Audi A4 Review from Portugal

1997 Audi A4 1.6 petrol

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen Xsara

Faults:

Instruments lights always breaking, power steering tubes blow up, drivers window starting to fail, Audi alarm just died as the central locking, suspension arms (new) with a lot of noise.

General Comments:

A sporty sedan, but very uncomfortable for the passengers (at least with leather seats).

The electrics must by made in Italy, because something is always failing.

Front suspension always with some noises, even with new arms (not Audi).

It's a nightmare to maintain : everything is expensive (about 30% more than other brands).

One thing I have to say: it never stopped on the road.

About 200km/h max speed and 10/12 l/100k. It's always thirsty.

In summary: never again will I buy an Audi just because of maintenance prices. Too expensive and always something not working.

My Citroen was better in every way: cheaper to buy, better to maintain, more comfortable, faster in the city and motorway, and much more comfortable.

Actually own a Laguna 1.9 DTi from 99, and it's far away better than my A4. Maybe I was unlucky, but this is what I think of it.

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

Review Date: 20th May, 2010

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 1 review