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Unread 01-04-2009, 12:26 AM   #1
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Default How reliable are older Audis?

I have a friend who's just a Euro freak when it comes to cars. He claims that Audi from factory can last 200k+ miles before needing new parts. Of course, you'll need to do basic maintenance. He currently has a 1990 Coupe Quattro that he bought for $2000, has 185k miles on the car and motor, and it still runs great.

On the other side of this story, I have another friend who had a 1999 Audi A4 a while back. That car was nothing but trouble for him. He maintained it nicely and it still broke on him. It could either be minor to something major enough that he wasn't able to drive the car. Since the car was from a dealership, it should have some kind of quality from them. He never beat on the car as far as I know.

Now for my real question. I was thinking about getting a cheap AWD car and thought about getting a 97 A4 Quattro for next winter. They are roughly around $4000-$5000. All of them have at least 100k miles on the car or even more. Will these be reliable for me? I really don't want to do any kinds of mods to it nor spend a lot of maintaining the car as it'll be my spare/winter car.

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I believe Audi's are a bit expensive to maintain but most preowned audi's were dealer maintained so if treated right tend to be in excellent shape.
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I worked at a VW/Audi dealer in the '80s

The cars weren't very old then I saw lots of reoccurring problems.

The 5000 was the worst, the 4000, which the Quattro is built on, was a bit better, but generally, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, HVAC, heater core leaks, axle bearing clunking, exhaust rusting through, oil consumption, exhaust studs breaking in the head, CV joint noise, door latches, water leaks, water pumps, oil leaks,.......

We always knew when sales of new cars were down, we had no work in the shop.
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We always knew when sales of new cars were down, we had no work in the shop.
You sound just like my patner that's a x hyundai mechanic.LOL
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I remember in the late '80s we had 2 year old new cars on the lot that they couldn't sell. Sales were so slow that we had no new cars to fix.

In contrast, my friend who worked at a Suzuki dealer at the time was only doing oil changes and the occasional brake job. He wasn't doing much warranty work there.
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i've just bought an A3, only a year old, but its in top condition. Was from an audi dealership... so maybe its better to buy from the dealer?

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i've just bought an A3, only a year old, but its in top condition. Was from an audi dealership... so maybe its better to buy from the dealer?
You can get killer deals buy buying them from the dealer

I got my 02 Jetta GLS from the VW Dealer. My car was only used as a rental for the Audi dealer so it had been taken good care of (only 92K on it).

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Parts are very costly. I had a 1997 Ford Probe, fast car, beautiful, but parts were so high, they quit making them also.

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I'm a big fan of audi's, especially older ones, but cannot say anything on their reliability. I do believe that older models (5-cylinder era) are cheaper to maintain and last longer than newer model like the A4.

I have heard that sales were really poor in the 80's/early 90's because of the 60 Minutes report on "unintended acceleration" in audis. Supposedly they would accelerate when you press the brake pedal. The audis had much smaller brake pedals that were placed much closer to the accelerator, so when someone used to the HUGE brake pedals on domestics got in an audi, they would accidentally hit the accelerator while braking. I think that it was pretty well know then that a company that made chips for turbo audis called themselves "Intended Acceleration".
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Audi's year 2000+ have greatly improved. After all the Germans make quality products. I had a 2000 Audi a6 2.7 T and the best car i had bought. but i had to sell it because warranty was up and Dents and scratches cost a fortune!

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