Last post on Oct 05, 2011 at 12:09 AM
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Audi allroad quattro, Car Buying, Car Values, Wagon
#1 of 3 Audi Allroad: Risky Used Vehicle?
Aug 16, 2011 (10:12 pm)
My mechanic said that while he was uncomfortable recommending this vehicle, one of his customers has their Allroad for sale and since he's worked on it since day one, he thought he'd let me know about it. It's got about 170 000 km on it and has had 'all the work done' (torque converter, water pump, timing belt, new tires, etc. etc.). For about $8000 it seems like a great deal....until I go to the nearest Audi dealership and the guys tell me to stay far away from the Allroad unless I want to spend $5k a year in maintenance. They say I should go for an A4 3.0 wagon instead (I want a wagon and need to spend under $10k).
The Allroad is a great car though, and I'm having a tough time talking myself out of it....any feedback on the risk factor would be great from Allroad owners.
#2 of 3 Re: Audi Allroad: Risky Used Vehicle? [dowaddings]
Oct 04, 2011 (2:06 pm)
I've owned two allroads. It's an awesome car. Audi's are the Best cars.... under warranty.
Your mechanic was exaggerating, but not lying. The allroad is incredibly expensive to maintain. A transmission, used is about $1900-2600 guaranteed for a year. But that's only a year. The sensors at each corner (it has complex air suspension) go out all the time. The are leveling sensors and also react to driving conditions.
You can only use special coolant for this car. You can't just buy something off the shelf. VW's are like this as well.
All in all, I love the car but will have to sell it when I get it back up and running. I make over six figures and it's still too expensive for me to maintain in my opinion. Unless you have thousands of dollars tucked away that you don't mind blowing on maintenance for a rapidly depreciating car.. I would advise you stay away.
However, there is one alternative. Buy the V8. They are not nearly as hard to work on, from a shop perspective, than the 2.7T. They also have steering wheel shifting and heated steering wheels, which after 2001/2002... were ONLY available on the V8 versions.
#3 of 3 Re: Audi Allroad: Risky Used Vehicle? [arondale]
Oct 05, 2011 (12:09 am)
Thanks Arondale, great summary. I ended up taking it to the dealership for a pre-purchase inspection and they found a bunch of stuff that 'could' be a problem...even taking into account the dealer service b.s. factor, it was enough to scare me off. I ended up buying an '02 Volvo t5 wagon with about 100 000 km vs. 170 000 km on the Audi....I feel less fear:)