1999 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8 liter from North America


Not friendly to the do-it-yourselfer


Air bag light is on; the faulty sensor is in the column on the driver side. My understanding is it is very expensive to fix.

I like to change my own oil, but the oil filter is hard to access and the oil drain plug harder to get to.

General Comments:

Car runs well, and everything is tight.

There is a problem to do maintenance; you need to work to get parts undone and new parts on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th December, 2008

1999 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8 V6 from North America


A high maintenance girlfriend, keep her up and she will reward you back


Fuel gage not reading properly.

Low beam lights unable to adjust height.

Cruise control non-operative.

General Comments:

I recently traded in my perfectly maintained 02 Accord (5 speed) for this 99 A4 (5 speed too). The Accord was a great car but a bit boring. Never gave any trouble (with 75000 miles), was great on gas and was a good overall car. But then again it was a bit slow, and never gave me any major thrill.

I found this A4 with 75000 miles (low for the year) and with good sticker price. So I basically traded my Honda plus few hundreds for the Audi.

So far the car has been what I expected, a fast, tight and great handling compact sedan. But then again it is a hog for maintenance. Right after I got it, I replaced myself:

All timing gear, including belts, rollers, tensioners, coolant, thermostat, gaskets, water pump etc.. (a $2000 job at the dealer, a $300 job for you)

Front and rear brakes ($800 for dealer, $250 for you).

Filters, oils, spark plugs ($350 dealer, $100 for you), and a lot of leather care product for the S4 seats the car came with (priceless).

So far the car has been good, handles like it is glued to the road, ride is sporty but not harsh and fuel consumption never goes beyond 25 mpg. Interior makes you feel rich and famous. S4 seats are awesome. Power pulls nice from below all the way to the 6K mark, you can tell it uses all its 190 ponies.

I would recommend this car if you are into handling and European cars and most importantly can do a lot of maintenance and services by yourself. If you are not a DIY person, have a few thousands in your wallet to give away to the mechanics. Remember, parts are somewhat cheap, labor on this cars is stratospherically expensive.

If you want something classy but more reliable or that doesn't require so much maintenance go for the Lexus, Infinity, Acura or Mercedes.

But then again If you are the type of man who enjoys working and fixing your car as much as I do, go and get this car with either the V6 or the 1.8 Turbo, just make sure you have three pedals on the floor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th October, 2008

22nd Nov 2009, 10:36

This is one of the best comments that I ever read. Thanks, to this comment I decide to buy, or not buy this car. Thanks.

13th Aug 2010, 20:18

Right on! I could not have said it better myself.

I love my 99 A4 V6 2.8. It's my girl.

1999 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8 turbo from North America


Great but tempermental


O2 sensor.

Minor engine problems.

Minor electrical issues.

Timing belt just blew, causing major damage to the car.

General Comments:

Bought this car in 1999 while in graduate school and loved it. Honestly, expected to have periodic issues because it is a European performance car. Not many problems until it had over 50k, costing about 1500/yr max until yesterday.

I actually just had the timing belt changed a few months ago at my 90k check, and it blew while driving home. The engine shut off immediately and I had it towed on a flat bed to my mechanic. He said it would likely be several thousand dollars and maybe need a new engine. Will call Audi tomorrow am to see if they'll foot the bill, since they just changed the belt. I'm probably out of luck.

I will likely buy a BMW. I know what I'm getting into - I drive too much to buy an Acura. I want to enjoy being in my car, even if it spends a few weeks in the shop every year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2008