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2009 - 2012 Audi A4 / S4

I'm very interested in buying a B8 A4. I owned a 1999 Jetta IV from new for 13 years and despite its abysmal reliability, I really liked the car. The VW of 2000 is not the same of today, and seeing as it's 17 years later, an upgradefor me isn't another VW. So all things being equal, an A4 is high on my list. Used it seems like a great value, especially compared to other similar-sized cars.

I'm looking for a plesant cabin-experience, with a little feel to driving- I think this model fits the bill there. But what's really important to me though is reliability and maintenance. I'd be looking at an A4 in the 70K-100K range, and I'd plan to keep it for another 10 or so years. I actually enjoy working on my car and under the hood (though not under the car itself), but I can't afford to give up every other weekend a month to fixing things. It seemed like with the Jetta something failed every 10000 miles, and then after about 140000 miles, the car really started to feel old. (By contrast, my current Subaru @ 70000 miles has been nearly flawless). Based on all my VW experience I've learned not to get a generation in its 1st or 2nd MY, so I'm looking at 2011/2012 A4s, and hoping that would mitigate any long term reliability issues.

So I'm fishing for any thoughts on how an A4 holds up from 100K-200K and beyond that. thanks!

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Response from blaruffa

10:54 am January 31, 2017

Three years ago, I bought an Audi A4 convertible, with 95K on it, Currently I have 126K on it. At time of purchase I had the timing belt done and complete tune up.

Car is still rock solid and enjoyable to drive. I have done some minor repairs: New brakes front and rear, at end of first year of ownership. I had a airbag light come on, which was the result of the kids knocking into the connector under the passenger seat on the floor.

Repleaced the seat memeory switch because the other one was stuck.

All routine maintainence. My plan is to put as many miles on this car as I can. It is my daily driver for 7 months of the year, and occasional driver when there is no snow or salt on the roads thru the winter.


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Response from avshelden

11:22 am February 1, 2017

I'm going to simply point you to another discussion recently on another user's inquiry about used Audi experiences. My response regarding my 2007 A4 Avant is there. I'm just now at ~100K miles and am content.

Link -> Would-you-recommend-an-A4


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Response from magickali

2:09 pm April 7, 2017

I bought a 2009 Audi A4 Quattro in April of 2016. No warranty from the used car dealer of course. The CEL would come on for a solenid issue which according to Carfax, had already been changed in 2012. Oil usage was extremly high with it starting to take one quart every 1K miles last Spring 2016 to 1 quart every gas fillup by September 2016. The car has been in the shop numerous times over the year I have had it. In December of 2016, all coil packs were replaced with a tune up. In January, I had a similar issue with cylinders 1 and 3 continuing to misfire. By the end of January, the engine completely burned up what was due to Audi's Oil Consumption fiasco during those model years prior to 2012. My car was in the garage while we waited for a 2012 (when the oil consumption issue was fixed) engine to replace. Dropped the 2012 in, luckily I took the warranty on it and within two weeks that engine blew on the highway. Of course the salvage yard tried to deny the warranty. So now I'm sitting here again carless, almost lost my job from it.

When this engine gets replaced, it will be promptly traded in. Because at this point including what I put down on the car, replacing the engine, and all of the repairs, I'm about $12,000 in the red. (not counting lost days at work).

I wish you the best of luck.


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