I bought this 97P 150bhp Audi A4 1.8t sport about 6 years ago with 50k on the clock. It now has 130k - but I am loathed to sell this superb car. Its had a few problems, track rod ends, CV joints, blower fan, cambelt tensioner all needed replacing, but over 80,000 miles, Id say par for the course. The drive is superb. Hardly any body roll and acceleration that will put a smile on your face. If youre the tinkering type (like me) simple jobs are very easy. Audi servicing super expensive, so I found an ex-VAG mechanic to do anything tricky (cam belts etc) at reasonable rates. I replaced the blower motor myself (ebay £40, 30 minutes and 9 screws - Audi wanted £370!). Dashboard bulbs also took just 30 minutes 2 screws, and £3 (again, laughable Audi wanted over £200!). Buy a £10 haynes manual and use excellent enthusiast web sites for cheap luxury motoring. Biggest gripe, rear seats dont fold down...irritating when buying anything big at B&Q. Boot space otherwise very good. Rear leg room not great, but fine for kids of for when its my turn to drive to the pub with mates. Leather interior still looks new after 130k. Outer rubber door trims peel away after 100k - £15 each from Audi and 10 mins to replace to keep your car looking new. Quality metalic paint will glow forever. I drove 620 miles in one day and felt fine after - this is an excellent touring car that eats miles. Built to last and an absolute bargain at todays prices. motorway runs give 40mpg, else 33 around town
have owned this car for 1 year or so and i've got to admit that it's one of the best cars your money can buy . it's a very quiet and smooth drive,even around corners it sticks to the road better than any other car that i've owned or driven !!! tremendous for motorway driving or city driving . my advice is to buy one asap !!
Previously had 2 Volvo S40 models both of which were FAR FAR more comfortable on a long run as was a Mercedes C240. This model, a 1.8 4 door 1999 job was obviously made for those under 5ft8". On a drive down to the smoke shortly after buying it i ached from the hips down. The accelerator pedal seems set to far forward and to high. The Volvo seats can adjust the height of the front part of the seat providing you with superb comfort, sadly Audi lacks this its like sitting on a park bench, flat. I bought the car on impulse as it had a ridiculously low mileage of 15000 and just one owner backed up by history (and a call to Audi) The expensive cambelt was done before i purchased the car. This was in April last year, now on 25000 and had to change nothing but tyres. Commendable cabin, well put together and highly refined with a super stereo albeit with no cd player (stingy bast---s) for a car costing the thick end 0f £20,000 when new i find this appaling. Another gripe is the boot opening, narrow and not practical. Superb gear change, nicely weighted clutch steering is again nicely weighted and a leather covered wheel that is good to use. The nice touches extend to both passenger and driver sun visor mirrors are illuminated, never used em but they are there. Fuel consumption is another issue. You cannot call it a large car but i just cannot get over 30mpg. Now would i buy another Audi, err, Yes
A good overall car to drive.Much better than the British cars A good solid build.
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