This is one of the nicest cars I've
ever driven. The faster you go, the
better it gets - all the little rattles
go away and it hugs the road
beautifully. However, this car has had
too many problems - broken ignition
(waited 6 months for the part), heater
core failed, 2 CV boots busted, water
pump failed, broken radiator fan,
sunroof problems, remote key works only
when it feels like it. We've taken
good care of this care and done all the
suggested maintenance, but it hasn't
taken care of us.
Fun fun fun to drive, and can carry
quite a bit with the back seats folded
down. Beautiful styling.
More rear seat leg room, better cup
holders, a remote key system that
works, needs parts that are built to
last (and actually do last).
Can't possibly fit all of my
experiences in this small review.
Purchased used w/ 50k miles, audi
assured, well maintained by Audi by the
book. Secretly phoned dealer where car
was originally serviced and found it
had many issues not disclosed to me
prior to purchase. Numerous issues,
some major and other minor. Audi servi
ce is bad (5 different dealers in 3
Great handling, good interior build
quality, great looking newly waxed
UNRELIABLE PIECE OF GARBAGE, HORRIFIC
DESIGN FLAWS IN BRAKES, SUSPENSION AND
TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT. ENJOY YOUR
I bought a 1.8T Q 5spd new in 1/98 and have
religiously maintained it for the past 6 years.
Car is in the shop so often that it's
humorous. Turbo had to be replaced at 2k
miles; all sorts of electrical problems; cracked
brake reservoir; leaking oil from gasket; I
could go on...
I will never buy an Audi again. The quality is
horrendous for a car marketed as an upscale,
performance sedan. I'm in the market for a
Honda or Acura. Take it from a reasonable,
level-headed person--do not buy an Audi.
I've put all 102,000 mi on my Audi
since 7/1997. The first 4-5 years were
great. The car is wonderful to drive,
and I still love to drive it. However,
it's cost me about $2k-3k/yr over the
last 2.5yrs to keep it running.
I've maintained it as
meticulously as possible. My
ind mech (got tired of the
dealership) stocks the fr susp
components because so many fail (about
one set a week he says). In addtn,
I've had to replace brakes, radiator,
starter motor, rear wheel bearings
(twice!), and the timing belt (I guess
this last one is expected).
Fun to drive, handles snow very well.
Repairs frequent and very expensive.
Have had to replace two headlights,
head gasket, and timing belt at 74,000
miles. $4000 so far. Rub rails
falling off the car, (defective
brackets), transmission shifts rough.
Audi's QA doesn't measure up to selling
price. I will never buy Audi again