1998 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8
Great performance, fit and finish, but prepare for very high maintenance costs
The display/info screen has faded beyond recognition. A common Audi problem.
The alternator pulley sheared off at 55,000 miles. An easy fix, but not acceptable. The part was made in France!!
The coolant temperature sensor went at 60,000 miles. An easy fix. Acceptable.
The secondary air intake system went at 75,000 miles. This is does not have to be fixed. The car will run properly. You just have to live with a perpetual check engine light.
Multiple suspension parts went at around 85,000 miles. Acceptable, but the many parts are expensive and really add up. Acceptable.
Both rear wheel bearings went at 92,000 miles. Acceptable. Because it is a quattro, the repair is difficult and can't be done by the home mechanic. $450 each side if done by Audi.
The moon-roof opens upward by itself occasionally due to a short. I can live with this if it's not raining.
Great fit and finish.
The quattro is a superior handling car.
The Bose stereo system is excellent.
Stay away from the dealer as much as possible for repairs.
Get a repair manual and order discount parts on-line. I've done 95% of the repairs myself and I'm no mechanic.
I've put a lot of hard miles and have been fairly pleased with the car.
Basically it is an excellent car, but you must pay for this excellence. It's a trade off.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st March, 2003
9th Jul 2004, 11:24
Replace the timing belt and tensioner NOW!! Mine broke at
80K and scrapped the head.
26th Jan 2006, 00:00
I just bought my first Audi an I must say It was worth every penny. I don't understand people who say its expensive to fix... It's a high end vehicle... If you want cheap mechanic build then buy a ford Taurus. Great in the corners, plenty of pop off the line, and an interior that makes me feel like a P.I.M.P.