1998 Audi A4 SE 1.6 8v
Expensive looking and luxurious, but expensive to run and maintain
Oil cooler started to go, putting oil in the water.
Lower joints started to knock (8 of them), which are very costly to replace; £400-800 including parts and labour.
Lambda sensor on its way out (Audi say every 160000).
Rear speakers didn't work.
Flushed the engine, and then it started to burn about 2 litres every 100 miles. Fixed by adding Ametech into the oil (I recommend 100%).
A very reliable car, and you feel top notch and are looked upon as someone with money, even if it is 13 years old.
Terrible fuel consumption about 34 mpg.
No performance whatsoever, but gets better the higher the revs.
In my opinion, a pointless engine, and these 1.6's don't last very long.
Quality is all around you, and you can feel safe too.
A very heavy car, but really good car, but buy the 1.9 TDI 1999 onwards.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th March, 2011