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Love the driving the car BUT ... by Ken from Upstate New York on 11/27/2009. Trim: 2003 Audi A4 Avant 1.8 T with Tiptronic, Owned 6 years.
Pros: The car still looks nice and is stylish even though it is 6 years old. The car handles well and the ride is very comforatble. I have found the car to be exceptional in the snow. Generally the car seems well put together with quality interior components.
Cons: The performance is not great with severve turbo lag. The gas mileage has never been as advertised, at best on the open highway I have gotten 24 mpg and city has been 17 mpg. Requires premium gas, so to fill it up hurts the wallet. Forget about leg room in the rear seats. The finish on the window buttons seems to be painted on and is now peeling. There are gremlins in the electrical system with the moon roof and tail gate opening and closing on its own. I have replaced the turning bulbs five times, put in a new water pump, fixed a leak in the cooling system after 12,000 miles, the timing belt and replaced the motor for the rear windsheild wiper. For a wagon the space is small.
Overall review: While I love driving the car I probably would not recommend it. I agree with many owners who say that you need your own personal mechanic for this car. I only have 63,000 miles on the car and have done a lot of work on the car. Unfortunately much of the work was done after the warranty expired. Also for a near luxury car the electrical gremlins are unacceptable. I am not a mechanic but I swear Audi designed the A4, and probably their other models, to maximize the labor costs charged when bringing it in for work. Nothing seems easily reachable without taking everything apart which greatly adds to the labor cost. I can't even find after market windshield wipers for the car and I am forced to get them from the dealer at an incredible mark up. When it came time to replacing the battery I again was forced to buy an Audi battery as all of the research I did showed that batteries other than Audi batteries did not perform well with the car.
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