2003 Audi A4 Consumer Review: Great handling...poor reliabil

2003 Audi A4 - Consumer Review

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1.8T Avant quattro Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Great handling...poor reliability
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2003 Audi A4 1.8T Avant quattro AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I've owned this A4 for 2 years now and I am still not sure about Audi. I really like the car handling in all conditions. The Quattro system is excellent in all conditions. However, the engine power together with the auto transmission feels short on acceleration ability. Gas mileage could be better (23 mpg overall) for a car this size. I was disappointed with the reliability of this car but even more with the ability from Audi dealerships to find the issues. They replaced the throttle assembly 3 times (!) before thinking the issue could come from somewhere else (cracked plastic cover that messed the ECM box). I also had to replace the steering rack (leak) and two noisy wheel bearings (rear).

Best Features

Quattro = cat's agility in winter conditions (especially with snow tires). Interior quality Sports car handling Tiptronic transmission Audi warranty (buy a car with warranty!)

Worst Features

More torque with better gas mileage (why can't we have the TDI diesel engines they have in Europe?). Better brakes (they feel weak), better reliability (electronics), better training for Audi service... faster transmission (like the DSG?).
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