2006 Audi A4 1.8T 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I bought this car with 45K miles on it as a 2nd home car for Arizona. I had an A4 convertible in NJ, a 2007, and loved it. I love this car too. Great pickup and go, been a great car (now with 67K miles on it). Car looks almost new as I get it detailed inside and out every year in AZ. The only problem are the cloudy headlights which I'd like to get remedied.
The convertible top and the ease of putting up or down.
Constant problem with back right tail light going out.
For all of you that said that if you don't take care of your car then of course you can expect problems, seriously, you should just be sooooo lucky that you go one of the few NON-LEMONS. I have kept my car in mint condition and I have had the ignition coils replaced 5 times! The altenator, crankshaft, Electronic Control Module, Purge Valve, and the transmission is failing. It is now at audi with an estimated repair of 4,500. I bought the car in 2009 and almost instantly had mechanical problems and I bought it as a certified pre-owned. The thing that makes me the most mad is that they are known recalls but will only cover them the first go around. Be ready to fix them over and over.
BUY A WARRANTY OR DONT BUY AT ALL.
I believe 2009 and older are mechanically sound.
2006 Audi A4 2.0T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I've had my 2006 A4 for about a year now and it runs like a champ. Had 85k on the odometer and since I've put another 15k this year. The car is great in every way. It looks great, classy, good performance for a sedan, and very comfy. Also the car its self is very reliable BUT I feel that many previous owners will not take good care of the car. These cars are very picky and need premium fuel, synthetic oil changes, etc. Before you buy make sure the previous owner took care of the car because maintenance and repair costs do add up. This year alone I've spent about $1500 in maintenance including, transmission fluid, tune up, brakes, fuel cleaning, new turbo etc. But all in all great car!
Looks, quality, AWD, reliability.
Not so great on gas, maintenance and parts can be expensive.
I'm the 4th owner, and purchased this car after a GREAT deal of researching for 2 weeks. I bought this car in 2011 (it was 5 model years old then) with 54k miles on the clock, and have been pleasantly surprised by its reliability. In the 2 years and 3 months I've owned my Audi, I've only spent $300 on service that wasn't routine maintenance. At 72k miles I had to replace the turbo recirculation valve. At the local Audi dealership they replaced several parts that weren't even on a recall and despite the fact that my car was WAY out of warranty...all at no charge, and topped it off with a complimentary car wash and synthetic oil change.
One of the things that surprises me most about this car is the tight turning radius.
For a 4 door sedan it turns better than a coupe.
It's comfortable, it's adaptive and it seems to have its own personality!
The stereo is great, the dual climate controls and heated front seats are awesome, and there are so many different front seating adjustments you can make the car fit you instead of you fitting to the car.
It has a nice sized trunk, plenty-big backseat, and has stood up to all kinds of abuse from 2 moves so far.
The only major complaint I really have about my Audi is the horrible low-end engine performance.
I rarely take my car above 2,000 RPM and unless you go to nearly 4,000 RPM it feels like you're driving a slug.
Also, there are a couple of buttons such as a MODE button on the steering wheel that has no function in my car as it wasn't a selected option I suppose, but it seems like a lack of attention to detail to leave a useless button in the car.
That being said I have owned over a dozen different brands of cars and this is by far in my top 2 favorites.
My next car will most definitely be another Audi!