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#75 of 148 Smokey Mountains
Aug 24, 2008 (12:34 pm)
2 years ago around the same time of year my new 2006 Audi A4 Quattro left me stranded in the Smokey Mountains (alleged faulty starter). I was very upset to say the least and vented on this site. Iím sure you can find the posting if you went back and searched for it.
Anyhow, itís only fair to Audi that I follow-up with this posting. Since the traumatic experience in 2006 our Audi, which now has 55k miles, has been very reliable. More importantly, I just came back from the Smokey Mountains without incident. Yes, I gave the car another chance and dared the trip once again. You can imagine the fear when I pulled into the same spot where it left me stranded, fortunately the car started this time and continued to perform throughout the trip. I thought for sure the water pump or the radiator would blow considering it was 100 degrees in the hot sun with the air on climbing steep road ways to boot. But, to my surprise, it hung in there.
So my Audi has redeemed itself and may even go into another when the tires fall off this one. Hopefully, that will be some time from now.
Jan 01, 2009 (5:07 pm)
Hello. I'm a Marine currently on deployment and am looking at getting a used car when I come back (in a few months). I'll have about $15K to spend on something, and have always admired the look of Audis. I've always wanted to own one and have been thinking about a 2003ish A4. After reading post after post in this section, i've been trying to figure out the most reliable A4 out there and how not to get caught up spending obscene amounts of money on it. Correct me if I'm wrong but, from what I gather from posters, the CVT has problems - so go with a manual (I was going to anyway). Also, the 3.0 seems to have a lot less problems than the 1.8. And if I'm out of warranty and start having problems, ditch the car immediately before it totally drains my wallet (and good luck trying to get any help from the dealership or AoA.) But, if i treat it well and do the maintenance like I should, it'll help the situation...oh, and carry a screwdriver and some ignition coils in the trunk. Is that about the speed of things? Any other advice would also be appreciated, especially on what to check for and questions to ask (Audi-reliability specific) while on the dealer lot.
#77 of 148 Re: Audi or other? [partybynight]
Jan 02, 2009 (6:13 am)
Hey partybynight, as a former Audi owner and someone looking to possibly buy another Audi, I can't recommend buying any Audi that is out of warranty. Things that could go wrong: (1) Anything electronic could simply stop working (screwdriver won't help with that); (2) You are correct about the trans - stick with a manual; (3) Sooner or later the car will leak some or all fluids - so check under the car and engine out thoroughly before you buy; (4) Brake rotors are known to warp - check this out in a test drive and have a mechanic check them with an instrument. My advice: Unless you can get an extended warranty on a 2003 A4 model, perhaps an Infiniti G35 is a better way to go. Just my 2 cents.
#78 of 148 Re: Audi or other? [partybynight]
Jan 02, 2009 (6:42 am)
The 1.8T / 2.0T engines in a used Audi are tough to call. If well maintained, that engine will run & run & run (my VW Passat 1.8T went 225k miles when I sold it and was still running strong). I did oil changes at 5000 miles w/ Mobil 1, 0w40.
However, if you had some clown who owned the car before you who was casual about the oil changes (frequency) or used regular oil (not synth), then watch out !!
So... that would make me leery about buying a used 4 cyl turbo...
Jan 05, 2009 (10:19 pm)
Im new to this site adn the other forums are unresponsive. im currently in the market for a new 2009 bmw 335i or the audi A5. from what i've been reading, I'm really starting to question the Audi. Seems like people have major problems or no problems at all. My family's had a few Audis before and steer far away from it these days. but the new A5 looks are stunning. And with the bad economy there are many on the lot, at least in the DC area. Our family's had bmws as well and had some problems there too, but Consumer Reports seem to favor Audis more and more these days. Any problems with Audi's technology? since im opting for the premium tech and nav package. (both cars)
#81 of 148 Re: not a great experience [cneff]
Jan 08, 2009 (2:17 pm)
Interesting comments. I was thinking of getting an 06-07 a4 at auction, however, having read some of these messages and others on different forums, I'll be going for a Toyota / Honda.
cneff, no you weren't unlucky. My dad bought a two year old Audi with low mileage and had numerous faults and a real 'ding dong' with Audi dealership.
I personally know of a friend of the family who is a barrister. She bought a brand new Audi and had so many problems with the car and received such poor service from Audi, that she sued them in court and won. In the end she returned the car and received a full refund after further legal proceedings. I think they picked on the wrong cookie on this occasion.
Funny really, because lots of consumer reviews rate Audi's highly. This is probably due to consumer satisfaction with the product i.e., people turn a blind eye to problems because they love the brand. People are always more discerning if they're not so caught up in the image and brand.
Note, if your Audi is out of warranty, go see an independant specialist to get better service and 30-40% off your labour bills. If your still in warranty, you can always say a little prayer.
#82 of 148 Re: Audi or BMW [goldendragon18]
Jan 10, 2009 (11:21 am)
I'm an Audi FanBoi. Here's my take... Audis have improved considerably over the last few years. Now Audis are almost as reliable as Korean cars.
I'm on my third A4, a modified '06 bought in August of '05, and in that entire time the only issue that I've had is one check engiine light. And I'm not particularly easy on my car. Modded it puts out > 250 hp and I wore out my OEM tires in around 11,000 miles (rough housing in corners).
The apparent secret for Audi ownership is dumb luck and hope that you get a good one (you probably will). Next is having a good dealership to work with when something unexpected does spring up.
Now about that A5 vs 335i... Both cars look great but the A5 wins out over the 335i. But OTOH, have you driven either car much? The 335i is a hot rod and will knock the socks off the A5. The best reason for the A5 is the quattro system, which works nicely with the Audi. The BMW X drive option on the 335i just doesn't cope with the Bimmer's torque too well... just stamp the gas and feel the torque steer.
However, if you don't need the awd, then that's a mote point.
Next month I should be in my next A4, an Avant with my first auto tranny ever
#83 of 148 bought used audi
May 26, 2009 (12:13 am)
I've bought my 2002 audi tt and I did not know the seller before because I decided to buy used audi
#84 of 148 A4 quattro 2.0 acceleration hesitation
Jun 13, 2009 (3:39 am)
I just purchased an 06 A4 and I really like the car, my question is, the 6 speed auto. tranny shifts like a dream, but I noticed that there seems to be some hesitation when I accelerate at low speeds when driving in traffic. Is this a problem,or is this a characteristic of the way the car actually drives? I'm thinking of taking the car to an audi shop, and having someone who knows these cars, to test drive it .