"I bought my A4 Q new for about $35K. Have owned just about every higher-end import out there, and this car is, by far, the best one. Serves as my second car. Has 108K on it and still feels new. I have serviced it by the book and just replaced the clutch for the first time. Extremely reliable and GREAT in inclement weather. I have a vacation home in the mountains and have never had to chain-up (even when I was "required" to do so). Have considered letting it go many times, but just can't do it. I only wish that the power window buttons would stop peeling."
Pros: "safe, reliable, fast, gorgeous. U get what u pay 4"
Cons: "expensive up front, but the investment pays u back"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Beautiful, fun to drive, reliable, safe - feels like a turbo-charged little tank on the highway even if in a snowstorm. Always heads where you want to go fast and stable no matter the weather conditions.
You get what you pay for - we bought it new from the dealer in 2002 for $32K and kept every service interval - and have been rewarded by a perfect driving experience in return. Fit and finish is what one expects from the top German auto manufacturers - and after 14 years this car can go on for another 14 years. Audi/VW/Porsche sure know what they're doing."
"I dearly loved my little convertible. Bought it 3 years old, certified and drove it 8 years. Before warranty ran out I extended the warranty to 70,000 miles. And am so glad I did. Had to replace 3 different switches in the convertible top and the transmission. After driving this beautiful car for 8 years someone rear-ended me and totaled it."
Pros: "Great overall driving dynamics. Looks great too."
Cons: "Constantly needs maintenance/repairs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"I've owned this car since new. It still runs and drives like it did when new with ~220k on the odo. It does require a lot of attention when it comes to maintenance and repairs. It is in the garage on jack stands about every 3rd weekend replacing another failing component. It may sound awful and would be if I had no mechanical aptitude or ability to do my own repairs. I find it to be rather easy to work on. There are many, "Boy Racer" web sites dedicated to Audis and there is someone that has already documented, in detail, the required steps for all repairs I've done. And there is a sense of satisfaction in doing my own work. I spent about $300 on clutch parts and tools. A reputable shop or dealer will charge up to $1800 for the clutch replacement. Bottom line: I would not recommend this car for those that can't do some of their own repairs. I would highly recommend this car for those that enjoy driving an older well balanced machine that may require dirty hands and scratched knuckles every few weeks keeping it roadworthy. My son now has an A4 and he has learned a lot about how to diagnose and do his own repairs too. I good car for this type of learning experience."
"I bought this A4 Avant with 32k miles on it for my wife as a commuter car because she wanted something bigger than her civic and wanted the AWD to deal with the snow. She loves it I've been trying to get her to get a new one but she refuses to let it go. It gets better MPG than her civic and consistently gets her home safely in blowing Nor'easters. The first few services I took it to the dealer and man was I surprised. They wanted to fix every little thing and wanted to charge a fortune to do it ($300 because the cup holder didn't come out fast enough). I did a little research and invested in a Bentley manual and boy am I glad I did. Audi has done such a wonderful job in designing their vehicles, they are so complex yet simple. I quickly found out repairs that were quoted by the dealer and other shops as costing $1000's could be completed in a few hours for, in some cases, less than $100. The $1500 timing belt service cost $195 two beers and a Saturday morning. This car is a DIYers dream. It's a shame that the dealerships and some mechanics see the 4 rings on the hood and equate that to dollar signs. My wife tells me she'll give it up at 200k but only if she can get a new one. I figure at that point we might as well just keep it around it will be part of the family by then."