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cman7
02-23-2010, 05:20 PM
Just picked up a new car, therefore it's completely stock. It's primary use will be the fun summer car and has already been garaged until spring.

2001 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8T 5speed Manual - Silver on Black 79k

-Sport Package
-Cold Weather Package
-Convenience Package

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d1giPhux
02-23-2010, 05:50 PM
why an audi? oooh man.. good luck with that. cant tell you how many of those cars ive seen basically GIVEN away because they break and are VERY VERY expensive and complex to work on! cool you got another car tho.. what happened with the suby? just making it a winter car now?

cman7
02-23-2010, 06:19 PM
why an audi? oooh man.. good luck with that. cant tell you how many of those cars ive seen basically GIVEN away because they break and are VERY VERY expensive and complex to work on! cool you got another car tho.. what happened with the suby? just making it a winter car now?

Well I've always wanted one. I was always too afraid to buy one because of what everyone had always told me about their reliability and complexity. After close examination of everyones gripes over the brand I came to realize that the cars are nothing more than a glorified Volkswagen with AWD. Fantastic AWD at that. They use the same parts as VW's do so reliability isn't a problem. Oodles of people drive passats (and jettas) around and that's essentially what this car is. They are slightly difficult to work on since they have tons of plastic bits to make everything look pretty. They also use alternative fastening screws and whatnot which can make things a little difficult, but nothing warranting not buying the car. My only fear of the car is it's interior features and the possibility of them breaking. But with more features comes more risk. Something I'm also willing to take a gamble on since I like my creature comforts. I got an amazing deal on it. $1700 under blue book with 79k miles.

But as far as the comments on how difficult the cars are I didn't find a good enough reason not to buy one. I figured its worth a try to see for myself.

The subie is still my daily driver. I may be selling it in the spring. But I won't be gone from Subaru for long. Something Subaru and 5spd is in the near future. :smt023

ryu_haneda
07-14-2010, 12:06 AM
For a 2001, that thing looks RIDICULOUSLY clean (save the battle damage on the driver-side rear bumper). Looking good... here's praying it's a reliable and enjoyable car for you!

cman7
07-14-2010, 01:31 AM
It is quite minty. Less than a week or so after getting it I replaced the back bumper.

I've since put 94,000 on it (cross country road trip) and it's become my daily driver. It's stupid reliable and has been quite enjoyable to say the least. Not a damn thing wrong with it.....yet. lol

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cman7
07-14-2010, 01:35 AM
I'll also add, that it's a myth about how expensive they are to work on. I chose not to do the timing belt maintenance myself and it cost less than my 2001 Civic did.

And the whole hard to work on thing. Again, lol. I've done the spark plugs, air filter, my oil changes and even threw in some HID's. They just put a lot of plastic covers over things to make them pretty. That and Torx bits to secure everything.

ryu_haneda
07-14-2010, 04:41 PM
Sometimes I think that driver responsibility plays a major role in how reliable the car is. Example: if you know the car you are going to buy is an absolute lemon, or the manufacturer has a history of specific flaws or problems, don't expect to have a pristine ownership experience if you are not going to put in the time and energy required to stay on top of the car issues that come up.

Even my new car will eventually wear out, so the best thing to do is to stay on top of it with recommended, required, and routine maintenance. (You already knew that though :grin:) Again, your car is looking KUH-LEAN (ridiculously so for another 94,000 miles), and I hope it stays that way for some time for you.

And a manual tranny - ack! Sucks that I can't drive stick. More power to you dude! (And kudos for getting an Audi with Quattro - snow pwnage ftw!)

cman7
07-14-2010, 04:58 PM
I'll agree there. I could tell this thing was in really good shape when I bought it. Obviously with a few minor flaws. And I'm anal about maintenance and keeping it waxed, so I'm sure it will last me a while.

And I phrased that wrong. It's now at 94,000 miles. So I've put 15k on it in a little over 2-3 months.

M/T's are worth it. Let me tell you. Find a friend or family member to teach you. It's rough at the beginning, but you get the hang of it.

PS: Quattro was a must. Who buys an Audi or a Subaru in FWD? Silly, silly people.

ryu_haneda
07-21-2010, 08:14 PM
Quattro was a must. Who buys an Audi or a Subaru in FWD? Silly, silly people.

+eleventybillion