Should I ? on 2002 Audi A4 Quattro

I am in the process of getting a 2002 Audi A4, 5 speed Quattro at 119,980. I’m a college student don’t plan to drive that much, do you think this is a safe move. Reasoning being I’ve heard horrible stories, ive check it out it looks clean inside and out, there asking price is 8,995 what do u think I should do, a move forward with the deal, do you have any question I might ask and as for the asking price do you think I can work that down.

by in Los Angeles, CA on February 08, 2009
3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on February 08, 2009
Look up www.KBB.com and see what fair market value is for that car. Perhaps look at Autoshopper and Craigslist and see what other Audis are fetching price wise. If you are still seriously interested ask the seller for records and service history of the vehicle. At this mileage you want to see receipts for a timing belt having been replaced. The Audi is a great car to drive, but comes with a high cost of ownership particularly if you are purchasing a car that has been neglected. Definitely have the car brought to an Audi specialist in your area to have a pre purchase inspection done, anything found wrong with the car can be a negotiation point when it comes to settling on a price. I am accused of being too conservative but a Toyota or Honda that is well maintained may not be as sexy as an Audi but are very reliable. If you can do some of the maintenance on the Audi yourself and are knowledgeable about cars, you will love the Audi but parts are expensive.
COMMENT by on February 09, 2009
thank you. a. for the reply and b. for the timely response
ANSWER by on April 14, 2009
I also agree with autotechpat - make sure the timing belt was replaced. Should have been done at 90,000 miles, or if inspected and agreed by Audi can be extended to 105,000 miles. By now it should be done. It costs roughly $1000-1500 depending on your area. I own 2002 A4 Quattro. I will concur they are not cheap cars to maintain. If you are in college and have limited income, I would not recommend this car for you right now. Otherwise, mine has been a great car, and it's great to drive. Oil changes are not cheap either... $75. Can't take it to the oil change chains... need to take to a reputable shop for the synthetic oil required, which is one reason for the cost of the oil change. Good luck.
ANSWER by on April 06, 2010
Absolutely NOT these cars are money pits. I am in the same situation as you and have had to take out extra loans just to drive my car to work. I would be 10,000 dollars richer if i had bought a brand new car. My car is currently broken down for the 3rd time in 12,000 miles and I have to walk to work don't do it!!!!!!
COMMENT by on June 20, 2010
agreed been stranded 3 times beacause of ignition coils and random warning indicator lights on
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