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Old 08-08-2008, 08:55 AM
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Since nobody bothered to volunteer any information on my last post, I'll put it a different way.

How reliable are these cars? Considering the amount of damage I've discovered in one I recently acquired, I'm thinking of scrapping it. Brakes and CV joints need doing, among other things, and the mechanic reckons these cars are more trouble than they're worth. I'll end up forever patching things up and forking out, according to the mechanic, that is.

So how reliable are they?
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I was told this morning by an Audi A4 owner that it's not an Accord. His wife's Accord had $500 worth of work in 100,000 miles while his Audi A4 has $3000 in repairs in 20,000 miles. It isn't as reliable and parts cost more in his opinion.

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I have 147K mi. , drive 20K mi. / year and spend around $1500 / year
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I've had mine over 2 years and it has been very reliable. The only money I've put in is preventative maint, which isn't really cheap, but i knew that when I bought it. Sounds like the previous owner of yoursdidn't take care of it and your paying for their lack of care. These cars are only as reliable as their owners, if you need a car that you can just drive and not worry about maint then a Honda/Toyota seems more up your alley.
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Thanks for the replies.

You're spot on when you say the previous owner didn't take care of the car. The previous owner has almost driven this car into the ground by the looks of it now. So much needs work. So glad I only paid two hundred quid for it.

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M8, at 200 quid you got a bargain if it even barely rolls down the street. Though the PO drove it to death, at least you did not pay 2000 quid for the car. If it is that much of a mess, I would part it out and make at least 4x your original investment.

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I was told this morning by an Audi A4 owner that it's not an Accord. His wife's Accord had $500 worth of work in 100,000 miles while his Audi A4 has $3000 in repairs in 20,000 miles. It isn't as reliable and parts cost more in his opinion.
Ha, was that A4 owner a f*cking rocket scientist! Obviously an Audi isn't gonna be as cheap as a Honda. They're ECONOMICAL vehicles and Audi's are LUXURY vehicles. I hate it when people try to compare Germans to Yota's and Honduh's. Its like comparing apples to watermelons. Two entirely different vehicles. Keep in mind that you pay what you get for: Honda's are meh.... Audi's are baller status (unless it aint taken care of which even a Veyron will look like ****)

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I spend quite a bit of money on my car, but that is mainly because i want to keep it as perfect as possible. The previous owner loved this car almost as much as I do. Most everything I do is routine maintenance (spark plugs, oil, etc) The only problems i've had with it so far are the flex pipe and a wheel bearing, and battery which would be common on any car (even a honda) with high mileage.
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I really love my car, my brother has a 2003 accord, ugly!!!. lol my friend just bought a mazda, jaja I make fun of him everytime I see him on my A4,... they may be expensive to fix, but if everyone had the money to buy this cars, everyone would have them, and i dont wanna have a car that half of the city has... hehe
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the v6 is more reliable...whats wrong with mazda's?
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Ha, was that A4 owner a f*cking rocket scientist! Obviously an Audi isn't gonna be as cheap as a Honda. They're ECONOMICAL vehicles and Audi's are LUXURY vehicles. I hate it when people try to compare Germans to Yota's and Honduh's. Its like comparing apples to watermelons. Two entirely different vehicles. Keep in mind that you pay what you get for: Honda's are meh.... Audi's are baller status (unless it aint taken care of which even a Veyron will look like ****)
I think the point was that [in general] you can not only expect repairs to cost more, you can expect to need them a lot more often. I myself bought an A4 this spring and have had a number of unexpected repairs (and some part(s) of the suspension, I expect the control arms, are on the way out). If it makes you feel better, compare the Audi to the reliability of an Acura or Lexus. Personally, I'm wishing I held out and paid a little extra for an Acura.
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i don't understand why you're complaining about a car you bought for 200 bux. basically like they say, if you're car was made during the middle of the week, it's a good car. otherwise, you'll have to fix a lot of stuff. what year and engine does it have?
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basically like they say, if you're car was made during the middle of the week, it's a good car. otherwise, you'll have to fix a lot of stuff.
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Did your grandpa tell you that? That is so Henry Ford.

Anyone that is interested in knowing about these cars should start with reading the A4 Newbie Guide sticky.

Brakes and CV joints are not going to cost much, if any more than any other car as long as you avoid the dealer. If you want a 7-10 year old car that drives and gives you little grief, a Honda/Toyota/Nissan/Mazda/yada is the way to go. VW products have their notorious flaws. Always have. For most of their owners though, the driving experience is worth the extra "grief." Especially the DIY-ers.
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naw my grandpa never owned a car and never knew how to drive actually. that's how things are back in the old country
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Ya sorry... I shouldn't have brought your fam. into this. Sounds like a real pioneer though!
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no hard feelings man. only people at the stealership who don't understand that they are going to have to clear the faults on my abs sensor after a wheel bearing job **** me off.
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and the mechanic reckons these cars are more trouble than they're worth. I'll end up forever patching things up and forking out, according to the mechanic, that is.
You're going to the wrong mechanic. And yeah if you bought a 200 pound car you're in for a few repairs...
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ive had my car for a year and a half (seems like yesterday) and i have only done the timing belt change and replaced both front axles myself. thats all ive had to do with it
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Ha, was that A4 owner a f*cking rocket scientist! Obviously an Audi isn't gonna be as cheap as a Honda. They're ECONOMICAL vehicles and Audi's are LUXURY vehicles. I hate it when people try to compare Germans to Yota's and Honduh's. Its like comparing apples to watermelons. Two entirely different vehicles. Keep in mind that you pay what you get for: Honda's are meh.... Audi's are baller status (unless it aint taken care of which even a Veyron will look like ****)
No he's not a rocket scientest, but he is a scientest! Obviously he loves his A4 and since he makes good money is willing to put money into it as well as his BMW M3 Roadster. He's just stating facts as he has witnessed for reliability on two cars from his family. Your comment basically says the same thing on reliability for the Audi. Just in a different condescending way.
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I think the point was that [in general] you can not only expect repairs to cost more, you can expect to need them a lot more often. I myself bought an A4 this spring and have had a number of unexpected repairs (and some part(s) of the suspension, I expect the control arms, are on the way out). If it makes you feel better, compare the Audi to the reliability of an Acura or Lexus. Personally, I'm wishing I held out and paid a little extra for an Acura.
You obviously didn't understand when I said compare a German to Toyota's and Honda's. More like, Audi=BMW are more comperable cars. Yes Acura and Lexus are luxury cars but not on the same level as the Germans. Its like saying Cadillac, Chrysler and Lincoln are as luxurious as a Benz just because they have leather seats and wood grain steering wheels. The finished quality of BMW, MB and Audi is far more superior than of Lexus or Acura. Most B5's are 10 yrs or older. I got an 01 and even I expect a few repairs here and there.

BTW Acura's are horrible cars. They may be reliable and a good value but as for quality their style is terrible and its not much of an upgrade from the Honda's. I'll hand it to Lexus for making an ok product with the LS,IS and GL's but Acura is... ugh! My 2

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