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Old 11-20-2003, 10:56 PM
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Question 1996 Audi A4 quattro

Anyone know anything about these cars ?? What to look for ?
A close friend is considering a purchase.

Car has had 1 owner
all books and records
looks beautiful


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Old 11-21-2003, 02:54 PM
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A close friend has a 96 2.8 (non-quattro). At 65K miles, he had to replace the head gasket, valve cover gaskets, and alternator, to the tune of $1800. I have not heard fastastic things about Audi reliability.
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Old 11-21-2003, 07:55 PM
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my friend had a 98 A4 1.8T, but it wasn't a quattro. I drove it at times as well. seemed fine. he didn't have any major problems till 110K. He was the second owner and bought it at around 70K. All I can say is, compared to my w124, his A4 seemed to be 'trouble free'
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Old 11-21-2003, 08:22 PM
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I have a friend that bought a 1998 1.8T, and it's been okay, but not as good as he'd hoped. He's had all kinds of electrical and stalling problems. He thought about trading for a 2.8, but the "Audi locals" told him not to, for fear of gaskets, tranny problems, and even more electrical gremlins.

We wanted an AWD car, and bought the Subie.
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CR predicts Audi A4's reliability is poor, Mercedes C Class' reliability is very poor.

This is for 2004 models, but based on data obtained with previous year models.

In IIHS frontal offset crash test, Audi A4 showed very low A pillar and foot rest intrusion level. Just a little more intrusion than Mercedes C class, but less intrusion than most other comparable cars.
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Old 11-21-2003, 11:54 PM
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Maybe we're all bias.

epinions.com overall rating was very good.
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