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Audi A4 Diesel 1999
Audi A4 1.9 TDI 110 / 115 HP
Member Name: garyovey
Audi A4 1.9 TDI 110 / 115 HP
Date: 06/10/09, updated on 05/01/11 (1020 review reads)
Advantages: Fuel consumption, comfort, driveability.
Disadvantages: Door trims come off.
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!
Summary: Very nice, economical, safe car