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Solid performer with great intentions
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By Andrew
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Vehicle

2003 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

The car is reliable, it breaks but rarely is it anything that you can't get home on. I grenaded the clutch 2 months after I got it (the clutch was shot when I bought it) and sawed through the transmission case, but she still got me home! It is a fast car, and there are many modifications out there!


Best Features

You can turn on the stereo with no key in (push the stereo power button, something incorrectly reviewed by Edmunds in the 2002 long-term), quattro AWD, 1.8T is rock solid, a plethora of modifications available, very nimble, everything is simple but luxurious, and stock it has very wide tires.


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Love/Hate Hate
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By Spin90
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Vehicle

2003 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

This is truly a driverís car, both interior and exterior finish had a classy sturdy feel. Economy and performance were great, 25/city and highway up to 33 long range trips. Now for the nightmare, the list that went wrong was excessive, items that normally should have no problems for 10 years/100,000 miles started to fail within two week of ownership. Although the warranty/dealer took care of everything while in warranty, afterwards it got out of control. Audi could care less other than to close my filed complaints as soon as possible. Own it get rid of it after warranty, shelf life is short.


Best Features

Engine-performance and economy, great nimble feel, Stick a dream to shift with a feather touch feel, and a look of substance in a small package.


Worst Features

Spend some money on quality control, this may lead to repeat customers.


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Run Far, Far, Far Away
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By JT
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2003 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

It's a great car when everything is working. Unfortunately, that is rare. Problems I've encountered in the approximately 35K miles I've owned the car: rear driver side power window fail - $400 rear pass. side power window fail - $400 (I live in mortal fear of operating the power windows now - I'm sure it's only a matter of time before the front ones go) CV joint - $1200 bottomed out and punched a hole in oil pan (ok partly my fault) $800 check engine light - faulty "crankshaft assistor" $1250 bulbs are difficult to replace. Do not buy this car if not under warranty. You will regret it every day you own it


Best Features

It looks good. Quiet interior. Dashboard design


Worst Features

This car needs a 100K mile warranty because anything less will leave you vulnerable to very expensive repair bills


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Giving up the Audi
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By pina8
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2003 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

After owning the Audi for almost 5 yrs, I'm ready to give it up and move on to a more reliable and cheap to fix sedan (Honda or Toyota). Although it has been fun to drive, i have had a few problems--the initial take-off is dangerous with it sliding and forcibly popping into gear without going anywhere, the air-conditioning never got cold enough (making it worse w/charcoal-colored interior), front air and radio buttons scratched off and needed replacing, frequent engine light indicators going off needing repairs (recent 'oxygen sensor' & gas valve sensor repairs cost almost $1000). It has been fun and sexy to drive though!


Best Features

Body style, smooth ride after initial take-off and decent trunk size despite being a sporty care.


Worst Features

CVT transmission, improved air- conditioning, better quality of front control buttons and better placement of the cup holder


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My beloved mechanical trainwreck
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By ironlion49
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Vehicle

2003 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I love this car. I also hate this car. Bought it with 43,000 miles on it, and 5k later had to replace the clutch (of course not under warranty). Since then, traction control cpu has failed (dealership fails repeatedly to fix it), THREE ignition coils have failed (one on vacation)... the list goes on. I cringe when the car so much as shudders now- it feels as though the thing's just waiting for the worst possible moment to break. Styling is great, fuel economy is decent, interior comfort and design is stellar. Turbo lag is ridiculous- the power delay is embarrassingly pronounced. The mechanical issues are too much. This has soured my opinion of Audi- my next car will not be an Audi.


Best Features

Interior comfort and styling, Quattro (especially in snow and ice), ride noise is minimal, car feels well balanced when stressed laterally, interior layout is generous (though at 6'2" my knees dig into the protruding center console)- passengers seem to fit well.


Worst Features

RELIABILITY!!. High-octane fuel for a 0-60 time of 8+ seconds? Improve stereo wiring. Improve/reduce turbo lag. BOTTOM LINE: test drive and inspect this THOROUGHLY before buying. There are good ones, and there some very, very bad A4s out there. If it's up for sale, it's probably the latter.


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