3rd Jan 2001, 16:17

Just browsing and taking a look at the comments - I have a 99 A4 2.4 SE and I have to say that it is the most reliable car I have ever owned (and I have had over 14!). Dont get me wrong, nothing is perfect - and that goes for the "almighty" Merc too.

I too suffered from the "turning over and nothing happening" syndrome reported, and according to my excellent dealer it is the spark plugs. Audi under instruction from the spark plug manufacturer extended the interval for replacement. Therefore at the end of their life (around 35,000 - 40,000 miles) they tend to play up a little. Any Audi dealer that knows what they are doing knows this - like they have been selling Audi's for 5 or more years.... Once the plugs were replaced everything worked a treat and I have never suffered the "turning over and nothing happening" problem again.

Also, criticising cars is one thing - but I am very sorry, but I have had a number of Japanese cars and they have been utter rubbish. One died, one blew up and the other was utter tin. I know some people swear by them, but it is all in the purchasers viewpoint. Some people love them, some hate them. Just remember that it is all in the eye of the beholder....

13th Jan 2001, 04:35

Sad to hear about your A4, maybe it confused VW. I know about 10 Audi owners from 100, A3, A4 and A8, we have nothing but excellent things to say about these fine cars. My modified A4t is the best apart from eating tyres.

Don't give up, it's a great car with great backup from the dealers.

25th Jan 2001, 22:25

I'd just like to say that I own a 1999.5 A4 2.8 with a manual transmission. I had so many things go wrong I tried to sue.

First off, the day I picked the car up there was leather peeling off the steering wheel.

The second day I noticed that the sunroof switch didn't always work (they replaced it for free).

A couple weeks later I noticed a leak on my garage floor. Turns out that my windshield fluid holder had broken and needed replacing. Then a couple weeks later more spots on the garage floor. I don't know what it was but the said they had to replace some hoses.

Then I had all the cupholders break, a brake light went, both headlights went, the wipers went, and the brakes went at 12k along with the rear rotors.

I had scratches on the glass on my driver's side window from something in the door, and they had to take it apart and give me new glass.

Then the kicker- TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS AT ONLY 18K miles. Now I took it in my stride when they said a week to fix it. I tell you it has been over a month and my car has yet to see home. Something about parts that take a long time. OUTRAGEOUS. I recommend you stay away from this company. I asked for a new one but they won't give it to me.

6th Jul 2002, 14:27

Wow. I've never heard of an A4 self-destructing like that! I've had an A4 for 2 years, and the only thing wrong was a rattle in the suspension that was tightened and fixed. Other than that: absolutely nothing amiss.

1st Nov 2002, 14:21

2000 A4 1.8T manual.

Water pump replaced within two months of purchase.

Fuel guage sensor malfunction and replaced within 18 months of purchase. It is malfunctioning again.

Sometimes the digital info center in the dash goes black. No pattern to this problem.

Began to idle roughly at about 18 months after purchase. Dealer can't explain why or locate a problem.

She is at the dealer now getting her clutch replaced. Dealer has no idea why clutch should fail so early. Uh, neither do I.

Will never purchase another Audi.

3rd Feb 2003, 13:52

I have an Audi A4 2002. I had problems at 5,000 and 10,000 miles. At 5,000 they replaced the engine coils and at 10,000 the TRANSMISSION! Actually, they have not yet replaced the transmission it is in the shop and has been there for a month now.

Can't say I am happy with Audi!

Never buying one again.

13th Mar 2007, 23:53

Well I have an Audi A4 1.8t 1997 and I have had it for 6 months. I got it with 93,000 miles.

Well I change the oil on time and keep it up right/wrong. This car costs an arm and two legs to get fixed whenever something wrong with it!

The previous owner I think put some leak stop junk in it, and now the car needs $4,177.58 to repair it. I don't understand how a water pump, belt, and tentioners and a couple flushes could cost so much? The dealer will not help me, and I can't do anything about it cause dealer needs to try to fix it three time before I could go to court, why because of the lemon law...

The car was nice wile it lasted, well I'm back to the Jeep Wrangler, it never fails. Buy american cars and trucks, why because you live in the U.S.A, that's why!!!

14th Mar 2007, 13:34

'I don't understand how a water pump, belt, and tentioners and a couple flushes could cost so much?'

Easy... it doesn't!

If that's a quote you got off an Audi dealer then its not surprising. You'll get it repaired much cheaper at an independent garage.

31st Jan 2008, 06:12

"One day the car engine would not turn over - took 30 minutes of cranking for it to start. Dealer found nothing wrong."

There's no way you could crank it for 30 minutes as you would flatten the battery (if you didn't burn out the starter first).

23rd May 2010, 18:57

Audi - buy it if you own a mechanic shop, and if you can fix it on your own, other than that, do yourself a favor, DO NOT BUY IT.