Audi freight train
Nothing has left me stranded, I have never been worried to drive it for fear of failure.
The timing belt needed to be replaced; dealer cost was $3500, so I did it myself for $700.
Typical wear items have needed replacement; ball joints, brakes pads (4 per corner on the front, 2 per corner in the rear), the hood strut just started leaking bad...
Not much else.
I drive this car hard, really hard. I don't abuse it, but I drive really fast wherever I go.
The quattro has saved my butt on many occasion. It works well in the snow, unbelievable actually - paired with the traction control, it's downright amazing. More comfortable to drive than a 4x4 in harsh conditions.
It's not a quick car, stoplight racing is mediocre. Get on the freeway though and 60 to 140mph comes very quick and safely. I hardly ever lose on the freeway because it's such a freight train.
Brake fade happens, but you really need to be hard on em to make that happen.
The 2.7t model is quicker, not faster.
The suspension is soft around town, but it suits it. Perfect for the freeway.
If you're into driving like a maniac and feeling safe about doing it, buy one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th May, 2010