by bearuk on Dec 6, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Audi A4 3.0 Fwd 2dr Cabriolet (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
The good points: The ride and handling are great, the convertible top design is a delight.
The bad: Everything is going to cost you (more).
Within 50 miles of driving I had a check engine light.
The interior ergonomics are, in my opinion, dreadful, with the single cheap plastic cupholder as a start, the plastic click click switches, and more plastic parts that break (sun visor clip, center armrest for me).
The extremely annoying warnings. There's the two hour 'stop driving and take a break' warning. the tone when you open the drivers door with the turn signal on. It treats the driver like a moron. Never again!
by carenthusiast4 on Nov 18, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I bought my '04 A4 1.8T FWD a little under a year ago with 87,xxx miles on it, haven't had a single problem with it beyond regular maintenance. Keeping up on regular maintenance is important to preserve the life of the car (more so than for non-European cars). Fortunately, any known problems (like the timing belt) had been worked out by the previous owner. Very good value, rock solid reliability, comfortable and very fun to drive. If you want speed, get the 3.0 V6 or the S4. As it is though, the 1.8T CVT goes from 0-60 in 7.8 seconds in Sport, or 8.5 seconds in Drive. Not to bad for a small engine, getting 33 mpg on the highway. Handles like a dream. Very nice interior. Audio system rocks.
by iamme1979 on Dec 6, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Audi A4 3.0 Avant quattro AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
I have now owned my 2004 audi a4 3.0L with ultrasport package for a bit over 4 years.
This car is a blast to drive, and living in Minnesota, it is the best vehicle I have ever driven in the snow.
Having said that I have been most definitely disappointed with the reliability.
It seems every 4-6 months I have a major repair, not including the little things that I take care of myself.
New tires every 1-2 years (15,000 miles/yr)Timing belt at 75,000, new radiator fan, new clutch and flywheel.
I have spent $4000 in repairs on it this year alone.
So beware and know that it may be cheaper than some, has great style, and is a lot of fun, but you may be better
off with something more durable.
by missy_lee on Aug 10, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
I have a previously owned a4, with the ultra sport package. This car has every possible added feature. When my car was working, it was a pleasure to drive. The performance alone, is outstanding. You could drive at 100mph and it felt like you were going 50mph. The AWD was fantastic for snow and rain, I had no problems with traction. I do know that they are EXTREMELY expensive to maintain and own. Any time my check engine light would come on, which was every month, it would cost no less than 1000$ to have it turned off. One problem ALWAYS led to another and it was so frustrating and discouraging when my car had to be brought in for repairs. Overall, I am saddened to retire this car bc of costs
by chash1982 on Apr 12, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
I've had an opportunity to drive all kinds of cars, from BMWs to Volvos, to high end japanese vehicles and NOTHING has handled and performed like my Audi. This car feels like you are going 60 miles an hour at 100. You can barely feel the body roll as you effortlessly carve through corners at high speeds, and no automaker has a better interior.
On the downside, prepare to set aside about 3000$ a year for repair and maintenance! Even oil changes will run you 100$, and when your fuel pump dies (and it probably will!) You can expect to spend 1000$ at the dealer if it's out of warranty. This is a driving enthusiasts car that's also a comfortable commuter. I love my Audi, expensive or not!
The Cabriolet is now available with all-wheel drive, while all A4s now come standard with a tire-pressure monitoring system, revised steering wheels and two-stage airbags. The 1.8T models have been upgraded with 16-inch aluminum wheels and now offer a six-speed manual transmission as an option.