1998 Audi A4 Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 9

1998 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8 litre

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.8 litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance141000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Good car, but the newer ones have a better reliability rating

Faults:

I purchased the 1998 Audi A4 Quattro in Phoenix, AZ. in 2004 and imported it into Canada. It had 103,000 miles at the time of purchase, and was in mint condition.

107,000 miles - replaced timing chain, tensioners, thermostat and water pump (no problem... I just didn't know when they had been changed last)

109,300 miles - replaced secondary air pump relay after it shorted out, causing the fan to keep running after the car was turned off. This would cause the battery to discharge.

120,590 miles - replaced leaky power steering hoses and split front CV boots;

127,700 miles - replaced all four wheel bearings (one was starting to make noise so I did all 4)

140,670 miles - replaced both front brake calipers after they started leaking (did this along with full brake service)

General Comments:

The car handles very well and is very stable at high speeds. The leather interior that still looks in mint condition after 11 years. It is definitely the most comfortable car I've ever owned.

The expenses to date have been acceptable, since I have stayed away from the Audi dealers for repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2009

1998 Audi A4 Base 2.8 30V V6 petrol

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.8 30V V6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Bravada

Summary:

For some reason, any replacement on a A4 costs $1000

Faults:

Starter gone when bought, replaced at 85,000 miles.

Timing belt started slipping at 90,000, and replaced at 100,000.

Clutch went out and replaced at 115,000.

Power steering leak fixed at 125,000.

Water pump, thermostat, coolant overflow tank, and lower radiator hose needed replaced at 140,000.

Both front brake lines ruptured and needed replaced at 165,000.

Front ball joints, front driver seat, taillights & headlights, all need replaced now from normal wear at 185,000.

General Comments:

This is the only car I have said "I Love You" to everyday we are together.

This is the fastest 190HP you can find in a car.

The front suspension is well thought out, and you can feel their intentions on the four-link transverse mounted drive train.

I only feel this assured in a turn I thought in a RWDer.

Eats up miles on a long trip without ever being over worked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2009

1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8 Quattro Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Expensive to maintain, but really good to have it

Faults:

LED on instrument cluster died. $275

ABS System fail. $1900

Passenger Side Air bag fail. $1080

Rear Wheel Bearing Need to be changed. $389

Have to put anti freeze every 2 month. $40/ltr bottle.

Front Lateral link need to replace. $430

CD changer stop working. $80 from junkyard.

General Comments:

I like the look and comfort of this car. very stable on high speed, AC/Heater work really good. Quattro system is really good in snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th March, 2008

1998 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance72600 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Car from the DEVIL!!!

Faults:

New engine after purchase; $4500, and $3300 to install.

New clutch installed is $1300.

Check engine light always on.

Oil leakage 2 quarts per week.

General Comments:

This car looks great, but is a total nightmare. Every mechanic I have spoken with says Audi is garbage and some mechanics wouldn't work on the car.

The car was checked by my mechanic and there were no problems, but two days later the engine threw a rod. There was no heads up for this one. One day the car will run great, and the next day it will crap on you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st February, 2008

1998 Audi A4 2.8 Lts

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8 Lts Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carMaruti Esteem

Summary:

It's a miserable car

Faults:

This car is a maintenance nightmare. First my front axle broke and then when I got it fixed the rear axle broke. After that I had a slew of minor problems including electrical failure, oil leaks etc etc. Now finally my transmission is gone! The dealer is asking for $6K to fix the transmission (its more than what I bought the car for). This car is going to the scrapyard.

General Comments:

This car is really amazing when running. But the problem is it lies more often in the mechanic shop than the parking lot.

I will never ever buy an Audi in my life again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th February, 2008

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 40 reviews