In the last couple of years, 97-present, Audi/VW have come a long way in build quality and materials. We own a 1999 Passat Wagon with the Audi 1.8 20v turbo engine. At highway speeds, this car accelerates quick. You forget you're driving a wagon, in my case. The doors have that solid "thud" sound that I found missing from the latest C class MB. As fara as the 5 year service. All Audis come with the service plan. Audi/VW have 2 different warranty plans for their cars, even though they are using the same engines. VWs currently have 2/24 bumper to bumper with free maintance for that 2/24 and power train for 10/100,000 miles. Audi has free maintance for 5 years I believe, but the powertrain warranty is only for 5 years, whereas the VWs get 10 years. Recently my dealer said VW was going to discontinue the 10/100 warranty and go with somewthing similar to what they are using for the Audis. The new Audis are far better than the 4000s and 5000s of the 80s.
1994 MB E320 Coupe (199,500 mi)
1992 MB 190E 2.6 (173,000 mi)
1983 Porsche 911SC (148,000 mi)
2004 Volvo V70 2.5T (198,000 mi)
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