NFR: Any Audi owners?

#31
Walmart is your friend. You can get 5 quart jugs for around $25, and that car only takes 4(.2, maybe). It also lasts longer than conventional oil so you can go 5-7000 between oil changes. I wouldn't change it at 3000 miles with synthetic, you will be throwing away perfectly good oil.
Hello. I am a factory rep for VW/Audi. I've been in the business for over 20 years. VW/Audi makes great vehicles however you must follow the scheduled maintenance. If you do that then you can get great service out of the vehicle. German vehicles are awesome however there is a price for the privilege to drive these vehicles. The Audi Quattro system is the best! Good luck with your vehicle.
 

wannafish

In search of Blinky...
#32
Personally I'm done with euro cars - the only thing I'd consider now would be maybe a TDI.

Maintenance costs are just too high and that coming from a guy who does all of his own wrenching. My Volvo has just too many goofy little issues I'm always chasing around and it seems like most european cars have their quirks and none are cheap. I do agree that they are awesome to drive and if the maintenance cost doesn't bother you, then rock on! Love the sporty ride and comfy interior.

I personally think a Lexus or Acura is a much more sound luxury car to own. Lexus dealers will actually sell a used Lexus on their lot with up to 250k miles if in good condition! Still expensive dealer maintenance, but really built to last.

I'm going back to a Toyota - all of them I've had experience with made it to obscenely high mileage with few problems and only basic maintenance!
 
#33
Personally I'm done with euro cars - the only thing I'd consider now would be maybe a TDI.

Maintenance costs are just too high and that coming from a guy who does all of his own wrenching. My Volvo has just too many goofy little issues I'm always chasing around and it seems like most european cars have their quirks and none are cheap. I do agree that they are awesome to drive and if the maintenance cost doesn't bother you, then rock on! Love the sporty ride and comfy interior.

I personally think a Lexus or Acura is a much more sound luxury car to own. Lexus dealers will actually sell a used Lexus on their lot with up to 250k miles if in good condition! Still expensive dealer maintenance, but really built to last.

I'm going back to a Toyota - all of them I've had experience with made it to obscenely high mileage with few problems and only basic maintenance!
You make some valid points. Before going to the German side, I was a Toyota rep for many years and still have a TRD Toyota Tacoma truck that rocks! Doesn't drive like an Audi but then its a truck. TDI technology is amazing! Incredible engineering and performance! Take care.
 

Elephant fly

...tastes like chicken....
#35
I drive an 03 A6 Avant which I bought new. Once I got through some funky issues on warranty when new, it has been a superb car. At 90k it drives like new and has no problems. The Audi AWD is seamless and grippy.
 

Lugan

Joe Streamer
#36
I do miss Quattro. Driving that Audi for 13 years and now a 2013 Outback, I now know that not all AWD systems are equal.

The "old" Quattro AWD system was absolutely flawless in all conditions. You could feel it subtly apply power differently across all four wheels when it lost traction momentarily. I never ever felt out of control or got stuck even in some pretty challenging situations. That thing didn't even need a lockable differential.

On the other hand, the Subaru system is a bit more ham-fisted. For example, the Subaru cuts power for a second to the whole drivetrain if it feels slippage, stopping forward progress. It's the one and only flaw in that car that I've found to date. You can lock the differentials with a push of a button, but that's not really useful when you are in the middle of driving.
 
#37
I do miss Quattro. Driving that Audi for 13 years and now a 2013 Outback, I now know that not all AWD systems are equal.

The "old" Quattro AWD system was absolutely flawless in all conditions. You could feel it subtly apply power differently across all four wheels when it lost traction momentarily. I never ever felt out of control or got stuck even in some pretty challenging situations. That thing didn't even need a lockable differential.

On the other hand, the Subaru system is a bit more ham-fisted. For example, the Subaru cuts power for a second to the whole drivetrain if it feels slippage, stopping forward progress. It's the one and only flaw in that car that I've found to date. You can lock the differentials with a push of a button, but that's not really useful when you are in the middle of driving.
Appreciate your comments! The older Quattro system was bullet-proof!
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#38
Have a 2001 A4 1.8 turbo quattro. All the above is accurate. Had it chipped so need to run premium fuel. That gave a significant uptick in performance, and added 2-3 mpg. Get 24 in town, and 29-30 highway. Use syn oil, change every 5,000. They do like to eat suspension parts and bearings though replacement costs are not too high. The older 1.8's also like a steady diet of oil. Not unusual to use a quart every 1,000 miles, and Audi will say that is within tolerances. Be sure to get the Bose system, perhaps the best part of the car! They are fun to drive, relatively economical, and importantly, very safe.
Ronbow

A quart of oil every thousand miles?! Are you kidding? I wouldn't own a car that used that much oil. Hell my 1st car, a 1960 Dodge Pioneer, didn't use that much oil.
 

steelydan

Newb seeking wisdom
#40
I wish my Toyota Tacoma had the 'problems' I've had with my VW/Audi products.
Toyota/Lexus is easily the most overrated brand in the auto business.
I can provide examples, if you'd like.
 

steelydan

Newb seeking wisdom
#42
That is sup rising to hear about that…..they usually have a stellar reputation. Sorry to hear that.
Spend an hour or two on Tacomaworld.com.
The 'engineers' during this era of Toyota were either given very poor design parameters or the bean counters outsourced to the crappiest vendors they could find.
Actually it's both.
Toyota/Lexus is riding the myth.
 

Peyton00

Active Member
#43
At least you dont own a Jaguar. My brother had alot of work done on his Audi, (he wont buy another one). The shop was FULL of Jaguars... no way would i buy a Jaguar, i would rather arrive on a house cat.;)
 

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