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#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.
#5975 of 6042 Re: A4 Mechanic [andys120]
Sep 06, 2006 (10:45 am)
Does just saying they are specialists make them specialists, or is there some type of certification/other documentation that I should ask about?
Again, I've had a couple of the major chains out here say they do work on Audi's, but I don't think thay make's them experts in them.
Thanks for the quick reply, by the way.
Oct 03, 2006 (9:00 pm)
I bought a 1.8T fronttrac A4 new in 2003. I was never satisifed with the handling; even took it in a couple of times to have it checked. Eventually I just accepted how the car drove. It never occurred to me to suspect the original equipment tires (Pirellli P6). Finally, after 3 years, I wore the front ones down and replaced them with new Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Positions.
The difference is so stunning I was almost depressed. The car handles like a completely different car. Now I understand why I was getting passed by SUVs on the twisties. Before, the car always felt vague and wandery when driving; it took work to keep it pointed straight on the freeway, and more effort to track properly in hard turns. Now, it handles so well I'm speechless. Easy and solid on the freeway, and practically defies the laws of physics when you push it. Now I see why people rave about the A4 so much. The new tires are also quieter and soak up rough pavement better (important here in the San Francisco bay area). No snow here, so they'll be fine all year round I think.
I wish I'd replaced all four of those damn tires the first day I bought the car! That's why I said I was almost depressed, thinking about wasting the first 3 years of my car's life. If you're going to spend $25K to $35K on a car, it's well worth a few extra hundreds to get tires that let it perform like it was meant to. I'm not big on upgrading my car, pretty much keep my cars stock, but this is one upgrade that is well worth considering.
Oct 10, 2006 (3:18 pm)
I`ve got a topic for you: I want to decide between 2 A4's but I can`t actually point one. Here it goes: the first A4 has 170k Km (110k miles) on it, but its sold by a Audi Dealer; the second one has 130k KM (80k miles) on it and its sold by a Used Car Dealer (which i don`t really trust generally). They`re both manuals, 1.8T Quattro, 2002, and the price dif is just $1K for the one with less mileage, they even have the same packs. The Audi Dealer also has the car with 18pics on the net and it really looks nice and the interior looks new (even when zooming). So my question is: Should I buy the one from the Audi Dealer or from the Used Car Dealer?
Btw, the prices are $15.995 (first-170k) and $16.900 (second-130k). One is blue and the other is silver, both with 17" rims, if that'll make a dif.
#5978 of 6042 '04 AUDI A4 1.8T
Oct 27, 2006 (11:36 am)
I am trying to determine whether or not it makes financial sense to purchase my Audi at the end of my lease. It's an '04 that I leased in '03 for 39 months/10k miles a year. I only have 20.5k miles on it and the buyout price is almost $20k (including tax). It has leather and sunroof which I think is the premium package but doesn't have the sports package. The market seems to indicate this is a good price but I am still unsure.
Thank you in advance for any feedback.