2005 Audi A4 1.8T Avant quattro Special Ed. AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
Purchased the car 9 months ago with 49,000 miles; seemingly low mileage for the year. So far the car has needed 2 ignition coils, a cam shaft adjustment, the coolant seal/gasket replaced and a wheel bearing replaced after racking-up a whopping 4,500 miles. Luckily the car was Certified Pre-owned, so actual out of pocket expenses have been next to nothing, other than time spent waiting at the dealership. This is a great driving car, and it's still under warranty for 16 more months, but dealership maintenance costs would be pushing $3000 after driving less than 5000 miles. Love the look and feel of the car, but worried about long term ownership expenses.
Beautiful exterior design. Decent gas mileage for all-wheel drive. We had a lot of snow this winter and the Audi handled better than my old Jeep Wrangler. Seriously, Quattro makes these virtually unstoppable. Not really a "fast" car, but peppy and fun to drive.
Maybe it's just bad timing, but with all of the parts that have needed replaced, I can't help but question the whole "German engineering" aspect.