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.
Older couples' car with all documentation. Rides, looks and feels excellent. Great Bose stereo. Ultra sport package is awesome! Easy to forget this is a wagon. I traded in a 2008 Suzuki SX4 4 cyl AWD hatchback for this car. I wanted more power and luxury. Did some research and, an Avant 3.0 was the best bet. I really like the B6 (2002-05) generation of this car, Audi styling at its' epitome. Current generations (B7 & B8 late 2005-08, 2009-) A4s' styling is way out there, not my taste at all.
by jeffjnewport on Feb 24, 2005 Vehicle: 2004 Audi A4
I had the benefit of reading a bunch of reviews before buying my 2004 Audi A4 Avant, so I figured that I'd add my two cents to the mix. The Audi wasn't initially on my radar screen. I was looking to spend $20,000 on a used wagon that could handle snow (which my BMW 528E could not). I was taken by the Passat Wagon, drove it, then almost sprung for a new one, but I got spooked by the aggressive discounting by local dealers, which usually means bad resale value in a few years. Then I looked closely at the Saab 9-5, BMW 3-Series, and Audi A4 wagons. Considering handling, comfort, volume, price, re-sale, the Audi blew me away. Now ten months later, I can further confirm that this is a great car.
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