2003 Audi A4 TDi Quattro Sport Avant 2.5 V6 diesel from UK and Ireland


Practical family car!!!


Airbag warning light stuck on; Audi main dealer changed the airbag igniter computer thing, cost £350 under warranty, and light came on again... found to be a dodgy connection on steering column.

Xenon headlights in UK are to be washed when headlights are switched on. The pump had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Car visually looks great, especially on 18" RS6 alloys. The Avant looking better than the 4 door sedan/saloon IMHO. New BMWs seem to have lost their way...

Full heated electric leather seating is very good & comfortable. Fully adjustable steering wheel allows best set up for driving position.

The engine is fantastic... although very heavy, so car feels like it's under steering in quick bends... tends to roll a bit as well... even though it's the Sport model rather than SE.

4 wheel drive is very sure footed in the wet.

Bose sound system is good, but a little too much base IMHO.

Xenon lights are fantastic.

Audi (RNS-e) Nav system is excellent.

For a 2.5 litre engine, it does at least 34 to 35mpg on mixed motoring. With the cruise control on, this car is a very relaxed motorway cruiser. You cannot tell it's a diesel, until you open a window.

6 speed gearbox is very good.

Performance in 1st is pretty poor really, but once up in 3rd, 4th & 5th.. the car really flies.

I still think my old 1999 E36 328 Sport Coupe BMW was much more fun to drive (much more of a grin factor), but with a new child in tow, this is a cracking practical car...

One niggle, not much room in the back.. so child seating is not great when you have a new baby seat fitted...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2007

18th Jan 2009, 13:37

Well, as of 19th Jan 09 this car has now down 48,000 miles. I changed the rear anti roll bar to an RS4 version (i.e 18mm thick to 22mm thick)...and it transformed the handling - why was this not fitted as standard by Audi - seems mad to me - costed about £100 for the RS4 anti roll bar & fitting).

The car has been exceptionally good, has not broken down, and no faults. After the cars 5th birthday I have been advised by Audi to get the cambelt change - Preston Audi originally wanted a hefty £600 for the job... but Stafford Audi (see E-bay) would do the job for £395 which is a lot better - Preston Audi have matched Stafford Audi's price, and I will also be getting the water pump changed as well as the cambelt.

The front tracking needed doing... took a welding torch to heat up the adjuster/ball joint on one side... a totally rubbish design!

The only other issue is that the 2.5TDi quattro running on 235/40/ZR/18's gets through tyres pretty quickly - I get approx 15K miles out a set... so it can work out a bit expensive when you have to replace 4 tyres in one hit!..

Still love the car though!

2003 Audi A4 Avant 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A good looking German Fraulein with reliability issues. Maybe don't marry this one


In the 1st month the following happened:

An intermittent fault appeared after 1 month with the electronic unit in the transmission. This meant that the car would do the following:

1. Considered that reverse was actually neutral.

2. Not move out of 3rd in auto and had to be put into Tiptronic through to 6th.

3. Stutter when coming to a stop (like a manual car does when left in gear).

4. Overall had really lumpy acceleration.

The rear lock failed and had to be replaced.

The onboard computer stopped displaying all of the functions (economy, k's left in tank etc)

The central locking remote failed.

General Comments:

All of the above stuff has finally been sorted after much money and negotiation with the dealer.

Overall the car is very styley, but feels frail. It doesn't have the build quality of my old 7 (and many of the features) but is obviously newer and one would have hoped... more reliable.

The cabin is cramped for a tourer.

It may seem as if hate the car. I don't. I actually really like the car, but it's hard driving with your fingers crossed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2007