11th Aug 2009, 12:38
2002 A4 3.0 Quattro.
Just bought this car after doing some looking around the internet for some reviews. Edmunds tells only of the catalytic converter problem and it has a 8.9 review. I wish I had to this site before my purchase. So far everything OK, I bought the repair cd to try to do most of the small stuff myself. It has 75k. I am in the process of changing all fluids and complete tune up.
9th Sep 2009, 11:29
I have an Audi A4 Quattro 2002 and it has been a GREAT car. Yes, a few repairs, but mainly during the first 50k miles. Had more problems with it when the dealer was repairing it... now... going to an imports repair shop and the car has been doing great at 130,000 miles. Remember, many people who are happy with their Audi's don't take time to write comments on these sites! They are too busy enjoying their car!
6th Oct 2009, 13:13
I have a 2002 A4 3.0L with 120,000 miles.
It runs better than our Lexus, BMW, Acura and Jeep.
At 120,000 every car needs normal care. Have not had any major issues with the car yet.
1. Had left headlight go dim, and replacing it took care of the problem.
2. Had coils and plugs replaced, which took care of the check engine light.
4th Nov 2009, 08:18
I own a 2002 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro. I purchased it used in 2008. The timing belt had been replaced by a previous owner at 60-something thousand miles. There was an Audi recall for the timing belts not lasting to 100K miles as the service manual stated.
So far, under my ownership, the cam adjuster valve needs work, I've received a recall notice for the ignition coils, and the dealership broke a rear window (but wouldn't pay for the repair!).
I bought it to save on fuel, for the AWD, and for safety.
The CEL is on now in yellow and it's on its way to an independent shop to have the cam adjuster thing fixed and get the ignition coils done. This is the first time the CEL light has ever come on for me.
I paid cash for the car and the repairs at this point are not overwhelming, just inconvenient as they would be for any brand of car.
24th Mar 2010, 21:39
I just bought a 02 A4 1.8t... it has 85,000 on it and runs like a champ... Really impressed by the smooth ride and power it has. Hopefully I don't run into any of these problems you guys are talking about.
7th Jun 2010, 07:54
2004 Audi A4 Quattro 3.0 V-6 Automatic 95k:
Bought the car used in 2007.
When it's running, it's a great car. The Quattro all wheel drive makes this car go better through the snow than my SUV, and the Audi has the sport package, making it sit pretty low to the ground.
It's been a service nightmare though. Pesky electrical problems (computer saying brake lights are burned out. Slam the trunk and they come back on, etc.)
Replaced 2 torque converters (but checking codes reveals the same torque converter problem after resetting the engine light and codes)
Replaced fuel pump.
Replaced all fluids and filters incl tranny filter.
Replaced coil packs and plugs.
Replaced driver's side window motor.
Replaced timing belt & water pump.
Replaced brake rotors/pads/lines (but still has a loss of power brakes after driving for about an hour).
Replaced the Bose stereo that quit working with a cheap aftermarket stereo. Has sounded great since.
I love the look of the car and love the way it drives when there isn't anything wrong with it. The problem is, there's always something wrong with it.
Considering the amount I paid for the car and the amount I've put into the car since buying it, I should have just bought a brand new car with a warranty.
Good luck, and hope this was informative.
25th Aug 2010, 15:47
We own a 2002 A4 Quattro, just turned over 100K.
We have never been stranded or towed. The lights set off irritating alarms when they need to be replaced or need to be reseated from road vibrations. The stereo system quit once (a fuse reset fixed it).
It is serviced every 10K. I replaced the timing chain (routine maintenance) and one coil at 80K. Now I am working to replace the joy stick that operates the mirrors (should have been made out of metal).
If any of you enterprising people out there have information on accessing the mirror controls, leave a comment (If I can build a 32 Ford street rod, I believe I can fix the mirror problem).
We have been satisfied with the car.
7th Oct 2010, 02:20
I have a 2002 A4 1.8T.
Re: the wiper issue - check the wiper mount, it may be seized, and it might not be the motor.
Don't always listen to the dealership.
10th Dec 2010, 20:04
I have a 2002 Audi A4 quattro. What a nightmare it's been with issues, from engine coils to ect sensors to O2 sensors, wheel bearings, steering knuckles, wiper transmission etc.. I have put into this car what I was suppose to pay for it.
Now my issue is the wipers again. They do not work. I just changed the transmission and they worked fine for about a week. Then they would only work in one mode. Now that that issue was fixed, I turned the wipers on and they worked. Once I turned them off, they wouldn't turn back on. Days went by and nothing. So I took the wiper assembly apart. I hooked up a new motor and it still didn't work. I hooked the old on back up, and it started to work. It worked great while it was on. All modes and speeds were working properly, but once I turned it off, it wouldn't work again. What is the deal? No fuses are blown, and I checked the entire electrical line and didn't find any short circuited wires, deteriorated or corroded wires. Does anyone have an answer?
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18th Jan 2011, 21:47
2002 Audi A4
What a poor purchase... 125k miles.
In 6 months, I have replaced brakes, new rack & pinion steering $ 1200, 4 coils, transmission sensor $ 700, fuel pump. It is hard to enjoy driving without wondering "what's next?".
Looks great in the garage... only problem: it is the mechanic's garage, not mine.
21st Jan 2011, 21:34
Even better news, my transmission sensor $700 is a transmission replacement $2300+. I cannot imagine why anyone would buy an Audi that was not covered by a warranty.
1st Apr 2011, 04:40
I as well own a Audi 2002 1.8 quattro, and it's an awesome car, but recently I did take it to the Audi dealer for the recall on the coils. They fixed it, and I believe there is another recall on the Audi that they fixed as well. I would check with your dealer and have them look it up for you..
I as well have the same problem with my glove box; the hinge broke, what's up with that??? If anyone has other issues, please let me know.
9th Sep 2011, 13:30
I own an 02 A4 1.8T Quattro, manual transmission. Before this, I owned a 99 A4 1.8T. Both of these cars have been nothing but headaches!! An Audi was my DREAM car, and now I can't wait to get rid of it and go back to a Japanese car. My 1996 Honda Civic I had for 10 years with almost 200k miles on it, and I NEVER had nearly the problems I have had with these Audi's. 6 months after I bought my 02, they had to replace the entire transmission to the tune of $6k... Thank GOD it was still under warranty. The dealership has been nothing but a headache also. They don't take responsibility for anything. Very disheartening when you have spent so much money on a car.
I would caution anyone on buying an Audi.