2003 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8T from North America
Fun to drive, but mechanically a wreck
Oil sludge in engine. Ignition quit working. Air bag had to be replaced.
I have owned this car for 2 1/2 years. The car originally cost about $32,000. I bought it new. Since the date of purchase I have spent over $12,000 on repairs. Audi will do nothing to help. I would highly recommend not purchasing a VW/Audi product.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th June, 2005
Maybe on your next vehicle you won't wait forever and a half to change you're oil. Use synthetic and change it every 5,000 km's. You would be amazed at how long your car lasts when you maintain it properly and use high quality products in it. Letting your oil turn to sludge is unacceptable.
I am going to buy a 1999 Audi Quattro 2.8L.. do you think it's a reliable car??
The oil in these engines turns to sludge in the American market because most people don't understand how turbos work. The blades get VERY hot after running, and they are cooled by circulating engine oil. If you turn off the car right away after normal operation, the oil trapped in the turbo will over heat, and turn into sludge or even solid matter. On next start up, it will get flushed into the rest of the lubrication system and plug some important passage... So use synthetic only, change oil every 5000km, and idle your car after a hard run; or get a turbo timer.