1997 Audi A4 2.8 from North America


I fell in love, and she cheated on me


Gaskets of all kinds, and axles.

So I'm guessing the guy before me treated the car like crap.

Ever since then I have had starting problems, and a catalytic converter went out.

General Comments:

I'm crying on the inside, but I still love my car through and through.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2008

1997 Audi A4 1.8T 1.8 turbo gas from North America


Drive it hard, it likes it!


Typical items with the suspension, boot covers, window switches, engine mount, and recently the instrument cluster has failed - rpm and gas gauges work, everything else is out - a new cluster is $800 U.S. plus labor. No thanks, I'll just stay with traffic.

I changed the TB at 71k miles and will change it again soon.

General Comments:

My dealer experience has been crap. But, the car has been fantastic. It's faster than my Mitsu Eclipse GSX, handles better, and is much better built. I've beat the car to crap with autocross and daily WOT and hard corners (and drifts!).

I chipped the engine at 24k miles, full exhaust, shocks and springs. I still get comps on the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2008

1997 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8 from North America


Excellent but expensive to maintain


Great ride. Smooth trans. Comfy and All.

Lil things have cost me dearly.

Had to do timing belt and serpetine ($1400).

Rear seals leaked ($350).

Front control arms. Replaced several of them ($900).

Cleaned out coolant due to dirt and had to flush my brake pads.

Have had the car for about 5 months or so. Great and reliable. Expensive in maintenance.

Gas mileage still at factory standard.

Wear on driver seat. Minimal. Bought a leather cover for it.

Currently needing to replace top control arm for left front wheel.

Needing to do a entire tune-up and minor oil leak.

I might buy another Audi but has to be under warranty.

For those of you looking for old Audis, things to check are, dirt in coolant, noise in suspension, squeaking at sharp angles, knocking in front wheels, rough idle speed. All this could prevent you from incurring some major losses.

Make sure the timing belt is done.

I have also had some few fuses go. That's kinda normal if you replace the fuse and they work... else that might indicate electrical trouble.

If you wanna chat: mwangijunior@gmail.com

General Comments:

Fantastic and handles pretty well.

Tiny leg room in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th August, 2008

1997 Audi A4 1.8 turbo from North America


The timing belt broke mid drive, causing the engine to seize.

Coolant system replaced.

Water pump replaced.

Battery and other regular maintenance.

General Comments:

I really do like driving this car, it is on the affordable side in purchase price.

The maintenance can get expensive if you go to the dealership, and don't get your parts for cost.

I do have to say that the engine and any other problems that were caused by the timing belt tearing were fixed at no cost to me, otherwise I would have junked the thing. This service was done by the dealer who took almost three weeks to fix it; hey, I had a loaner for the time, so whatever. But my problems are not really with the car, but rather with the service department of the local dealership. They once told me that they could not figure out what was wrong with the car, because it couldn't go above 65mph. Duh, there's your problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2008

1997 Audi A4 Turbo Quattro 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand


If maintained, a great solid car


Slow leak in the front tyres (shouldn't expect any better - they're Kumo's)

Steering makes funny noises when turning in < 10km/h.

Engine makes ticking noises occasionally when starting up.

Likes to go through oil.

Turbo rattles to a stop after the car is turned off.

General Comments:

Car has a good history, with detailed on time maintenance performed by an Audi specialist. This makes a difference for the long term reliability of the car, which is probably why it feels like it's travelled half the kms that are showing.

New brake discs, pads, and clutch, no leaks.

Gearing is a little high, spins 3500 rpm doing 120 on the highway, but the turbo really kicks in around that rev range, making overtaking easy. Not a sports car, but does the job with keeping up with traffic.

A very good car, solid German build quality, super smooth clutch, and great steering. Reliable if it's been taken care of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2007