1996 Audi A4 B5 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
Pre-2002 Audi sedans should only be purchased if you are absolutely mechanically competent
Worst purchasing decision ever!
Stupidly bought an Audi A4 1996 about 4 years ago for $4000. It has been the worst car I have ever owned. An absolute nightmare.
Breather hoses = $240.
Compressor for A/C parts and labour: $280.
Oil cooler (massive oil leak below the car). I successfully diagnosed it, and found the leak to be from the oil cooler, when many mechanics said it was the rear main seal, and thanks to an Audi forum, I was able to install the new cooler that I ripped off a VW at an auto salvage yard for $20 and 1 hour labour. Once again, thanks to the advice from users at the Audi forum (I'm not a mechanic by any means).
Cabin vibration (engine mounts), the most annoying problem with the car. I was told that they usually fail, but I was reluctant to spend $800 to have them replaced, so I didn't.
OIL... the oil in the engine had been hardened into bits of black pieces. After several oil flushes, roughly 20-30 pieces of this hardened oil drained out of the sump. They even had grooves embedded into them from parts inside the engine. DISASTER. I think a chimp must have previously owned the car.
Poor fuel economy!!! 13-14 litres would only go for 100kms, tried to fix this by replacing the oxygen sensor and air flow sensor, but failed. Mechanic quoted $950 for the job. I was able to do it myself with salvaged parts for $70. Still didn't fix the problem (oh well, at least a $70 loss is better than $950).
Buzzing muffler / exhaust system. Embarrassing sound to have a car make when taking off. No leaks were found by mechanics. Gave up.
Power steering hose failed. Replaced it myself with yet again salvaged parts from other Audis.
Heater failed due to the water pump starting to fail. No heat in the car as well as A/C (never got the A/C fixed). The replaced compressor also failed, so I gave up.
The list goes on and on...
Don't buy any new or old Audi unless you're willing to fork out $$ on repairs in the future. Trust me. I wish I had listened to the advice given to me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th October, 2012
You could have these issues with any car of this age, which has been neglected or badly maintained.
Why did you give the car 7/10 on reliability if you feel so strongly that this Audi gave you so much grief?
I would say it sounds average for a car of that age and km. So 5/10 might be more appropriate?
What did you expect? You bought an old, high mileage car.