reliability is certainly key
for a luxury car, you'd be amazed how some ppl treat them like crap
why are they so cheap? assume its just people want the NEWEST BESTEST THING, and dont want to maintain them.
are the auto's as tragic as normal Volkswagen? lol (I really want a 5 speed anyways)
1.8t's seem hard to come by here, 2.8's a solid motor? would the simplicity of the 12v make more sense than a 30v?
like the looks of the 98 and newer but they cost more :/
also need to figure who makes decent budget coils, dont think rokkor does, raceland does but dont look that low... heard v-maxx get low but **** ride, also st but theyre a lil more
what to look out for as common problems? Or pretty much a passat in audi clothing?
I live in the great white north and have been looking for an awd daily that gets ok mpg's and looks great slammered. Was considering the jap. cars but love me some euro's obviously. Saw how cheap these can be had and pretty much decided I want one. TOo bad theres only a couple for sale at a time here :thumbdown
Last edited by brentwoodbc; 04-09-2012 at 01:39 PM.
Had one for 7 years:
-ABS unit will fail 100% of the time. Every single car is effected by this. Few hundred for a rebuild. Constant beeping and lights while you drive.
-12v is a poor motor. Pass on it. 30v is much better but it will probably leak oil in a few spots and it's not very fast at all. Very little aftermarket support for the 30v. Will need timing belt/waterpump/etc. MPGs will be about 24-25 on the highway if you drive normal with no aggressive stomps.
-Airbag light because of a bad switch under the seat. Could never figure it out.
-Cruise control unit will fail after so long.
-Control arms, control arms, control arms. They will squeak and groan for days. I've seen people ''live with it'' and then I saw a guys suspension fall apart at 70mph on the NJ express way. Tie rod ends need replacing. Plan on getting really close with them if you try to slam the car low. It will shorten the life of them.
-Signs of tranny slip on the auto is when the car is cold go up a hill and give it enough gas to change gears. If it's bad it will pop out of gear and keep reving then slam into the next gear.
It's not a drama free car. You have to be prepared to fix things and dump money into it to keep it in good shape.
well I paid 2, and it needed misc. electrical work and I figured Id make more in the end if I just flipped it quickly since it wouldnt pass inspection without a windshield and the electrical fixed. so sold it for 3500 the next day lol. could have gotten more but whatever.
Actually loved the car, felt solid, ran great. wish I had the quattro in the snow would have been fun.
kid I sold it too just about got into several high speed accidents on the test drive, **** was I mad.