Take the 1500 bucks or whatever you could buy one for and flush it down the toilet; it is a safer investment than buying this car. I honestly loathe everytime I have to drive the car. Bought the car because I needed something with 4WD. The quattro system is competent for its age, but the package the system comes in isn't worth it. Went from a W124 300e Mercedes and have regretted it whole-heartedly. The car is ridiculously-complicated to work on; everything is over-thought and over-engineered and yet none of it works! I have had the car and have changed: CV joints x2, tie-rods x2, radiator, auxillary fan, dashboard lights, front struts, and rear control arm.
I like a car either because it can get great gas mileage, or great performance...this car can do neither. Stopped on a hill? Prepare to piss off everyone behind you when the light turns green. Need to pass a car? Make sure you have about 10 miles of space to get past them. Want to save money on gas? Take a riding lawnmower to work, it'll get better mileage. Seriously, its a 19.something gallon tank and I get 390 miles 90/10 freeway/city driving behind semis at 65.
The car is enormous and yet, you can't fit anyone behind you if you're over 6'.
I would admit the car is a little heavy for the 2.8 v6 and the 4 speed automatic tranny doesn't help, but I have had a lot of fun with this car(I can drift and do donuts all day in an snowy parking lot). Unlike other AWD cars the rear wheels have power all the time which means a lot of fun, the quattro is excellent for my Ice rink of a drive way, and provides confidence going into corners. I get decent gas mileage about 22 average which isn't bad for a v6 AWD luxury car that is 12 years old. although I've added two 10" subs the stock sound system is great. The ride is pretty good although it can get a little bumper on broken up roads and the seats are adequate.
Quattro, best AWD system available, Bose sound system, Heated leather seats(great for cold weather when warmed up), Very roomy, and big gas tank for 350 mile range.
This car is 12 years old so these probably are irrelevant but here we go anyways. ABS is a little too sensitive for me, could use at least one more gear and a smarter tranny (would help power and gas mileage), and I have a hard time staying comfortable during long commutes.
Great highway car. It is really easy to drive and feel comfortable even at higher speeds. I've owned since new and have a hard time finding cars I like driving better. Reliability has been only average. Torque sweet spot is very narrow at 3000rpm. Transmission is dumb so power is not delivered often when it should. Fwy entrances can be stressful because at just that speed ~50mph, it wants to upshift and forfeit all torque right when you need it. At speed ~65mph, fwy accel is very good.
Seat comfort is excellent esp. for tall people. I'm 6'3". Very agile and easy to handle. It *loves* going up curvy roads in hills. It handles like a very light nimble car despite its size/weight. It feels very stable and secure on fwy even up to 90mph.
Pinch prevention in windows needs refinement. Normal drag is enough to cause windows to reverse direction. So if you try to roll up in rain, half the time it will roll all the way down instead. Annoying!
Bought this car from original owner with 89,500 miles on the odometer. So far all I have done to it in the past 10,000 miles is change the oil once, and change the timing belt.(Recommended every 90,000 miles.) So far car has averaged as much as 26 mpg highway - and as low as 16 mpg city. Very pleased with quattro drive in all types of weather. Would recommend.
Quattro AWD. Bose Radio. Comfortable seats...
Better fuel mileage in city. A little more power wouldn't hurt.