Bought this car with 43,500 miles. So far in 3500 miles here is what has been done to the car: Coil Pack replaced-$451.00 Sunroof switch - $60.00 Gauge cluster went out - $561.00 Airbag light continues to come on - $150.00 (Dealership has not solved the problem yet-light just came on again!!) Now the water pump is making a bearing noise! Cost: $502.00. I am a VW/Audi enthusiast and am severely disappointed with this car. To think I sold a perfectly good 96 Passat TDI for this? The car did sit outside for a while before I purchased it-but still... Fuel mileage has been 21 city, 28 hwy. SO SO.
I bought this car new, & have enjoyed very much. I would replace it w/another A4, but I now live in an area w/o a local Audi dealer. It makes driving fun. Exceptional control in snow. Parts are expensive. It's not as reliable as a Honda (had one once), but so much better to drive. Great audio, comfortable seats; a driving experience.
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.
Fun to drive when running. Better gas mileage than expected (25-28 mpg).
First I want to get one thing out of the way, It's an Audi, some repairs are going to be expensive. If you want cheap, this is not the car for your. On a better note, This car is absolutely amazing to drive, I have the Sport and Cold weather packages as well and let me tell you, make sure yours has the sport package. This vehicle grips the road like a magnet! Winter driving with the Quattro system will not leave one disappointed, Truly is the ultimate snowmobile. Also do not be fooled by the performance specs... while not a sports car, the 1.8T engine has plenty of get up and go to make even a grown man giggle like a little kid.
Quattro, Cold weather package (heated seats etc), Sport package (suspension, shift knob and steering wheel). Pair this with the 5 spd manual and you're golden. Exterior styling is very well done. Very road quiet (nearly silent except for turbo even at 100mph).
Less restrictive stock exhaust system, thing is a mess of resonators and multiple mufflers. similar to nearly every other reviews, unless you have over 100k miles on it, Chip the car. Also, upgrade to the factory recommended large oil filter and 710n Diverter valve.
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!
The handling and body style.
Cut down on the vibration when in idle and the noise of the fan for the AC.