Oil leak -- seal replaced.
Left upper alloy control arm was replaced due to a worn ball joint. A common A4 problem, though surprisingly cheap enough to fix (NZ$110 for the part).
Bushing on the steering rack worn, but will be expensive to replace. Mechanic suggests to just leave it for now.
Central locking operation intermittent, couldn't determine the problem.
Front brake pads changed during first service post-purchase.
Other post-purchase repairs during servicing include a new cambelt and tensioner kit, CV boots, and dust caps.
The centre muffler baffle plate is loose and rattles; I'll leave it for now until a suitable replacement could be found cheap.
Takes a very long time for the engine to warm up in cold weather, possibly needs a new thermostat.
My second Audi automatic -- second-hand. Audi doesn't seem to know how to design an automatic transmission that shifts intuitively despite the fuzzy-logic circuitry, at least for the 1.8 20-valve engine. My friend's 2.6 automatic drove much better. Heck, for a 4-cylinder, a '90 Peugeot 405 GRi automatic felt like it had better response.
The addition of tilt-and-telescoping steering column is much appreciated, but seating position still not perfect (I'm 6' and long-legged).
I wonder why my previous '92 Audi 80 had split-folding rear seats, while this '96 A4 doesn't even have a single folding one.
A beautiful car, very well-proportioned. It looks smart and is solidly built. All my friends have good things to say about its looks.
Except for the auto transmission whose shift pattern you need to get used to, comfortable to drive. Not as much of an effort to drive as a BMW in heavy traffic, which is very welcome when you're coming home tired from work in traffic and heavy rain.
The dashboard is well-designed, a traditional Audi strength.
The automatic climate control works pretty well, though I usually turn the aircon compressor off to save fuel, unless it's raining and the windows fog up.
Outside mirrors are heated and fold electrically -- very handy.
These cars are getting more complicated -- I need to take it to the Audi dealer to calibrate the throttle valve potentiometer after getting the automatic gearbox serviced (the tranny place is usually able to adjust these things on other cars). Plus the central locking vacuum pump integrates the interior light delay circuit, which makes the thing difficult to diagnose.
All my four previous Audis have been fairly reliable, other than the little niggles or routine replacements like water pumps, and have never stranded me.
I'd buy another one, I just hope Audi has learned from that suspension control arm design fault. That, and they don't include too many unnecessary electronic gizmos which can only fail and be expensive to fix once the car's a few years old -- the only time we normal people can afford the cars.