1998 Audi A4 Sport 1.8 20v turbo
Reliable, good looking and dependable transport... great to drive too
Rear shock absorber on one side was totally broken, axle would jump on hard braking. New shocks cost £60 a pair and 45 minutes to fit myself. Central locking pump was shattered. Got a spare from a scrapyard and replaced my original. £5 from a scrappy!
Fan belt tensioner collapsed at 133k miles. Easy to change and cheap, however elected to do the timing belt as well. I do my own labour, so cheap, no worries.
I adore this car. It's very smooth, very quiet and very comfortable. Still looks modern, mine came with an ageless plate and the average person would struggle to put a date on the car. Previous owner had the car for 10 years, and had always had the car serviced and maintained at Audi dealers. Anyone who moans about the cost of parts isn't looking hard enough, very little costs more than on my Mum's Ford Puma...
Very easy to work on too, easy access and sensibly designed... Cambelt for example is dead simple.
These are all older cars now, but mine has ice cold A/C, smooth quiet ride and excellent reliability. What more do you want? Of course it might need a few £££s occasionally, but spend £30k on a brand new equivalent... ha ha yeah right. These are faster too!
Mine is painted a lifestyle metallic finish, so it stands out, and with Ash Grey leather it's a beautiful combo. Also has BOSE stereo with 6 CD and remote locking. Has 4 airbags for safety.
Do better for £600??? Doubtful... I will drive this car until it dies, I don't plan on that for a while.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th November, 2012
Update on this car, done another few thousand miles and it is still performing correctly.
It developed a rattle from the turbocharger, but it was just a loose nut on the actuator arm, simple to fix.
I changed the stereo to aftermarket, and then went back to original, because it just looks so much nicer.
The clutch release bearing is getting a little noisy now; annoying as the actual clutch is still fine, but to replace the bearing, obviously it makes sense to do the clutch too. Only about £90 for the parts, but a few hours labour. Won't cost me anything but lying on the floor; I don't mind at this mileage though. Still goes like stink and has no error codes logged.
Incredible heater through the winter, and just an all around great car that simply cannot be beaten for the price. My Dad wants to change his flaky 1997 Jaguar for one, having seen how little it costs to keep this modern car going!