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Pros: Fun to drive
Cons: Quality Control and repare record
Advice: Wait until they work out the bugsI bought an Audi A4 two years ago, and have but just over 30,000 miles on it. In general my car has been in the shop for one major repair every 6,000 miles or so. So far I have returned to the dealership because: A plastic cover under the hood broke and flooded my car. It took nearly a month to dry my car and repair all the electrical damage. The Memory function on my side mirror has never functioned properly or been repaired to my satisfaction. With out my continual intervention, the mirror will progressively move to point downward over the course of a few days. The brake light warning come on despite the fact that the handbrake is not engaged. The catalytic converters have failed and needed to be replaced (Two separate visits to the Dealership). The rear sun-shade has failed and needed to be replaced. And of course, as was generally true for the 2002 models, two coils had to malfunction before all of them were replaced. Great fun to drive, but lousy quality control and repair record.
Cons: could have a few more horses
Advice: Have a good timeI test dove on icy mountain roads in the same day: BMW 325Xi, BMW 330Xi, Audi A4 1.8L and this superb Audi A4 3.0 Quattro that did not even have winter tires on. Did the test drive with performance Dunlop SP9090 tires. WOW! What a thrill. It is to snow and ice what my Porsche 911 is to asphalt. I can't wait to go back out there with winter tires on. Loved BMW 330Xi very much but Audi seemed better overall.
Pros: Heated seats
Cons: poor reliability, gas mileage, very poor headlights
Advice: This is an overpriced Ford Pinto - DO NOT BUYWe have had this car for the past 16 months. When we choose this car, I expected to be driving it as a mom-mobile for mostly local trips here and there, but that was not to be. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I find myself driving about 600 - 750 miles per week. That being said, I am more than a tad disappointed with this vehicle. With only 26,000 miles on this car, we have had to replace the transmission, the windshield TWICE, all 4 tires, the electronic wheel balance, a stereo speaker, and the passanger seat frame. The brakes have needed to be 'adjusted'. The car has been in the shop for over 50 days so far. Currently we are experiencing trouble with the second transmission, the power windows, the heating/air conditioning system ... the list never seems to end. With all of the driving I do, the gas consumption is outrageous. When doing local errands, I can only expect to get 13 - 14 MPG. On the highway or with combination driving I usually get 18 - 19 MPG. Acceleration is average, and far below what I'd expect from the larger V6 my husband paid extra for - 4 cylinder Ford Focus's routinely pass me on expressway on-ramps. Although this car is fairly comfortable for an average driver, it is small for my husband who is 6'2' and 200 lbs. I would try to dissuade most people from buying this car. Reliability is sketchy at best. It seems to be more of a man's ego-booster than anything else.
Pros: Great looks and AWD in bad weather
Cons: Ride and repairs
Advice: Never own this car when it is out of warranteeLoved my 1978 Audi,hated its repairs.Don't like my 2001 A4 very much,hate its repairs. Anyone who loves this car has never driven one of the original Infiniti Q45's. Now that BMW,MB,Volvo and Infiniti G35 have AWD, there is no longer any reason to buy a very trouble prone Audi.
Cons: Cup holders
Advice: Go for it! Forget the Merc's & BMW'sIncredible! The interior is near perfect with features you only know exist if you read the manual. Much higher quality than the lastest Mercedes offerings and much more exclusive than the BMW 3 Series has become. The 3.0 engine is incredible and gas mileage is very good for a car of this type. The exterior is a work of art. I receive constant compliments about the styling.
Cons: So-so floor mats, so-so wiper blades
Advice: 5 speed, Audi performance handling package w/17' wheelsI looked at a lot of similar cars and feel that I did all the research that can be done. In the end, I chose a 1.8T with a five speed, performance package with 17' wheels, xenon lights, moonroof, and Bose w/subwoofer. I paid $26,500 out the door to the dealer. I could sell it today for what I bought it for ...but why would anyone want to sell the perfect bargain? There is not another car made that can come close to the fit and finish of this car, within $20K of this price range. I have taken an M3 and a Boxster on a long winding four lane road near my home. I could only hold my own in the straightaways but was confident using 95% of my cars' capability in the turns. The M3 and Boxter drivers lacked the confidence needed to get more than 75% of what their cars could do. Quality, performance, confidence, value. Whats not to like?
Cons: Loss of engine power when the A/C is on
Advice: Test drive this one and the 3.0 is a better optionDrives just great. I have a manual and just love it. The turbo feature is really nice except for the lag before it kicks in. I got the bose upgrade on mine and it sounds just great. The only problem I faced so far was the ABS system which had to be replaced. Other than that this is truely an amazing car. Buyers looking at the C's and the 3 series should really consider this one.