2005 Audi A4 2.0 T from North America


The car likes the shop more than it like me!


The mice seem to like eating the electrical wiring in the car.

The gas door lock gets out of alignment easily.

The driver window stuck down in a rain storm.

The Ignition coils rusted.

The O2 sensor went out.

Oil pressure sensor went out.

The right headlight had a wiring short.

The trunk latch stopped working.

The window washer reservoir will not hold fluid.

General Comments:

I love my car, but I HATE that it is in the shop so much.

I wish that there was a happy median that I can find with my car and the shop. It would not be so bad if the shop that I had to take it to did not take 4 days to do an oil change. They are very slow, even when you have a scheduled appointment.

I think that all the problems that I have with mine are unique to my car. I am thinking about selling it and getting a new one, a Q7. I hope that they are better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2008

2005 Audi A4 AWD quattro 1.8 from North America


Audi isn't letting me down!


So far so good, no problems with the car so far. Don't like how the heated seats stay on since they are manual. Have to remember to turn them off for next time I start the car. The mechanism to open the sun roof seems a little sketchy to me, plastic wheel and all, but hasn't broken yet!

General Comments:

I have truly enjoyed this car in the last few months since I bought it. I have always wanted an Audi, and I am definitely looking forward to seeing how it handles in the winter. Before purchasing, I took it into my mechanic who specializes in foreign cars, and he couldn't recommend an Audi more - in fact, he even owns one. Can't beat that. Didn't know if I would like the 1.8 engine, at times is a little slow in 1st gear, but you start to feel quite a bit of power once in 2nd gear. Other than some blind spots, I think the car is great. The interior is well done, the body of the 2005 looks expensive and sporty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2007

2005 Audi A4 S-Line Quattro 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland


When it's Good it's Great; When it's Bad it's Rotten


Remote locking failed. Apparently a common fault, being affected by mobile telephones. Required firmware upgrade and 2 days off the road.

Auto-opening boot unreliable. Dealer unable to fault.

Squeak from driver's seat.

Nearside headlamp badly affected by condensation. Renewed under warranty.

General Comments:

It's not all bad. The engine is phenomenal - it will pull strongly in 6th gear and returns tolerably good economy. The boot is huge. The interior light package is very nice. The Bose stereo is good. People admire it, and it's not a BMW.

On the down side, the climate control is unconvincing - never really seeming to do very much about significant discrepancies between external and internal temperature.

There is no MP3 or DAB stereo option (Vorsprung Durch Techik, anyone?).

There are more (i.e., some) cockpit squeaks and rattles than I'd have expected from Audi. I HATE squeaks and rattles in a car. And the interior design is rather sombre (black and silver), although I acknowledge that this is a matter of personal taste.

Most annoyingly, my dealer tends to return the car saying that it's working perfectly only for a defect to recur, sometimes within minutes. This is very vexing indeed. My A4 has been off the road for, I think, 5 days in the first year of ownership for warranty attention to relatively minor faults, many of which have recurred.

In summary, I miss my Alfa Romeo 147. The dealers were no better than Audi, but there was more of a sense of joy about the car. If only I'd been able to put the A4 engine in it...

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

Review Date: 21st April, 2006

13th Jun 2006, 15:06

Update from author of original review -

The car spent yet another day at the dealer this week having the reason for the "Air Bag" warning light being illuminated investigated and rectified: it turned out to be a faulty connection under the passenger seat, apparently. Despite asking for the car to be ready for 16:00, it was 17:50 before I was handed the keys.