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Love and hate, go hand in hand for this car.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Matt B
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T Avant quattro AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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You really have to be passionate about owning this car. Like, to a point where fixing it as almost your priority. There is something constantly wrong with this car. Sunroof leak... ruins the headliner... also to a point where water will ruin the amp.... suspension issues with the control arm bushings not lasting, J-plug cracking and leaking coolant... and putting plastic just where it doesn't belong, window electronics crap out too. It's almost not worth the premium price brand new if you think about it. There is always something wrong with this car.

It was probably best to lease this car when it was brand new... don't get this car used... there is a reason why you don't see so many of these cars on the road.

And as far and repairing this car... parts are expensive and what crawl space do you have to work with. You have to remove so many excess things just to get to what you need.

I loved this car, but it was such a hassle.


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I love it, but I hate it too.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By lagdh
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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This car is fantastic... When it works. For all the two years I've had it, I don't think it has worked properly for more than two months of that time. There's always some problem which is hard to diagnose, the problem which then ends up being expensive. This is not to say that it isn't a great car, it certainly is. The Quattro AWD is spectacular in the snow and sticks to the road in summer as well. Performance needs improvement though --- There's very little low-end torque, and there just needs to be more horsepower to propel this 3,500 pound car.
Overall I'd say don't get this car over 100,000 miles, it'll just frustrate


Best Features

Quattro AWD Interior Comfort


Worst Features

Reliability Performance


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Love it!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By caspersim
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Owned my A4 1.8T for a year now, bought it used. I love it, the cost of service is a bit higher but the car seems to not need service as often, but time will tell. The interior is beautiful and comfy, but there is a serious lack of cup holders...Performance is amazing, for a 4 cylinder car it has some serious power with the turbo, and the car corners like a dream. Handles very good in winter conditions with the Quattro


Best Features

Handling, look, fuel economy, AWD


Worst Features

Another cup holder


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A disappointment
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By bearuk
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2004 Audi A4 3.0 Fwd 2dr Cabriolet (3.0L 6cyl CVT)


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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!


Best Features

I think the convertible top design is great. The in dash 6 cd changer is good too.


Worst Features

The red display is distracting and should be changed. The center console needs a serious revision, with some decent cup holders and better quality switches where the black doesn't rub off and stronger plastics for all the parts that break. The climate control has a mind of it's own, it often seems to adjust itself, especially when you put the top down. Annoying nagging warnings that are totally unnecessary.


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2004 Audi A4 1.8T FWD
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By carenthusiast4
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo CVT)


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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.


Best Features

Handling Loaded cabin Interior Audio system Fun to drive Reliability (especially compared to the E46 BMW 3-series) Cost to purchase


Worst Features

Acceleration on base model Armrest design


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