1998 Audi A4 User Reviews

1998 Audi A4 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 53 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"power" 22 reviews
"ride" 20 reviews
"handling" 19 reviews
"comfortable car" 10 reviews
"speed" 8 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 13 reviews
"power" 12 reviews
"high maintenance" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"heavy car" 4 reviews

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Allen402 writes:
1998 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Review
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5

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Performance, handling, comfort, highly capable in snow.

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Cost of upkeep and repair.  Timing belt failure rate early on.

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Great Car! High Maintenance Though. — This has by far been the most capable, most satisfying, and most technologically advanced vehicle I have ever owned. It is solid, well thought out and very well built. However, keeping it in top condition is not cheap. This is a maintenance intensive car, and while most parts are reasonable in price, the overall cost of frequent maintenance and service can be quite expensive. The 1.8 Turbo engine has been troublesome to Audi. The original timing belt change interval was reduced from 90,000 miles, to 60,000 miles by Audi after numerous belt failures resulted in destroyed engines. Unfortunately, mine was part of that number. Thankfully I had a good warranty and a VERY good dealership (Carousel Audi in Minneapolis). This car is a blast to drive. Very solid on the road. And with the AWD, the car has excellent grip in rain and snow (it's outstanding in snow), and it even resists pulling out of the lane when the wheels on only one side of the car hit water puddles. Overall I would recommend Audi and the A4. Just be aware of the cost of ownership and if you own a car with the 1.8 Turbo engine... have your timing belt changed regularly without fail!

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Steve writes:
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Review
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4

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Solid, no-nonsense German engineering, surprisingly roomy trunk, quattro AWD, nimble handling, very smooth highway ride, DIY maintanence not bad

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Limited space in the back seat, repairs requiring a specialty shop are frequent and expensive, short gearing (70 mph = 3000+ rpm in 5th on the highway) contributes to less-than-stellar mileage on the highway

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This Car Is A Tank, If You Can Pay For It — I "inheirited" this car when I was 18 years old. This was my mother's car since new, and he didnt want her commuting in a then-7-year-old car with 104,000 miles. So for her 50th birthday, he bought her a Mini Cooper S (which, by the way, is fantastic to drive). I took over this car, and my previous car, my beloved 1987 Jeep Wrangler, went back to my cousin because the insurance cost was unbelievably high. I had been driving this car since I was a junior in high school because, before I got the Jeep, this was usually the car I drove because my older sister had priority over the car that we shared. I learned how to drive stick, and she didn't, so I would always get to borrow Mom's car. She's a beautiful 1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro that my parents bought new when we moved back to the US from France. My mom wanted a stick shift, and my dad wanted AWD, a combination that was exclusively provided by Audi in the late 1990s. The 2.8-litre V6 engine was updated that year, going from a single-overhead-camshaft (12-valve) configuration to a dual-overhead-camshaft with 5-valves-per-cylinder (for a total of 30 valves) and variable valve timing, which boosted output from 172 to 190 horsepower. This particular Audi was bought off the lot of Pray Audi in Greenwich, CT and came equipped with a standard 5-speed manual transmission. Optional extras included: leather interior, 6-disc CD changer, and optional Hibiscus Red Mica metallic paint. All for $30k. You can't buy a base FWD A4 for that nowadays. It also came with a free 3 year/50,000 miles service plan which included a loaner car, which is also something Audi doesn't offer anymore. Now, 10 years (and 9 Northeast winters) later, the car is still with us. It's a tick shy of 130,000 miles, and as a testament to its German engineering, it still feels very much as solid as day 1: not a squeak or rattle can be heard on the road, unlike the various American and Japanese cars that I drive at my place of employment (Enterprise Rent-a-Car). This is surprising given the fact that for the first 104,000 miles, the car was beat on by my mother; thankfully, the Mini hasn't been driven all that much to have been given such a beating. It has also taught both me and my brother how to drive stick, and is still on its original clutch, which is surprising given that its an AWD car with 130,000 miles. More praise can be extended to the interior, which is simple and remains in original condition with routine cleaning. The all-weather quattro system attributes to nimble handling in most conditions, and is very handy in the snow. The highway ride is spot-on: it rides like a bigger A6 (it has the standard suspension). It surprisingly has handled the many roadtrips we've thrown at it, and is a very comfortable traveller. Now, my relationship with the car hasn't always been filled with sunshine. Because of the car's rough history with my mother, when I inheirited the car, it came with a faulty Mass-air-flow sensor, something that has been replaced on the car 3 times since I've taken over it. The wheel bearings are an Audi sore-spot, and despite having replaced the rears at 90,000 miles, they are once again beginning to make noise not even 40,000 miles later. This past fall, there was a major service done at 126,000 miles where the technicians diagnosed many oil leaks (among other things), and recommended that the car have a valve job done because it was burning oil. The other repairs were too expensive, so the valve job was not done. The exhaust system has a few leaks here and there, but the rest of the system is still in good condition. DIY maintenance has been fairly decent: due to Audi's notoriety amongst driving enthusiasts for having its engine mounted forward of the front axle, the oil drain plug and filter are conveniently located right behind the bumper. Other nitpicks: performance has decreased noticeably in 10 years (can't keep up with my friend's 2000 BMW 528i which has similar power, more weight, and an automatic tranny), trim panels have started to fall off (which i've noticed happens to other A4s of the same vintage), electronic gremlins (seat belt/headlight warning buzzer stopped working so I sometimes leave my lights on; radio works intermittently, sunroof pops open sometimes). Overall, I appreciate the car for what it is. My parents have picked up the maintenance tab; I otherwise wouldn't be able to afford this car. From a personal standpoint, I need a car that's rugged and simple to work on (ie cheap), something that I won't worry about when I haul all my gear around or tow a 500 lb. race car, or carry a couple kegs (hey, I'm a college student). This car is too nice (even at 10 years old) to be able to do any of that, which is why a Jeep Liberty or Wrangler is more appropriate for me. But if I had a legit job, or needed to impress people, then this car is tremendous value, if you don't abuse it and you're able to pay attention to the upkeep.

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Javier writes:
1998 Audi A4 1.8T Review
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4

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Fun to drive, gas mileage, handling

Cons

Reliability

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Fun Little Run-about W/great Gas Mileage — I loved this car at the time, but get past 50,000 miles and it's a repair nightmare. Suspention, sunroof, electronics

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Tyler writes:
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Avant Quattro Review
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4

Pros

pretty quick, good high and low speed handling, smooth ride, fun to drive, comfortable, good looking, practical, nice steering feel, good 5-speed shift feel, good turning radius, easily maneuverable

Cons

expensive to fix with mechanics, expensive OEM parts, not very good fuel economy with V6, takes premuim gasoline, below-average reliability, rear seat legroom

85

Almost The Perfect Car — This car really is ALMOST the best sort of car for me, and for a lot of people in my opinion. Its small, but it can fit 4 people (5 in a pinch), but the people in the back should be under 5' 8", otherwise its a squeeze. Its easy to park because of it's small size, good turn lock, and visibility. The 2.8 quattro 5-speed variation is fun to drive and plenty fast (it has a sweet exhaust note above 4,500 RPM), albeit it is extremely hard to find this specific trim of A4. The car is everything you would want in a personal transportation vehicle, wrapped up in the Audi name, but has slightly more affordable maintenance costs than its rivals (BMW, Mercedes) because of the fact that it shares a lot of components with the Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagens in general--but don't misunderstand--it is not CHEAP at all, but it isn't outrageously expensive either if you buy aftermarket and/or do the work yourself. All in all, I recommend this car to people who are looking for a nice car for under $6,000, who can bare with the around $1,000 a year average money spent on maintenance, less if you work on it yourself. (Synthetic Oil Changes are around $80). Other choices are C-Class, E-Class, 3 Series, and 5 Series. Happy car hunting!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1993jesusG writes:
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Review
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5

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The handling on this car is incredible

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none yet

1993jesusG
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Its A Great Car Overall — This car is a really comfortable car. Its not the best in acceleration but it performs well. driving at high speeds the car is real steady. I haven't spent any big bucks on it yet. and without any apperance mods the car still draws some eyes with a nice wash and wax.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Craig writes:
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Review
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4

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quattro AWD, decent acceleration, great Audi interior (as expected)

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I can't say reliability because it never left me stranded, but wear-and-tear items seemed to wear and tear more often than usual if you're on a budget

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Quattro Power! — Overall it was a very good car. I bought it with 140k on the clock and traded it in with 180k for a newer 3-Series. However there were tons of suspension issues ranging from control arms to tie rods to shocks and springs (front and rear for those last two). Power was decent (more than my new 325!) and the low-end torque was pretty good as well. Best part? quattro!! (see picture). That thing was never bothered by even 6 inches of snow on the roads where I live. Usually averaged around 22-23 mpg combined. Personally I think it is a great looking car for 1998 and it held up well to my continued abuse. I also loved the clutch... perfect take-up and feel for heel-toe downshifts.

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Justin writes:
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Review
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5

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Fun, beautiful

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REPAIR COST AND FUEL CONSUMPTION

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Amazing Car — The performance was decent for a car of its size, being that is was a smaller sedan, with a rather large 2.8l V6. It braked very well, although there was quite a bit of brake dust that always ruined the rims appearance. Handled like a dream took corner going 50 like it was nothing. The build quality was solid, but the car was 10years old and had quite a few mechanical problems, We put about 12,000 in in it repairs. The looks of the car were amazing and the interior still lived up to the Audi name even after all those years. Gas mileage however was about 14.4mpg. But all in all the car was a beautiful driver and loved to preform. I would probably recommend it however i would make sure the are aware of the cost of repair

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David writes:
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Review
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4

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Once you go Audi you will not go back.

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Cost of ownership is high but it is worth it.

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I Want Another. — The Audi Quattro system is second to none. I spent the entire winter in the Rocky Mountains and drove though all weather conditions. The interior styling is all quality with fine leather and wood grain. On long drives you never experience fatigue because the seats are so comfortable and supportive. Off the line acceleration is not too impressive but there is plenty of power. At highway speed there enough power to overtake most cars. I have always been a big fan of the German design both on asthetics and engineering. Not one thing is missing in this car. There are automatic windows all the way around not just the driver. Climate control is very effective and keeps everyone comfortable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Craig writes:
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Review
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5

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Power, comfort, handling, looks

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Back seat is too small

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Audi A4 2.7tq — Anyone who knows me, knows that cars are my passion. You wont find a more perfect blend of performance and handling for New England Weather. 335hp. All wheel drive. 6-speed. 0-60 in 5 seconds. Top speed over 160mph. All this capability, as well as being capable of getting 26mpg on the highway(if you can stay out of boost). I have built it like I want it...but the interior and body are still relatively the same.

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unk703 writes:
1998 Audi A4 Review
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Take 90 Degree Turn With A Downward Slope At 95mph And Yyou'll Love Wet Undies — This car is not for the evo lovers, or the porsche fanatics, but for bimmerphiles who are sick of the higher prices, or vw officianados who need to step up, this is the package. The ride (feel) is unique to a handful of vehicles, last i can recall was a vw corrado or a sport tuned 330ix, and though power is a little lackluster off the line, even 300 hp is not enough anymore, nowadays anyways. Once rolling however, behind the wheel, you can almost claim the world is yours. Not bad for a vehicle that is less than $8000 at current. The a4 v6 is just so responsive in a left right left slalom without the harsh ride, overweightiness (oversteer), and definitely no mudiness in the feel. At 3100 lbs, it picks up once rolling. And the bottom line...balance! You get 23 mph on average for semi-performance, and awd! You just can not beat the value.

Owner for 2 years, 4 months

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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