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The timing belt and related services at 120,000 miles runs around $600 per the Edmunds Car Maintenance Guide. You can ask your mechanic if those "book" numbers are really on target. You can use that link to get an idea of other scheduled costs. A typical "full" oil/filter service runs $150 but your mechanic is likely cheaper than that.
I assume you are in Subaru country so that's a possibility. That's what I drove in the snowy UP in recent years. People mile them up although the head gasket issues that affected older models may still be around in ten year old models. But that issue seems to have mostly gone away.
Don't know - Mazdas have a good reputation too. Shoot, most modern cars are pretty reliable these days, thousands of complaining forum posts notwithstanding.
Will your mechanic work on the Audi?
If you nose around the net, there's a lot of complaints about VW and Audi reliability. But it's hard to pin down reliability on a specific car. You have low miles and some service history working for you (even better would be having an actual printout of all the work done on the A4 over the last decade). And apparently the 06 generation of the A4 was more problematic than the years through 2005.
So, conventional wisdom would say run the other way. Your mechanic, someone who's actually gone over the car, says it's a good car. That would carry a lot of weight with me.
Going by conventional wisdom, the $900 repair plan would be worth it.
You love the car and you drive a lot and it checks out okay. I don't think you need much other justification; you've spelled out the pros and cons well.
I wouldn't count on it holding it's value all that well over six plus years, but no used cars are cheap anymore and you may very well come close to breaking even if you trade it then.
If it helps, I spent $10,500 on an '09 minivan a year ago that had 125,000 miles on it. 20,000 miles later, so far, so good...(touch wood, lol).
Ergo my "quotes".
Might be cheaper is they quit growing a food and feed crop to make ethanol out of.... Better than MTBE as an emissions additive I suppose.
Let's leave the politics to Fox and CNN please.