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Buyer beware
By Grover on 02/11/05 17:20 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 2.8 4dr Sedan

Review

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!
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Owned it for seven years and counting
By Franz Meuggers on 12/22/04 09:28 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

We bought our 1998 Audi A4 2.8 new and have really enjoyed it. Despite the four doors and rear seats, the car is really made for two adults. Our reliability has been very good, though the car is maintenance intensive with brakes and suspension parts. The multi-link suspension works great on the road, but at about 60,000 the arms start to rattle and require replacement. The car has had its share of electrical glitches, but nearly all of these appeared and were corrected while still under Audi's excellent warranty program. The quattro makes the car one of the best choice for Maine. Will trade in the next year or so for another A4 or maybe trade up to an A6.
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Bought it at 50,000 miles and lovin it!
By Do on 11/11/04 04:07 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 1.8T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

I purchased a 1998 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Sedan with 50,000 miles on it. Everything still works great. This car has a smooth ride. The turbo could be stronger though. Other than that im lovin it!
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Reliability seems like hit and miss...
By bigaudidriver on 10/01/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 1.8T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

Did alot of research for this car. I bought it with 40K on the odo. So far, I have 75K and still going strong. Soon as I bought the car, I chipped it and threw in K&N filter. Boosted the output considerably (Need it b/c I have tiptronic, Porsche version). Definately a must if you own this car. About to put in exhaust (surface rusted) and NOS sprayer for intercooler. Handles very well but not too harsh. I do lot of hi-way traveling. Pretty quite for car of this size and sportiness. I love the AWD on this. Drove to ski resort and surprise to find that I can drive 35+mph on them slippery stuff. The ski boot was another neat feature. Didn't know I had it! Gotta like the heated seats;^)
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Unsung Hero
By Couldn't Afford A S4 on 09/28/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

Bought used 1.5yrs ago with lowish mileage. Been a good car with only one failure that warranty covered. Love the ergonomics, build quality, high quality materials throughout and advanced engine and drivetain design (AWD). Car is a great do everything vehicle, with reasonable performance (0-60 in 7.1 seconds)
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i love my car
By PsychUOut13 on 07/15/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

There's nothing I can say that someone already hasn't covered. Quattro is unbelievable in rain, gravel, snow, and grass (hehe). The acceleration is good, but not stellar. The gas mileage hurts a bit too much for the Quattro though, seeing as how I average 21 mpg on 93 octane. For a compact car I'd expect a little better. All in all, if you can afford the gas and want to stick to the road (or whatever surface you're driving on), get the A4Q. The suspension is definitely a problem. You'll just have to get it fixed. It feels good in the city, even better on the freeway, super firm yet comfy enough for long trips. I love my car.
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disappointed
By peter j on 07/14/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 1.8T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

Bought this car new. Loved the looks and how it performed in the snow. However, I spent way too much time at the dealer. Replaced 3 airbags, starter, wheel bearings,tie rods and had repeated "check engine" problems. All the exterior molding fell off and interior was poor quality. Brake handle broke,as well as other interior parts. Spent $31000 for the car and it was not close to being worth it. Did not hold it's value and was not impressed with Audi customer service. Bought a new Subaru Legacy and love it.
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Own two A4's
By squidward on 06/15/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 1.8T 4dr Sedan

Review

I have two of these cars - a 98 Turbo FWD and a 99 Turbo Quattro. Most of the people on this site who have rated these cars are idiots - comparing apples to oranges. Yes, if you have Quattro it is goin to be sluggish in first and second. AWD robs power, you fools. Don't compare it to a FWD Japanese car. Yes, your car is going to need new tires and timing belt at 60,000 miles. Stuff wears out, suck it up. No, it is not more expensive to fix than a Japanese car - I have found it to be cheaper.
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Well worth the money - and repairs.
By HowieSee on 05/30/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 1.8T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

I have had my share of problems with the car. Broken turbo, tie rod ends, control arms, wheel bearings, and the ignition switch. But with all the broken things, I just replace them with aftermarker parts, which make my car so much more enjoyable to drive. I have upgraded the turbo from a k03 to a k04, put in heavy duty control arms and tie rod ends, put a full race coilover kit (KW), made a custom 3" Turbo-back exhaust with hi flow cat, and did many other little things, that would cost more to replace with OEM parts than what I did, yet I yeild much happier results. This is a drivers car. Quattro is AMAZING in snow/incliment weather.
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Nice Ride.
By XXXpress on 05/18/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Audi A4 Sedan 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Review

Firm suspension. Great 4 wheel compact luxury car.
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