1996 Audi A4 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
Expensive to service and maintain
Vehicle was always very well serviced (through Audi dealership), however I have still spent an average of $3,000Aus per annum servicing and repairing it - and that's only relatively minor things like brakes, air con, CV joints etc. Imagine if the transmission or a master cylinder goes! Perhaps I was just being ripped off by the Audi service dealer?
Vehicle itself is a joy to look at and drive. Non turbo 1.8 relatively lively (quicker than equivalent year BMW 318i) but still doesn't live up to its sporty shape. Excellent interior and apparent build. But boy do those servicing and repair costs quickly add up! How does $2,000Aus for a major service at 90,000km grab you! I have friends with top of the range Mercedes Benz and BMW models (of similar age) who have found their cars far cheaper to run and maintain. My previous BMW cost far less to service and maintain.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th August, 2003
Hmmm. Sounds expensive. Funny how Audi gets expensive in all markets. Its also funny how those service and maintenance costs start to mount once the car is out of warranty. Perhaps the style masters at Audi don't want us mere mortals driving used-by date examples of their magnificent marque.
I completely disagree on that. Audi A4 parts are very cheap to get, even at the official VAG dealers in Europe. I mean, I needed the leather that is around the gearstick, at mercedes it costs about 100 euro for a Vito VAN. At VAG I payed 20 euro for a brand new one for my A4.
Don't buy alloy wheels and floor mats etc. they cost al lot at VAG. But the rest is al very acceptable.