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Cons: center console restricts drivers right knee on longer rides
Advice: Consider ONLY 3.0 engine.Purchased CPO with 9k miles after driving BMW 3 series conv. for 3yrs. The 3.0 with quattro is the ONLY way to own this car. Performance in the 1.8 is cruddy. Build quality is excellent and performance is quite good with 3.0.
Cons: Cup holders
Advice: Buy it now!We love our Audi A4. The car grips the road and excelerates perfectly. The 6-speed manual transmision is the best we have ever had, it shifts effortlessly. We have had absolutely no mechanical or technical problems with this car. Must buy for anyone who wants a real driving experience.
Cons: Touchy sunroof
Advice: Consider all wheel drive vs. two wheel rear wheel driveI've had my 2003 Audi A4 3.0 for just over a year and have over 36,000 spirited miles on it. Since owning the car, I haven't had a single problem with it. I consider the car a two seater since the back seats only have room enough for little people. In the tiptronic mode the car is a blast and sticks like glue (Michelin Sport Tires). The styling is great and the competition knows it (ie the new Acura TL). Drove the S4 Cabriolet and although it has the muscle to easily push me back into my seat, I prefer the 3.0, I found the 1.8T noisy and powerless. A good looking quality compact sized car.
Pros: Bose Stereo system
Cons: performance and service issues
Advice: Stay away from AudiWarning: STAY AWAY FROM AUDI! We have been plagued by service issues with our Audi. Transmission went out on a car not even 2 years old...and Audi doensn't rebuild transmissions...they are all new. Audi didn't want to cover it under the warranty so it was a $13K problem for the new transmission. We had to get a lawyer involved. This car is a total mess and I would urge anyone considering one to re-think.
Cons: little ash tray
Advice: drive itWith all due respect to the previous author from NY, his car may have been a 'lemon'. I had same problem with my 2001 Lexus IS300. This car spent many hours at dealer's shop. At the end of my lease, I traded that car for a 2004 model, same IS300. It's been a year and not a single problem.
Cons: constant service issues
Advice: DO NOT BUY ONEThis is the worst vehicle i have ever owned. I thought i was trading up from my 2001 Nissan to my 2004 Audi - i was definitely mistaken. at only 3 months old it has been in for service 10 times and still continues to be plagued with problems. It spends more time at the dealership than in my driveway. Audi and i are now in negotiations with the Better Business Bureau to rectify the problems. DONT BUY ONE
Cons: Nothing...absolutely nothing!
Advice: Buy it - don't hesitate to argue down the price. I got my '03 in Aug / Sept '02 for '02 clearance price - 2500 off. Haggle!This car runs tight! Cornering, stopping, rain, snow - all conditions and twists. Purchased mine new Aug '02 - dealer advised first '03 model to hit the states. Seating area is a little snug...but that's the only hanging chad! Acceleration is powerful and performance out paces BMW and Mercedes equivalents. Cadillac CTS comes close, but for winter driving, quattro has the edge. I know - took me one year to decide after repeated test drives. You will not go wrong w/an Audi.