2000 Audi A4 1.8 turbo from North America
Piece of junk manufacturing and service.. Don't buy one, you'll get burned...
I thought that this was the perfect car when I drove it off the lot until the following:
- Coolant smell on the inside cabin whenever the A/C or heat is on. Had it at the dealer about 5 times. At first they said it was normal (yeah, right), then replaced the heatercore (4 day job) and the problem still persisted. Drove around in winter with the windows down because the smell was so bad. When the dealer gave me a rental, it was either an S10 pickup or Ford Focus (not exactly the same class of car).
- Excessive wind noise when traveling over 70 mph.
- Radio presets tended to reset frequently. There doesn't seem to be any solution for this either.
- On hot/humid days in the summer, the A/C compressor would not even kick on.
Worst car that I've ever owned. Totally blew my expectations of owning a 'German Sports Sedan'. Definitely better off with a Lexus or Acura. I had to sue Audi in order to them to buy it back from me (Lemon Law).
Something to laugh at, I just found out that they re-sold the car to someone else without fixing the coolant thing and they have already taken it to the dealer... Would never buy another Audi again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th June, 2001
10th Aug 2001, 09:32
Just wanted to say, I think no matter what car you buy it is somewhat the luck of the draw. No more Honda products for me! I have had a problem free Audi A4 for only 6-months now and love the car, but had an '97 Acura 3.0 CL. The Acura was a real piece of junk and the worst car I ever owned! It was a rattle trap and in 40,000 miles it shouldn't have needed 3 transmissions! The car was in the shop every 4-6 weeks for something, power windows stuck down, air conditioning and other small things. The transmission was the worst. I've never had to have a tranny replaced ever before in 22 years of driving.
29th Apr 2007, 12:32
My wife had one of these 'units' on lease - never again!! The wheel bearings went out as did a neighbors (same year and model), the power steering gave out (Audi fluid runs about $40cdn per litre) repair was over $1000, Leather interior looked great first year, but then quickly looked five times its age because of inferior indian water buffalo leather, heater problems to the tune of $800 - okay the list is too long. Do you want a good all wheel drive sedan? Look elsewhere for much less cost and headaches! Anyone that says that this is a good car and/or good value is just trying to justify it to their spouse... Don't take it from me, ask my neighbor - his was a real lemon!!
2nd Dec 2007, 01:02
First of all, there is NO SUCH THING as a 'perfect' car!
Secondly, you should be more down-to-earth, and appreciate this fine car for what it is!
I have a 1986 Holden Commodore. She's worth about $400, but to me she's irreplaceable.