1998 Audi A4 1.8T
Not a bad car, but the BMW 3 Series is more reliable
Purchased car back in August 1998. It is beautifully made and put together, but has not been that reliable as expected from the Audi brand.
1. At 1500 miles, after leaving the car outside for 4 days, it nearly left me stranded and took 5-10 minutes to start the damn thing. NOT what I expected on a new car with 1500 miles (the cold starting problem did not resurface after this).
2. There was a suspension recall on the car after I had done 15,000 miles.
3. After 20,000 miles, after a long journey, the car would take two turns to start. NOT what I expected from this car.
4. 35,000 miles, the car would start first time most of the time, but on other occasions it would take 2-3 turns, not what I expected on a nearly new car.
Not a bad car. A couple of reliability surprises with the starting and the suspension.
The car does NOT handle very well around corners when compared with a BMW 3 Series.
Fit and finish of the car were first rate.
As a long term committment, I'm not sure how reliable it would be.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th December, 2005
12th Dec 2006, 10:26
Would you at least be objective in your review!! Having to turn the engine over more than once is hardly a reliability issue when it starts!!
12th Dec 2006, 12:58
What are you talking about? This is 2006, not 1956. If a nearly-new Audi won't start with the first crank of the key something is WRONG. This is 100% a reliability issue and does not bode well for the long term durability of this vehicle. Even my 1984 318i with 220K miles started every time.
27th Feb 2007, 07:53
To the owner:
Have your ignition coil checked. I have a 1998 1.8T as well and have had problems starting on hot days. My mechanic told me that the 1st 2 cylinders of my engine were malfunctioning and this would affect my ignition coil, making it difficult to start the car.
Check out my review of a 1998 Audi A4 1.8T from the Philippines.