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This Audi is full of mod cons which make the older versions look boring in comparrison. Leather seats provide luxurious comfort for all passengers with extendable front seats. Built in Sat Nav and changer CD player makes travelling around a pleasure rather than a chore. It is of note however; these superb mod cons appear on the pricier S line model I had as a company car. I am in no doubt that the lesser models would be of a similar quality, however I do not believe they would offer similar levels of refinement.
The engine, although quiet, allows the car to climb hills easily and has enough power to make sure that the car is a smooth car to drive. Fuel economy is good 38mpg(ish) lower than the stated 40, making this a fairly cheap car to run. Insurance is reasonable and taxing is a reasonable band J (just above 200 pounds) per year. A word of warning however, while day to day running can be reasonable, tyres can prove short lived due to the torque of the engine and at around 150 to 200 pound each, this can prove costly.
Although not a cheap car to purchase new, good examples can be picked up between 10 and 12k for a 5 year old car. This represents cracking value for the famous Audi reliability and build quality.
I've been driving a 2004 A4 2.5TDi regularly for a little over three months now. It's not actually mine, my brother took himself off to Australia and trusted me with his pride and joy.
I must say I am mighty impressed with her, and hope to inherit it should he choose to stay in Oz. Iv'e yet to spend a pound on her since I have taken it, and that included going through the MOT without even needing a set of brake pads.
It has 74,000 miles on it and as yet as required nothing more than the usual services, tryes and brakes and of course timing belt. It still goes as good as knew, and as far as I can tell hasn't lost any power from when he got it.
The drive is smooth and unblemished. As with all Audi's the interior is comfortable and stylish, and doesn't look dated as some do when a newer version appears. Bodywork and Chassis show no signs of rusting, although I suppose this one is only six years old.
A bit of research shows it to be valued around the £5500-6000 mark at the time of writing (10/2010) if needs be i'll pay that to keep her! If you are looking to spend that sort of money on a motor, I would strongly suggest the A4, and the 2.5TDi engine is a great choice.
I'm probably expected to come up with a negative, but as yet I can't. I'll certainly update should the Audi let me down, but don't expect to hear from me anytime soon!
Very good, feels much more solid than a Vectra or Mondeo. Rear leg room is a bit limited, compared to a vectra, Saab, etc of similar size. Good strong brakes and build quality, paint work excellent. Alloy wheels tend to bubble a bit, on cars over about 3/4 years old.. I have a 2.6 V6, which is a very smooth engine, and better than a similar 2.5 V6 of the Vauxhall Omega. Parts expensive than a British car, but then they will run further and not go wrong so much. 80k miles on an Audi is like 50k on a Ford/Vauxhall. Feels softly sprung, and can roll and float a bit on long bumps in the road.. It could do with stiff springs and roll bars, but it isn't a sports car..so it doesn't really matter.