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Sep 22, 2002 (8:13 pm)
Reliability seems to be the most important thing for you. I would ask myself is this tied more to the expense of incurring repairs, or the time and hassle of having to bring the car into the dealer, even if they are done at no cost to you. I doubt that the Audi will be as reliable and trouble-free as the Accord, but I guarantee that it will be more fun to drive everytime you start it up. You still have one year of free service left, and you could always buy an extended warranty beyond that, if you should get nervous as the end of the first year approaches. Again I would ask myself that question above, and decide from there - good luck!
P.S. Our '98 A4 2.8Q has been nearly trouble free since buying it new in February 1998. It's got about 53,000 miles on it and still looks and runs like new, so I can tell you it is possible to have reliability as good as an Accord, and in some cases better (as I'm sure there have been many Accords of similar vintage to mine that have had more problems) but if you go by the averages, the typical Accord will be more reliable than the A4. But as I said it will NOT be as enjoyable to drive, which TO ME anyway is more important.
Sep 23, 2002 (3:41 pm)
Thanks for the feedback. Expensive repair is one thing but the hassle of having to bring the car to the shop is another concern. My wife's new Toyota Van is less than one year old and I have been back to the dealer three times (due to wrong part was ordered) to change a light fixture under its warranty. It's just a pain dealing with dealers.
Going back to the 2000 A4, I will probably make a decision tomorrow. Should I take the car to a Audi dealer to check it out before this private purchase deal and also would they fix it for free if they found something wrong or it's just a waste of time?
Sep 23, 2002 (8:01 pm)
If you have the opportunity I would definitely take the car into the dealer assuming they can make time for you on such short notice. Provided that the car hasn't been abused in some way and the previous owner has followed the Audi maintenance schedule, the dealer will fix any problems that are covered under the very comprehensive warranty, as well as do further scheduled maintenance such as oil changes, wiper blades, etc at no cost to you. You can discuss this with the dealer when you take it in, when you can also find out when the next scheduled mainenance is due and inquire about an extended warranty if that interests you. Good luck.
#83 of 2367 To Buy or Not to Buy
Sep 23, 2002 (8:27 pm)
I am looking at buying a beautiful '00 A4 2.8 Quattro (43k) at a FANTASTIC price. The only issue is that it was made for Canada and I live in the US. Does anyone see any potential problems? The title is clean, it was imported correctly, the local dealer has been servicing the car under warranty. It just seems to good to be true.
#84 of 2367 Canadian cars
Sep 23, 2002 (9:18 pm)
No problem with Canadian models, in fact, they have stronger bumpers!
#85 of 2367 Wind Noise on 02 A4
Sep 24, 2002 (8:07 am)
I have noticed this problem at highway speeds when the windows or the sunroof is open-it seems to be a vibration sounding or something, but usually cracking open the front windows when I just have the sunroof open or I will crack the rear windows if I hear the noise when just the front windows are open. I suspect that this is just the airflow over the vehicle interacting with the openings and that no amoung of dealer tweaking will ever "solve" this problem. Other than this, my Audi seems to be well-designed and I love it. No mechanical problems or complaints with over 9000 miles on my 1.8 Quattro Sedan.
#86 of 2367 Headlight and Radio Display Problems
Oct 16, 2002 (11:35 am)
I have a 2001 A4 2.8Q with just under 30K miles. Over the past 15K miles, I've had to replace each headlight twice! The trips to the dealer are getting a little frustrating, even though it's still under warranty. Has anyone else had problems with this? The dealer keeps telling me it depends on the amount of use, but I can't believe that's the case when I only use them at night or in the rain. Please let me know if anyone has had similar problems.
Separately, I've also had the radio/CD display problem with the frequency display cutting out on the dashboard. I mentioned it to the dealer and they had been instructed by Audi to replace the radio if a customer complains, not the dashboard. They replaced the radio and I've had no problems since.
Thanks for any help with the headlights.
Oct 16, 2002 (6:47 pm)
On our '98 2.8Q with over 53,000 miles we've had to replace just one headlight so far. And this just happened a couple of months ago - no burnouts until then. And this is the first "electrical" type of issue we've ever had with the car - not really a problem because you expect headlights, taillights, etc to start to go our after 4+ years and 50,000 miles. But I think in your case having to replace each headlight twice, in just 15,000 miles, is excessive. Sounds to me like it could be an electrical problem of some kind, but I suppose too that it could just be the luck of the draw (as in bad luck). If it were to happen again anytime soon I would definitely press the dealer (or a different dealer?) really hard to look at this more closely. You certainly don't want this to continue to happen regularly, especially when your car goes out of warranty (although in our case our dealer replaced our headlight for no charge, well after the warranty had expired).
#88 of 2367 RE: Headlights
Oct 20, 2002 (3:20 pm)
Thanks, JBaumgart. It looks like a new dealer who can actually answer my questions may be the answer.
#89 of 2367 Extended Warranties
Oct 22, 2002 (4:40 pm)