2001 Audi A 4
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Loved this car!

by from Indiana on July 18, 2017

My ex bf bought this car for me to have a safe yet fun car to drive. Absolutely loved it. The sounds system rocked. It took turns like a dream. The lights were bright enough to see clear in the worst ...
My ex bf bought this car for me to have a safe yet fun car to drive. Absolutely loved it. The sounds system rocked. It took turns like a dream. The lights were bright enough to see clear in the worst weather. It was comfortable at any speed and distance. I was super upset when he sold it out from under me before we broke up.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Love the car, but can get costly

by from San Fran, CA on July 4, 2017

I've owned 2 over 15 yrs each. 1) 1.8T, Advant wagon, Quattro, Tiptronic 2) 1.8T, 4dr, Quattro, 5sp manual I think the lines on this generation (B5) are superb: proportions, fender contours, headli...
I've owned 2 over 15 yrs each. 1) 1.8T, Advant wagon, Quattro, Tiptronic 2) 1.8T, 4dr, Quattro, 5sp manual I think the lines on this generation (B5) are superb: proportions, fender contours, headlights, sedan AND wagon versions, great layout and packaging. The 1.8T was a good engine, but suffers from being too complicated. The amount of air/vacuum line plumbing and related plastic hardware under hood is more than most I've seen. And after ~100k, all the stuff gets brittle and leaks - and needs replacement. If you find one that's been gone thru (new hardware, new silicon vacuum lines, etc,), then it might be ok. Audi had learned sooo very much from the 1.8Ts, that the later 2.0Ts are a magnitude better. If you want this B5 generation, go for the slower 2.8 engine. If you want turbo power, go for a later 2.0T.
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Does not recommend this car

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LOVE THIS CAR!!!!!!!!!!!

by from Tucson, AZ on May 19, 2017

FAST FAST FAST I LOVE THIS CAR BEST CAR IVE EVER OWNED HATE TO SELL IT BUT TIMES ARE HARD THIS CAR IS GREAT
FAST FAST FAST I LOVE THIS CAR BEST CAR IVE EVER OWNED HATE TO SELL IT BUT TIMES ARE HARD THIS CAR IS GREAT
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Does recommend this car!!

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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hide your check book

by from Ithaca,ny on May 26, 2012

Bought car used from dentist/second owner, w/50k on it. The list , rear axle seals ,directional switch, valve cover gaskets, exhaust flex connectors, dash display. At 89k, the grand finale, timing cha...
Bought car used from dentist/second owner, w/50k on it. The list , rear axle seals ,directional switch, valve cover gaskets, exhaust flex connectors, dash display. At 89k, the grand finale, timing chain tensenor explodes, ruining left side head ,repair estament is $4700. Wife drove car,I meticulously mantained this cream puff changing oil every 3000 and countinualy monitoring the condition of timing belt and water pump like every other paranoid audi sucker. Forgot to mention driverside seat only bottom works, driver must ajust body to back position. VW Audi should rename this the new ugo.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Money pit

by from on July 21, 2011

I've ALREADY spent more on repairs than my car was ever worth, Highlights: I spent $4600 when my timing belt went out at 57k miles. Audi told me to shove it when i asked them for help with the repair ...
I've ALREADY spent more on repairs than my car was ever worth, Highlights: I spent $4600 when my timing belt went out at 57k miles. Audi told me to shove it when i asked them for help with the repair costs even though the manual said not to worry about the timing belt until 105,000 miles. I spent $3500 on my front suspension. Ridiculous for basic parts designed to wear out. $1500 getting my tail lights/reverse lights fixed. $1200 replacing the radiator because the radiator fan exploded. Here is a list of things that are still broken on my Audi: I need to get the rear differentials fixed AGAIN ($700), the AC compressor went out at 62k ($3000), the ABS module failed ($1200, dealer told me from driving in rain), the central control unit failed ($1100)(I can't unlock my car except from the trunk), hydraulic motor mount is bad ($440), Air bag light is on ($1200), Purge valve is bad ($400), Moonroof has a mind of its own (its really awesome when it opens by itself during a rain or snowstorm) rear passenger side power window doesn't work, Keyless remote doesn't work. Front bumper hangs, skid plate fell off, lighter doesn't work, gas gauge has a mind of its own, center electronic driver display is only half readable, auto climate doesn't work. My car has 111k miles on it. I drive conservatively. I don't abuse my cars and I maintain my vehicles by the book. Go online and read some discussion forums about the A4. All of my problems are common. So, I guess, I'm going to just have to junk it out. Fixing the car for resale would cost me double what its worth. I bought a vehicle so I would have some equity when I was ready to move on. I have zero equity and have spent a ton of money on a valueless asset. I should have leased a G35x. it probably would have cost about the same and I'd be in the same position I am now.
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Purchased a used car

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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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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get your wallet ready

by from manchester nh on March 5, 2011

every thing you buy for this car is exspensive timing belt $800 battery $160 2 foot piece of vacume line $250 repair shops $110 an hour if you are looking at an audi run
every thing you buy for this car is exspensive timing belt $800 battery $160 2 foot piece of vacume line $250 repair shops $110 an hour if you are looking at an audi run
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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