2005 Audi A4 Reviews

2005 Audi A4 1.8 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Berlina

Summary:

Do your research, you may get a lemon

Faults:

Where do I start?

Coolant system bell housing cracked, seeping coolant, which led to water pump, thermostat and radiator failure; a $3500.00 repair bill. Also at the same time, the cam-belt was done.

CD changer packed up, $800.00 to replace with a new genuine Audi. I put an aftermarket system in for half that.

Sunroof switch broke, $400.00 to replace through Audi, got one on E-bay for $112.00 brand new.

Rocket cover gasket leaked, which seeped oil into the coil packs, which fouled up 2 coil packs; $1500.00 to replace.

General Comments:

I must say that even with the massive engine issues, I still love the car, because I'd rather be broken down in an Audi than seen driving a Hyundai or Kia.

Even after spending a lot on servicing and fixing it, it still puts a smile on my dial when I drive it.

The car has had a hard life, and yet it still performs beautifully. I was told not to get an automatic due to the gear boxes having troubles... in all honesty, it is the most reliable part in the car.

For a 8 year old car, it still drives and looks better than some of the rubbish that is being imported in. And the badge just oozes sophistication.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2013

2005 Audi A4 1.9 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 TDI turbo diesel Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Great car, suspect build quality

Faults:

Glovebox latch cable broke, so was unable to open the glovebox at all.

Air conditioning failed one day after purchase.

General Comments:

Very quick for a diesel, and the stepless transmission was just excellent. Very good motorway cruiser, giving 45mpg even at 80+mph with minimal noise.

Not very happy with things like the aircon crapping out at such a low mileage, though I believe this isn't unusual for an A4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th June, 2011

2005 Audi A4 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

My Audi is a lemon - buyers beware of reliability issues!

Faults:

Engine leaking oil.

Engine coolant leaking. Replaced leaking coolant flange and hose.

Replaced gas tank two times.

Replaced low fuel pressure sensor.

Replaced trunk latch.

Replaced both window regulators, both left and right door.

Check engine light - replaced pressure regulating valve.

Check engine light - replaced F valve & E gasket.

Check engine light - replaced G valve, K pressure sensor.

Replaced front suspension upper control arm bushings.

Check engine light - replaced A valve and clip.

Check engine light - replaced N 80 valve.

Replaced 4 ignition coils.

Replaced glove compartment door.

Replaced faulty right door.

Replaced charcoal canister.

Replaced suction valve gas tank.

Check engine light - replaced oxygen sensor.

Check engine light - replaced turbo valve.

Check engine light - replaced brake warning light system.

General Comments:

I have a little over 70,000 miles, and guess what, CHECK ENGINE LIGHT on again. This time replacement transmission control module cost $2,600. Power train warranty ends at 70,000, so the dealer and corporate office said sorry out of warranty. Every car manufacturer offers (AWA) after warranty assistance except Audi, who is supposed to be a luxury brand. Purchasing an Audi has been one of the worst decisions in my life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2010

10th Sep 2010, 11:23

Lemons imply that this vehicle does not represent the norm for that model. I would suggest that this is an inappropriate term, as reliability and expensive replacement parts tend to be designed in features of VW products.

2005 Audi A4 B7 Quattro 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 kilometres
Most recent distance105000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Excellent car, highly refined yet sporty. Would definitely buy another Audi

Faults:

Revision B diverter valve failed. Caused boost to leak, giving the car poor performance. $150 Aus and an hour installing the revision D diverter valve (a fiddly job but not complicated).

Boot latch stopped working, boot would not close. Replaced.

The remote locking stopped working, read the cars owner manual and easily re-programmed the key.

Main key remote stopped working. Had to get replaced.

Coil pack closest to windscreen failed, caused the car to run on 3 cylinders (gave me a fright, thought the gearbox had a fault!). Apparently this fails often as it is closest to the windscreen and allows water to get into it. Cost $150 Aus to fix.

The above are small problems, most of which I have learned are very common after searching numerous Audi Forums.

The plastic clip for the middle arm rest is broken. Every second hand Audi I have driven already had this broken so it is a common fault.

General Comments:

What I like:

The exterior shape of the machine.

Very low but comfortable sports suspension. Ride quality is excellent for all driving situations. 3-4 hour trips do not destroy your back like the Japanese cars I'd owned did!

Automatic gearbox is very smooth and most changes you cannot feel. Has paddle shifters on the wheel for twisty roads. If you want this car for speed, I suggest the manual gearbox as it accelerates much faster.

The amount of torque at low RPM is fantastic.

Fuel economy. Strictly town driving I get about 10-12 litres per 100 kilometres, highway I get approx 7.5-8 litres per 100 kilometres. All depends on the driving style.

Excellent handling. Does not lose grip in the dry and rarely ever loses grip in the rain. Steering and all wheel drive system much better than Subaru WRX and Liberty's. Tyres are wearing almost perfectly even due to rotation. Would easily out brake any other car in it's class, they are the size of a BMW X5's!

Cabin is strictly functional, highly practical. I really like the look of it, mine was optioned with silver inserts rather than woodgrain. Boot is massive and the seats fold down, which is very handy. I also love the twist control for the sunroof instead of holding a button. Massive glove compartment.

I recently had the tuning company GIAC install their ECU re-flash, the engine now pulls much harder. Apparently has lifted the power to approx 189kw and 395nm due to increased boost settings. Now accelerates faster than the 3 litre 6 cylinder A4.

Most people seem to like Audi, many people find Mercedes or BMW to be too flashy, despite having similar specs and being similar in price.

The fact I bought this second hand cheaper than a brand new luxury Honda or Nissan sedan. The brand new Japanese luxury cars do not even come close as far as product finish and performance.

What I do not like:

Sound system. It is excellent factory system with the subwoofer, do not get me wrong, but it does not play MP3. What were they thinking?

The arm rest on the drivers side door is low and the window is high so you cannot rest your arm easily.

Final comments:

Overall a great car. I would love to get my hands on an Audi RS4 or Audi R8 and see what they can do if this car is any indication!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2009

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 12 reviews