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Before buying our Audi A4 (2003), i had always gone for the buy as new as you can for as little as possible option and ended up with Fiat Punto after Punto. As handy as these were, once id had our son thought a sturdier, 'longer lasting' car would be appropriate.
Although not cheap, i have found you get what you pay for with the Audi. I love this car. I have had one for 2 years without a single problem with it. I find it a very comfortable ride with plenty of room for 2 children in the back too. It has 2 3 point seat betls in the back and a lap belt too, and the central post flips down to provide an armrest if there are 2 people in the back, and has a handy little compartment (used to store car toys in our car).
We have used this car to go camping and it manages to fit our 8 man tent and all the bits and bobs that go with it including all of the gear needed for a baby too!!
I have had many comments on the lighting in the car and how clear and effective it is when it is dark. The lights are a vibrant orange and this is succint throughout the whole car, lighting the reading lights in the rear of the car and the dials in the front of the car. The upholstery is nice, although probably one of my least favorite points. With a baby you have the odd spillage and once cleaned up, i have found the odd dried water mark, and with my next Audi would go for leather!!
There is an onboard computer with the car which is very effective, but i always feela s though something is alarming. If it is not the petrol light, screenwash or numberplate light, it will alert me when the headlights are not working and will even tell you which light is out!
As with all Audi body work, its remarkable with no signs of wear or rust for a car that is 8 years old now.
The ride is smooth, despite the car being on the lower side compared to many, and it certainly has some poke, with the 115bhp. In fact cruising at 70+ mph feels as though you are doing 40 mph, so be careful!! I think for a diesel it is fairly economical especially for the size of the car. Cruising on a long journey, we will manage 50 + mpg, and city driving, abour 42mpg outs, or there abouts, shame in todays climate that the tank is so large, costing approx £85 to fill up, eeeekk!
There is a real feeling of safety with this car too. An abundance of airbags and driving the car is heavy, a definate positive for me carrying young children in the car.
This is easily the best car i have owned and now i own an Audi, i dont think i will ever go back! May consider a convertible next time round :)
This is a great car! This review is about my experiences with a 1999 1.9 Tdi 110bhp (red i) SE saloon version of the A4, in which I've now covered over 20,000 miles. It accelerates well (even when pulling a 300kg trailer) and I've been very impressed with its cornering abilities. I get 45 mpg (more on a long run) and the fuel tank is massive, meaning about 600 miles from a tank. The brakes are good. Sound insulation is excellent, so there isn't really any intrusive noise from the engine.
Front seat accommodation is comfortable and well designed. Both front seats are adjustable for height and the steering wheel for height and reach. The boot is vast - it is truly amazing how much it can swallow! There are some nice touches which you may or may not expect depending on your previous cars. My girlfriend is highly appreciative of the illuminated mirrors in the sun visor, and the auto dimming rear view mirror and heated wing mirrors are very useful. On the negative side, the headlights are fairly poor and there is no rear wiper. Airflow clears rain off the rear window if you are going fast, but not in town.
The car comes with PAS, ABS, alloys, climate control, airbags, electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking, leather steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake and a 6 speaker stereo. It has done 170000 miles and is still going strong. This says a lot about reliability, which has been very good. It is well-made: there is a satisfying thud when you close a door or the bonnet! I do all the servicing and repair work myself: parts are easily available and very reasonably priced from the likes of Euro car parts or German, Swedish and French. Audi ownership has not been as expensive as I anticipated.
I have had my V reg Audi 90 diesel for about six months now and done over ten thousand miles and I am very impressed indeed. Having had a number of Mercedes diesels, I knew German engineering was good and this is borne out by the Audi. It starts first time every time, even in the very cold weather. It has some very nice touches such as soft fading interior lights that come on as soon as you (remotely) unlock the car or when you pull the key from the ignition.
It drives very nicely, with enough torque and speed to overtake comfortably. It has brilliant fuel economy - returning 54-60 MPG on every tank. The seats are fine and the adjustments make for a good choice of seating positions. The gearbox (manual) is nice and smooth and, at 146,000 miles is still nice and tight, just like the bullet proof engine.
To be honest, the only gripe so far is that some of the bulbs (foglights, mainly) are a pain to change, being quite difficult to get to at the front. Having said that, when you get into the job, it all seems to make sense and goes together really well. I think there is a problem with the lower door trims on this model. Mine are coming away and all the ones I looked at before I bought this one had the same (sometimes none at all!) so possible design fault. The boot is huge and the access is nice and easy and the bootlid opens nicely.
All in all, a lovely car to drive, quiet, frugal and very stylish.
I have now sold the Audi as it became somewhat of a liability. I found that I had spent more on maitenance in the year or so that I had it than on my old Mercedes in 6 years! Silly things like the entire central locking system gradually packing up bit by bit until eventually even the windows would not work and i could not lock the car. I took the car to Audi who could not diagnose it and said that they would need to have the car for another two hours to diagnose it. I actually picked up a lead and some software on eBay and dignosed it myself! The central locking control unit on this model sits in a well at the rear right hand side and was under water. It still cost over £50 for the part (second hand and very lucky to source!). Then there were the wipers that stopped working - just a relay but what a pig to get to and replace! Then the front suspension links failed mot and cost a fortune! Oh, and then the drive belt went! And the door trims continued to fall off!
At least the people who bought the car should have no problems, because I think I replaced anything that was likely to wear out!
I have completed 33000 miles in 11 months in my 55 plate facelifted 1.9 TDI SE.
Good starting, terrific grunt and low down torque. Added passengers do not slow this car down and it will pull like a train up hill with a full cabin.
I have the Audi CD player and speaker system which is the best I have had in any car for sound quality. It does however lack steering wheel controls for the audio. The radio has a mind of its own and each time it is switched on it will select a station at random irrespective of which pre set was used before and still showing as selected on its display.
My car has averaged 48 mpg and I suspect it would have been over 50mpg had I not been uder pressure to do those extra meetings. There have been times when the on board computer has predicted 750 miles from a tank of diesel and I regulary get 600 miles to a tank.
It's a good looking car and SWMBO thinks it cuts a dash in our village.
Terrible front seats with minimal adjustments and no lumbar support. Crippling back ache starts at 100 miles and on a four hour journey it takes me a week to get my back in line. I would glady swap it for a Vectra with 8 way adjustable seats.
Poor rear leg room for adults.
Access to boot is poor, no load through or drop down rear seats means I need to borrow a friend's car to do the runs to the DIY place.
Compared with the new 3 series BMW diesel it is noisy and lacking in power at the top of the rev range.
What a car!!!!!!!! The A4 tdi gives excellent fuel consumption and brilliant performance all in a diesel . The 1.9 engine is really smooth and gives excellent acceleration and top end performance u hardly realise it is a diesel . The car now has been cut to £20000 so it is a real bargian because it comes with tiptronic gers heated seats etc. But if ur looking second hand a good p reg version will set u back about £9000 which isnt bad considering wjat ur gettin. but be warned auto diesel 110bhp sre like goldust so snap em up and check out history first. The A4 is just a brilliant looking car and is just marvelloous no other sallon can compete in looks even the bmw 3 series, but be warned a mediun sized family will have problems fitting int the back , hardly any leg room.