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By Darren
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I bought this car w/50k miles on it and it has 89k now. I love driving this car. I love the looks & the interior is awesome. Gas mileage is grt as I avg 26 mpg & get at least 32 on hwy. The hate on this car is reliability issues. I have had coolant leaks, oil leaks, & now the trans is leaving puddles on my garage flr. I have replaced both frt wdw regulators, the fuel pump, 3 of the 4 ign coils on the engine. I have had issues with the air bags & the engine light is on a lot. When it rains the car leaks water in at the A pillar & no one seems to know why. It's in the shop more than my garage. I'm scared what it will cost after 100k. I love it, but it's going to have to go. Go back to BMW or Japanese.


Best Features

Interior, Triptronic trans, quattro.


Worst Features

Reliability, issues. Cup holder. Trunk space.


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1.8T good solid engine
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By AUDIence
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Owned since new. No major engine problems ever with this car. Would recommend good aftermarket warranty after 50K miles. Had to replace both front window regulators and 2 coil packs. I have 93,000 miles on the car and I don't baby it. 4cyl turbo w/6speed manual is a gas saver but lacks in power. Opted for APR Stage 1 program upgrade $499 value worth every penny. Car now has about 230hp and 275ft lb of torque and is much more fun to drive. Worst thing about the car is the useless cup holders. Best looking A4 ever IMO. Careful choosing tires for this car, very susceptible to road noise once tires begin to wear. Pirelli P Zero Rosso were the best. Yokohama's handle great but make a lot of noise.


Best Features

Best thing is the superb handling of the all wheel drive in any kind of weather. Strong bass from subwoofer design speakers. Ability to program functionality of windows and locks with VAG software.


Worst Features

More power can be had with after market software upgrades.


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great car
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By redsox44344
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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The ride was fun, always a good experience. Gas mileage is pretty good, and so is just about everything else. Not exceptionally fast, but it does the job well.


Best Features

Design of interior, and also the smoothness of the ride.


Worst Features

More horsepower, more backseat room.


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After all these years... still fun
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By Rod
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 2dr Cabriolet (1.8L 4cyl Turbo CVT)


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OK. Had this car 5 years now and wanted to add some perspective to all these reviews. First, car is great and works very well. No major issues while under warranty. A few little things here and there -- warm up when cold is rough and car rattles a bit, cup holder finally bit the dust in dash and will never come out again. (Partly its own fault and partly my anger out of its complete uselessness). Low water light for window washer comes on for no reason. Out of warranty had to have some vacuum hose work done for $700. Overall the car is still great but with all the little nits and nags you would expect with any car after 5 years and 70k miles. Roof great and no leaks!


Best Features

The top! Truck space is incredible, especially with top up. Fit, finish and overall ride are great. The car still looks completely new and very, very attractive. People seem to think it is brand new, which in this economy probably makes people mad. MPG remains strong. Avg 32 mpg on recent trip.


Worst Features

Cup holders!! Total disaster -- as I said, I think I destroyed mine out of total rage for the whole situation. Smoother stopping with the CTV -- small jerk when coming to complete stop (might be idle issue). Seats with memory settings. Softer seats.


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A blast to drive but VERY pricey to fix!
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By Paul
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2004 Audi A4 3.0 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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This is an amazing car to drive. It handles like a dream on both dry roads and ice packed roads. The interior is beautiful and very functional. You will definitely get some head turns with this car. I would, however, anyone who is considering buying this car to reconsider. The car is extremely expensive to fix and seems to have more problems than the average car. I have taken amazing car of the car but unfortunately it has not returned the favor. In the past 6 months I have put approximately $4500 into the car. I don't know how much longer I can keep it up. I would highly recommend looking at a Toyota convertible.


Best Features

The 220 hp engine and AWD! It handles like it is on rails!


Worst Features

Much better reliability. The car would be absolutely prefect if it wasn't riddled with so many electrical problems. Don't let the perks of the car blind you from the fact that you might be in the shop every month.


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