The car drives nice (when it isn't grunting about something). Handling is exceptional. Interior has great design, fine leather seats. Great A/C. Great Bose sound system. I did skid sideways a few times in this car in the rain, even though my tires are relatively new. I did not expect a German sedan with AWD to do this, I was not speeding either. This happened when I was making a left turn at an intersection.
My family acquired this car from relatives last year (2006). They bought the car new. I have never seen a car fall apart so fast from 109k miles to 117k miles. Check engine light was on from the start. It had some issues before we took it. I see why our relatives dumped it to us for free. Audi said they wanted $6400 to install new transmission. The car is just not safe to drive, it runs on 3-cylinders (half its engine) (imagine the pickup on the highway, 18-wheeler trucks were passing me), the engine is about to explode. The car failed emissions testing miserably. I changed the oil and have service records that are consistent from 1999.
It was a bad mistake we took possession of this car.
Cars 10 years older than this one drive better.
Trust me folks, avoid VW/Audi at all costs. If you MUST have a German, get a BMW. If not, opt for a Lexus or Cadillac.
Audi should be banned from ever selling cars in the US.
I hope I included all there is to be said of this car. Never in my life have I been more passionately hateful of something. I hope you will all take my word seriously.