1998 Audi A4 Top Comparisons
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Displaying 51 - 55 of 55 1998 Audi A4 reviews.
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Review
1998 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Review
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
1998 Audi A4 Review
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
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Avant Quattro Review
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
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
1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Review
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
Displaying 51 - 55 of 55 1998 Audi A4 reviews.
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Stylish Car For Everyday Use And Special Occasions
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I sat in the car and I knew it was mine. 2014 and my 3rd Audi. Will never drive another car. Picked the A4 over the A3 for size and look forward to an S the next time. Luxury in the palm of my han... Read More
This car is by far the nicest handling car i have driven. The new audi's really have it good with their electrical steering system and let me tell you it is right on! Once you drive this car you will ... Read More
Nice, good car, German make, tinted, sporty look, great name, reliable, easy drive, good air conditioning, good sound, cute for a single or new couple. Car seat fits, but maybe not too ideal for a fam... Read More
Amazing Car, Best Balance Of Work And Play
This car has everything I want in a car. It is very comfortable, it has a good amount of room (even with a 6'3" driver), it has power when you want it and gas economy to boot. I can get 37 mpg on th... Read More
Sporty Redesign For The A4
Owning a B6 model A4 I knew how reliable and comfortable Audi's are. The redesign of the A4 from the B7 to the B8 is on point with where Audi is going and it looks fantastic. The engine HP has incre... Read More
I Love My Audi
I would recommend this car to anyone who appreciates the perfect balance between luxury and performance. I have owned it for one year and have loved it the whole time. Audi Care is so worth it. Drop ... Read More
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