I bought my A4 when it was 3 years old and it had come off a lease. I have had the car for 16 years and even at 20 years old it is still going strong. The only reason I am getting a new one is because I want some of the new technology. I also just put $900 in repairs in it and feel that at 20 years old it may start needing more attention. I have keep it for all these years because it was a so reliable, heavy, safe car. Even at 20 years old it gives a wonderful smooth ride.
I bought my A4 at 201,000 and it runs like a dream. After a few simple maintenance repairs (oil change and new battery) it quickly became the car of my dreams. Every now and then it likes to act up, but I chalk that up to its quirky personality. I wouldn't trade my 96 A4 for my friends 95 A6 if you paid me. For me my car is absolutely perfect and amazing. I cannot sing higher praises to my car. I love it.
Lead: Never Follow. Thats truly what Audi is all about. My lil' yellow rocket has so much in such a compact car. The 172HP V6 has plenty of get-up and go and has excellent handling and still a very smooth ride. Of course there is the fear of german cars, but I myself have not had many problems with mine. Other than basic maintenance, I've never had a problem. With 124,000 miles, this engine has plenty left too. And with the 1996 worth a measly $5-$6k, you can get style, comfort, and performance at a great price. And with Quattro, you can't co wrong. It adds versatility to the list as well. Overall, I would highly recommend this car to anyone, young or old.
My car is the FWD 2.8 with 5 spd. auto.
The car is very smooth to drive and
steers nicely. Strong brakes but the
engine isn't the strongest. Great for
long drives. Maintanance is costly
compared to a honda/toyota/nissan but
not out of line. Engine consumes zero
oil at 65K. MPG is 23 mix or 27
highway. Some electrical glitches but
Love the car. I'm the third owner. I
have had to replace the air
conditioner, and recently, the
transmission. That means I will be
keeping it for at least a couple more
years to recover those costs. It is
in excellent shape and drives like a
dream, so I have no problems with
that. Warning: all problems should be
addressed early when they show up.
Interior and exterior design. Nice
scooty size - not too big nor too
small. Fun driving experience both for
city and highway, and easy to fit into
tight parking spaces.
Cupholders, rear leg room (not much of
a problem for me - mostly only 2
people in the car at any one time.) We
have a van for larger crowds.