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Fun, original, stylish, pricey

by from Arlington, Tx on July 27, 2010

I got my 2001 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro with 90k on it, as a second "toy" car. It's definitely what I expected; a peppy head turning ride. This car can do things that a lot of others cannot. I recently adde...
I got my 2001 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro with 90k on it, as a second "toy" car. It's definitely what I expected; a peppy head turning ride. This car can do things that a lot of others cannot. I recently added a K&N filter, Raisin voltage stablizer, Milltek exhaust (CATS all the way back), and Jet ECU upgrade. This car now goes, and goes in style. People are always complimenting the car, saying how nice it is, and how they don't see many on the road. Downside: You need some coin to maintain this car. Any and everything on this car is pricey. It is a Euro. All in all, I love the ride, and am thinking about slapping a super charger on it next.... but I know if I were looking for a low budget vehicle this would not be it.
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Does recommend this car

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Experienced users only

by from PA on September 15, 2012

I purchased the car used with 135K mile. It has a V6 engine which provides good pickup in a small car with AWD. Stayed away from high miles turbo 4s. I have an A6 for 10 years with 180K on it, so I've...
I purchased the car used with 135K mile. It has a V6 engine which provides good pickup in a small car with AWD. Stayed away from high miles turbo 4s. I have an A6 for 10 years with 180K on it, so I've had some practice dealing with Audi issues. First lesson is to find someone who knows Audi's to work on the car aside from the dealer, then the repair costs will only be high instead of very high. Then head off some of the more common maintenance issues, which will avoid really expensive issues. After a tune up, new wires, full coolant system redo because someone mixed coolants, timing belt, new rear bearings, new tires and transmission service it runs like s Swiss watch. Not sure of the suspension status yet, but rides and handles well at this point. No rust! I expect another 100k out of it at which point I'll probably be $10K all in on purchase and maintenance items. Not a bad deal, while driving a nice car during a Northeast winter.
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Does not recommend this car

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Most unreliable car I have ever owned

by from Laguna Beach, CA on June 2, 2008

First off let me say that my 2001 Audi A4 Quatro is a fun car to drive and handles well and something I feel very safe in with all wheel drive, 8 airbags, electronic slip protection and anti lock brak...
First off let me say that my 2001 Audi A4 Quatro is a fun car to drive and handles well and something I feel very safe in with all wheel drive, 8 airbags, electronic slip protection and anti lock brakes. Unfortunately however it is the absolutely most UNRELIABLE vehicle I have ever owned. I have done almost all the service at the dealer according to schedule and this car has given me nothing but headaches. Starting at 42k just outside the warranty I had the Cam Adjuster go bad which cost me well over $1200 to replace. Shortly thereafter I had the led's on the entire dashboard go bad. Another $1200 down the drain. Then every 3-5k miles some random electrical sensor would go bad which cost another $150-$350 for each occurrence. Now the cherry to top things off my timing belt at just over 77k has broken when the manufacturer recommends replacing this at 120K. Funny how on my tow ride to the auto shop the tow truck driver commented to me how "oh yeah you have an Audi....we tow lots of these" This will be my first and last Audi. What a pile of junk
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2001 A4 2.8v6 Quattro 5speed Review

by from Cleveland, Ohio on February 14, 2011

Purchased the vehicle used in 2007. Comfortable, quiet, excellent handling, and the quattro is nearly unstoppable in snow. The 5-speed manual shifts smoothly and precisely and the car handles like it...
Purchased the vehicle used in 2007. Comfortable, quiet, excellent handling, and the quattro is nearly unstoppable in snow. The 5-speed manual shifts smoothly and precisely and the car handles like it's on rails. The 2.8 v6 has a nice sound to it and is reasonably economical, averaging about 23mpg in mixed, rather spirited driving. Maintenance tends to be a bit pricey on this vehicle, although there were no real trouble spots. Overall, the A4 is a great entry-level sporty sedan.
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2001 Audi 1.8T

by from Melbourne, FL on April 15, 2009

I agree with a lot of previous previews. I bought this car a couple of years ago and owned it for about 2 years. It came with an Audi Extended Warranty which was a good thing because it was in the sho...
I agree with a lot of previous previews. I bought this car a couple of years ago and owned it for about 2 years. It came with an Audi Extended Warranty which was a good thing because it was in the shop alot! As soon as the warranty ended I put that car up for sale immediately. I simply could not afford to keep fixing and fixing. Ball joints, 3 of the electric windows, sunroof module, cv joints, vacuum leak, some interior pieces, and so on and so on. I will say they offered some of the best service I have ever dealt with and even though I had a $50.00 deductible every time it went into the shop, it was starting to become very inconvenient and I was starting to get mad. Loved the car but HAD to sell it, I simply could not afford it. Reviewing the 2004 A4 and hoping those are a better product. I would only buy another Audi WITH the extended warranty.
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Does not recommend this car

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Very Reliable and very well built

by from New York, NY on May 3, 2011

This old Audi is honeslty amongst the most solidly built cars I have driven. Granted the automatic version has a problem but the one I owned was the 2.8L manual V6. Awesome car - love the power and t...
This old Audi is honeslty amongst the most solidly built cars I have driven. Granted the automatic version has a problem but the one I owned was the 2.8L manual V6. Awesome car - love the power and the stability. It literally feels like it could drive through a tank.
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Reliable Audi

by from Temecula on July 17, 2013

I have used the Audi as my commuter car for years. The car starts up every day and performs the same every day: perfectly. It is a great ride, and Audi has created a well designed interior. Granted t...
I have used the Audi as my commuter car for years. The car starts up every day and performs the same every day: perfectly. It is a great ride, and Audi has created a well designed interior. Granted the Audi requires maintenance and repairs, however, frequency of repairs or maintenance is no different than other cars I've owned. I must say the cost of repairs is a bit higher, but not much higher than most cars. The owner will need to shop for a mechanic who is knowledgeably of the Audi, yet does not over price the repairs. When I have gotten a repair done, the range of price is substantial. The owner of the Audi must be willing to maintain this car regularly. Comfortable, reliable, attractive, and sporty. I would definitely recommend to a friend.
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I love my Audi!

by from Ohio on September 5, 2009

I have owned my A4 since it was 3 years old in 2004. I had an extended warranty with mine from a certified Audi dealer and did take it in for a few different things, nothing major. I have been very ha...
I have owned my A4 since it was 3 years old in 2004. I had an extended warranty with mine from a certified Audi dealer and did take it in for a few different things, nothing major. I have been very happy with it and it is a blast to drive. I actually lost control of it going around a turn on a snowy road last year, I gave it a little gas and she pulled right out of the skid it was in with the Quattro... I was so impressed. These are safety minded vehicles and that is the whole reason I ended up buying one. I was having a child and I didn't want to put her in a tin can on wheels.
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Not bad.

by from Midwest on March 5, 2012

Had this car a little over a year. Purchased with 100K on it and had to replace minor things, which you'd expect to replace on a car with this many miles. Don't have many complaints about this car oth...
Had this car a little over a year. Purchased with 100K on it and had to replace minor things, which you'd expect to replace on a car with this many miles. Don't have many complaints about this car other than I have the upholstered seats and not leather. I hate THEM. Every little droplet of water shows on these seats and makes it necessary to shampoo. The "click" buttons on the console for adjusting the position of the fan air flow are worn, so have to keep poking them with some force to disengage them, as they stick "in". Other than that, happy with the overall performance and handling of the car, the exterior still looks brand new - no signs of rust.
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Great car, exceptional handling, Fun to Drive

by from Virginia on January 8, 2009

I am the original owner of a 2001 A4 1.8T Quattro. I was initially struck by the great handling and perfect gear ratio in the A4's manual transmission. It is an exciting car to drive and handles curve...
I am the original owner of a 2001 A4 1.8T Quattro. I was initially struck by the great handling and perfect gear ratio in the A4's manual transmission. It is an exciting car to drive and handles curves like a dream with the AWD and traction control features. The 17" wheels with performance tires help even more. Ergonomics of the interior are excellent for the driver and front seat passenger. Rear leg room is scant. The only design flaw is the retractable cup holder in the dash. People who want acceleration excitement should get a car with a 6-cylinder or larger engine. The 1.8T Audi A4 is perfectly balanced to provide good acceleration and, more importantly, good gas mileage. My overall mileage is generally 27mpg or more in a mix of city and highway driving. I have had few of the repair problems cited by other reviewers. I replaced brakes at about 60K, and timing belt at 90K (cost was $1,400 -- a cost far less than other reviewers who perhaps waited too long). I have enjoyed this car every day of the almost 8 years I've owned it. Having maintained it according to schedule and fixed repairs promptly, the A4 has never let me down. I travel extensively for work and have rented dozens of mid-size cars....none compare favorably with the A4. I can't wait to get home and drive my own car!
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