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Welcome To Audi

November 9th, 2010 by ed friedrich

My kid got his first car a while back. He picked up a 1998 Audi A4 for $4,200. I love it. It’s a lot nicer than my car. I kept closing the doors because they sound so solid. It’s zippy, with a 6 cyclinder, which I’m not crazy about a 16-year-old driving. It has nice leather and a sunroof. Real pretty.

The one thing I’m worried about is the maintenance cost. It only came with one key so we stopped by the Audi place to get another one. The fob was like $200. $100 for the key and $100 to program it. For a car key! The service guy saw both of our mouths drop and says, “Welcome to Audi.”

We decided to do without the fob, but just a regular key cost $85. You can’t just go to Ace and get one made.

Then something happened to the front end. It was pulling to the right when he got it, but then it became undriveable. He was indignant that he didn’t hit anything, so I don’t know what could’ve happened. So up it went to Les Schwab and get a lot of work done that cost $500.

I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

What do you think of this car for a 16-year-old kid?

5 Responses to “Welcome To Audi”

  1. Sharon OHara Says:

    I know nothing about cars but the Audi seems to have a good reputation for building safe and solid vehicles.

    What car would be better than a good car for a good driver – 16 or 60?
    Sharon O’Hara

  2. Syd Says:

    Ed,,,did Dad pay for this?
    Not sure which model you have(turbo Quattro?),but from what I’ve read, be prepared for some major repair bills. I think that year was the debut for that engine also.
    Try a look at audiworld.com, or here:
    http://tinyurl.com/2azuyc4
    (MSN autos user reviews)
    I hope you guys have good luck with it,
    Syd

  3. ed friedrich Says:

    Syd,
    Dad put up $2,000.

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    Its stunning functionality and great performance always bring happiness.

  5. Colleen Smidt Says:

    Ed, my boss purchased a used Audi A4 AWD for his 16 year old daughter last year. It is a great car for a responsible kid and is very reliable if you keep up on your maintenance.

    As far as the key fob prices. That is pretty standard on cars that have micro-chip, anti-theft fobs these days. I had to pay that much when my husband lost his set of keys to our 1999 Ford Mustang Cobra. I also had to pay that much when we purchased a used 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee that only came with one key and we needed a second one. Fortunately when one of the fob’s went out on my Pontiac Solstice GXP, it was kind enough to do so under the factory warranty.

    So the whole “welcome to Audi” statement was just repairman showboating at its finest. For you Ed, it is more like welcome to the current decade of expensive automotive technology that crosses all brands and all types of vehicles. This is not your daddy’s , easily worked on, easily repaired, 55 Chevy anymore. And yes, my daddy still has his 55 Chevy so I know the difference.