2003 Audi A4 User Reviews

2003 Audi A4 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 40 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 19 reviews
"power" 17 reviews
"handling" 17 reviews
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"build quality" 7 reviews
CONS
"high maintenance" 11 reviews
"power" 10 reviews
"expensive car" 10 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews

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2003 Audi A4 3.0 Quattro Review
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4

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If you want 50% luxury and 50% performance...this car is literally perfect. It is a sexy ride that is incredibly comfortable, but has enough performance to be fun anytime in any weather.

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From a performance perspective, it is waaay to heavy. Parts are expensive for a young owner. It could be a bit faster (not like I need any more speeding tickets...lol)

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My 2003 Audi A4 3.0 Quattro (6-speed...no Other Way To Go...haha) — As to performance, It isn't the fastest car on the block, but with the 3.0L V6 paired with the quattro all wheel drive, it hooks up like it's nothing. Your mustang may out pull me all day when it's dry, but I can launch at 5k rpm in the pouring rain all day and hug the road like nothing! That being said, it is great in the snow too...on snowy pavement...it might as well be a 4x4 truck. Build quality? it's an audi...it's freakin awesome...nuf said Appearance...not the sportiest, but I get compliments from both men and especially women on it's looks. I'd like to make some changes up front, but I love how it looks from the back. Cost of ownership? Sigh....being 22 and in college, it is admittedly expensive! Just replaced my first clutch for 1,300...yeah...not cheap! This car is luxurious all the time and fun when I want it to be. The girlfriend loves it! All in all, it has been a great car!

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Abe writes:
2003 Audi A4 1.8T Avant Quattro Review
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Beautiful, fun, affordable, dependable, comfortable.  

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None

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Couldn't Be Happier. — Going through the list: Performance is well above average and this is a really fun car to drive. There's a little bit of turbo lag, but once it kicks in the pull is strong. The quattro AWD is incredible and you truly feel glued to the road, even on the sharpest hairpins through these VA mountains. The car is solid, heavy, tightly fitted together. My car has 94K miles on it and I can't imagine that it was any smoother or more solid when it came off the factory floor. I've always loved hatchbacks and sport wagons and I think this is a beautiful example of great lines, balance, and an aggressive but not sinister design. The interior is simple, firm, comfortable, and luxurious, with heated seats, sunroof, 6 disc CD changer, trip computer, dual zone climate control, and a lot more. Gas mileage is decent (18/28) and I haven't put any money into the car for repairs. Considering the fact that it cost me less than $10K, which is far less than a USED Honda Civic, I couldn't be happier with this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gloria110 writes:
2003 Audi A4 3.0 Quattro Review
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Heavy, challenge to drive, very luxurious.

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Torque.

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Audi A4 3.0 Turbo — Great engine. Always need to maintain for best performance but when in tiptop shape..unbeatable. Interior is favorable in the evening or night. Gas mileage is impeccable for it's performance. Handling is the easiest once you get used to how the car adjusts. The Audi's build quality is absolutely amazing. Extremely stable vehicle.

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Jdchap writes:
2003 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Review
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5

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Incredibly well balanced car all around. Comfortable, nimble, quick, handles extremely well, looks absolutely great, and accommodates all my basic needs and more. It is the perfect size for a sport sedan, yet can accommodate a small families needs. With the exception of cargo space, you get the benefits of an SUV (All wheel drive, traction control, Quattro) without the inconveniences, or costs of an SUV (Fuel, insurance, regular maintenance, parking, overall bulk/size, etc). Depending on your lifestyle (I snowboard, and cycle), the cargo space issue can be easily accommodated via roof sport rack and accessories.

Cons

In general, the only major con is that the repairs/parts/maintenance for Audi's is very expensive, and if you do your own work they are very time consuming to work on, require a code scanner and some other specialized tools. The engine light goes on for very minor things, and if you do not have your own code scanner you have to pay $60-$80 for 5 minutes of labor for a European car mechanic to pull, and clear the code even if it was a false alert.

Audi's are known for very specific flaws, and recalls (Ignition coils, 02 sensors, certain specialized sensors, etc), so going into wanting one I knew what to look for as far as repairs, cost, recalls, etc if necessary. I was lucky enough to find one that the 2nd owner had taken very good care of, and got all of the known issues out of the way under the original warranty.

Minor things, really not worth mentioning. Didn't realize until after some research that there is supposed to be only one rear fog light (on the left), after I spent forever trying to fix a rear lamp that was "out". The radio antennae is integrated into the rear defrost grid and the signal quality degrades over time, so if you have an older model you need to have a late model antennae installed on the roof. This is not really an issue for me (and probably many people), as I use an iPod integrated into the stereo anyway. For a luxury car I think you should get real glass headlamp lenses that don't fog out like plastic, but I guess that's all across the board industry standard anyway. Inside, the front seats could use more pronounced side bolsters, and/or slightly deeper bucketing, as the seats stay fairly slippery even when broken in (which is a great thing), and when driving spiritedly you tend to bounce, and slide around very easily.

Other than that, I think the joy of having one of these fine German machines outweighs the cons if you know what you're getting into going in, and do the work to find one that was well taken care of. The turbo, and the all wheel drive Quattro systems alone make this car worth having, especially living somewhere it snows (Colorado).

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Incredibly Fun To Drive, Very Comfortable, Highly Functional, And Looks Amazing. — I love the great value. You get so much for what you pay for compared to other luxury sport sedan models in this class. I can see why Audi has been the most popular car in Europe for the past few years. The size is perfect, and you get the benefits (AWD, traction control, etc) of an SUV without the costs and inconvenience (Insurance, gas, parking, garage fit, large and bulky), with the added benefits of sport driving, and maneuverability. It has a timeless design (not gimmicky), and is very customizable as far as appearance, and performance. Aside from the cost of repairs and maintenance (which should be expected, and not a surprise for a luxury European car) the minor issues are so minor, and have been alleviated in subsequent year models that they do not outweigh the benefits, and fun this car provides. I would buy another, and recommend them to anyone.

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

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Ryan writes:
2003 Audi A4 1.8T Review
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Its an Audi

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Maintenance and cost of parts

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I Would Definitely Buy Another Audi — Car is a 1.8T putting about 160hp to the front wheels, car weighs about 3600 lbs. Car is quite slow. Car handles VERY nice with Vogtland adjustable coilovers, toyo tires, and -1.25 degrees of camber all around. Audi parts are expensive, i'll leave it at that. Interior on the car is very nice, great quality. Exterior needed some fixing. Added 19in forged wheels, trunklid spooiler, painted lowers, clear corners, blacked out side markers and front grills. Had 20% tint all the way around, but had to take off front tint.. it will be put back on very soon. Audis can be expensive, ive been sorta lucky so far. Gets good mileage if you dont drive like i do :) . Very fun to drive, gets lots of looks for the stuff ive done to it.

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

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Jose writes:
2003 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Review
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Pros

Great styling and handling needs a few more power upgrades and its perfect.

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more BOOOST

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Great Looking Car — My only complaints is Audi didnt have enough power from stock but its not hard to get more power from a turbo car.. I love the exhaust notes and cant wait to keep upgrading. An APR ecu chip and injector upgrade should be sufficient for now.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Mark writes:
2003 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Review
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Solid build, Good performance for diesel, Holds Value, Great Sound System

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Expensive, Expensive to service, Fuel economy not great.

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2003 A4 1.9tdi Quattro Sport. — My A4 is a 1.9 TDI quattro sport. I have had it for almost 3 years and am still very happy with it. The acceleration is good for a diesel and as it has the quattro system the handling is very good as is the braking. It is not a good looking as the later models in my opinion but I still like the looks a lot. The interior is finished to a very high standard and has sports seats with electronic slumber support which comes in very useful on long journeys. The climate control works well and the sound from the concert sound system is very impressive. In the three years I've owned the car it has never broken down and I have only had to replace the usual service parts (filters, tyres, wipers etc). I have had to have it serviced twice both times by Audi, both times were expensive but as you only need to service this car every 15000 miles or 2 years I think it worth getting it done properly. The fuel economy isn't as good as thought it would be, but I think this is because of the four wheel drive and also I do have quite a heavy right foot at times. After three years I still have fun driving it especially in the corners, I would like to trade it in but only for a newer a4 but can't afford to at the moment anyway. Overall Im very satisfied with the car and would recommend one to anyone.

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Josh writes:
2003 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Review
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Reliability, performance, host of after-market performance upgrades available

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Under-powered if left stock, a little on the small side

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2003 Audi A4 1.8 Turbo Quattro Awd S-line — Slightly underpowered, but still has decent pick-up and nice acceleration. Gets excellent gas mileage for a Sport Sedan. In snow, it will easily pull away from any 4x4 at a stop light. Exceptional traction control, legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system make this car easy to drive. Luxury, performance, fuel economy, safety and more, all in one package.

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Nathan writes:
2003 Audi A4 3.0 Quattro Review
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Great car, but with some minor issues

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All issues are minor

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Excellent Car — Simple things like arm rest and glovebox malfunctions can get under your skin. Overlook minor issues and realize it's a reliable strong car that will go anywhere in any weather and do so with ease. Fits a family well, decent fuel economy. Solid car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Curt writes:
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MARVELOUS

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not being a quattro :-(

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New Love :-) Audi B6 Turbo — extremely smooth power delivery, very fast. Good effortless brake Build quality is easy 10/10 Awesome styling inside and out not exactly cheap to run, worth every penny. U pay for quality... Simple extremely fun, everybody that gets in falls in love within minuites

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

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