A4's...limited 200 content

Brandon Rogers brogers at terrix.com
Thu Jun 15 16:36:47 EDT 2006

I've owned a '98 A4 1.8T since early 2000 and its been my DD until a few
months ago.  I put just shy of 80k on it (98k total mileage now),
chipped the whole time.  Overall the car has been excellent.  Yes the
front control arms do not last - learn to accept they are disposable and
a price to pay for a big increase in handling/response and you will be
okay.  I had a rear wheel bearing go out last summer and I think one
more is making noise.  I also had a POS (Power Output S???? ----??
Ignition thing) go out a year or so ago.  No problems with ABS.  And
other than the brights switch which needs to be fixed - I can't recall
any elec issues at all.  A couple other small things but overall, like I
said it has been a great car.  Great handling, great ride, quiet, good
power, very comfortable, etc.  

'84 urquattro 20Vt
'01.5 S4
'98 A4 1.8Tq

-----Original Message-----
From: 200q20v-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:200q20v-bounces at audifans.com]
On Behalf Of Derek Pulvino
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 11:51 AM
To: 200q20v at audifans.com
Subject: A4's...limited 200 content

Ok, so I'm getting more serious in my contemplations on stepping down
ownership of the 200, and I'm wondering if anybody has any first or even

second hand knowledge on the reliability of the late 90's A4's with a 
1.8t...of course this would be verse the current 200.  I've got a friend

locally who swears up and down that the A4 is a more solid car, with
system problems than us 200-owners experience...but he's also an Audi
and at times I wonder if his opinion isn't a bit biased.

I've done some searching/reading on the A4-list w/in Audifans, and did 
notice some interesting problems coming up with wheel bearings, ABS
units, front suspension pieces, and have also heard of issues with the 
coil-packs (recalled?) and sludge if oil isn't changed studiously.

So, I'm wondering if anybody has some input for me on the topic with
experience, or if someone could even direct me to a Chris Miller type
for the A4.  I also know about Audiworld...but I'm not very concerned
the chipability or potential suspension upgrades available.  Taka, if I 
recall you're the proud owner of one of those A4's?

Reply on-list or off, either way is fine by me...only benefit of on-list
maybe someones comments would spur ideas with someone else.


Derek P

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