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#21 of 36 Re: Buying a Used A4 [fkuciapa]
Dec 01, 2007 (7:49 am)
Well, just for your information, I bought my 2003 Audi convertible about six months ago and so far it's been a great car. It's my first Audi. I know what you mean about reliability and maintenence. I have a mechanic I've been going to for more than 20 years and he takes great care of our cars. So I'm praying this one lasts a long time. Thanks for your post though. I'll let you know how it holds up in the coming months.
#22 of 36 Re: 2003 Audi A4 convertible [jeep53]
Feb 22, 2008 (6:00 am)
Check the manual for the car in regards to fuel. For a turbo, I sincerely doubt anything but premium should be used unless you want problems. The clowns at Jack Daniels Audi in Upper Saddle River sold an A4 3.0L to me and told me it uses regular. It does not. I found that out after I had the car.
Perelli tires are pretty good, and so far they seem to be a good match to the car.
Whatever oil Audi suggests is best, but you can't go wrong with a good synthetic oil. My Corvette only gets Mobil 1, but Royal Purple has been used by alot of guys I know, and they swear by it.
Whatever you do, stay away from Jack Daniels Audi. They are terrible as far as service, and their sales department are the worst. They are true to all the stories you hear about what low- lifes car salesmen can be.
#23 of 36 buying a used A4
Mar 02, 2008 (3:53 pm)
I'm looking to spend in the 'low 20's" for a car, and have the option of either buying a new Sentra, Scion, Altima, etc. or perhaps a 3 yr old A4 with appx. 30,000 miles. I'd like for the car to be a bit of fun...Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
#25 of 36 2003-2005 Used A4 purchase
Mar 07, 2008 (8:42 am)
This will be my first semi-new car purchase and I am looking heavily into the Audi A4 or possibly the infiniti G35.
Im basically trying to get some advice as far as buying and maintaining whatever car I choose.
Im looking for a somewhat low cost of ownership past the initial payments.
I have already been financed with capitolone auto, up to 16.5k, 5.94% APR.
From my research, I believe this is a pretty good deal, and I wanted to get privately financed so I can just buy the car w/ cash.
Im going to look into some dealerships, but I feel that the car I want will cost too much at a dealer, but I also would love to have a certified Audi warranty.
The cars I'm looking at on auto trader are generally 2003-2005 and have around 50-65k miles, but have been meticulously maintained and the previous owners have all documentation relating to the maintenance.
So my question is, would it be a wise decision to purchase a used audi with that many miles, as long as the previous owner has babied it, and as long as he can prove ALL scheduled maintenance with documentation.
Can anyone help me weigh these options?
#26 of 36 Re: buying a used A4 [ptine]
Mar 12, 2008 (5:31 pm)
I just traded in my 2006 A4 quattro 2.0 with 37K highway miles. It was a great car, just didn't meet my needs anymore. The dealer put it on the lot with an asking price of $22K, and I'm sure he had room to come down. That car would be a great deal/car for anyone. If you bought it, you'd be in a completely different world driving it than the cars you mentioned - there could be no comparison. Take your time and check AutoTrader.com or other sites regularly and you'll fine one. You'll never regret it. Try to find one that is Audi certified and you get a great used car warranty to boot. Good luck.
#27 of 36 Re: 2003 Audi A4 convertible [jeep53]
Mar 12, 2008 (5:34 pm)
Don't mess around with the 1.8 turbo - use premium fuel every fill-up like the manual says. Believe it or not I used the dealer's service department for oil changes. They were competitive and I used synthetic oil. Enjoy the car - they are great.
#28 of 36 Re: 2003 Audi A4 convertible [pats1]
Mar 16, 2008 (11:47 am)
Thanks very much for your reply. I'm taking delivery in a few days on a 2004 3.0 convertible with 27,000 miles for 24K. Car is in fine shape. Took a test drive and was very pleased with the ride. Thanks again for your input and advice!
Mar 30, 2008 (1:33 pm)
We are currently looking at a 2006 A4 3.2L Quattro with 22,500k. It has a clean title and the regular maintenance was performed at Audi dealer per Carfax. Most of the nightmares I have read involve the 1.8 and 2.0. Is the six cylinder a little more reliable? Have there been less problems? Thanks for any replies.
#30 of 36 certified service loaner?
Jul 06, 2009 (5:28 pm)
A local dealer has a couple of '09 A4 2.0T Quattro service loaners. They've got a bit over 10K miles on them. Both are certified. The one I saw and drove looked clean and drove well. I like the idea of paying less than I'd pay for a new one.
Still, the idea that the car has been driven like a rental for however many months gives me pause. Are my concerns reasonable? Should the fact that it's certified make me feel more comfortable?