Originally Posted by hirustler
Do not buy a VW or Audi unless you plan to sell within 3 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. Total disaster after that.
Originally Posted by DanoT
Care to give us a few details regarding how you came to form this opinion?
My 2009 A4 wagon was awful. It started burning excessive oil from the get-go; by 3 years I had to add 2 quarts every week (300 miles). I stockpiled oil in the back to prevent disaster. Neither the dealer nor a local Euro car mechanic could ever figure it out though they charged me plenty along the way, "fixing" various things that never helped a bit. Then I blew out one cylinder at a time until the entire engine basically had to be rebuilt at around the 55k mile mark. I know nothing about cars and can't explain but this problem recurred and once nearly stranded me in the Vermont woods on a back road in mid January though luckily I was able to limp back home on 2 cylinders. The dealer was unable to explain what caused this and whether it was related to the oil leak/burn. The car had electrical problems too. I cried uncle and traded it in (for a different brand!) after about 60k miles. Those were mostly highway miles on I-91 in Mass, a nice smooth road.
My car lived in the shop and cost me a ton of grief and money. I work from 7 AM to 5 PM 20 miles away and have 3 kids at 2 schools playing multiple sports including ski racing. I just don't have time for this BS. It was hell. Between me and my wife we've owned 6 cars and never experienced anything close to this.
Now I see this:
Probably too late for me.
My buddy had a 2008 A4 wagon which burned almost as much oil and had a litany of problems but not as bad as mine. But he only drives 5k miles per year so remains under 40k, which may explain his slightly better luck.
Another friend drove a Jetta wagon, I'm guessing a 2013 model. When the emissions cheating scandal broke I asked him what he was planning to do. He said he was the luckiest man alive, he had just sold the thing a week earlier. Why? Because he couldn't understand why a 2 year old car should live in the shop. "Total disaster" were his words. Didn't ask him for details.
I work in 3 hospitals with numerous teams of docs, techs and nurses. When we chat about cars there always seems to be someone with a similar story. The percent of Audis and VWs in the parking lot is dropping...my impression and not scientific.
Why buy an incredibly unreliable car from an incredibly untrustworthy company when there are so many good choices? Why reward a company that intentionally cheated on emissions?
If you have time and money (and oil!) to burn and know how to fix cars yourself then by all means buy one... they are nice to drive in the beginning but disaster will strike eventually.
I feel much better now. (And I haven't even mentioned the sleazy Audi dealer...)