Bought my Audi 2.8 AWD car with 70k on it about 5 years ago. I have had the usual issues that "all" Audi consumers experience. Control Arms, brakes Axel wheel bearings and tie rods. Skid plate clips broke away so I removed it in the spring, and by the summer the AC compressor had failed because of water and other road elements. I am also convinced that older Audi's dump engine exhaust heat into the cabin which annoying in the summer. With all that, you would think that I strongly disapprove of the car but on the contrary, I love the performance, AWD, winter and summer driving is always fun and plan to purchase my 7th one this winter. before you buy ask about timing belt, suspension..
Great car and a blast to drive. There easy to fix if you know anything about cars. Buy aftermarket parts online and it is cheap to keep on the road. Still org. motor and trans. Just keep her tuned up and it will treat you well. I dont care what make you have it will need work at some point like wheel bearings and ball joints and tie rods. The only thing that gets me is the oil leaking it is with all 2.8 engines. Have the new gaskets put in when the timming service is done and it will save you a pile of money. I have a 98 and my wife drives a 99 with 160,000 miles.
I got a great deal on the car in 2006 and planned on driving it for a year and then selling it to make some profit. I was blown away after the first winter driving this car in Northeast Ohio. After 245k the paint still looks new there's no rust the engine runs great the transmission shifts perfectly.. my only complaint is that I have been through 6 wheel bearings and 8 control arms.. I was told by my mechanic get used to the oil leak that is just the Audi way of marking its territory.. there is nothing on this car that is cheap to repair. even though I paid cash for my car I still consider the repairs to be a monthly car payment. But still my favorite car
I had been a VW owner since 1982. I decided to move up to the Audi because of the All Wheel Drive. The car is solidly built. The engine is very smooth and powerfull. All weather handling is superb once you shed the stock rubber. The interior is a bit cozy for a six footer, but everything is within reach. Rear seat room is very tight. The trunk is cavernous for a car it's size. I would recommend this car to anyone who needs to go anywhere fast in any weather.
This is a great car, and it cost much less than its competitors. It's built solidly, looks beautiful, has no problems (yet), and is a great handling machine with the quattro. The only downside was its original 150 hp engine, but a modest chip upgrade changed that. It now has around 195 hp which is more than sufficient for its 3200 lbs curb weight.