1999 Audi A4 4 Door Sedan 2.8 Quattro from North America


It's great for looks, but horrible for reliability!


When I first purchased this car from a private dealer, I was naive thinking that nothing would go wrong. It was obviously a great price for a horrible expense!

At around 100,000 miles, the shifting started to act up really bad. So, I took it into Audi, and they had to replace the broken transmission pan for $1,200,00! Of course no other car shop would deal with it!

Then, around 105,000 miles, I heard a horrible loud noise, and I had to take it into the dealer again to get it diagnosed and fixed. That cost $500.00!

Then, around 115,000 miles, my transmission REALLY started to act up. For example, it would take forever for it to shift into 2nd, and when it did, it would jerk the whole car and freak me out! It also would barely go into reverse!

I had no other option than to get a rebuilt transmission, which cost me $3, 800.00. I didn't have the dealer do it since it would be $6,000.00!

Now I have a major oil leak!

General Comments:

The Audi A4 is somewhat of a bumpy ride. It drives roughly, especially on rough roads, and it feels like you are always hauling something behind you. In addition, the shifting is BAD.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th August, 2008

5th Feb 2009, 03:37

With automatic transmissions, if you are low on transmission fluid, they will shift rough depending on how low on fluid. The lower the fluid, the worse the shifting until eventually it won't shift at all. Consistently running an automatic on low fluid will cause the transmission to be damaged by lack of lubrication and heat. Don't know if that was the problem, but it could have been a factor.

1999 Audi A4 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Not worth the premium Audi thinks it's worth


Nothing after 16 months and 10,000 miles.

General Comments:

I'm horrified at what my American cousins have to contend with with regard to Audi cars and dealers.

I had some trouble with inconsistent idling, and took it to an Audi main agent. £200 charged for a fault that did not exist, and the problem is now worse, cutting out whilst maneuvering. Straight back to Audi (£50 charge for calling you sir) Oh, they said, we believe the problem is such and such and to fix this will be £800 however, we cannot guarantee it will solve your problem.

After threatening god knows what and thumping the desk, I was reimbursed £100, then told them to go forth and multiply. I now use a well respected local garage.

Servicing is now a third of the cost Audi charge, AND I get a proper job done. The problems you guys have are not common over here. It is well known main agents do not service a car as thoroughly as they should.

My view of my Audi overall; pleasant refined ride, awful seating, really tight rear legroom, cannot get more than 30 miles per UK gallon.

My next car will definitely be a VOLVO. So much more comfortable and roomier, easier on the wallet than an Audi. NEVER AGAIN.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th July, 2008

1999 Audi A4 1.8T from North America


Awesome looking car, piece of crap to own and drive


Hey I have a 1999 Audi A4 1.8T and my ABS/Brake light is blinking. A mechanic looked at it and thought that the ABS module might be broken since the brakes are working fine. I called the Audi dealership and they would not give me a quote. They mentioned that there could be multiple problems with the car. Well that sounds very expensive to me. Have any of you have this problem. If so what was the fix and how much was the cost, thanks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th June, 2008

4th Feb 2009, 21:26

This car is one of the best on the market, far from the piece of crap you stated.

The key thing is keeping it maintained, and when buying a used one, get one that has the service records.

And also with any car purchase, have it inspected before buying.

The problem with your ABS is probably the module, no big deal. You can find these as re-manufactured for about $250 9had the same problem). I have the same 1999 A4, and have owned it since 10,000 miles, I now have 104,000. This has been the most reliable car I've owned. The key is to take care of it.