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Oil guzzler, unreliable heater, fatal timing belt
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Matthew Sharp
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2003 Audi A4 Sedan 3.0 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Some things to look out for if you're looking for a used 2003 audi A4: Audis are known for guzzling oil and this car is no exception. If you are buying a used car you may need to flush out the heater core. It has a flaw where it will accumulate gunk over the years and the heat will not work until it is flushed. Also ask about how recently the timing belt has been replaced. If yours snaps, the "interference engine is toast.


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Engine dead at 58,000
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Brian
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2003 Audi A4 Sedan 3.0 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I live in a city and rarely take road trips. After ten months of ownership and replacing all ignition coils I went for one. Two hours into the trip felt slight vibration that stayed the same for the rest of the trip. An hour away from home on the return trip vibration started to worsen and became very bad right out of city limits. Immediately to dealership where i was informed the crankshaft was warped. New engine from Audi 13,000 with wait for it a 90 day warranty. Local junkyard 2,000 for a used engine with two year warranty. In the end I traded it for a Ford.


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A4 a Stylish Teenager
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By KT
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2003 Audi A4 Sedan 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This is a great looking and reliable car for a teenager living in the city. It does not look like it has 93,000 for a car that is 14 years old. Very roomy to take your friends around town, great storage for those overnight or weekend trips and what young person doesn't want a luxury sedan for under $4000!? It does lack today's technology (no USB port- but I'll throw in a USB charger; no Bluetooth or GPS- but smart phones work better anyway but it does have a great Bose sound system and a fun sunroof for those warm temps that are just around the corner. Beige interior with a dark blue exterior, both in great condition. The first four years of ownership was very little driving and kept in a heated car garage out in the suburbs. The past 10 years has been mostly city driving, parked in a covered garage with occasional road trips to Iowa and Wisconsin to see family and friends.


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Never went one day without problems
18 of 23 people found this review helpful
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By nlambert182
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2003 Audi A4 Sedan 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Bought my 2003 A4 with 95k miles on it.
It had already had the timing belt replaced.

The dipstick tube cracked and broke off when I attempted to check the oil.
The coolant flange on the back of the engine poured coolant constantly, and the turbo leaked oil.
Even after replacing the coil packs, fuel filter, and spark plugs the engine still had a rough idle.
Ended up replacing every plastic check valve under the hood to no avail.
Found that the crankcase vent tube cracked and broke off causing a vacuum leak.
Went to get in the car one morning after rain, and the floor was 2 inches deep in water.
Took forever to fix that issue.
Too many issues to list.
These things are LEMONS.


Best Features

Styling Neat features


Worst Features

Everything. Use higher quality plastic under the hood (heat resistant), better quality plastic in the interior (paint peeled), and use real leather instead of the pleather that comes in them.


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Oil leak Problem
4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By samnim
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2003 Audi A4 Sedan 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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As much fun to drive this car as, as much as the oil leakage does hurt your budget, so far I did spend close to 6000$ on this car in repairs, and yet the issue of oil leak was not fixed. and I was last called by the dealer to tell me, it needs an engine rebuild and this will cost me another 3000-4000 $ and they are not sure if it will solve the massive loss of oil ( more than a quarter of oil every 900 miles )


Best Features

Stability while driving, AWD, it gives you confidence, solid on the ground


Worst Features

Please work on this engine oil leak problem, as I find it major and problematic


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