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2013 and Earlier - Audi A4 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • entombedentombed Posts: 11
    you look like salesman.
    anyway, I purchased my car from them too.
    ye, they have many audi brand specialists(I don't know what's specialists mean, just same as dealers?)
    I was also happy to buy from them, and those people are nice. (service dep people too. <-this is important for free maintenance!!)
    good luck guys who are looking for audi.
  • wcoreywcorey Posts: 1
    I've had a 97 Audi A4 since 97. While the car was under the 3 yr bumper to bumper all was fine. The car handles great, could be faster (it's the automatic), could get better mileage (~23) but is great in snow and handles well. Once the warranty ran it, so did all the mechanical equipment in the car. I've had computer, radio, brake and control rod problems. I've had to bring the car back to the dealer multiple times for the same problem. This has happened on multiple occasions with 2 dealers. The mileage is just over 50,000. Things shouldn't be breaking this early. Audi service seems to generally suck. I bought the car in northern Va and HBL sucks and came up to Massachusetts and the dealer out by Worcester sucks. These cars are expensive to operate. No wonder there is a 3 yr bumper to bumper, no one would buy them otherwise. I will not be buying another Audi.
  • agentzapagentzap Posts: 1
    Has anyone used them for service? If so, how was your experience with them? I just got an Audi A4 from them, and I want to know what to expect.
  • jmg74jmg74 Posts: 1
    Any experiences with Hoffman Audi in East Hartford, CT and can you recommend a salesman there? Thanks...
  • dan_patdan_pat Posts: 2
    I set out falling in love with the A4 6.0 - and after trying to buy one in June 2002 - I wouldn't return its phone calls :)

    If you are reading this and considering an Audi purchase in the next 3 months - this may not be the right time. It seems that dealers know this car is hot.. and they can almost charge MSRP. And forget Onstar. I would never buy a car in 2002 without a Telematics system on it - and if you want Onstar in an Audi - better be prepared to drop 5K on options !!! Build your own Audi. ? .. hmmm it should say : build your own - pay MSRP and wait 4 months. These dealers seem to have no inventory of vehicles.

    If you live in New Haven CT, you will also experience the uglyiest Audi dealer I have ever seen in my life. It's located in Wallingford CT with 5 brands crammed into a shack like warehouse building.. The sad Audi rings are spray painted on metal mesh falling off the building....... very very funny.

    My next car might be an Audi - I hope in the mean time that Audi USA fixes the sales channel.
  • Hey everyone, I am hoping you can help me. I just recently sold me car and have been looking to buy a used Audi A4. The one I am looking at right now is a 99 A4 1.8T Quattro. The problem is that my dad is a service manager at a dealership and he always handles our car problems. He is worried that if I get an Audi, then he won't be able to service it as well since it is a foreign car etc.. He would rather me just get an Explorer. He tries to tell me that reps keep telling him the service is difficult for Audis. Could anyone help me out here? Can you tell me if you have had many problems with the Audi or how expensive they are to have fixed?? THANKS!
  • scirocco22scirocco22 Posts: 721
    Chrissy-- I agree with your dad. You wouldn't want to take an A4 to a Ford dealer to have it serviced. I agree that it would be rather difficult for the guys at your dad's Ford dealership to evaluate and fix an A4 since its characteristics are much different than a Ford. As a general rule, as with any make, if you take an A4 to an Audi dealership for service, their techs have the knowledge and the experience working with Audis so it wouldn't at all be difficult for them to diagnose a problem or easily fix or repair a malfunction at a much lower price. If you can find a good independent repair shop which specializes in Audis and VWs, then you'd also might be able to get better service knowledge with lower costs of repairs.

    I believe it is true that an Audi will be slightly more expensive to service and repair than the typical domestic car. They also don't have the stellar reliability record of Japanese cars. But the reason I bought an A4 is for the joy of driving it. I usually buy Japanese cars for thier reliability and also have owned VWs but I missed the feel and the drivability of a German engineered vehicle. Yes, I know I have accept the fact that an A4 may have less reliability and cost more to repair down the line but that's the price I'm willing to pay for the smile it puts on my face while I'm at the wheel. The refinement and that certain feel of the road I experience while driving the A4 is something that I just couldn't find in a Japanese sedan for a comparable price.

    My '01 A4 1.8T quattro is a little over a year old now and I haven't had any mechanical problems yet. But the '01 model was the last year of the B5 platform so they had six years to work out most of the bugs. The 1.8T engine has actually proven to be fairly realiable during the years it has been used. It is an award winning engine as it has been on the Ward's ten best engine list several times during the last few years. The 1.8T has many applications across the Audi/VW model line which should help service knowledge and parts availability for many years to come.

    So how did you feel when you drove the A4 you're looking at? I've got to believe that that the A4 will be much more fun to drive than an Explorer. They are totally different vehicles. And, I believe the '99 A4 1.8T quattro actually has a much better reliability record than a '99 Explorer according to Consumer Reports.

    Good luck and if you have any more questions, e-mail me and I might be able to give you a few more resources which may help you with your decision.
  • msethji1msethji1 Posts: 2
    I just bought my first Audi from Advantage Audi in Houston.I bought an A4 3.0. My sales person, Eric P., was very helpful. He started work on the deal while I was out of town. I sent my wife for a test drive and Eric took good care of her.
    So far, I have been impressed with my experience. I usually look at customer relations when purchasing a care, and I think that this dealership will keep me happy. I am also enjoying my car very much. It is better than my original expectations.
  • I am never fond of car shopping until I was treated pretty nice by Eric P. at Advantage Audi. I am thinking to get one pretty soon. Just wondering how much your drive out price is over the invoice price.
  • jaydolljaydoll Posts: 120
    I have been test driving the A4s and in the end once you drive the 3.0/6 speed, the 1.8T/5 speed seems like it needs to work very hard. Anyways, I just found a 02 3.0/6 speed with 8.6 K miles equiped with roof,leather,sport package, xenon, Bose, premium, and heated seats. The car stickers out at $38,480 with a invoice of $34,858. I can buy it for $31,600. Does this sound like a good deal?

    Thanks for any help
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    That seems like a very reasonable deal to me, assuming the car is in pristine condition and with a good service history. I wonder why the previous owner decided to sell it?
  • I purchased my 1997 A4 in Feb of this year and love it. I have had no problems with it really except for the steering pump had to be replaced in March. I'm knocking on wood because I have recently noticed that when I start up my car in the morning and put it into reverse I get a large puff of smoke( obviously oil) out of the exhaust pipe. My dealership Valenti in Watertown CT told me not to worry about it. I recently spoke to Bennett Motor Werks in Litchfield CT and he told me what could be the problem and suggested that I ONLY use Synthetic 15W40 oil in the car and that would help with the smoke. He said that all that he had to do was see and smell the smoke and he would know what the problem was. MY suggestion....don't take your car to a dealership. They don't want to deal with you especially if you didn't by the car from them and your car is over 3yrs/50,000 miles.
  • parker19parker19 Posts: 59
    i really like the a-4 ... the dealer wanted sticker which at that point i left figuring there was no point in negotiating ... at this point what is a reasonable figure to get an 2-4 quattro with a sunroof for
  • jaydolljaydoll Posts: 120
    Hi,
    I was able to get dealers in my area to quote me $1000. over invoice on any in stock 2002 A4. Don't settle for the additude
  • greggsa4greggsa4 Posts: 24
    I HAD ALMOST THE EXACT SAME PROBLEMS WITH MY 97 A4, INCLUDING A NEW TURBO. THE CAR ONLY HAD 38000 MILES AND WAS IN GREAT SHAPE. I AGREE WITH YOU IN REGARDS TO AUDI BEING A HORRIBLE PRODUCT. I SOLD MINE AND WILL NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER AUDI AS LONG AS LIVE
  • greggsa4greggsa4 Posts: 24
    PREVIOUS POST WAS IN REFERENCE TO POST #23 ON THIS THREAD.
  • marleybarrmarleybarr Posts: 334
    Pertaining to greggsa4's comment about the horrible quality of Audi automobiles, I would affirm markcincinnati's comment about always having the Audi warranty in force.

    These high-buck German cars w/turbo's and other high tech gadgets do and will break down. The warranty is an important issue for anyone to ponder before buying these types of cars.

    Of course, I do not know the intimate details of greggsa4's Audi breakdown, but there is the issue of maintenance and how these cars are driven. I went new because I know the turbo models have the tendency to be driven harder than the average car, and the upkeep is more demanding... i.e.-low oil levels can be death to the turbo units!

    I'm not saying by any means that greggsa4 beat the crap out of his Audi and never changed/checked the oil- I'm saying these vehicles are more complicated, are driven faster, and require more watchful maintenance than the average Honda or Toyota!

    Greggsa4 had a terrible out-of-warranty experience with the Audi brand and I can't blame him for never coming back, probably for reasons beyond his control inherent in the brand!
  • greggsa4greggsa4 Posts: 24
    I BOUGHT THE A4 USED WITH 17000 MILES ON IT. I CHANGE THE OIL ON MY CARS EVERY 2-3000 MILES. I'M 36 YEARS OLD AND HAVE A 1 YEAR OLD. I BY NO MEANS DRIVE HARD OR FAST. MY FRIEND ADVISED ME TO LET THE CAR RUN FOR ABOUT 30 SECONDS AFTER DRIVING TO ALLOW FRESH OIL INTO THE TURBO. I WAS VERY DILIGENT ABOUT THIS. IT DIDN'T WORK. AS STATED BEFORE I ALWAYS BOUGHT THE EXTENDED WARRANTY AND NEVER ONCE GOT MY MONEY OUT OF IT. I PICKED THE WRONG CAR NOT TO BUY A WARRANTY. I HOPE YOU HAVE BETTER LUCK THAN ME. I'LL STICK WITH TOYOTA.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    When you bought the car at 17,000 miles, did you inquire about the car's previous history and maintenance record? I wonder if it had been allowed to run real low on oil at some point, or if it had been routinely driven real hard before the oil had a chance to warm up. I agree with marleybarr about the dangers of buying used - especially turbo cars of any brand and expensive European models in particular - unless you can be absolutely certain of the car's history.

    P.S. I follow the RX 300 thread here, and if you read back through the various posts, there are a lot of posts about that car's engine and its tendency to develop "sludge" which many owners are very unhappy about also.
  • greggsa4greggsa4 Posts: 24
    THE TURBO WAS NOT THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAD. NEW TIE RODS AT 37000 MILES $900. A NEW COMPUTER (AS PER AUDI) THAT COST $650 AT 37000 MILES. THE REAR PASSENGER SIDE DOOR RELEASE WOULD NOT OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. THE NUT THAT HOLDS THE WINDSHIELD WIPER IN PLACE BECAME LOOSE AND SCRATCHED THE WINDSHIELD SUPPORT AND SIDE VIEW MIRROR $400. NEW BRAKES AND ROTORS AT 32000 MILES N$600. NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING.
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