I purchased a 2 year old base model with optional climate control in 2001, which up until 2 years ago only had new brakes and tyres (still on its original exhaust!). 2 years ago the battery and lambda sensor were replace, the water pump was changed last year and the rear shocks need replacing but apart from this the car has never missed a beat, has passed all its MOTs and has reached 90000 miles. Although no rocket it does move, is easy to drive around town and cruises down the motorway very nicely thank you very much. All the buttons and switches are like new and the car still feels solid to drive too. I am currently looking to change it as I am slightly worried about any future repair costs but considering the reliability I've enjoyed I maybe worrying unduly. I am definatley and Audi addict now and am searching for another one. Although not the cheapest option it is reliable and who wants to pay good money for unreliability?
Having opted out of my company car scheme, I was looking for something different. It needed to be quick, classy, practical and fun to drive. Step forward the Audi A4 2.8 Quattro.
It's quick - 60 mph in 7sec, 193 bhp and 143 mph. But it isn't all about numbers. Progress is effortless. Braking is assured and at all times you feel in full control of the car. It covers ground quickly, the four-wheel drive contributing towards astounding levels of grip. Come rain, shine or snow, it is a very safe car, equally suited to being driven hard or sedately.
It is well equipped, with ABS, ESP, driver, passenger and side air bags, climate control, six-CD changer, electric windows and so on. It is also well screwed together and oozes quality. Front passenger space is generous and the boot is a good size. The car looks great, even at 10 years old - understated and timeless.
However, it's not cheap. It'll manage only 25mpg, it has group 18 insurance, and make sure you don't use Audi stealerships for repairs - independant garages are far cheaper.
But it has been incredibly reliable. After two-and-a-half years and 40,000 miles, I enjoy driving it as much as when I first had it, but it is time for us to part company. Although incredibly practical for such a fast car, two-week holidays to France with my wife and three kids is pushing even the A4's limits.
So my next car is a Skoda 2.0 TFSI vRS estate. I'll be sad to see the Audi go, and the next owner will be a lucky person.
I've had this car for two and a half years, and it's my third Audi. This has been the best all-round car I have owned. Having two young kids with child seats, there's not room for much else in the back seat.
The only problem I've had is that the bottom ball joint arms have broken on both the driver's and passenger side - at low speeds, lucky enough. Apart from that, it's a good family car - that is as good as new.
My only complaint the timing belt is expensive to get replaced at about £300. It's a great car anyway.
As a relatively young Audi owner (19 yrs old) I have to say I am extremely impressed with the level of sophistication this car provides over other makes and models usually driven by others in my age range.
I have had one or two initial problems to deal with when first buying the car, I bought it privately, and very soon afterwards replaced all brake disks & pads and a service, I completed the work myself as I am a competant DIY mechanic, and found very little difficulty in any of the work undertaken. even the rear disks (which house the wheel bearings) were a simple and quick job (under 1hr for both sides). The cost of this was just £260.
Very recently however, I have had to replace the steering rack due to leaking seals, this is a costly and time-consuming repair, but affordable nonetheless, even for someone of my age.
Despite this, I feel this is one of the best cars available to me on today's market, it is an absolute joy to drive, refined, smooth and fast when required. Even at speeds of 100+ the car maintains it's composure, and road holding is good, though fidgety over very bumpy roads.
The interior of this car is a very comfortable and relaxing place to be, the seats are comfortable regardless of journey length, even though I am 6'3". With this car, it's the little things that set it apart from say, a ford or vauxhall.
I would highly recommend an A4 to anyone of any age, cracking car, I look forward to many more years of happy motoring!
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