2001 Audi A2 SE 1.4 TDi from UK and Ireland
If nothing breaks, this is a seriously cheap car to run and has prestige
Water Pump: £36 total in parts, but £450 in Audi labour!
Temperature Sender: Common problem across the entire range of Audi's. The water temperature gauge on the dashboard will not regulate at 90 degrees. Replacement electrical temperature sender unit is less than £30 (plus labour - approx half hour).
Brake Disks: Now on third set of front brake disks in 3 months. Covered under service warranty (not costing me) but Audi unable to trace the reason why the disks keep warping.
Previously owned an Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Sport, but it was costing a fair bit to run (petrol consumption/insurance).
With the A2 TDi I have halfed my running costs. Fuel bill is exactly half, insurance is less than halved, road fund duty is exactly half and it's on the Audi variable service programme which means it can go up to approx 19,000 miles between servicing!!
The only expensive part of owning/running the A2 TDi SE is the cost of tyres. The particular size of tyres on my model are made exclusively for this car. Consequently there is little choice in the way of tyres and they are darned expensive!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2005
2nd Dec 2005, 08:42
Set of 4 tyres cost me £225 - just do not buy Dunlop or brand as you pay for the name. This car will run with non-brand tyres!
27th Jan 2007, 09:20
I'm looking to get a used A2 and not worried about looks or initial costs - it saves you money in fuel economy and low tax - but am a little apprehensive at Audi dealer labour rates. Obviously worth looking around.
If I buy a used 2001 A2 for £4-5k and keep it for five years, it's going to be worth around £2k (if that) by the time I sell or part exchange it. Will a full service history from an Audi dealer be worth an extra couple of hundred quid for resale? I don't think so...