2002 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8 turbo from North America

Summary:

Pretty car, but LOTS of problems. Not worth the $$

Faults:

Had to replace the manual transmission after owning it for 6 months.

Cracked drive shaft.

Numerous blown fuses.

Ignition coils.

Windshield wiper fluid compartment cracked.

Paint on buttons (A/C, door locks, radio etc.) wearing off.

Cigarette lighter will not go back down.

Electric window mechanism gone out twice... $500 a pop to fix.

Glove compartment wouldn't shut, had to have it replaced.

I can't even remember the rest... UGH!

General Comments:

It looks GREAT and drives GREAT when it is working properly.

Both of my Audi's have been nothing but a headache. I can't wait to go back to Japanese.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2011

2002 Audi A4 3.0 from North America

Faults:

I've had ignition trouble since the beginning. Causes a misfire with the engine. Ignition coils were recalled, but did not fix the problem. Replaced a defective coil, still waiting to see how long this lasts.

General Comments:

Overall it's a great car, and it is a pleasure to drive in the snow. The car feels heavy, but when pushed it will run.

Back seat is a bit small and the coating used on the interior switches flakes off. I just saw a 2007 model the other day with the same problem.

Fuel economy is not the best.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2011

2002 Audi A4 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

A good car if you take care of it

Faults:

When I got the car, it had no heating pipes. The cost of piping would not have been much, but it simply would take too much in labour.

Head gasket needed changing.

Water was leaking out. Found a punctured metal pipe. Got it welded.

Roof lining came loose. This was a common problem when car is imported from Singapore. Most of the cars I got from there needed a re trim. Reason is the change in atmosphere. Also found that stripping it up, there are a lot of cut corners in terms of clipping parts back together. Audi's are harder to be clipped back on.

Warning for electrical problems when importing from Singapore. I was lucky, but others were not.

Interior had a few problems with stuff being broken on arrival. Also, the electronic dash was getting fuzzy when car was parked in the sun.

No rattles at all.

Be warned of bushes and seals. They seemed to be tired.

General Comments:

Had the car for a few months during the New Year's period. Used it for holidays too.

The car itself for long trips is really good. Very spacious, quiet, suspension setup is very comfy and approaches bumps nicely. A pleasure to drive during long drives. I found that it was a pain if you wanted something else. If you are looking to overtake uphill or to have fun driving it hard... well... buy something else or get the larger engine. The 2.0 is by no means something special in terms of power. OK torque, but not power. Combined with Multitronic (CVT) tranny, you can expect to be slow.

The materials used were not really something special. The leather seats were quite hard for my taste, but other than that, controls were handy, and they were working at all times.

Overall, I would say I would want to try another A4 with maybe the 3.0 Quattro. The Avant version looks great too. Just need to form an opinion after I try a car slightly better taken care of than mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2011

2002 Audi A4 1.8 turbo from North America

Summary:

Please don't buy this car. It will haunt you!

Faults:

Several transmission mounts broke, alternator went bad, tires wear out within 15K of being new, driver seat lumbar broke, interior paint chips horribly, ignition coil went bad, fuel injector stuck open, spraying fuel in my exhaust, leaks washer fluid from headlight washers, blinker switch went bad, alternator pulley stripped out, stereo went bad, blows blinker bulbs constantly, just replaced the clutch, and that's it... so far.

General Comments:

This car is a blast to drive and is very beautiful, however, when all it does is sit in the shop, it isn't worth very much.

When I bought the car at 52K, one of the transmission mounts was broken. I have since replaced two others that also broke.

This car also hydroplanes like no other, since it's so light and it sits on very wide 235 tires, it practically floats, so beware in the rain.

Speaking of rain, there is also a drain leak that leaks rain water into the headliner at the back right corner of the car. Our family mechanic, who does great work, and works on all my parents cars, now refuses to work on my Audi, because it's been there so many times, and is such a pain to work on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st October, 2010