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?