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sassy1234

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97 Audi: How long will it last?
« on: July 18, 2013, 01:27:02 PM »
Hi,
I own a 1997 A4 Audi.  It has just over 150,000 miles on it.  I don't know much about cars, but I am assuming that this baby will run another 100,000.  It is in pretty good shape, can't give you more details that that, sorry. 

What do you all think?  Am I off in my estimate? 
Sassy

DanBrewMan

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Re: 97 Audi: How long will it last?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2013, 01:37:36 PM »
Warning: I have a negatively biased opinion of VW/Audi.

Maybe others can jump in here, but I've never had or heard of good luck with VW/Audi passed 100k miles.  The powertrain will be fine, but everything around it will wear.

I owned a 2000 VW Cabrio that was just an endless nightmare to maintain.

sassy1234

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Re: 97 Audi: How long will it last?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2013, 01:43:58 PM »
Over the years, we have replaced things, but nothing crazy expensive.  Our repairs are less than a car payment. 

Also, I paid $1 for the car from a family member that died.  I say this to prevent any judgement on how much this car costs. 

DanBrewMan

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Re: 97 Audi: How long will it last?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2013, 01:53:26 PM »
What I would do is just regularly maintain it and if for some reason you run into a large, unexpected repair, consider a change.  It won't be hard to come across a repair that exceeds the value of the car, but that's no reason to instantly sell it.  Also consider a change if you reach 200k miles with it, that's a generally accepted value for the "life" of a well-maintained car. 

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Eric

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Re: 97 Audi: How long will it last?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2013, 02:16:20 PM »
Not trying to be a smartass, but I generally assume that my car will run just fine, until it doesn't.  In other words, I'd plan to keep driving it until you start having a lot of problems with it.  By then, you'll have a better idea of your timeframe.