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#7 of 36 2003 Audi A4 convertible
Jul 05, 2007 (10:32 am)
I just purchased a 2003 A4 convertible. So far it's a fun car to drive, especially when the turbo kicks in. I'm still getting used to everything. I just had a question about the ESP. Is that supposed to be on all the time or just in certain conditions? This is my first Audi and I'm still learning about the car. Any help anyone can give would be appreciated.
#8 of 36 Re: 2003 Audi A4 convertible [jeep53]
Jul 05, 2007 (3:19 pm)
You know what, more people will probably see your question if you post it here: Audi A4 2004 and earlier.
Congrats and enjoy!!
#9 of 36 2003 Audi A4 convertible
Jul 05, 2007 (4:06 pm)
I just recently purchased a used 2003 A4 convertible. So far it's fun to drive and looks great. I'm still getting used to everything on the car. This is my first Audi. My question is does the ESP switch have to be on all the time or just in certain driving conditions? Any help anyone can give would be appreciated. Thanks!!
#10 of 36 Re: 2003 Audi A4 convertible [jeep53]
Jul 06, 2007 (5:01 am)
Did you see my post above yours? That link really will take you to a better place to ask your question since you've already bought your car. This discussion is aimed more toward helping people decide if they want to buy any particular used A4. Check it out!
#11 of 36 Feedback on Used 2001 A4 1.8
Jul 06, 2007 (10:38 am)
I found a used A4, low miles (57K) at a fair asking price. The carfax report came back clean and the dealer has been pretty upfront about the car history. I am seriously considering it but I am now a little reluctant based upon some of the reviews posted on this site. I am currently a Honda driver and do basic care on my car...if I buy an Audi will I need to do more than just your regular oil changes, brake pads, etc?
Thank you for your input.
#12 of 36 Re: Feedback on Used 2001 A4 1.8 [emw3296]
Jul 06, 2007 (12:18 pm)
While I am a fan of the blown VW/Audi engines, I would suggest that you do a little research first before buying your car AND get a complete service history from the car. If there is no service history, then it is a potentially risky buy.
You can start your research at the following link (which includes other links that you should explore as well). Once you've sifted through the various posts, you'll be much better able to make an informed purchase.
geewillie, "Motor oils for A3 and similar Audi/VW turbo 4s" #1, 4 Jun 2007 1:31 am
#13 of 36 Re: Feedback on Used 2001 A4 1.8 [emw3296]
Jul 25, 2007 (5:33 pm)
I just bought a 2003 A4 Quattro 3.0 with about 55,000 miles. Clean as a pin, looks and drives like new and even still smells new. Clean carfax report and the local Audi dealer ran the VIN history which confirmed that the previous owner completed every scheduled maintenance at his/her Audi dealer. I bought it at a good price and am loving it. Sports package with Bose Symphony!
#14 of 36 1.8T or 3.0 6sp manual
Aug 23, 2007 (2:28 pm)
I am in the market for a '03, "04 or '05 A4 and have been trying to decide between the two different engine types. I have driven both and like the feel of the turbo, but like the heft of the 6 cylinder. Should I base my decision solely on feel? Are there any concerns with turbo and/or is the 3.0 a gas guzzler. Please advise. Also what about the AWD option any concern there as well. This will be my first Audi. Thank you.
#15 of 36 Re: 1.8T or 3.0 6sp manual [pjb2]
Aug 23, 2007 (4:34 pm)
I think it depends on what you want to do. The turbo cars have a lot more options as far as modifying goes. There are performance chips, bigger turbos, exhaust systems etc. Very little modding can be done with the six cylinder cars. That being said, the 6 cyl cars have more power than the turbos without mods. They idle smoother, and if you don't have a lead foot, mileage isn't bad. Also, I think the non turbo cars are a bit more dependable at higher mileages than the turbos. Just my opinion though. A well cared for turbo can be very dependable too.
The quattro AWD is the only way to go with an Audi. Excellent system, and dependable.
Remember, most European cars are going to need more maintenance than Japanese cars. A lot of people have mentioned that they would never own an Audi without a good warranty.
A good place to get the scoop on Audis is www.audizine.com. Lot's of knowledgeable folks there.
#16 of 36 Re: 1.8T or 3.0 6sp manual [604doc]
Aug 23, 2007 (5:09 pm)
Thank you for that advice. I really appreciate your perspective and insight on what can be done to engines in the world of after market tweaking. I was not thinking that way at all. I was more thinking reliability and trade-off. I really want the AWD but I was not sure that it would really make that much difference. I am leaning that way now. It really did not take much to convince me of the AWD.
As for the service, I am usually a stickler for maintenance so I should be ok on that front as long as the previous owner was diligent. I will also think of that extended warranty. Thanks for the link.