A Blast... When It Runs
The ignition coil failed and left me stranded.
The vacuum pump failed and left me stranded.
Headlights and fog lights have burned out several times.
The oil temperature gauge failed.
When the A4 is running well, it is a great driver and, in my opinion, more fun than the BMW 3-series. The handling is incredible and it does a wonderful job in snow and rain with Quattro.
However, the car is extremely unreliable. I cannot even recall all of the things that have gone wrong over the past 3 years. I have stacks of receipts for repairs. The "problems" that I've listed are just a sampling - also brakes, CV joints and more.
Of course, the warranty covers everything for 50,000 miles. Still, I am constantly running back and forth to the dealership and taking out loaner cars. Now that the warranty has run out, I'm getting rid of the A4. I will miss driving it, but not the trips to the dealer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st November, 2003