1997 Audi A4 Avant 1.9 TDI from Finland


Elegance, quality, safety, comfort and reliability!


Underpowered since buying (Never really figured out why). Top-speed was 160km/h (100mph).

Nothing else really.

General Comments:

In 110000km (70000miles), all I have done to this car has been regular oil change, belt change once and front brake-piece-change once. So either I've been very lucky or this truly is an extremely reliable car.

Diesel consumption has been around 6l/100km (40mpg).

I spent the last Christmas in northern Finland and we had about -35C (-31C) for two weeks there and the engine started every time although it is an import-car from Germany and doesn't have winter-accessories.

Finally, my Audi was crashed by another car to my right side between the doors at 80km/h (50mph). Looked like it was hit at 30km/h because the car survived so well, passengers too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2004

1st Sep 2008, 07:48

You complain about your Audi A4 being underpowered, but if it's a turbo diesel you can tune it up for between 500 and 800 euros. All it needs is a ECU remap and you'll get considerably more BHP and particularly a lot more torque.

-A6 Quattro driver.

1997 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro 2.8 V6 Gas from North America


It's wonderful to drive and crazy to own


Lower front control arms replaced at 42000 km (and they need to be replaced again).

Drivers air bag and module replaced at 50000 km.

Water pump replaced at 55000 km.

Power steering pump replaced at 60000 km.

Oil pressure light and oil temp gage sensor replaced at 65000 km.

Windshield washer pump replaced at 72000 km.

Lower door edge moldings replaced at 82000 km.

Power seat motor replaced at 84000 km.

Transmission diagnosed as needing complete rebuild at 82000 km although repairs not done yet.

Myriad electronic and electrical failures through the years.

General Comments:

Even 7 years after introduction, the first generation A4 is a really handsome car, outside and in.

The car is a joy to drive, although it's not particularly quick.

It is miraculous in winter weather.

It has never left me stranded, but has had far too many failures of major components for a car which has been cosseted from the day I first owned it.

It has also suffered numerous more minor electrical problems which end up being expensive to repair.

Repairs, and service for wear and tear like brakes are simply too expensive.

To fix the 1st gear problem in the transmission requires a complete rebuild/replacement, a huge and unacceptable expense in a quality car with less than 90000 km.

The re-emergence of the control arm issue is the final straw!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th January, 2004

1997 Audi A4 2.8Q from North America


Beautiful car, Dream to drive, expenses typical of any European car


Passenger rear window doesn't go down anymore, no big problem, I just havn't gotten around to putting a new selonoid in it yet.

Water pump started leaking at about 95K miles. But then, every car my family has ever owned (American and European) has needed a new water pump before 100k (except the Toyota). But, like an idiot I kept saying "next week" I'll fix it. After saying that for 12k miles it finally went out. Chain reaction (like any car), I now have a new engine in my car. But that one is my own fault.

Other than that, no problems at all.

General Comments:

When I first got the car, the front end shook at high speed braking, like if I was coming up on stopped or slow traffic on the highway. Simple solution, I put a more stiff sport suspension including sport shocks on the car, and I replaced those nasty manufacturer tires (you all know the ones I mean) with a good pair Z rated tires. The car has handled like a dream ever since.

The All Wheel Drive system that Audi has is amazing. I'd rather drive my audi in Montana snow than any other car, truck, or SUV out there.

Also, I'm 6'5" and have never sat in a more comfortable car in my life. I spent 44 continuous hours. in the driver seat cross country and never hurt once.

I am going to keep buying Audis as long as I can.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2003

8th Dec 2009, 18:10

You're right on the quattro being amazing, never gotten stuck in mine.

I have never replaced the water pump in mine, could it last the life of the vehicle???

Hey does anyone have any problems with the skid plate falling off when backing over snow, is there a newer design skid plate that would work for my 99 A4?