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 samnim on Feb 1, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
As much fun to drive this car as, as much as the oil leakage does hurt your budget, so far I did spend close to 6000$ on this car in repairs, and yet the issue of oil leak was not fixed. and I was last called by the dealer to tell me, it needs an engine rebuild and this will cost me another 3000-4000 $ and they are not sure if it will solve the massive loss of oil ( more than a quarter of oil every 900 miles )
by bjblackmamba1 on Oct 27, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I purchased in MI with 110k miles after my 14 yr old Mitsubishi Eclipse wasn't worth fixing anymore. With regards to comfort and luxury, this was certainly a step up, growing up with only Japanese cars. Build quality, heaviness of German engineering is evident, but not without flaws. I had to put some money into the car considering its age. Maintenance/Repair: Timing belt-$800, rear coolant flange-$200, rear window regulator-$360, battery-$190. Otherwise, it's a great car. Very comfortable, nice features, and a great drive. After an APR tune on the ECU, it has 235hp vs 170hp previously, which makes it fun and adequately powerful. It hasn't had a huge effect on mileage, except for a heavy foot
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.
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