I purchased this vehicle new and loaded with all options including the 2.8 V6 because I was seduced by timeless looks and the AWD feature. I took loving care of the car, returning to the dealer for all scheduled service intervals and driving the car gently. Once the warranty expired, I was rewarded with a series of "routine" repairs, many well in excess of $1000, including the infamous timing belt/water pump/main seal change at 65K miles, followed shortly by new tie rods/ball joints at 75K. I had intended to keep this car for at least 150K miles, but chose not to do so by enriching the dealer (and later, competent but equally costly independent shop). Will never purchase another Audi/VW.
Interior and exterior style
Outsource the drive train and suspension to Honda or Toyota!
It is expensive to fix, unless you are a DIY or can find a good mechanic who knows these cars. Do not bring back to the dealer, esp. if it's used. Some issues with control arm and tie rods, but I put lots of miles on it. The digital readouts sometimes do not work well, esp. if there is significant climate change (I live in New England where it can change by 30 degrees in a day.) A/C is crisp and good, Engine is sound, body is excellent and resists salt erosion and wear, mechanically there are some issues esp over pothole roads. It is fast and nimble car, no back seat leg room.
Performance, 10 CD changer, Bose system, stiff suspension.
Better cup holders, simpler struts and control arms (this car has double number of ball joints of regular cars, 4 to each wheel). The car is a bit over-engineered, resulting in high cost when repair's are needed.
Terrific car for foul weather, when it's not in the shop. Fun to drive, if you can afford premium fuel and poor mileage (19 mpg average). Beautiful car, however, it will break the bank when it breaks down!
I own this car for 5 years now. It has
the sports package, Bose Audio and 6
CD changer. INterior is leather. The
leather held up very well, the only
scratches are from my daughter
throwing a tantrum in the rear seat
with her sandals, using the buckles.
The only thing that bothers me is a
light rattle when cold over my
shoulder. Poblems fixed by a repair:
some control arm broke down after 5
years and the transmission was
leaking. Otherwise I've been lucky.
The car rides comfortably, the engine
(30V) is very silky smooth but
powerful. It does use some oil (1/2 l
every month or so). The quattro AWD
was useful for skiing vacation. I
never slipped anywhere.
Smooth engine, AWD, good handling.
Moonroof selection dial.The folding
seats work great for transporting
stuff. However when three of us go
skiing the car is packed to the limit.
Rattling is very annoying when it
occurs. The remote control system
works only from 10ft or so. The locks
work hydraulic, way outdated
technology. I think the BMW 3series
(we have a 99 325i) handles somewhat
better, is tighter in turns, but the
A4 is by no means bad.