Having now owned my Audi for 18 months I have to say it has been completely fault free.
Okay, I have had a couple of dashboard rattles one of which has been sorted out by the dealer the other still sets my teeth on edge.
The diesel engine is unrefined at start up, particulary on cold mornings. Once warm it becames quiet at normal speeds and sits in the background at idle. Not, I have noticed as quiet as a BMW.
Fuel consumption is first rate. I attain in excess of 600 miles in mixed driving. The multitronic gearbox is pretty much seamless although a quick getaway from zero can leave you sitting in no mans land.
Rear passenger space is very poor which is a real shame.
The one service I have had cost £350 which sems a bit steep, but I guess is the price you pay for an Audi. After 20,000 miles the front tyres are coming up for replacement, the rears are still good for another 10,000 or so.
Equipment levels are pretty good but don't expect bells and whistles.
Would I buy another one? Yes I think I will, overall it is better value than a BMW. Build quality is very good, if the engine refinement was better and the rear legroom a little more ample I wouldn't need to wander into BMW dealer just for a look you understand.
Please note my car is A4 Quattro 2.0T S line manual (saloon), not the RS model.
Unfortunately the 2005 Quattro model also has intermitent syncromesh problems. I reported the problem within a week of purchasing it. After being fobbed off by two master technicians from two separate dealerships, a back-to-back test drive with a like vehicle confirmed a syncromesh problem. After attempting a repair to the gearbox, the dealership finally fitted a new gearbox.
I was without my car for nearly two months, during which I was supplied with a temporary vehicle. Owners and potential owners beware, you could easily be forgiven for criticising your driving style and not realising that your gearbox has a problem. It is comforting to know that Audi has now acknowledged that there are issues with the gearbox.
I have to say it was quite stressfull trying to convince three separate dealerships that the car I had just bought had a faulty gearbox. Having said all that, while disappointed with the way it was all dealt with, I won't be changing the car - I love it!
Bright Red 2.0 TDI s-line, with the upgraded alloys etc. The look of the car is excellent, people are constantly commenting on how nice the car looks.
Drives well, although lots of under steer in wet when cornering. Cannot fault build quality.
The car has done 3500 miles and has had to have almost 1 litre of oil added! Has anyone else found this? Overall a great car!
We've had a 2.0 TDI SE from August and the car is excellent for my family. The boot is enormous and there is enough room in the back for adults.
I'm 6ft 3in and found it OK in the front when my daughter was behind. I would say that spending some time getting your position exactly right is worthwhile.
I'm very pleased with its mid-range acceleration, where I feel the car really excels and also with its fuel consumption, which on a two-week holiday covering 2000 miles (mostly fully laden) averaged 53mpg. It's easy to get into the 60s mpg with a light foot without the full load.
The build quality seems good but, like other reviewers, I don't think you get that much for your money - for example, there's not even rear parking sensors.
We tried both the S line, which I preferred as the driver. However, the passengers who were bouncing about in the back due to the harsh suspension stated a definite preference for the 2.0 TDI.
Generally, it's been very pleasing so far but then I've had no service bills just yet.
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