I do not own an Audi yet but have wanted one since I have first set my
eyes on them 20 years ago. Now I am planning (pretty close) to buy a
car. Over the years people have told me that Audi is a problem car with
stories such as: You tend to spend lot of money on repairs. : They
have bad performance : Audi's quality is less than mediocre (sp) and
they charge a lot to fix the problem ....etc etc. Such stories kept
coming at me, yet I still want to have an Audi.
If there are any owners (and non-owners), could you please share your
unbiased opinions and experience with Audi ownership?
PS - I am middle aged man and am considered middle class. Don't know if
this will help.
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Audis in general are known for pioneering engineering (quattro) and a good
balance of power and handling. Fit and finish are excellent and recent
models generally have fairly bold styling. They come with a comprehensive
warranty (4 yr/ 50,000 miles in US) which is a good thing because their
reliability is pretty middle-of-the-pack and repairs are costly. While
quattro is very reliable, mundane items like door handles falling off (old
models), coil failure, control arm failure, and oil leaks plague the owner.
In 73,000 miles I have had a defective clutch throwout bearing, failure of
ventilation fan motor, radiator replacement and will soon be getting the V6
"external lubrication system" rectified. Brake pads and rotors have been
replaced front and rear and I expect the fronts will need it again within
10,000 miles. To sum up, Audis are fun to drive but if you want the ultimate
in reliability, plan to keep the car beyond the warranty period and want
outstanding trade-in value, you should look elsewhere.
I've owned 2 Audis now, a B5 A4 and a B6 A4 and I must say they are the most
reliable cars i have owned, they have the best build quality in a car I have
owned, they are the cheapest to repair as well, companies like GSF /
Eurocarparts make owning Audi's a cheap car to run, I now have a 1.8T
quattro and will be putting 180k miles on this one before i trade it in, and
am not worried at all.
My last V6 Audi went to 161k miles, and still drove like new, it was quiet,
fast, rust free, and as long as you look after the car it will last as long
as you want it too
I bought mine last month but no, it's not a quattro. I wish the
previous owner had included the adaptor for the anti-theft wheel
bolts, but as it turned out the local Audi dealer had one in stock for
a tenner (including spare bolt).
There will be when you have driven it for a couple of years!
IMO - It's the most expensive car to run when it comes to maintenance, but
nice car when it runs. Hold tight to the steering wheel when passing an Audi
garage - the car will try to get in there :-))
My family has owned Audis since a 1975 Fox. That was a good running vehicle
that lasted many years with no major problems except rust.
previously owned Audis:
1975 Fox auto
1973 Fox stick (bought with dead engine)
1978 Fox stick (had to repair rusted gas tank)
1980 4000 stick 4 speed
1884 4000 auto
1985 Coupe/GT auto
current Audi vehicles:
1983 4000S stick 5 speed (owned since 1991) still running very well after 226K
miles. Needs a new steering rack since it is leaking. I had installed a VW GTi
engine in it when I bought it back in 1991 since the original engine had a
wrist pin knock. Both vehicle and engine had 85K on them in 1991
Rust is starting to appear.
1985 5000S (owned since 1985)
currently only has 90K miles
has needed calipers, window regulators, transmission resealed and sunroof
Headliner is starting to fall down but is running very well with no rust.
I have not owned any recent Audis, but the ones that I have owned have been
very good and reliable vehicles.
Living in the "rust-zone" usually start to kill most of the early ones. :-(
One exception is that Coupe. It was only purchased for the wheels and tires
and then sold with it's bad transmission. That transmission seemed to keep
working for the new owner though. :-)
I like my 83 Audi 4000S more than the 91 VW Passat that I own even though the
Passat looks newer. <g>
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way,
when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their
shoes. Frieda Norris
I've owned Audis since 1984. They are *very* reliable and have taken me
through many rough roads during rallies, and deep snows in the winter.
My son-in-law gets my "hand downs" and keeps them until I am ready to buy
another Audi. He kept my 1990 200 Quattro Turbo Wagon for several years before
he traded it at 150K miles. We still see it occasionally - still running well
from what we hear. One of my grandsons is driving my 94 S4 and it has 150K
miles on it. Still going strong. My 2000 A6 4.2 has more than 100K on it,
still being driven by my daughter. My current 03 RS6 is the most fun car I've
ever driven. It goes like stink and handles superbly. I can not see myself
ever selling this car. Wellllllll, perhaps for another RS6..... d;o)
Repairs *can* be a bit pricey if you stay with a dealer. However, if you shop
around and find a good mechanic, the repairs are more reasonable. The Quattro
system is bullet proiof and rarely needs repairs. The same goes for engines.
If you give everything routine maintenance, these cars should last a long time.
And, no, my feet aren't made out of feathers. Bricks would be a better
Funny you should mention that. The bloke I bought my A6 ('96 2.5TDI 140bhp
Avant) off wanted to keep it for his wife to drive, but it was too big for
her and she preferred driving her 1 litre Corsa!
"The truth is working in television is not very glamorous at all. I just go
home on my own at night and sit alone and eat crisps."
Thank you for the input. Which models of Audi in particular are
successful? There seem to be 4 different configurations for each of
these models A4, A6, A8, S4 and RS6. Each model has submodels like 1.8,
1.8 quattro and more. Which model is most popular with consumers for
Thank you once again.
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The most popular audi A4's are <petrol>1.8T / 2.8 30v <diesel> 1.9 tdi
quattro is more desirable as its 4wd, quattro doesnt mean the model comes
with any extra bells, its just the drive train, 2wd or quattro.
Someone else will advise you on other models
1982 Coupe: 112K miles, began having electrical problems, needed clutch soon
and front end was never right after a "leave the road" almost rollover.
Only regret was poor resale due to late 80's Audi problem with 5000's
alledgedly engaging in gear spontaneously.
1995 A6 186k miles with routine maintenance and routine oil leak. Wife
wanted 10 years or 200k mikes but was rear ended by 18 wheeler. (car's third
major hit) Survived well and was driveable but was totalled by insurance.
Drove it onto the flatbed!
2003 A4 30k miles Change oil at 5k with synthetic, not originial 10k
recommendation. New tire due to side wall damage from road hazzard.
Of the three the coupe was the best looking. People would stop & comment on
it. The A6 was an industrable tank and the A4 is the most fun to drive.
Have a friend who is an Audi mechanic and a good dealership. Parts are still
expensive compared to my daughter's Jetta. Resale is always better on a
Hope this helps.
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