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#633 of 637 General question
Dec 05, 2013 (11:25 am)
So I wanted to ask everyone their opinions or thoughts on the reliability of Audi's and the maintenance costs of them. I am looking to buy a used Audi, undecided on make, produced from 2000-2005. I have heard a lot of negative things about Audi's reliability and their extremely high maintenance costs. I really just do love the look of Audi's and so I am still exploring purchasing one. However, I was wondering if members of the forum had opinions if certain models from 2000-2005 were considered more reliable and had lower maintenance costs. Any and all opinions would be much appreciated.
#634 of 637 Re: General question [kanstrup]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 05, 2013 (11:30 am)
Repair and maintenance costs will be high for any German luxury car out of warranty, so the year is irrelevant to that.
As for reliability, this is very much tied to the car's past history, the car's mileage, and the competence of the shop that has previously serviced the car.
Obviously, you need to stay away from Audis with high mileage (over 100K) and/or with oil stickers on it from chain stores, or with cars that have zero service records.
Buying from an original owner who has all the service records would be best.
Also, be sure to run a CARFAX on the car and get a pre-purchase inspection before you buy.
You should plan on spending $100/150 per month on average for maintenance and normal repairs (expendable items), less gas and insurance, and presuming no major component fails.
#635 of 637 Re: General question [kanstrup]
Dec 09, 2013 (10:35 am)
nobody concerned with reliability should be looking at a used Audi.
#636 of 637 Re: General question [MrShift@Edmunds]
Dec 09, 2013 (11:02 am)
Thanks so much for your post. Yeah, I am not hearing great things about Audi reliability and maintenance. I just always loved Audi's though. Understand completely about the year may being irrelevant once out of warranty and also all the other factors you mentioned. Does one make though have better or worse issues? I have been looking at A4, A6, and A8s but I am now considering a 2005 Audi S4 as it is a great price and the mileage is well under 100,000 miles. Any thoughts on an S4 versus A4, A6, or A8s?
#637 of 637 Re: General question [kanstrup]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 09, 2013 (1:27 pm)
I think an A8 is out of the question for any number of reasons.
the S4 advice is about the same an A4--low miles, good service records, and put away $1K or so for emergencies.