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2004 Audi A4 - Consumer Reviews

2004 Audi A4

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A *nearly perfect car
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By B6Turbo
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I purchased this car w/ 44K and now have 79K on it. You can't beat the tasteful, subtle but sporty styling and the interior design and quality is impeccable. Apart from the lack of power (170hp in a 3400lb car just can't compare to its rivals in terms of acceleration), but the quattro all-wheel-drive system all but makes up for it in the twisties and it moves like a much lighter, more balanced car. Like almost all 1.8T owners I've had to replace my coil packs (I opted to upgrade to aftermarket Hitachi plugs instead of the OEM versions). A new clutch was also required at 75K, but that may have been due to the previous owner's driving style. I love my car and will drive it until it's dead.


Best Features

Quattro. There is nothing like a true symmetrical all wheel drive system, and Quattro w/ the Torsen center diff is far superior to other systems. The styling (interior & exterior). Fuel economy and power from the 1.8T. Very smooth action on the 6-speed manual. Audio System.


Worst Features

The bolt-down hitachi-style coil packs should have been used instead of the snap-in OEM coils (but for $130 you can get a replacement set). Brakes could use improvement. The cup holder in the center console is completely useless w/ the manual transmission.


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Nothing but problems!!
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By Emmanuel McKinstry
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2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Purchased vehicle used with 20k mileage. Ultrasport 1.8T came with APR stage-1 upgrade. Problems with Air bag module. Dealer fixed under warr. Ignition coils went bad cost 500.00 Fuel pump bad along with some type of sensor that regulates the fuel to the engine?? Caused car to dump too much fuel and flood engine. Cost 850.00. Defective coolant seal (Anti Freeze was leaking in the rear of engine) about 1100.00. And of course the famous Timing belt that bent the valves at 85K and defective passenger side window module cost 2300.00 (And that's with my own valve head I received free from a friend). Now the Bank 1 O2 sensor is bad and it's leaking oil like crazy. Dealer said defective oil cap??


Worst Features

Improve your product along with your customer service!!


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Love/Hate Relationship
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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)


Review

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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