I bought this car about a year ago, since then I've only needed to replace the timing belt. no mayor problems the only things that have been replaced are parts that any other car replacement is needed. i do most of the work myself. the Quattro system is awesome all year round also the turbo is strong (just check you oil on every gas fill up) this German car is built to last. at 160 HP i keep up with cars that have 20 HP or 30 Hp more then me, i do not recommend the A4 to people who don't know about cars. I don't think i want to sell it.
The Turbo and the Quattro system are brilliant when mixed in a Audi.
I purchased this car in July '09 and loved the way it drove. However, after owning it for 8 months it needed $1250.00 for a valve seal problem and at the same time my mechanic recommended to change the timing belt as well, which is another $1300. Then I had a heavy vibration through my steering wheel which I decided was the last straw. Instead of fixing everything, I traded it in on a '97 Lexus ES 300 which I should have bought to begin with. This Lexus is amazing and so smooth as well. Be understanding that if you do purchase this Audi car that you have to be prepared for heavy labor costs on fixing it. Everything is $500+ and some servicing will ding you $1000 plus.
Quattro for the winter, Tiptronic transmission.
These cars are very expensive to maintain. The Reliability is not good and major things go wrong. Especially leaks.
Bought this car new from the dealer in 1999 and did regular oil changes with the dealership. Just last month .. oil pressure light goes on and discovered that the engine developed a major Sludge problem .... cost $5,000 to fix ...beware! If the dealship knew about this problem they should have suggested to change to synthetic oil and do more regular oil changes ... Terribly disappointed with Audi !!!
Better communication with the consumer about their cars
I bought the car with 155000, call me crazy but I did. Knock on wood nothing major has happened. Although, I wanted to change my transmission fluid and its a huge deal because Audi has once again made it difficult. Seeing past this, it has been fun to drive and everything still works except the triptronic sensor is bad but still shifts fine in "d". This car rewards good driving, if you take it easy, the car will outlast you.
Quattro is unstoppable in snow, handling, interior, exterior styling
improve durability, and make the car simpler to work on
RUN, don't walk away from this car. 154,000 miles over 10 years have not been easy. Started needing heavy repairs right after the extended warranty ran out, at 60K. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, to the tune of $15,000 in repairs over the life of the car. Even the seats wore out. Audi software does not work on the computers many foreign car repair places have. Many places can't even do oil changes. All repairs are expensive and then something else crops up. Audi's are NOT for anyone who needs a reliable car and doesn't know much about how they run.