I bought my 2.8 avant in 1999. In the first 36 months, it worked fine. But only
a week after the warrenty expired, the water pump broken, and cost me
$1000 to fix. I had heard this kind of case before I bought the car, but I didn't
pay much attention. Be careful, this car could cost you much more than you
In it's first 20,000 miles the car has been flawless. No rattles, squeaks or glitches. The 200 hp V6 is peppier than expected but I wish they would make the wagon with a manual transmission, and ideally the 250 hp bi-turbo (but without the all-road lift kit) . With 4 blizzaks the car is unstoppable in snow/ice.
I love the styling, the power, the
handling... but I hate the
transmission! Would you ever shift into
5th at 25 mph? This car does. It's
either bogged down or revved up around
corners - a little frightening. Love
the trip-tronic, but hubby doesnt'
do that. Ever. You'd better have
a garage, cause this baby doesn't like
New England winters - it whines
and groans. And the wiper blades!
Summer-type only, Audi-brand only
($25), that can't take any ice. The $90
rubber floor mats let water leak onto
the carpet... Gimme my old Volvo AWD!
Ok, so I'll miss the handling...