Reading previous postings for this NG are a great place to start ;-) though
you'll mostly see postings from the vocal minority who have had some nasty
problem or other. Those whose cars go well tend to remain silent.
Two tips though:
Timing belt should be / have been replaced anywhere between 90 000 and 120 000
km for the 4 cyl engine (depending on whose advice you follow). Very important,
due to interference engine design. Factor that in when negotiating price of
the car. Would cost AUD 1800 to have done at a dealer, as a very rough guess.
Someone living in your hemisphere can fill in the more exact price here . . .
Also, make sure you have a competent and honest dealer/workshop in your
vicinity. Quality of dealer network and repair work is known to have been bad
in some markets. Check with everyone you know who drives Audi, and get their
recommendations on good workshops, so you know what to expect.
Excellent car though, a real pleasure to own and drive.
2001 A4 Avant 1,8 TS
I've always wanted to get a list compiled on this NG, please add on with
anything I forgot.
Things to watch out for.
-Burnt out outside rear-view mirrors.
-Door mouldings rusting out.
-Fading driver information displays.
-Rear wheel bearing failure.
-Headlights burning out(?)
Can't remember much else, but the car is still a blast to drive (and own
when it's been washed).
1998.5 A4 2.8
What exactly happens when a rear wheel bearing fails? Does it just get
louder and louder? Once in a while I hear a humming sound that
varies with vehicle speed. Just curious. Mine is a 1997 A4 2.8q
with about 60,000 miles.
On Wed, 31 Dec 2003 10:51:28 GMT, Victor DiMichina
Yes, this is what happened to my 1998 A4 2.8q; the driver rear wheel
bearing started making noise somewhere around 70,000 miles, and I had
it replaced 5,000 miles later, after the whine got progressively
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