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11 years old still great
By oldaudi on 02/16/08 10:43 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

This car is now 11 years old and it still drives great. It has 128,000 miles on it and still feels like new. The interior holds up well as does the exterior body and paint. It handles great in snow and ice. Repairs are very costly on these cars. I think reliablity is better than a lot of american cars but comes nowhere close to a Honda or Toyota. I've have to replace 2 controls arms, which was a common problem with these early models. I replaced the clutch after 60 miles which seems pretty weak to me. As far as routine maintenance the most expensive is 90k miles about $1000.
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The Dream Car
By Chris Hernandez on 08/26/07 03:53 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 2.8 4dr Sedan

Review

From the first day that I test drove the Audi I fell in love with it. Performance, luxury and comfort were all as promised. It's very fun to drive and exterior is a work of art. Thanks Audi for making great cars year after year.
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Expensive
By hitman0304 on 06/04/07 23:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

Bought for 5k, over 3k spent on ball joints (bad design), tie-rod ends, sway bar links, steering rack and hose, lots of money! Suspension design is a joke with the exception of the struts, never need to replace, stupid stuff can break like my $1780 steering rack/hose installation. Good vehicle for a high roller who can afford to be robbed on parts and labor.
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So far, so good
By jonah5 on 05/04/07 08:50 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 1.8T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

I bought this car new in 1997 and has thankfully been very reliable. Around 1997 I lowered the car with new springs and shocks but otherwise left it stock. Just changed the timing belt a year ago, but other than that no major mechanical issues. I changed the brake pads myself around 60,000 miles (the easiest and fastest brakes I've ever done). The exhaust finally rusted out by the flextube so I've installed a new Borla exhaust. Great drive, still feels full of quality, no rust, paint looks new after a wash. No regrets buying this car.
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Great Car
By Josh on 01/21/07 20:54 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

Great car, suspension is fantastic, although the exterior is ok. It can be easily spiced up a bit by adding an RS4 body kit. They will then look fantastic. Outstanding car for the miles that are on mine, 101000.
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Poor quality car
By Edwin on 07/18/06 22:48 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 1.8T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

Like our Audi A6, the A4 is very unreliable after 50K miles. In the last 11 months we have paid over $4K in repairs (engine 3x, ignition key). They are fun to drive, but with such an unreliable nature and high-maintenance cost, they are not very attractive cars any longer.
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Great Car...Just take care of it!!
By AudiLover on 06/12/06 16:15 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 2.8 4dr Sedan

Review

This has been an excellent car for the past 9 years. It is just crossing over the 95000 mile mark and it still drives like a new car. As long as you take care of the car it should live nicely. The car is a bit delicate in that it doesn't respond nicely to adverse situations. The check engine light is bound to come on for any little reason. Maintenance is expensive. The only major problem I have had was with the transmission. At the 7 year mark the transmission had to be totally replaced. My mechanic (a German car specialist) indicated this was a common problem with this style transmission.
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10 year old car feels like New
By stick on 05/22/06 09:03 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

I have 150k and it really does feel like a new A4. The Quattro is a must for MN winters. The interior layout is perfect in the front. The rear is very tight. The repairs are expensive, but you can buy parts online and you really can do it your self. It's easier than my Jeep to work on. I've done brakes, wheel bearings, and plugs. When you find one you like, call the local Audi dealers with the VIN to see if they have serviced it. They will tell you everything that has been done. The back of the owners manual has space for service stations to stamp. If you want to upgrade the motor in any way, don't get the 12valve V6! Their is NOTHING available. Go for the turbo. The V6 is more dependable
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Amazing
By what a car! on 12/20/05 23:46 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

This is the best car I have ever owned. Driving it is a dream. The 5 speed manual is like butter. The acceleration in good, but won't snap any necks. Handling is amazing. The quattro is a masterpiece. Living in Colorado, all wheel drive is important, and I have never slipped on ice once. These cars don't hold their value well because of reliability concerns, but they are an absolute bargain. The only problem I've had is the air sensor ($350), which is basically routine maintenance. If something does go wrong, it can be costly though because some parts are only available through audi. This car gives the performance and comfort a of a car 3 times its price and is still way ahead of its time
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This is German engineering????
By Bob on 11/19/05 13:12 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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