I bought my A4 2.0T FWD new in '08. It now has 185K miles and still has the original clutch. Maintenance has been: timing belt at 90K, engine hood piston (holds the hood up when open) and the normal - Tires, brakes, Headlights, taillights, battery, ignition coils. The only thing that has ever broken is the latch on the center console. I went from a 2001 Porsche 911 to the Audi (kids got to big to squeeze in the back) and while it doesn't have the HP of the 911 it has been a fun car to drive with fantastic gas mileage. Vegas to LA usually 32-33 MPG at 80mph+
fun performance, great style, reliability, and great gas mileage.
Rear wheel drive would have been fun...but I get it. And handling could be better...but I could have bought a S4.
I bought this car knowing that maintenance might be an issue, and that it would need a lot of care.
Luckily, I didn't buy it because it was known for reliability or even performance.
I bought it because I love Audi, and I've never regretted it.
This car has the potential to become an amazing vehicle with some tweaks and some serious attention.
If you want a car that you can drive and never have to think about then DON'T buy this car.
This car needs to be loved.
If it is worry free driving you're after, then buy a Hyundai, Nissan, or Honda.
This is for people who love tuning, and love cars.
Handling is excellent, and the exterior styling will turn heads anywhere.
The quality is fantastic for the most part.
Yes, this car does burn oil, but as long as you change it every 5K miles or so it will be fine.
If the oil light comes on, don't freak out.
Just put an extra quart in until you can get the oil changed.
The diverter valve WILL go bad.
It is just a matter of time.
No worries though, cause it is an easy fix.
Change the cam follower every 50K miles or so because if worn, it can cause major damage to your engine.
I would also suggest a turbo tune from an aftermarket company to mitigate the lack of power.
If you really want a boost then install a downpipe to free up some hidden power.
Great quality. You can feel it the moment you get in and start the car. After test driving Acura and Benz and Volvo and Lexus they all feel cheap and flimsy in comparison to the Audi. Just a great well thought out and very very well built car.
I have owned many cars in my life. the experience of driving this car was great for about the first two weeks. Then the car slowly but steadily started to break down. Taking it to my servicer was useless because it always seemed to be my fault or wear and tear. The tires failed, the oil leaked, the coils have been replaced countless times because the head gasket is apparently bad. To top it all off the clutch went because audi sub out to an Asian company so they could get it cheaper. It was all plastic. The car was made very cheap and for some reason the transmission and engine were two different times between 2006, 2007, 2008. coincidence i think not.
My favs were the window buttons breaking five times and then paul miller telling me that i have to reprogram the windows. how about a quart of oil to be replaced in between the oil changes.
Give everyone a new 2008 audi because the 2007 were the biggest pile of garbage that should have been recalled the moment they rolled off the assembly line. Or maybe you could use German made parts that i thought i was paying for. Thanks Audi should choke itself.
Bought this from Carmax with about 29k on it. Had it mostly a year here in Atlanta. Got the 2wd 6 spd manny with S- line interior. Great car but I agree with everyone on the turbo lag issue. If I'm driving in rush hour in a 20 mph lane and want to merge into a 40 mph lane -- I sweat a bit. This car doesn't seem to have that low-end acceleration one requires to dart in and out of traffic which is unfortunate because the A4 handles so well. I've gotten more than a few "birds" as I merge into traffic in 3rd and watch the RPM go soaring and the speedo move nary a tick as the drivers behind me hit their brakes. I may try to wind it up more in 2nd, but it doesn't seem one should drive on the highway.