by KLEE on Feb 4, 2010 Vehicle: 1999 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan
Bought this car new from the dealer in 1999 and did regular oil changes with the dealership. Just last month .. oil pressure light goes on and discovered that the engine developed a major Sludge problem .... cost $5,000 to fix ...beware! If the dealship knew about this problem they should have suggested to change to synthetic oil and do more regular oil changes ... Terribly disappointed with Audi !!!
by al on Mar 29, 2009 Vehicle: 1999 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan
RUN, don't walk away from this car. 154,000 miles over 10 years have not been easy. Started needing heavy repairs right after the extended warranty ran out, at 60K. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, to the tune of $15,000 in repairs over the life of the car. Even the seats wore out. Audi software does not work on the computers many foreign car repair places have. Many places can't even do oil changes. All repairs are expensive and then something else crops up. Audi's are NOT for anyone who needs a reliable car and doesn't know much about how they run.
by Strahd on Mar 8, 2007 Vehicle: 1999 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan
I have never had any part fail on me in 90k miles. It has however been expensive to keep just the regular dealer-recommended maintenance schedule. It seems like no matter what I get replaced, it's $1000. But car still runs great, starts every time without problem in Boston winters and still gets compliments 8 years later.
by JM on Sep 9, 2006 Vehicle: 1999 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan
I bought it used at 30K miles. It was fun to drive for about 15K, 20K miles, then the timing belt snapped (long before the recommended replacement mileage). FYI, cylinder heads from the Fatherland are EXPENSIVE. Better replace the belt every 30K miles just to be safe. Since then, nothing but problems: ABS brake sensors (twice), tie rod ends (many), wheel speed sensors, an unknown compression problem that stumped three mechanics, including the dealer, power window motor, a half-moon seal(?), and more. Now the transmission is acting up.
by JayDeeHiTop on Jul 11, 2006 Vehicle: 1999 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan
The Audi A4 has been so much fun to drive even though I have only had it for a couple of months. The only thing that is wrong with it is that when it is idling it tends to vibrate a little too much for me. Also the fan for the AC sounds like a vaccum cleaner. Other than those two things, to me, it is a great car!
by Karl on May 8, 2006 Vehicle: 1999 Audi A4 1.8T 4dr Sedan
I wish I could go back to the day I bought this A4 and run. It has been nothing but trouble since day one. Problem 1) Ruined front suspension = $1600. Problem 2) Defective turbo valve = $450 Problem 3) Defective catelytic converter = $1100 Problem 4) Defective wheel bearings = $Leaving Them...... And so on and so forth. Basically, this car is an overpriced and less reliable Ford Pinto. I should have bought an Escort - this thing was the biggest mistake I've ever made. I will buy a BMW next time. Consider yourself warned.
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