My low-quality, high-maintenance and over-priced mistake
After 17 months ownership, the passenger side floor was getting wet whenever it rained. Water would somehow enter into the compartment, and the flooring would be, literally, soaked with standing water. The dealership first "cleared the plugged evaporator". One month later, the same problem occurred. This time, the dealership found that the heater box needed to be resealed. Finally fixed after two tries.
At 19 months, the turn signals became inoperative (wouldn't blink). The dealership found fault with the electrical system and fixed the problem.
At 23 months, the electrical seat adjustment stopped working. The seat would adjust forward, and not back, making it impossible to drive (unless you were under 5ft tall). The car has been into the shop and "fixed" for this problem three times since then (6 months ago). Today - June 1, 2004 - it occurred again.
In addition to this, I have had the ongoing "squeaky brakes" problem, and told that there is really no way to fix this -- only to brake at high speeds, like on the highway to clear out some of the dust.
The handling and comfort of the car is quite nice. But the ongoing problems with the interior manufacture does not make this car anywhere near worth what I paid for it.
More disturbing are the problems encountered with the turn signal and seat adjustment. These could (could have) result in true safety hazards (not being able to drive due to seat adjustment, or not being able to signal).
I can never buy another Audi again. Unfortunate that such nice handling and engineering is pared with such awful inconsistent interior and electrical quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st June, 2004