by nlambert182 on Feb 5, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Bought my 2003 A4 with 95k miles on it.
It had already had the timing belt replaced.
The dipstick tube cracked and broke off when I attempted to check the oil.
The coolant flange on the back of the engine poured coolant constantly, and the turbo leaked oil.
Even after replacing the coil packs, fuel filter, and spark plugs the engine still had a rough idle.
Ended up replacing every plastic check valve under the hood to no avail.
Found that the crankcase vent tube cracked and broke off causing a vacuum leak.
Went to get in the car one morning after rain, and the floor was 2 inches deep in water.
Took forever to fix that issue.
Too many issues to list.
These things are LEMONS.
by A very Pretty Lemon on May 26, 2009 Vehicle: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
This is the prettiest lemon I have ever owned! Not worth the cost of the tires. It is very unreliable. I purchased this car for my daughter last year, a college student, and she has been stranded so many times that AAA canceled our contract after only 4 months! First the CVT went out, then it's been in the shop for numerous sensor replacements. Headlight replacements, $300 a pop. Just required to have the timing belt replaced at only 80K on Friday ($1500), Saturday a.m. my daughter called and said the check engine light came back on.
by Maximo on Oct 13, 2008 Vehicle: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Wow, I will probably buy another Audi, but I will do so more informed. The car is a thrill to drive and relatively good on the gas with out a lead foot. That said it takes premium fuel to push this wagon. Don't believe you can sub 87 octain every now and then, it will foul the spark plugs. If you are a DITYer be careful driving this car on to a hydraulic lift, the sport suspension does not allow enough clearance to prevent high centering. I bought this car used in Oct '06 for about 16.5K two years later it is at least as valuble as what I still owe.
The big news is the arrival of the A4 Cabriolet, a fetching drop-top version of the A4 sedan. Initially, the company will offer only one drivetrain choice -- front-wheel drive with the 3.0-liter V6 engine and continuously variable transmission. Expect to see a 1.8T version midway through the model year and a 3.0 quattro Cab by October 2003. No word yet on the possibility of a manual transmission. As if this weren't enough, Audi plans to release a coupe version of the A4 in early 2003. The rest of the A4 lineup benefits from equipment upgrades. Leather is now optional on all 1.8T models, as are 12-way power front seats. All 3.0s will come swathed in leather, with more deluxe leather optional. Previous stand-alone options for the 3.0, including xenons and satellite steering wheel controls, have been swept up into the Premium Package. A new cold weather package includes seat heaters and a ski sack, and 17-inch all-season tires are a stand-alone extra.