I test-drove one. The center console is too wide, and the gas pedal too
close to it, for my leg to be comfortable. Other than that, it's
*really* nice. The Quattro with the 3.0 might be a bit slow, though -
the one I drove was a front-drive CVT.
This Saturday, I take delivery on a certified '03 A4Q Sport, 3.0 6
speed. It took me six months to finally decide between the BMW 330xi,
the Benz 4 matic, Subaru Legacy, and the Quattro. What my final
decision was made on is the Quattro system. The BMW has a slight
advantage in off the line acceleration,and the clutch is a little less
grabby, but the Audi wins hands down in every other area. The fit &
finish of the interior is awesome. The Benz & Subaru look & feel cheap
in comparrison. Stop in to your local Audi service dept and have them
run the VIN. They can give you a print out of the history. Also, spend
the 20 bucks on a CARFAX report. IMO, it's also worth the extra bucks
to buy certified from a dealer. You get the 300 point inspection and
the Audi Assured Warranty on top of whats remaining of the factory
Thank you. This is insightful. Paul. I was looking at a beautiful red
2002 and ran a car fax and saw that it was an Audi lemon buy back. It only
has 5,000 miles and 25 months left on the warrantee. The dealer says it is
fine. I dunno
Check with the service dept. What was the nature of the defect? Has it
been fixed? Why couldn't the previous owner get satisfaction with this
car? Why didn't the dealer offer disclosure? The salesperson will try
& convince you it is OK. Personally, I wouldn't buy it. There are
plenty of good Audi's for sale out there. Like my dad used to say, "If
it's too good to be true..." well, you know the rest.
Sleeplessly awaiting '03 A4Q 3.0
I sold my 1998 2.8 sport 5spd quattro and got a 2002 3.0 sport 6spd
quattro in Jan 2002. I absolutely love the car and it has plenty of
power (this is a sport cruiser, not a racer though).
The commuter experience in it is great.
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