I own a 54 plate, which has black Buffolo leather, multitronic auto box, sat nav, electric everything. The car has now done 124k and drives like a dream, we are taking it down to the south of France next month. Only problem I have had, was the gear box oil pipe blew, RAC, were very good, company called Pirtex made another one, as Audi wanted £250 just for a pair of rubber pipes! however the cost to repair all in all was £240. I have one concern, when I pull away from a juction, it judders (feels like gearbox) does anyone else have the same problem, its not a massive issue, but also it cant be right. Any suggestion to fix are very welcome. All in all, if you are looking to buy one, that has a full S/H, then go and get it, they are much better than any of its rivals.
I bought the car in Feb 08 as an Audi approved with 54k.The car is a 54 plate 2005 car. Other than some original teething problems as Audi had fitted a new clutch and created an oil leak this car has been completely problem free with the mileage now in excess of 76K. MPG is averaging at around the 46 mark but on a longer run in goes into the 50's. Servicing costs at Audi are expensive and the Timing Belt needs doing now and Audi have quoted me £560 all in but they will change the water pump as well in that cost, so I dont think its all that bad. Car drives great and is proving to be a good all round car for a higher mileage driver.
I bought this car as a pre registered manual model in April 2005 and to date it has covered 29,000 miles. The car has been a huge disappointment and has been plagued with a catalogue of faults from the start. These have included chipped paint on delivery, a faulty steering column assembly (worrying), a replacement window motor and water in the tailgate hinges. Since Christmas the car has been back to the supplying dealer five times for warranty work. This has included an oil leak from the filter housing, an oil leak from the oil cooler and three attempts to fix the central locking. There have also been numerous attempts to fix a rattle in the driver's window. The only consolation has been the excellent range of cars I have been given when the car has been in, including an S4 cabriolet and an Allroad 3.0 TDI.
On the positive side the car is very comfortable, if rather dull to drive, quiet at speed and economical, averaging 48 mpg. over the last year. The gearbox is much better than reviews would have you believe. It is also an excellent towcar, averaging 34 mpg with a caravan in tow.
Now the car is out of warranty and I've grown tired of visiting the dealer, I have decided to trade it in while everything is still working. I will think very hard before paying so much again for so much trouble when my wife's eight year old Citroen Xsara VTS has only ever needed routine servicing from new.
I bought this car with 23k for 17 grand. It has now done 42k. This car has the 130PS 1.9 tdi and I get nowhere near the reported 50 mpg and the bulk of my mileage is at a steady 50 on A roads in very light traffic.
Even when driving like a granny it only does an average of 36 to 37 and I've just nudged 39 once. The car pulls away OK up to about 40 but I find in the midrange its a bit lacking and makes overtaking more difficult than one would like.
When you bear in mind that the new 2.0 tdi is only 140PS and a base BMW 5 series 520d is 170PS it gives you some idea of how far behind the VW engines are in my opinion. The car could certainly use more power.
The steering is vague and I find that I'm constantly adjusting the wheel on bends and the ride is hard! The road needs to be absolutely flawless to be good and I don't like being in a passenger in it.
Also had a rattle from the boot, which I had to fight to fix. They claimed it wasn't covered under warranty because someone had done a bodge job on the boot despite the car having a FSH. The passenger door squeaks for 10 minutes on a cold morning and there is an intermittent rattle coming from behind the driver's dash.
My experience shows the legendary Audi build to be somewhat of a myth -sure it's better than the equivalent Ford but not enough to justify the price. It also doesn’t have things like rear parking sensors as standard, rain-sensing wipers (standard on our Micra!) and Isofix seat mountings.
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