1996 Audi A4 2.8 from North America
A high performance lemon
Water pump leaked.
Both upper control arms wore out quickly at 55,000km.
Air conditioner evaporator leaked causing expensive repairs.
Power door lock pumps replaced 2 times.
Power windows sometimes open and close by themselves on cold winter days.
Power window motors replaced 3 times.
Plastic rim nut cover cracks and falls off.
Interior seats (leatherette) easily worn out or rips.
Air conditioner/heat controller has gone AWOL. It adjusts the temperature by itself.
Rear reverse lights burned out 8 times.
Engine light comes on randomly for no reason.
My A4 was a horrible experience. The only thing I liked about it was a nice looking car. Otherwise, the car was a lemon. Bringing it to the shop every 2 months was not enjoyable. The dealers always like to blame, and make excuses for the problems. Once the warranty ended they treated me very nice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd July, 2001
24th Aug 2001, 20:19
I've had a similar experience with my 97 A4 1.8T. Every few months some major problem occurred. It has become a demoralizing experience.
6th Sep 2001, 11:13
I own a 1996 and a 2000 A4 Audi. The later one (thus far) is a very different and much better car. The 1996 (87k) needs continuing major expensive repair - windshield, front suspension, steering are the worst offenders. Electrics have a life of their own - the idiot lights and the moon roof function independently of the driver - the big question - after replacing most of the steering and the suspension, can we survive 15k more without major engine problems? The car has been serviced well above and beyond factory requirements.