1997 Audi A4 1.8T from North America
You'll pay more on repairs than your car is worth!
Side Moldings (rubber) on both sides of car rusted off at 50,000 miles and had to be replaced ($250)
Windshield washer pump stopped working at 55,000 miles ($230)
Turbocharger blew at 60,000 miles ($1400)
Oil Line/Tubing broke and sprung a massive leak at 61,000 miles ($257)
Oil Pump Broke in conjunction with line and tubing at 61,000 miles ($1004)
Suspension Arms (curved and straight) are completely worn at 62,000 miles and need to be replaced ($1600)
The Audi is a beautiful car. It drives and handles extremely well when working properly, but ironically enough, as soon as the car went off warranty at 3 years, I started having massive problems with the car.
There are very few Audi service centers in America and as a result always have a backup of clients to do work for (usually 2-4 weeks to have my car looked at), and the labor costs for work on the Audi in Massachusetts is billed out at $68/hr (Flynn in Pittsfield) or $89/hr (Pass & Weiss) in Burlington. Additionally, the parts aren't cheap, thus the reason for my expensive repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st August, 2003
4th Oct 2003, 21:10
I recommended the Audi A4 1.8 Turbo for my girlfriend. It handles well and is safe on the road. However, it is as reliable as a 1982 Lada. One problem after the other...
Fails to start, rust forming around the rims, control arms failing every other year I mean, come on. AC temp control has a mind of its own. Squeaks from the rear end. If you put a Lada badge on this car, you would not be far off. Piece of junk.