2002 Audi A4 Consumer Review: Typical Euro car with high mai
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2002 Audi A4 - Consumer Review

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1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Typical Euro car with high maintenance needs
By baldya4 on

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2002 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

I've owned the car since new with 220K miles. It has never been to the dealer or private mechanic except for the initial free maint and the few minor recalls.
However, that is not to say it has not had its share of anomalies.
Three timing belts, 3 water pumps, 3 batteries, One fuel pump, too many coil packs to count, one temp sensor, two valve cover gaskets and one thermostat.
All this may sound horrible and it probably would be if I had no mechanical aptitude or desire to do my own repairs.
The car is actually easy to work on.
Very modular in the way things come apart.
Information is readily available on the Net.
I've kept this car because the 1.8T engine block is bullet proof.
Update (4/22/16): I still own this car and it now has over 250K miles and still runs strong. The original turbo hasn't had any problems and the engine still has good compression on all 4 cylinders. Synthetic oil is a must for this engine. The clutch was recently replaced and that was a major project. Another fuel pump failed leaving me stranded at the office, again. It seems the "Check Engine" light is always about to illuminate as various high mileage sensors fail. New upgraded brake rotors on all four corners has improved braking. There are a lot of great resources on the web dedicated to these cars and I have been able to find detailed instructions for all issues I've experienced. Overall I'm pleased with this car as it is a well balanced performance sedan. However, if you are not mechanically inclined and don't enjoy the challenge of researching a given problem, order parts and installing the parts, then you're left with paying some mechanic big bucks to keep it road worthy.

Best Features

  • Road holding
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Front seats
  • Instrumentation
  • Logic of controls
  • Interior design
  • Rain snow traction
  • Climate control
  • Engine
  • Transmission

Worst Features

  • Rear seats
  • Outward visibility
  • Repair frequency
  • Dealership support
  • Fuel economy
  • Maintenance cost

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