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Audi A4 2004 and earlier



  • I second what JBaumgart had to say about Carousel Audi. Besides being the most luxurious dealership I have ever been to, they do give first -class service.

    I drove in for a routine oil change and they replaced the front brakes/rotors---replaced the heater blower motor--- and fixed a leaking rear seal, all under warranty.

    The heater motor part in stock also turned out to be defective and I needed to come back a week later for replacement when the new part arrived. They did not charge me the 2nd time for a loaner-(I didn't buy the Audi from there so I did pay for a loaner car the first visit).

    The service work was finished on time and to my satisfaction!

    Mark- Does the A6 2.7T/4.2 have similar 0-60 mph times with the VW W8?
  • Nope. But wait for the W8 with the 6spd manual. As it stands currently the King of the drag strip still remains the A6 2.7T -- which with a 6spd manual is claimed to get to 100kph in 6.0 seconds.

    I think this makes the A6 2.7T Audis quickest -- it beats both the S6 and S8 and even the spunky High Output (225HP) TT (@ 6.3 seconds, at last glance).

    The W8 is hampered by:

    auto trans

    gear ratios not as aggressive

    torque of W8 is lower than the V8 and comes on higher than the 2.7T which reaches 258 foot pounds at 1850RPM thanks to those tiny little bi-blowers.

    The W8 in the Passat is still a great engine in a nice car. The "one to have" if you are drawn to the VW will be the W8 passat with the sport package and the 6spd manual transmission. Should be available soon here in 2003.

    The specs are published at as I recall (for the current auto W8 Passat, that is).

    If you want to get an idea of what the US W8 6spd Sport Passat MIGHT do, check and go to the configurator for the Passat W8 -- I think it tells the performance (and they use miles per hour in the UK, BTW). Of course if you can sift through the German site, the info is there too.
  • baapuubaapuu Posts: 3
    n8rh8r - I am buying exactly the same car you described. 2003 A4 1.8T Quattro Auto in Denim Blue with Platimun (grey) interior. Options included are Bose, Xenons, Cold Weather Pkg, Premium Pkg and 17" all seasons. The premium package is the new PPY pkg (vs. the old PPX) which includes power driver seat and MSRPs at $2000. I am in Los Angeles and got lucky in locating this car at the San Fran port. My dealer is Audi/Porsche Beverly Hills. If all goes well, I should get the car next week. I am getting the 60 mths 2.9% financing deal.

    I have been lurking here for a while and would like to thank all of you for your posts (esp. markcincinnati). This is my first Audi and my very first new car purchase. To say that I am excited would be an understatement!

    I will try and post more info once I get the car. Thanks again!
  • nerdnerd Posts: 203
    Thank you for the info. I have corresponded with Littlejohn. He quoted me MSRP for an A4 that was close to my specs. Maybe he will be willing to deal when he sees me in person.

    What is the deal with the new premium package? Has Audi included more equipment and raised the price of the package?
  • For my use, the 2.7T is the better buy, if only because of the full fold-down seat in the back. I need more than a "pass-thru" to haul goods on a regular basis.

    Thanks for the interesting comparisons!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    You can hit that with a Jetta with a $500 chip and a couple other upgrades, and pay half as much. Not trying to flame, just making a point. Speed isn't everything...
  • mbnut1mbnut1 Posts: 403
    You make a good point. If speed is a high priority metric, then there are certainly cheaper ways of getting it.
  • ajaymeajayme Posts: 74
    I sure he'll deal. I assume you're referring to the new Premium Package on the A4 1.8 they added power seats and lumbar adjustments. It's well worth the added $200 IMHO. Good luck and keep me posted.
  • I was wondering if anyone out there is willing to share their cars specs and lease deal on a '03 1.8t Quatro.

  • jdbtensaijdbtensai Posts: 122
    don't forget the s4. it's quicker than the a6 2.7t from x -> y, for all speeds x and y.
  • I am debating between a the 1.8T 2000 vs GLX 2001.

    Here's the scoop:

    1.8T 2000
    *23000 miles
    *fully loaded
    * leather
    * price is 21000
    * 2 yr warranty

    jetta VR6 GLX 2001
    * 32000 miles
    * fully loaded
    * leather
    * price is 17500.

    I am planning to sell the car in 1 year.

    What should i buy???
  • If it's my money. I would take the 1.8T 2000. The reason? Less miles for the year, 2 yr warranty. Plus, its a quattro.
  • lauk0dglauk0dg Posts: 563
    I'd take the A4 hands down. The Jetta is already out of bumper-to-bumper warranty, and fixing a German car is $$$$$. Plus less miles, it's a Quattro, and it's an Audi. And I bet the price difference will be smaller in a year than now, which means you will gain the benefits of owning an Audi over a VW.

  • I've been looking at the '03 Audi A4 Convertible. In the last few days, I thought that I really liked it over the Saab. However, after reading the problem/solution board and hearing about poor reliability from a co-worker that is really into researching all types of cars.........The Saab is looking like a better deal....

    My plan is to now check out the Saab board messages.

    Any comments?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    If you think Audis have problems, go ahead and get a Saab.
  • nerdnerd Posts: 203
    How much did University Park audi deal with you on price? (I'll understand if you would rather not say).

    I am interested in a couple of 1.8T cars they have on order. But, the salesperson has already tried to condition me that they don't have "much room to deal" on an A4. According to Edmunds price list, the cars of interest to me is marked up about $2700.
  • This is in response to a post in early December regarding changing the oil in a new A4 - my dealer told me that I should NOT change my oil before the first 10,000 mile interval because the synthetic from the factory has special additives to help break the engine in. This is on an '03 1.8T. I think I have seen other posts in the past that say the same.

    In any case, my car is about 3 months old and I'm loving it. Especially with all of the snow we've been getting in Chicago.

    One question, the dealer left some adhesive on the glove box from the sticker that is there on new cars (airbag warning I think). Anyone have any good suggestions for ways to get it off?

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Weird, the VWs that use the same engine call for 5K changes all the time.
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