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!
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
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.