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1998 Audi A4 Wagon

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Audi A4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 190 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Audi A4

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  • Pros

    Gutsy new V6 engine. Comfortable interior. Great handling. Stellar design. Optional all-wheel drive. Optional Tiptronic automanual transmission.

  • Cons

    Small back seat. Useless cupholders.

  • What's New for 1998

    The 2.8 sedan gets a valve job resulting in 18 more horsepower and additional torque. Side-impact airbags are standard, as is traction control. Opt for the automatic and you'll get the same Tiptronic technology that allows Biff to manually shift Buffy's 911 Cabriolet. A new station wagon called Avant debuts, while the A4 1.8T gets new wheels, a sport package and an ambient temperature gauge. New colors and stereo improvements round out the changes for 1998.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Costly to drive

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Vehicle: 1998 Audi A4 2.8 Avant quattro 4dr Wagon AWD

Bought it new 1998. Six V cylinder engine with a manual stick. Fun to drive and a lot of pep, but repairs way too much and suspension design and transmission not worthy of German engineering (mechanical engineer myself). 12 years and average maintenance/repair cost $1,000/year. First the lower suspension arms replaced, twice each side (Audi recall eventually), then new leaky radiator, wheel bearings on three wheels, timing belt and water pump at 90,000 miles, 142,000 miles new clutch ($1,300), control arm upper front, and exhaust pipe clamps (3 times) plus regular maintenance. I think this is my last Audi and I will turn it in




Audi lover cheated

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Vehicle: 1998 Audi A4 2.8 Avant quattro 4dr Wagon AWD

I have had nothing but expense after expense which is making it difficult to justify buying another Audi despite my love for the cars. In nearly 3 years I have replaced the water pump, rear bearings, mass air sensor, power steering rack (which came from Audi faulty and was warranty replaced by local mechanic) turn signal headlight stalk, tie rod ends, sway bar links, all control arms (upper A and F R lowers), the timing belt, valve cover gaskets, mirror directional button is bad, and the car eats tires like the chocolate doughnuts I used to eat in my overweight youth. I am questioning, in anguish, the merits of fine German enigineering.




Happy audi owner

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Vehicle: 1998 Audi A4 2.8 Avant quattro 4dr Wagon AWD

I bought my 1998 Audi A4 Avant from a dealer at with 45,000 miles on it coming of a 3 year lease. I have only replaced the front rotors and resurfaced rear with brake new pads. I have 75,000 miles on the car today. Maybe I'm lucky. This is my 4th Audi in 12 years and the only real problem I had were the denso A/C compressors on the 90 series.




$$$$ to own beware of

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Vehicle: 1998 Audi A4 2.8 Avant quattro 4dr Wagon AWD

Bought the dealer's demo and got the 3- year warrenty. At 45 k, the problems started - front suspension - $ 766; tie rod end and water pump - $ 1245; 60 k - rear half shaft bearings - $1400; transmission valve body $ 3200 and now the ABS unit is shot and it's back to the shop for another $3000. That is $9611! Parts and service are very expensive! I am selling and cutting my losses. I'll be buying a Honda or Toyota or an American car from now on. What a piece of junk!




Fun $$$$$ car

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Vehicle: 1998 Audi A4 2.8 Avant quattro 4dr Wagon AWD

Bought this car with 40000 miles and have spent $7000 in 2 plus years replacing almost every moving part - shocks,wheel bearings,ABS control module and complete front end . Have not touched engine nor transmission and hope to sell car ASAP




Avant 2.8 - thumbs up!

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Vehicle: 1998 Audi A4 2.8 Avant quattro 4dr Wagon AWD

great car, versatile and reliable. had to replace all 10 suspension arms in front end which is a very well known problem on A4s. other than that it has been a great car.Quattro goes through any weather without blinking.



Full 1998 Audi A4 Review

What's New for 1998

The 2.8 sedan gets a valve job resulting in 18 more horsepower and additional torque. Side-impact airbags are standard, as is traction control. Opt for the automatic and you'll get the same Tiptronic technology that allows Biff to manually shift Buffy's 911 Cabriolet. A new station wagon called Avant debuts, while the A4 1.8T gets new wheels, a sport package and an ambient temperature gauge. New colors and stereo improvements round out the changes for 1998.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 25
  • highway
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