by Bob on Nov 19, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan
Fun to drive. Not fun to service. Belt tensioner went south at 60K, ($700 repair) ECM at 70K ($600 repair) plus electrical and AC problems. Recommended service always on time at a independent Audi shop. Parts should not be failing at this rate. Audi service manager said that these vehicles exhibit problems, and listed about 10. Suggested I buy a 2005 A4. My company cars (Ford, Chevys) are more reliable though not as fun to drive. OK, we're selling this A4 and buying a new 06 Civic. Fun to drive, tight body, go kart handling etc. Not worth the $$$ to replace poorly designed components. You can get the same performance looks etc., in other cars.
by Ammad on Nov 12, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan
Bought my Audi A4 1.8T in 2000. The
car was great, and it is so much fun
to drive. It is a pleasure to drive
in the snow. However, some how after 50,000
miles or so. I started hearing some rattling. The
dealerhips have no customer service,
and they are really rude. They charge
you thousands of dollars for parts and
labor charges that sometimes are more
expensive than the super expensive
parts. Then you get electrical
problems that cost $1,500 each to fix.
Be prepared to spend a lot of money in
maintaining this car. And even then
sometimes I think was it worth it?
Right now going between a G35 or a new
by dashh on Jan 30, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan
I have been more than impressed with
my A4's outstanding interior, smooth
good looks, exceptional build quality
and ride. It has generous trunk space
and front seats are very comfortable,
altho rear passengers lack legroom.
It's also quite affordable! The 1.8
turbo with 5 speed stick delivers
smooth power (no noticeable lag) and
enough horses to run with V6s. I've
been disappointed with reliability,
needing to replace headlight bulbs
repeatedly, and the rack & pinion
steering system. While the ride is
nice, I'd prefer it stiffer for
enthusiastic driving, but replacing
the tires with some Kumhos vastly
A cheaper Audi A4 1.8T debuts, featuring a 150-horsepower, 20-valve, turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine and a base price in the low 20s. The 2.8 gains a revised deck lid and expanded central locking features. All models have new cloth upholstery, and the console and armrests are trimmed with the same fabric as the seats. Three new colors debut for 1997.
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