I purchased this car in July '09 and loved the way it drove. However, after owning it for 8 months it needed $1250.00 for a valve seal problem and at the same time my mechanic recommended to change the timing belt as well, which is another $1300. Then I had a heavy vibration through my steering wheel which I decided was the last straw. Instead of fixing everything, I traded it in on a '97 Lexus ES 300 which I should have bought to begin with. This Lexus is amazing and so smooth as well. Be understanding that if you do purchase this Audi car that you have to be prepared for heavy labor costs on fixing it. Everything is $500+ and some servicing will ding you $1000 plus.
Quattro for the winter, Tiptronic transmission.
These cars are very expensive to maintain. The Reliability is not good and major things go wrong. Especially leaks.
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 !!!
Better communication with the consumer about their cars
I bought the car with 155000, call me crazy but I did. Knock on wood nothing major has happened. Although, I wanted to change my transmission fluid and itís a huge deal because Audi has once again made it difficult. Seeing past this, it has been fun to drive and everything still works except the triptronic sensor is bad but still shifts fine in "d". This car rewards good driving, if you take it easy, the car will outlast you.
Quattro is unstoppable in snow, handling, interior, exterior styling
improve durability, and make the car simpler to work on
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.
I bought her at 95000 miles and so far in almost 3 years I've put about 30000 miles on it. Just changed the timing belt a few months ago. This is a good thing to do when you go over 100000 miles. Of course I've had some problems with the abs module, and control arms that seem to be the common issues with this car. Most of the repairs to the suspension, brakes or rotors can be done by the home mechanic since the car is so well thought and with a set of wrenches you can do a lot. Also look for aftermarket parts since the ones from the dealer have some outrageous prices. Like somebody said "You have to pay to play."
Quattro, the V6 that came out that year still has no match to this day for that size, tiptronic that after almost 10 years still provides shifting without feeling it.