This vehicle is very, very attractive. Mechanically it has been very disappointing. The engine is lame. I don't need a power house but this engine is simply not eager. We've had many problems with this car, passenger seat jammed, engine light on consistently, front suspension issues, roof won't open all the time, driver window regulator blew, fuel gauge inaccurate and fails, replaced fuel tank evaporator valve, seats squeak, replace engine seals due to oil leaks, water pump failed early, cigarette lighter doesn't work, radio antennae mast failed, trunk lid struts failed and other minor irritants. The car isn't as good a handling vehicle as my '97 BMW. Fuel economy isn't stellar. Don't buy 1!
This car is now 6 years old, and still
draws attention when it's parked with
the top down. The design is absolutely
timeless: it looks like it was carved
out of a single block of steel. The
2.8 engine (Audi's pre-5 valves per
cylinder model) with 170 horses will
not rocket this heavy car off the line,
but that's not the point of the
Cabriolet. It's a classic cruiser, and
it fills that role beautifully. I will
keep it 20 years.
I love this car as far as ride and handling goes. Fuel economy is not what I expected. It has a tendency to be a money pit with regards to constant minor repairs. The quality of the car leaves one baffled when you consider the association of the name. Although, as I said I like the ride and handling, it is most doubtful that I would ever buy another one.
The Audi cabriolet has been a fabulous
car for me. Very reliable, very zippy
and tons of fun. As a petite woman,
it was the only covertible that I test
drove where I had any visiability out
of the rear. Have loved this cars for
years and can't recommend the model
enough -- trunk space is minimal, but
so easy to dump things in the back
seat. Happily, a relative is buying
this car from me, otherwise, I
couldn't part with it. I had three
people lined up who said, if you ever
sell, I will buy!