2000 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8 from North America


The car is a good performer, but unreliable


My clutch wore out at 21,000 miles.

One headlight washer cover fell off; the other one is loose.

General Comments:

I have owned my 2000 Audi 2.8 Quattro since December 2000, when I bought it new from the dealer. Since my purchase, I have driven it only 21,000 miles (mainly on relatively short commuter trips). After recently noticing that my clutch was slipping, I took it to the dealer. The clutch was completely worn out. I was four months past the warranty period, and the dealer refused me any accommodation, even on replacement costs, and implied that it would not have been covered by the warranty anyway since it was in their view worn-out and not defective. I am an experienced driver of manual-shift cars, specifically a BMW 320i which I drove for 100,000 miles on the original clutch. My independent mechanic's evaluation (after I removed my car from the dealership to have the clutch replaced elsewhere) is that the Audi manual clutch is too small for the 2.8 Quattro. My evaluation is that the car is unreliable: the same evaluation published in Consumer Reports in their used car guide. My further evaluation of my Audi dealership (Rockville Porsche Audi) is that they are not sufficiently customer-oriented as they should be. They would have in fact have made more money if they kept me as a customer. I no longer want the car and will sell it as soon as the burning clutch smell dissipates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th April, 2003

2000 Audi A4 SE 1.8 from Malaysia


Excellent car


One wiper blade damaged (longitudinal split) after only 9 months.

The service workshop however replaced it for free, which was a pleasant surprise.

The car is otherwise very reliable.

General Comments:

It is a fun car to drive.

Handles better than most other cars, (with exception of perhaps BMW and Mercedes?)

Suspension set slightly hard, but generally comfortable enough.

Very high build quality.

Very clean, practical and ergonomic interior.

Chose it over the BMW3 because of its better interior space.

Only shortcoming is its relatively rough sounding engine at 2800rpm up-wards.

The 'smart' transmission needs some getting used to.

Would like to hear others' opinions on the engine and transmission.

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

Review Date: 10th December, 2002

2000 Audi A4 1.8 turbo from North America


I hear most people feel there are lots of little problems with the Audi A4


No fuse for the foglights.

No caps on the tires air nozzle.

Both headlights have gone out within 11,000 miles.

Crack in the washer fluid tank.

Rattle inside the A/C.

Clutch went at 10,000 miles.

Passenger side speaker has blown 3 times.

Rattle in the right front side of the car.

Check engine light went on.

Coolant gauge broke.

Fuel pump needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

The dealer (KEYES AUDI in Van Nuys) and AUDI USA have been horrible to deal with on this. I opened a complaint over 2 months ago and nothing has been done to correct my issues.

The car has repeatedly been in the shop as several of the problems listed above have been in for repair 3-4 times.

The rattle in the A/C drives me crazy and I have had to shut the bass completely off because it causes a rattle in right side of the car - (this has been in the shop 4 times!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2001

2nd Oct 2001, 12:02

I have an A4. In the past year the power steering has leaked fluid, the air conditioning has leaked coolant, and the battery has gone dead every time I didn't run it for 2 or more days.

The dealer does the least possible to patch it up and send me back on the road.

During the past 20 years my immediate family and I have owned three Audi cars. We bought them because they were stylish, comfortable, and performed well (when they ran). But two of the three have turned out to be lemons. Never again.