A good all around-er with luggage space and room for 7
Gone wrong since I've owned it? Nothing. Bought a fixer-upper. When I bought it, the car needed a few things:
Valve cover gasket (included in purchase of car)
Shocks front and rear.
Strut bushings front.
Transmission service (due to scheduled interval).
Front brakes and rotors.
Rear brakes and rotors.
So I went to fix them and I'm still in that process.
Front brakes (with sensors) $100 (just pads).
Front rotors, $70 for two.
Rear brakes, $28 for both sides.
Rear rotors, $50 for two.
Full suspension kit, $325 (whole car KYB).
Plugs, wires, filters etc, $100 (est. bought over time).
Transmission service, $275 (Audi dealer).
15" V8 rims with new snow tires $400 (eeeebaaayyy).
The airbag light stays on for 90 seconds after start up. Consistently. And the CHECK ENGINE light has a mind of its own. The gear selector light on the dash doesn't work, and neither does the outside temp reading, or the seat heaters, or the cigar lighter, and the blower motor squeaks until I smack the glovebox lid then it stops.
Haven't done the suspension kit or trans service yet, as I only make $15K a year (no I'm not a teenager, the WV job market is not so good, at least I have a job!), but the car starts runs and drives beautifully, even with 4 worn to hell bouncy shocks, and snow tires on dry pavement, this thing really holds the road. Albeit with understeer.
This is my first premium luxury German car, and it really surprises me. I don't care that the seat heaters don't work and the stereo is wonky, it is just a good driver and a torqueless wonder (doesn't come into its own till about 3500 revs, redlines at 6800 :D). It seems to be a bit pricey to fix, but it's totally worth it. Even though it only gets 15 C, 21 HWY.
Oh and BTW, rear-facing third rows ROCK!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th March, 2010