2000 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8T from North America
The 2000 A4 1.8T Quattro is a pleasure to drive and own, but expensive to repair.
Mass Air Flow Sensor 73,000mi
(Manufacturer refused to reimburse cost under their recall reimbursement plan because the vehicle was 3,000mi over the 70,000mi limit despite proof that the car had been misdiagnosed for more than a year)
Combination Valve 73,000mi.
Rear Wheel Bearings (2) 75,000mi.
Oil Pump 78,000mi.
Timing Belt 98,000mi
(Due to the nature of interference engines the failure of the timing belt caused the engine to be severely damaged)
The 2000 A4 1.8T Quattro is a pleasure to drive, but expensive to repair. It seems that when something goes wrong it is often major and very costly.
The last failure (timing belt) may result in repairs totaling $4,500-$6,500. I am currently waiting on a response from Audi of America regarding warranty information. If no consideration is given and I am left with the full cost of repair I intend to bring the matter before a court of law.
If you like Audi and are willing to take a chance it can be a great experience. My only advice is "Super Size" the warranty. In other words, buy the extended warranty if offered. Be sure the dealership you purchase from carries the Audi as the #1 brand and has a reputation for providing honest service.
PS Some Dealership Service Department employees are payed on commission. This is a very bad conflict of interest for the consumer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th May, 2004
1st Jul 2004, 22:09
I am in the market for a used A4, and it concerns me that a timing belt failure can do a lot of damage. When your timing belt failed at 98,000 miles, was that the original belt or the second one?
18th Jul 2004, 21:32
The timing belt that failed was the original.
The manual says to replace at 120,000mi. Dealer service rep. said sixty, but when asked about the owners manual stating 120,000mi could offer no explanation and did not insist on 60,000mi. The belt failed at 98,000mi.
After all was said and done the manufacturer (Audi/VW) would not contribute one penny to the cost of repair. The justification was the timing belt is simply a "wear" item.
I felt hung out to dry by the dealership and the manufacturer. I will avoid the purchase of any Audi/VW products in the future.