15th Sep 2005, 10:29
I have an 01 allroad with almost 400,000 km on the clock.
I've have had two "serious" problems in all that time (alternator wore out after 390,000 km - not bad, and a suspension strut leak that required replacement of the part).
Sorry to hear of your troubles, but the ar is like all cars: some are great and go on forever, others are lemons are should be returned, and everything in between.
1st Aug 2006, 12:27
First of all, I hope you had the alignment checked for the shaking and for the other commenter who experienced "excessive tire wear".
Secondly, AVOID POTHOLES! even if they don't pop your tire, they are bad for the suspension and alignment. Not too mention irritating to drive over.
3rd Jun 2008, 13:21
Previous comment, if after 180,000 miles your most serious problems are replacing the radio, power window motor and front shocks, you've been very lucky indeed. I wouldn't describe that as a nightmare.
7th Jun 2008, 16:50
I am the original owner of a 2001 Audi Allroad. No way would I buy another Audi. They are great value for the money and certainly have superb styling.
But after the 4 years/50,000 mile warranty was up -- and I had previous to the four year mark complained numerous times regarding tilting of the front hood to the left and a straining sound from the left rear area -- bada bing I had to pay close to $4,000 on the rising and lowering suspension system! And still the light is on only a few months after the repair.
I believe that Audi does the right thing on the front end when they are enticing you into their fold -- again great styling, lots of great extras as part of the basic package as well as driving performance visa vis their competition. But it is the same old story -- things go wrong after 4 years or so and they are large and costly. The dealer is sly and does not do repairs until it is on your nickel. Alas I would not buy another Audi, and I am telling everyone the same thing.
5th Aug 2008, 11:11
The shaking is not alignment, it's the stock tires that Audi uses. GET RID of the Pirellis and grab some toyos and the problem will be gone.
18th Mar 2009, 00:37
People, whatever you do--DO NOT BUY AN ALLROAD!!! I bought an allroad from the dealer, certified, with 30K miles on it. Ostensibly in mint condition. I have young kids, and drive it well and gently, change the oil regularly, etc. I have literally had to get major service on this car every 5 to 10K miles. For the first few years, the 10 to 15K in maintenance was mostly covered by warranty (including replacing the turbos). Now, I am out of warranty and have sunk another 10K into the car. Ridiculous. I have had 3 other cars and none of them have required even one tenth--literally one tenth--of the maintenance of an allroad.
I will never, ever buy another product from Audi again. What an expensive piece of trash. Horrible.
28th Nov 2009, 17:23
Very comfortable car to ride in and drive, never given me one problem in 97,000 miles. Two things I don't like about it, is the when you go to take your foot off the brake and put it on the gas a little too hard... it will just about snap your neck. And the other thing is that the tires wear really fast.
21st May 2010, 18:16
The Allroad bi turbo 2.7 are fun cars. The ride height, so you can go on rougher roads, and the response from the 2 turbos, is amazing when cruising at 70, and you pop up to 90 in a blink.
But this is a higher performance engine, and it costs money to keep them running right.
Some of the complaints; the suspension going out, well if you go with factory OEM airbag suspension, you can expect that every 80t to 100k miles, you are going to drop 2 to 3 grand there.
You need to keep your engine running correct. When you replace the timing belt between 80k and 90k, you need to replace the water pump. Play it safe and check on those turbos; if they are leaking, they might need to be rebuilt or replaced.
The Allroad is a fun amazing car though, and now they are in a price range a lot of people can afford them, but I will tell you, they can't afford to pay for the maintenance on a german car. It's a fact that if you take care of them, they will last a very long time, but you have to pay to make sure they do it right.