21st Nov 2006, 18:56

Bought 98 A4 Quattro 4 years ago with 70K miles, now 152,000 miles Nov.'06, no mechanical or electrical problems. Routine oil/filter changes and service intervals (non-dealer), garaged and reasonably hard driving for sport sedan-presents no costly repairs. Solid car driven daily, but not parked outside all day. Time for first timing belt this week and all components surrounding the service. Most service has been easy and I like the German design mentality although more complicated at times for this American mechanical engineer. I like the full instrumentation of my high end A4. Have hit 2 deer, replacing one fender, hood and lights each time. Rugged construction and will keep car with routine maintenance intervals (any car owner's responsibility), until used Acura TL prices reach affordable value (<$12K). New A4 with snozzle front end is hot and in the running also, but will take longer to reach good value (<$12K).

10th May 2007, 13:13

The A4 2.8Q is a solid runner, but the A4 1.8T needs a lot of upkeep. Also do the 1.8t's need that 70 thousand mile turbo service like vw's?

19th May 2007, 17:24

I am looking at buying either a 1998 Audi A4 2.8L or a 1999 Audi A4 2.8L, they both have around 90,000 miles on them, and according to the dealer have had no major problems. I have a friend who had an Audi, and then wrecked it, but got a BMW instead, his only complaint was that the service engine light came on, and by the time he wrecked the car they hadnt figured out what was going on with it. Basically I just want to know if the Audi A4 is a good buy or not, I live in PA, so I really need a car that is All Wheel Drive, and Audi is the only one that I know of. Thank-you please let me know.

3rd Jun 2007, 01:30

For the person in PA who wants an all-wheel drive car: Have you considered a Subaru? For several years now, all Subarus have all-wheel drive.

I have a '98 A4 quattro, now with 135,000 miles., which I bought new. I also have a 2004 A4. The older one has given me its share of troubles, although I have maintained it superbly -- doing more than the manufacturer recommends.

I love Audis (why else would I have two?) -- I bought my first (1986 5000) many years ago. But I should think that a Subaru that has been well cared for should be a more reliable car.

1st Jul 2007, 14:19

To the posting on 30th May 2007, 21:52 regarding bad idle. I just got my 98 A4 Q out of the shop having entered for the same reason. Many checks, airflow/fuelflow/etc. were great, but ended up finding the throttle body needed replacement. Since exit the car still idles low - which is normal from what I've read & been told by the Audi Mechanic - but it has not stalled in the last month. Used to stall pretty much once a day.

11th Jul 2007, 23:47

I just bought a 98 Audi A4 1.8t Quattro, and the driver information display is really dim. I was wondering if anyone knew if the faded display is an easy fix, that could be done at home, or if it is something that only a dealer could fix... and how much $ is it?

11th Sep 2007, 14:38

I have a 2002 1.8T Avant which I have owned for the past 3 years. Bought it at 22k miles and now it has 57k miles. All the work done so far have been covered by warranty, recall, and extended warranty. Extended warranty is expiring this month, sept 2007. I'm trying to estimate how much it would cost to maintain this car for the next 60k. I know the 60k is the next major expense plus I need to replace timing belt and brake pads. Anyone can share problems that came up between 60k to 120k? My husband is convincing me to replace it with a Japanese car(our budget is 22k), but based on my calculation, it might still be cheaper to keep my Audi until 120k and just deal with the maintenance. Any comments?

15th Mar 2009, 16:43

Hi. I have just purchased a 98 Audi A4 V6. The check engine light came on. I parked it and then took it out later and it went off. Then drove it again and has come on again and has stayed on know. Anyone have suggestions of what to do. I know with domestic vehicles it can be oxygen sensors, cat sensors etc and they can run quite fine like this.

Thanks for the help and recommendations


6th Aug 2009, 16:57

I'm thinking about buying a '98 Audi A4 for $4500 with 135K miles. Multiple things have been replaced.



New timing belt, accessory drive belt, tensioner, tensioner roller, idler roller, water pump, and replaced CD changer.



Original transmission failed, replaced transmission with used one that had 64k miles.

Installed new transmission mounts, new clutch and pressure plate, both front axles, front engine mount, K&N air filter, fuel filer, coolant sensor, spark plugs, replaced most of the hoses in the engine bay, new front brakes and exhaust gaskets.

Sounds like a good deal??? What else should I be worried about?



24th Sep 2009, 17:03

Please change the transmission fluid every 30000 miles. It is not a lifetime fluid. I thought that my automatic transmission was going bad. I was making jerks at 25 and around 40mph.I changed the transmission fluid and the transmission behaves like it is brand new.

28th Sep 2009, 17:04

I am thinking about buying a 1998 Audi A4 Quattro for $3,500 with 160,000 miles on it. Do you think this is worth it? How many miles can an Audi take before having too many mechanical problems? Please respond to Skaterhawk11@aol.com.



26th Nov 2009, 12:21

I have a 1998 Audi A4 quattro. The engine light goes on after 20 minutes. After it is off for a couple hours and I start it again it disappears. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what it is? Thanks.

3rd Oct 2010, 00:08

I have an Audi A4 with a few problems. It's got OK power, just no boost. The turbo has 230,000 miles, but on a new engine, I'm wondering if the blades are worn? I'm thinking it may be the mass air; the person before me made some cuts on the box for more flow? The DV valve is good, turbo makes no sound at all. A handful of body issues as well, but I'm thinking I need a part for it?