I've owned our 2004 A4 1.9 TDI 130 Sport since new and have covered 35,000 miles with very few problems. Interior quality is excellent and all controls operate in a satisfying manner.
Dissappointing aspects of the car are a poor standard specification which necessitated spending about £4,000 on options to get the car that we wanted. Many options should really be standard on a car of this standard. Fuel consumption is also poor compared to the government figures. We average about 39mpg compared with an official combined figure of more than 47mpg.
The car itself has been very reliable with only niggling problems requiring warranty fixes. However the clutch has a nasty judder on cold and damp mornings. This stops after a few miles and is OK for the rest of the day. Audi have not been able to replicate the problem.
Audi dealers are generally nice places to visit although the quality if car after purchase is nowhere near the pre-sales level.
Overall, the ownership experience has been very positive we will probably replace this car with an A4 Avant when the new model becomes available
I bought my 2003 Audi A4 2.0 FSi SE with 50,000 miles five months ago and find the owning experience very pleasurable.
The interior quality is of a high standard and placement of every switch and button is near perfection.
The only thing people might find strange is the intrusive centre armrest, as it's rather difficult to put the hand brake on when you first drive the car. I have since got used to this.
The climate control is very effective and the stereo has a great sound with easy-to-use controls (both on the steering wheel and dash).
The stereo information is displayed between the speedo and rev counter but disappears when the car reports any issues such as a light bulb, low washer fluid, low petrol, etc. Also, every time you turn the key, a loud beep is heard to remind you once again of these issues! Rather annoying.
The 2.0 FSi is a great motorway engine but sometimes you have to drop a gear when climbing hills. Fuel consumption is good for a heavy car.
The Audi is a great car, offering understated style with a touch of class and I would recommend it to anyone. I may have to swap the car soon and I'm loathe to get rid of it!
i had this car for just over two years 2yrs. bought it secondhand with 71k on the clock. after doing a few thousand miles the cluth went which ended up costing the best part of £1500 (with audi). not long after somthing happened with the brakes which ended up costing another few hundred quid. interior is not that high quality as everyone makes out to be. the drivers side seat broke and after paying for the cluth thought it be best not getting it repaired and just put up with it. the buttons on the stereo, air con etc. are cheap!! all the black paint came off them and they went white which made it look realy bad and also noticed the same had happened to a friends. the engine was very noisy it sounded like a black cab. but apart from my few minor problems i still think its a very good car previously had bmw 3 series, vw golfs and a volvo this is the better car by far. the driving is a joy, it handles realy well, good fuel econamy for a 2ltr car and i think its the best looking car in its class. didnt have too much trouble to sell and would think about buying one again but maybe with less mileage and a newer range.
I have had this car 6 months, its a 51 reg, with 81000 miles on the clock, but have had no end of problems with it. Firstly the injector cylinders needed replacing (£1800), followed by water pump, cam belt, coolant seal, wiring loom , new battery ...... the list goes on and on, I feel like I personally keep the local dealer in business. Other than that, car very efficient, regularly get 50mpg. View of audis tainted by problems, and unhelpfulness of dealers. Will never by another audi (or VW or Skoda!!!!!!)
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