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Audi A4, Auto Repair, Sedan
#31 of 148 Re: *Yawn* [fkuciapa]
Dec 02, 2007 (1:29 pm)
It is never surprising on these post sites to hear horror stories. Our family is on our 4th Audi, and getting ready to look at a new A5 once they are available. (The S5 price is a bit steep!) My current 2002 A4 3.0 has been a truly great car. Now at about 100k mile, and I'm getting ready to replace the timing belt (which is expensive, I'll admit) but a necessary preventive item. The car has never stranded us, and the only repairs out of pocket have been brakes, tires, etc. It was hit in the back end once by a cell-phone-using teenager at close to 50 mph. The car crumpled where it should, and was repairable. I was fine. Great cars.
#32 of 148 Re: Audi Reliability [fkuciapa]
Dec 03, 2007 (1:11 pm)
I think you just proved my point with all that writing. You obvioiusly have an axe to grind.
All I am saying is people who get burned are the ones who complain, and loudly. I know I would; however, I would rather look at empirical evidence than get scared by rantings on a message board. No offense.
#33 of 148 A4 3.0 vs 1.8??
Dec 04, 2007 (12:16 pm)
Hi gang, this past Saturday I went to my dealer to clear a check engine light on my 2005 A4, Quattro 1.8L (5 times already yeeepeeeeey, I think that by now, I am an expert in clearing the "code"). Since I was the last car they service that day, I got to talk to the mechanics for quite a while and they shared with me something that I don't know if some of you guys have hear before. He indicated that the 3.0 and the 3.2 (06 and 07) are virtually trouble free or at least have far less problems than the 1.8 or 2.0. He went as far as to tell me that he would have bought a used 3.0/3.2 than a new 1.8 (at the time I had bought mine in 05) or a 2.0.
Have any of you heard this before? and for those of you that are 3.0 or 3.2 owners, have you have a good experience with your car aside from the regular maintance?
#34 of 148 Re: Audi A4 AWD 100K [skreen]
Dec 05, 2007 (2:42 am)
Don't even THINK about buying an Audi, new or used. You have been warned.
#35 of 148 Re: Audi A4 AWD 100K [gertrudeaudi]
Dec 08, 2007 (10:08 am)
Any new Audi with the new grill and engines 05.5 on up is far superior to anything they've done in the past. Even the 02-04's are not that bad. It's the older 90's models thru 2001 that had more problems that I would try to stay from.
Even consumer reports which is usually hard on German cars and Audi now recommends the newer A4 2.0T. Audi is having record sales and profits in the US market in 2007. They wouldn't be selling all these cars if they were junk.
Stay away from older 01 on down used Audis, and be selective about used 02-04's as well.
#36 of 148 new audi reliability
Dec 09, 2007 (10:55 pm)
consume reports recommended the audi a4 in 2000. The problems with audi are age related. The seals, sensors, and electric parts start to break after 5 or 6 years. If you lease or keep cars for 4 or 5 years, you are fine with audi/vw.
Dec 12, 2007 (4:18 pm)
I am seriousley interested in a used, 2004 audi a4 1.8T Quattro with the ultra sport package, and i was interested in peoples opinions about the reliability. this is really my only concern, because i heard from a friend that the 1.8T is a great engine IFF you PERFECTLY maintain it, and if you miss one oil change the engine can become very unreliable and expensive to replace. also, i think it is a little sluggish, having to tugg around a heavy car with a 4wd system so i was considering putting some type of a chip in from a reputable company used in one of car and driver's golf gti's. would this make the engine even more unreliable? thanks for any info and advice!
#38 of 148 its just the best of the best
Dec 13, 2007 (7:20 am)
Audi A4 best ride ever.
#39 of 148 Re: Audi A4 AWD 100K [shipo]
Dec 19, 2007 (5:57 am)
I love my 2001 A4 1.8T wagon (Avant) AND I have regularly invested about $2000 a year in maintenance/repairs since about 60K around 3 years old. I put about 20K miles/year on it and enjoy my commutes. You just need to make sure the following have been taken care of or you will pay for it. The former owner should have done this if he/she was a good owner...
full-synthetic oil changes every 6 months or 10K miles (Mobil 1 or BMW oil)
brakes (both front and back) BOTH pads & rotors replaced or you will have to do it.
Coolant flushed at least once
Brake oil flushed/replaced at least once (for a few extra $ this can be done during a brake pad replacement job).
New battery (make sure it is a more-expensive sealed type)
and ask if the fuel pump has been replaced (it goes about 100 - 120K, mine went right at 100K) as it vibrates loudly under the passenger seating area (the pump is attached to the fuel tank!).
Good luck - James
#40 of 148 Re: Audi A4 AWD 100K [leejamesk]
Dec 19, 2007 (6:02 am)
And I forgot to mention to check/replace ALL the critical rubber hoses as it gets very hot under the hood. Check on the coolant and ESPECIALLY the turbo-crankcase vacuum hoses. If these turbo-vacuum hoses leak, your turbo will not work and a engine check light goes off.