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1998 Audi A4 1.8T quattro Sedan AWDReview
Chad writes:

Sexy — car is luxurious, handles excellent and looks good, the manual transmission shifts like butter, but if not properly maintained can be very expensive to repair

Pros: handles amazing, awd will never get stuck, sexy interior and exterior, lots of options

Cons: very expensive to repair

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1998 Audi A4Review
unk703 writes:

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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1998 Audi A4 2.8 quattro Sedan AWDReview
mattysull writes:
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Currently Best Of The 6 Cars I've Owned —

I'm going to hit the bad stuff first before ranting on and on about how awesome of a car Audi made. It takes a certain kind of person to drive an Audi. This person CANNOT be afraid to fix things themselves and never slips on maintenance. The A4 is a sporty lux car that can handle most driving situations and the drive must have a willingness to pay/fix whats wrong for that driving experience. That said, the parts are more expensive than any of my VWs. Have money for shop costs or fix it yourself like I do. I did control arms for $500, ignition switch for $30, sunroof randomly opening fixed with some common sense. Same with the oil leaks on the valve covers, $30 in parts 2 hrs and a couple of beers and it was done. I replaced some wear& tear items like rear pads & rotors for $150. I consider fixing/modifying cars my hobby so I enjoy this type of work but if you don't, put aside $1000-1500 a year for maintenance. Along the same note, if fixing yourself, try to buy OEM parts and not Autozone or discount parts because I've found especially with Audi they are sub-par at best. Meyle is an alternative that is cheaper and makes quality products, FEBI too. The sticker on this car in 1998 said $28,000. I don't know what idiot paid that but I thank them for their bottomless wallets and their wishes for mid-level Audis because this is the best car I have ever owned. Driving feel: This car feels like a jelly donut strapped to a go-kart. The suspension is very tight with little body roll but takes on uneven roads, bumps and small bumps with the grace of Bull Russell heading to the basket. In the snow it is very easy to get the back end out if you so wish but the turn in leads to a fair amount of understeer like a FWD car. I would consider this to have a understeer-to-neutral driving characteristic which is very safe for most situations. The Quattro really keeps everything planted and coming from FWD cars it is really noticeable in the turns the significance of the powered rear wheels. The brakes are great in this car, not much else to be said about that, disks all round. The acceleration is good and the AWD helps with that. This car is extremely fun to drive and although it is a pig in terms of its weight and probably a little underpowered it is still a sporty ride thanks to the suspension, Quattro and torque of the V6. Interior: Probably my favorite part of this car is the well thought out interior. Everything seems so solid and tight, nothing is loose, nothing rattles, the leather is supple, the dash is clean, the wood trim is classy and the radio is a POS I replaced with something akin to everything else. The dash lights are a nice red color. I like the oil temp & battery gauges too. The cup holders suck so don't be upset if your extra large diet coke (you're on a diet) doesn't fit in the holders or spills on your muffin top causing ants to make a nest betwix your tender rolls. Where was I, yes the trunk is a decent size with a ski bag that will fit your 5-foot submarine sandwich. Exterior: The styling of this car is fantastic. It is the type of car that I find myself turning around and admiring while walking into a wall outside the grocery store. Nobody has guessed it was a 98, they always guess 2000-2006. The body lines are boxy but the car is still a little bubbly like newer cars, a very classic style in my opinion. Engine: The engine is a wonderful 2.8L 5 valves per-cylinder sixer unit that puts out something like 200hp & TQ. The 5 valves really help it to breath better and it can be felt all through the RPM range. It is a very reliable and sporty feeling engine that could benefit from some stiffer engine mounts to better put that power down, I'd recommend it and it doesnt rattle much either. The exhaust note is a great sound with performance exhaust but if stock you can sort of hear a muffled version of the tamed beast. One thing you can expect with the 6cylinder is a decrease in MPG and with AWD you can expect even less since you are losing to friction forces on the highway because there are 4 drive wheels. Brush up on some Newtonian physics if that doesn't make any sense in your sandwich receptacle. Personally I get about 340 miles per tank, or around 24.5MPG. I use an app called fuelly and have about 30 tanks recorded so you can take that with some seriousness. Expect 23-25MPG. I do find that in stop & go traffic I get about 26MPG which probably has something to do with my driving style of "eff traffic I'm going to sleep" and that 4 drive wheels thing I was talking about. All wheel drive: Its Quattro, if you don't know what it is or even for a second considered a FWD audi you can go ahead and have your mind blown or continue watching Fox news with your Dad. Quattro probably isn't the best AWD system but it is damn good and I'd be surprised if it wasn't top 3 in the AWD world. They only time you will get stuck is if you are beached, aka 4 wheels are spinning and the belly of the car is holding all the weight...much like Honey Bo-Bo's mother, Sugar Bo-Bo. Quattro is awesome and it's powers have only partially been realized. If you are in Arizona and don't get snow, consider the fact that Quattro completely changes the way the car handles for the better in every condition...and then buy it. For those of you who don't know: Front wheel drive Audis are expensive passats. Not only will you catch flak from Audi people but people with Passats will know that they are smarter than you having spent less for the same product...That wasn't a joke. A 4motion(Quattro under a different name..no mechanical difference) passat is more of an Audi than a front wheel drive Audi. ex. 2000 Passat 4motion Engine: 2.8L 30v, same engine in an Audi Drivetrain: 4motion, exactly the same as Quattro. Just a different name. Interior: extremely similar to Audi interior with less quality Exterior: The base for the Audi A4 was taken from the Passat. Deal with that. Cost: much cheaper for the same(mechanically speaking) car. I would've bought one had I not found such a great deal on this Audi. Additional Notes; The bodymetal is galvanized on both sides which makes it very resistant to rust. Here in Boston area this is a must. My 98 VW with lesser rust protection literally rusted away with holes all over the place. The same year Audi I currently own does not have rust on any body parts. Some of the unprotected steel parts in the suspension are rusty but not like my VW.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Exhaust sound (30v model), Beautiful styling, interior is lux and very well put together, quattro is great in all weather, rust resistant galvanizing, driving feel is sporty

Cons: Expensive parts, expensive labor, control arms and wheel bearings wear out more often than other vehicles, oil leaks, MPG

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1998 Audi A4 1.8T Sedan FWD Review
Randall says:
vs1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan
1998 Audi A4 1.8T Sedan FWD winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Power Ranked 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan worse.
"Turbo Power!"
Handling Ranked 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan worse.
"Front wheel Drive Makes for better handling!"
Looks/Style Ranked 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan worse.
"Soap Dish Styling!"
Front Seats Ranked 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan better.
"More Comfertable!"
Back Seats Ranked 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan better.
"More Room"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan better.
"Bigger Boot!"
Family Car Ranked 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan better.
"Bank Vault sound when you Close the Doors!"
Value Ranked 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan better.
"Less Depreciation"
Would Buy Ranked 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan worse.

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2022 Audi A4 Reviews

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2021 Audi A4 Reviews

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2020 Audi A4 Reviews

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Cest la technologie allemande à son mieux. Le modèle est éprouvé. La version Komfort a le bon niveau déquipement à un prix acceptable. Read More

2019 Audi A4 Reviews

Review By Guru9RPWPM

Beyond surpassing my expectations. Originally, I was not looking to purchase an Audi, but CarGurus showed an ad of one, and I went down the rabbit hole after that. This vehicle had the exact specs tha... Read More

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I am a very satisfied customer! This pre owned car was very well kept! It came fully loaded with low miles. This will be my second car through CarGurus recommendation! Read More

2018 Audi A4 Reviews

Review By E

Good value. New year and well done repairs from professionals. It has some scratches on the dashboard and missing plastic covers on the engine bay. It is a good car for someone that doesn’t mind the ... Read More

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Fun to drive, comfortable, and mix of sedan and sporty Read More

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