Unreliable compared to Japanese cars
The potentiometer on the sunroof broke and the roof opened spontaneously. This is a common problem on the '98 A 4. The switch was redesigned in 1998 I am told. The part cost $100 and the dealer quoted $250 labor. Actual time to install a new part for a non-mechanic is about 30 minutes.
The lights behind the instrument panel blow out and are expensive to have fixed.
The power steer whines in the morning for no apparent reason.
The brakes need frequent and expensive repairs with changes of rotors.
Dealer servicing is too expensive. They go by the book which allocates time for repairs that far exceeds what is actually spent. I have heard dealer mechanics express suprise at the billing amount.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th October, 2003