1998 Audi A4 Consumer Review: Costly to drive

1998 Audi A4 - Consumer Review

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2.8 Avant quattro Wagon (2.8L V6 AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Costly to drive
By spnj on


1998 Audi A4 2.8 Avant quattro 4dr Wagon AWD


Bought it new 1998. Six V cylinder engine with a manual stick. Fun to drive and a lot of pep, but repairs way too much and suspension design and transmission not worthy of German engineering (mechanical engineer myself). 12 years and average maintenance/repair cost $1,000/year. First the lower suspension arms replaced, twice each side (Audi recall eventually), then new leaky radiator, wheel bearings on three wheels, timing belt and water pump at 90,000 miles, 142,000 miles new clutch ($1,300), control arm upper front, and exhaust pipe clamps (3 times) plus regular maintenance. I think this is my last Audi and I will turn it in

Best Features

Really fun and quick to drive

Worst Features

Oil filter access without dismounting stupid plastic cover under car with a lot of attachment screws, which will not be put back. The plastic cover will then rattle. Cup holder design ridiculous. Suspension arm design to complicated and too many breakable parts
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