2000 Audi A4 1.8 turbo from North America


Good fun at a BIG cost


At 0km:

- Fog lights had condensation, causing an electrical short.

- Brake calipers rubbing on rotors, causing the wheel to rub while driving.

At 8000km:

- Turbo leak (fixed under warranty).

At 60,000km:

- Battery exploded. Seriously. Like a bomb. Battery acid all over the engine compartment. Audi contacted, and all I got was a "courtesy phone call", and they didn't even replace the battery for free.

At 100,000km:

- Center differential failure ($$$).

General Comments:

- Great handling.

- Very refined feel from the inside.

- Fun to drive.

- Quattro is wonderful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th October, 2005

2000 Audi A4 quattro 1.8t from North America


The car still instills confidence in all areas after 5 years and 100,000 miles


The reverse lights did not work when purchased new. The dealer found burnt wiring and had to replace the harness. Car was out for a month. I thought the dealer should have replaced the car.

Replaced rear bearings at 95000 miles for a total cost of $600.

Battery was replaced at 90000 miles (five years later)

Currently on third set of tires and brakes.

Although functional, the LED display is intermittently partial, sometimes get bogus 'check engine' light.

Spilled soft drinks makes the radio and A/C controls sticky, especially at sub-zero temperatures.

General Comments:

Despite the first electrical problem with the car, I think it has held up very, very well in the harsh conditions of New York City metro area.

I have found this to be a very low maintenance car.

At 100K, the performance is like new and the car never disappoints me.

The interior has no rattles and the leatherette is only now showing very minor signs of wear. My five and 2 year old have tried, but have not yet been able to break anything in the rear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2005

12th Dec 2005, 16:49

Update at 118,000 miles:

- New set of Tires (nokian WR)

- Finally replaced timing belt

- $400 of work to replace Tie-Rods and Lower control arms - this is apparently a problem for A4s.

Now buying an Audi A3 Sportback 2.0T 6Man, Wife is keeping the old A4

25th Jan 2007, 00:35

Update at 150K.

I drove the car for a 100 miles. Still not rattles, turbo pulls strong. Computer Display is completely messed up (but its not critical). Car makes a funny pumping noise after cold start, but goes away after 30secs. All engine components: alternator, starter, exhaust, pumps, coil packs all still original from 2000.

29th Mar 2010, 15:46

Now at 200K - normal repairs, like alternator, etc. The dipstick funnel cracked, LED display is shot. But the car still pulls strong.

2000 Audi A4 1.8Turbo Quattro from Australia and New Zealand


Great to drive, but a garage queen


The following faults were fixed (if possible) under warranty. Clutch failed after one year and 30,000km.

Centre electronic display failed and was replaced. Immobiliser refused to function correctly and all lock barrels needed to be replaced due to the underlying fault, that is the ignition failed to recognise that the key had left the ignition.

Electric window switch fault.

Engine burned a lot of oil from day one. Oil light used to come on every 5,000kn or so.

I am sure there were other problems under warranty, but can't remember them all.

Out of warranty problems include bent steering arms (no I didn't hit a curb). ABS computer blew (repair NZD$4,000).

And I am not kidding you, but the bonnet has been lifted so much on this car that the bonnet pull has worn out and a part is on order for it now.

General Comments:

The faults I have had with this vehicle have been unbelievable. For a car that purports to be a quality product it just doesn't even come close. I am looking for a new car and might get something cheap to service like a Maserati. Funny thing is compared to this Audi a Maserati will be cheaper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2004

12th Aug 2004, 17:28

My poor friend I had also these annoying for that price of car, damages and niggles. So I turned to PUG 406 2.2L and jumped over to 407 3.0L three months ago. I got surprised by reliability, handling and ease of care, of both.

Anyway, are of the same class with A4-A6, and a lot cheaper. You should try...