2003 Audi A4 Reviews - Page 4 of 9

2003 Audi A4 1.8T from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Luxury and Fun for a cheap price

Faults:

None as of yet.

General Comments:

Exceptional Car. I'm a little sad about the power and the engine size, but the turbo gives it a nice little kick. Cabin is very roomy and I'm six foot five.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2007

2003 Audi A4 Quattro 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carAudi A3

Summary:

Luxury, style, and safety in a great-looking and comfortable package

Faults:

The moon-roof would open and close on its own - this was fixed under warranty.

There was a recall for the fuel pump.

General Comments:

The Audi A4 3.0 V6 quattro offers a great mix of comfort, style, and speed.

The car's interior is superbly designed and very solid. Audi's deserve their reputation for producing some of the best cabins around.

The AWD system is great for all weather - this can handle rain and snow extremely well, and with the additional traction control, it feels very safe.

The 3.0 V6 is smooth and powerful, but not super-quick, still it certainly suffices, but unfortunately the gas mileage isn't so good.

The 6-speed manual transmission is solid, the clutch action is old-school heavy, which I personally enjoy.

The vehicle offers some great creature comforts including climate control, heated mirrors, Bose sound system, Xenon headlights, leather heated seats, and a handy trip computer.

The sports package gives this car a very low profile which I love. What with the muscular body style it makes it look aggressive and sporting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2007

2003 Audi A4 2.0 FSI 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Should be quicker but great Road Presence

Faults:

I broke the glove compartment, I don't know how, the hinge just snapped off.

Fuel pump got clogged up and eventually stopped working completely. I was on the M42 in the outside lane and the engine literally just turned itself off. Try getting on to the hard shoulder when you're essentially going backwards, something I never want to experience again.

General Comments:

It's a big car, but with near on 150 bhp you would expect the engine to cope fairly well with the weight. It doesn't, well not really. It's the "FSI" model which as a whole 20 more BHP than the standard 2 litre which I've aslo driven and there is little or no difference in performance. This model 0-60 just over 9 and top speed (I managed) 137.

It's quicker than the 1.9TDi, but the new 2.0 TDi leaves it for dust. I hate diesels, but I'm beginning to change my tune.

Comfort wise and kit wise you can't fault it. Cruise control, dual climate control, good stereo, looks pretty good too. It's just a shame when you take the four rings off it's a Passat, or an Octavia.

Handling OK, but you can't throw it round corners as I tended to do in my previous car - a Ford Focus, which I loved. Don't get me wrong it'll stay on the road, but it's just a bit tedious. It could steer better, unlike the Focus I don't know what it's doing all the time. The traction control is a little "too" good, particularly when you want to pull out quickly and the little computer starts putting your wheels in reverse. Not very helpful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2006

4th Nov 2006, 09:50

Even if you take off the four ringed badge its still not a passat/octavia. The interior quality with all the soft touch material is lacking on the passat/octavia.

25th Mar 2007, 15:31

So it's an Octavia with soft touch plastics, then. Worth all that extra money, definitely.

6th Mar 2010, 02:16

Try the traction button, then you might get somewhere!

I love my FSI, just quality.

5th May 2010, 08:53

Yeah, I love my Focus. It's really chuckable. Thinking of getting an Audi A4 to replace it, as my Focus is dying... Too many years of my heavy handedness. Later Focus or an A4?

2003 Audi A4 B6 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Looks good, drives good. Never misses a beat

Faults:

Broken air vent in cabin (Fixed under warranty)

Absolutely no rear legroom. Forget putting adults in the rear seat.

Audi must use the cheapest tyres they can get their hands on. Mine squeal and carry on just going around a roundabout.

Other than that no complaints.

General Comments:

Fantastic car so far. Never a problem and drives a treat.

Whatever you do, don't buy one new. Get one that's 2-3 years old with the factory extended warranty. The trade in you'll be offered on a 2-3 year old AUDI is an insult. Currently trying to trade mine on a Volvo wagon. I'm getting offered half what I paid for it 2 1/2 years ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2006

7th Jul 2008, 09:12

I have a 2003 A4 (B6) 2.0. How can I tell if it is a 6-speed TIP or a CVT?

I browse through some forums for A4 and it seems to me that CVT has a very common problem in relation to the transmission. It can happen anywhere from 50,000 miles onwards.

Should I get rid of my car before I have the CVT tranny problem?

14th Nov 2008, 09:27

I think all 2.0L 4cyl B6 Audis have the CVT, and from what I could gather is that, if you look after it, e.g. service it regularly at a reputable place, it should last.

You also have to remember forums tend to be filled with problems rather than praise, as a lot of people go onto forums to trouble shoot.

I'm considering buying a B6 with CVT myself, and before I do I'll have the CVT checked.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 29 reviews