If looked after and serviced regularly these cars would take you to the moon... and back. Superb!
The catalytic converter had to be replaced along with the lambda sensor (140,000 miles) at a cost of £800.
The front wishbone bushes and front subframe bushes had to be replaced at 160,000 miles.
The valve stem oil seals had to be replaced at 135,000 miles.
The distributer and hall effect sensor packed up at 208,000 miles.
This was an extremely well built and reliable car which never broke down in the four years that I owned it. It always started first time, apart from when the distributer packed up, and ran smoothly.
For a car of it's size the 2.0 8v (117 b.h.p) engine seemed a bit small and lacked urgency in it's acceleration (11.5 seconds 0-60m.p.h). However, it was a fine motorway cruiser where it was refined, quiet and fairly economical and capable of reaching its top speed of 120 m.p.h even after 200,000 miles.
On the down side the car did guzzle fuel a bit when driving around town.
The engine was absolutely bombproof and you could rev it up to the red line all day and the bodywork was equally as good. After a Ford Focus pulled out in front of me from a side road the only damage to the Audi was the headlights and washers, fog-lights and grille while the Focus' B pillar was were the handbrake sat. (no joke!)
Well equipped with height adjustment and heating on both front seats, air conditioning, ABS, electric everything, even heated windscreen washers and door locks. The power steering was a peach!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2006