1999 Audi A4 Quattro Sport 1.8 turbo 180bhp AJL
Quality, well built, reliable performance car. Full service history and well looked after is a must
Replaced front and rear brakes and pads.
One rear brake caliper replaced.
One front coil spring.
Rocker cover gasket.
Exhaust front flexi pipe replaced.
I've always wanted an Audi A4 since driving my old manager's company car Audi many years ago. I really liked the look of the A4 B5 1.8 T Quattro Sport, which was a limited edition model to mark the end of the B5 chassis production run in 2000. It has Recaro seats, which are very comfortable, full climate control with metal door and dashboard inserts, the exterior has the Ronal 10 spoke alloys, and mine is a green metallic colour which really suits the car. I always think old sporty Audis look classy.
The car as standard has 180bhp, and the permanent quattro all wheel drive system, which is great in the snow or ice.
I was lucky to find a car local with full service history and only 2 previous owners, which had just had a new head gasket, timing belt kit and water pump fitted. I don't drive high mileages and needed a car that I can keep to hopefully go up in value with it being a limited edition, rare model.
I've been very pleased with the car in over 3 years of ownership, it's been reliable, but being 17 year old, I've had to replace some parts, which can be expected.
The only changes I've made is having the ECU professionally remapped to around 200bhp. The torque arrives much earlier now and overall makes overtaking and driving much easier.
If you do buy this model, I would recommend a engine sump drop to clean out any sludge, and remember the oil pick up lines can get clogged up, so get that cleaned or replaced. This was the first thing I did. I always use fully synthetic oil changes, and fitted some better spark plugs, with new coil packs (they are a weak point on these engines).
The body is galvanized and has no rust problems. I plan a full custom stainless steel exhaust next year.
Overall, a quality well built and good performance saloon car, but get one with a full service history and check its timing belt and water pump have been replaced.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th October, 2016