This was a wonderful car while under warranty. At 55000 mi, it needed a head gasket, paid for by Audi. At 65000 mi, it needed a new automatic transmission which Audi wouldn't cover, so I traded the car in. During the warranty period the car had endless problems, but since the dealer was near work, and drove me there I didn't mind the fact that the car was always in the shop. I did mind that the car was so poorly built.
This is the best car I have ever owned and it's 19 years old.
written on 12-26-2010
really cant say enough about this car, it looks like it could be a 2000 or later model car, still. totally unstoppable in the snow, 5 spd trans smooth as silk. Everything still works after almost 20 years and 140k, the oil pressure gauge is testy but it's no real mechanical concern as far as I know. I'm keeping this car till it's dead. we're having a blizzard here in ny im going back out to drive around :)
I bought the car 3 years ago with 112000 miles on it and have put 50000 miles on it since. It gets great gas mileage (up to 35 on the highway - 29 mpg in typical hwy/city driving)and is still one of the most beautiful cars on the road. I thought the car was a steal at $9000, but...since owning it I have put over $13000 in repairs. It breaks down about 2-3 times per year.
Dependable car miles wise - but one incidence of having the gas pedal stuck in a very high speed while putting it in park, slamming on the breaks and finally turning off the engine was the only way to stop the fast acceleration that this car went into- It happened in a parking lot and luckily only hitting the car in front with minor damage- So frightening to go through everyone looked at me while it was happening and I got out of the car and said it was the car not me! My car repair man said it was a cross between the cruse control wires but not really sure. I only drove the car 1 time after- didn't trust it again.