2000 Audi A4 - good first car?


would a used 2000 Audi A4 1.8t sedan be a good first car?

No , unless you really like expensive repair bills .


I’ll second that. Unless you have a lot of extra money, this car will require more repairs and they will be more expensive. Only a few mechanics will know what they are doing. If you know one, don’t buy the car without his/her inspection.


NO. And I am an Audi owner.

If you want a 20 year old car as your first car…nothing wrong with that… don’t choose a complicated expensive one with complicated (and expensive) repair procedures. Choose a simpler car with easy repair access and parts availability.

No Saabs, no Fiats, no BMWs, no Mercedes, no Suzukis (in the US), no Wartburgs.


Stay away and don’t look back. Very expensive after warranty ends

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… and no Range Rovers/Land Rovers or Jaguars, either.

  • I’m pretty sure that Mustangman included that marque as a joke, because any Wartburg automobiles that are still running would now be a minimum of 30 years old, and none were even imported into the US since… I think… the late '50s.

I’ll stick my neck out here and venture that the cost to keep a 20 year old Audi (or any of the brands listed above)operating plus the cost for a rental car while waiting for parts and repairs could buy a nice, reliable, basic model that required significantly less maintenance and repair. I would guess that I could keep a 1964 Studebaker Lark on the road as a daily driver cheaper than any of those European models.