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.
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.
Manual transmission. Great motor - the small V6 really looks good in the A4 sedan. It adds a sporty and professional look to the vehicle.
Cupholders could have been improved or better thought out. Auto shut-off headlights.
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.
Interior/exterior is well designed for comfort and elegance. Unstoppable in the snow.
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.
Quattro is great for winter driving, heated seats, great-wearing paint job, exterior design still looks great after 10 years.
Better ergonomics so you don't need to look up the manual to decipher cryptic symbols on the dash.
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.