1998 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8L V6 from North America
A car for mechanically inclined, quirky owners
Car was leaking oil when purchased.
Changed valve cover gaskets.
Door hinges noisy/worn.
Alternator broke 5 minutes after purchased.
Runs quite nice for an older, high miles car.
Interior "as new" after 14 years and 350K.
An OK car for the mechanically inclined.
Many parts very difficult and time consuming to work on, due to the tight squeeze with the V-6 engine/Quattro system. Took a mechanic over "book time" to change the alternator!
More kinky than a BMW. Not a car for a non-tinkerer. Reminds me of an Alfa Romeo/Saab.
Didn't realize that an Audi is basically a VW.
BMW is a more reliable/more conventional car
Reminds me of BMW E30 - small/tossable.
1.8T seems to have far more problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th August, 2012
9th Mar 2013, 09:37
Update on the above. The car now has 370,000kms and is running well. I switched to Bosch Platinum 4 plugs, and it runs much better on them than other plugs I tried. No maintenance has been required, but I think the previous owner spent a lot, including a timing belt right before I bought it.
I have heard of motors with 800K kms if the oil is changed regularly. I noticed the oil temperature runs at 10 degrees Celsius cooler after the undertray got ripped off by snow drifts. I may slot the opening before I reposition, as I like the idea of cooler oil.
11th Feb 2014, 10:51
Update Feb 2014. The car rolled over 400,000 km on Dec 31, 2013. An hour later a control arm broke in a parking lot. Changed both on one side at $120 in total for parts. Apparently the 2 link control arm assembly is an Achilles heel on these cars.
Now has almost 403,000 km. Pulls like a bull still... no oil burning. The body is still rust free after 16 years. No rips or tears in the interior.
My only car - but time for a back-up vehicle!
12th Feb 2014, 12:35
Yes, the control arms are a known weak spot - but you shouldn't need to replace it more than once every 80K km. That you're now on 400K km is a good sign. How is the Quattro drivetrain holding up? Have you had the oil checked/replaced?
12th Apr 2014, 08:48
The Quattro drive train has not been opened/looked at since I got the car 70,000 km ago. Not quite sure what maintenance (if any?) is required. I drive 100 km (60 miles) per day to work and back. I realize that my reviews look sterling compared to some others, but my LED unit is flakey, my ABS was disconnected before I bought the car, an 02 sensor was gone when I bought the car and I have never bothered to replace it. I have changed rear rotors and pads only (front still not required yet). I may have a wheel bearing starting to go. I use Mobil 1 oversized filters (they also have a "bypass during start-up").
Nearing 410,000 km now, and as it is the highest mileage car I have ever driven... I'm pleased with the car even if it blows up tomorrow. I do open the hood and check oil/look around weekly. I never let the oil go below 1/2L low.