am I setting myself up for a reliability disaster if I buy a '98/'99 Avant with 80+k miles on it? What sorts of things can I identify from a test drive that foreshadow huge problems? Thanks for any help anyone can provide!!
Maybe, maybe not. I'd still have my '98 Avant if my wife hadn't insisted on keeping her blasted Saab. I had a great experience with
Bronzehilde for five years.
Have it checked out by an Audi specialist, (it'll be the best $100 you ever spent) maintain it religiously and you'll be alright at least for 2-3 years IMO.
Sep 05, 2006 (10:51 am)
I've got an '01 A4 1.8T, and maintenance is starting to get expensive at the dealer.
I'm curious - what is the best way to go about finding a mechanic to work on it? My local place where I took an old car would say yes, they work on Audi's. I think everyone will say they work on them to get the business.
For anyone in the Northern Virginia area with a specific shop in mind, do let me know!
#5974 of 6042 Re: A4 Mechanic [mdx4me1]
Sep 06, 2006 (10:35 am)
Geez, don't go to the stealer. Look in the yellow pages for someone who advertises that they are a VW-Audi specialist and you'll save considerably.
I live near a small city of 35,000 that has such a specialist, I'm sure there are many in the DC area.
It doesn't hurt to ask around either.