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Im in the market for a new car (new to me) and Im really considering an Allroad. I come from a Honda background and would consider myself an unlicensed Honda mechanic, so small mechanical jobs wouldn't be a problem. Anyway, I was told that the Allroads have alot of problems, is this true??? People told me the same thing about my 97 Audi A4 1.8 quattro, but the only thing Ive had problems with is a small oil leak (which I still can't find), and the timing belt tensioner.

I would like to buy a 6speed, 2.7l Allroad.

Do these have tranny problems (as I was told)??? I understand the air suspension could have problems which most vehicles with air suspension do (Range Rovers)

Any information would be great, thanks in advance.
 

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Hi there I am in the same boat - looking at a used 2003 Allroad here in the L.A. area. have you found out any news? - I have read about 10 reviews, seem pricey to maintain, they happen to go through tires and brakes pretty fast? let me know what you have found out....GS
 

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Yeah, actually I've found out a lot in the past few weeks. A friend of mine is a BMW mechanic and his friend is an Audi Mechanic. Also, my new neighbor just happened to have an 03 Allroad, and I got to talk to him for a bit last week too.

The mechanic guy said they were big pieces of crap and that your wallet would have to be really big to keep it running in top condition. The suspension is terrible, the factory turbos don't last long, and the 6speed tranny's have problems losing 3rd and 4th gear. And yes it does go through tires because of the positive camber in the rear.

My neighbor said his was a gift from his uncle after he bought a new RS4 avant and he can't keep it running. Before he moved it was parked for 6 months because the rear bags blew at the same time.

Doesn't really sound like something I want to get into. So my BMW friend said to look at a BMW X5 4.8is. They quit making them in like 06, but it has a 4.8 V8 AWD and looks pretty sweet. There's a V6 model also, but he said the V8 is bulletproof. So, I might find one to test drive this week.
 

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I've studied three Audi forums this past month, as I was buying my first allroad. Scanning thousands of topics of topics, I reviewed the car's jubuilant birth, its adventurous youth and its difficult adolescence. Almost every allroad owner reported front air bag failure around 50,000 miles. Torque converters failed frequently, too. I found far fewer actual reports of turbo failure, but that $5K threat hung like a dark cloud. No wonder it was discontinued in '05, and described in a recent curbsideclassics.com as a famous failure.

So why did I just buy one? Well, because times have changed. Few of those flawed original airbags are still under today's used fleet of 70,000-150,000 miles. If a bag needs replacement, we can choose between affordable, reliable Arnott replacements or a conventional performance coilover setup. Many used allroads come with replaced and upgraded TQs. Mine did-- in fact, the previous owner had replaced every built-to-fail part within the past year, and he threw in a three-year aftermarket warranty. So for $13,000, we bought a luxurious, safe family wagon that happens to run like a bandit. Helluva deal, in my book.

The allroad wasn't on my list until I realized how cheap and plentiful they were. I had over 50 to choose from (cars.com and autotrader.com) here in Denver, to find one with the right pedigree and paper trail. I wouldn't have bought an unknpwn AR off a lot, but it you do your homework and get lucky, I think it's a real deal. Like a free upgrade into First Class, since I started out shopping for Passats...
 

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Hey Guys, firstly as for the allroad, yes the air suspension WAS a problem, if it has been replaced with Audi factory re engineered replacement (most have) its no longer a problem. Manual trans was not an issue, some issues with the Auto but this was typically in high mile cars with abuse, same can be said for drive shafts. Turbo's not an issue and if they were they can be serviced/ overhauled cheaply. Apart from that they are a very solid, cheap second hand - safe family run about.
As for the expert passed on comments about X5's.. the majority of 4.4 / 4.8 X5's came with air suspension and it was and is still prone to failure - this is a chronic problem with BMW's, as is the auto trans that too will fail regularly particularly if you tow / haul anything. I personally would avoid an X5 like the plague as BMW has not addressed the issues from engineering to build to replacement - in my opinion they really are not a good proposition as a second hand purchase unless you ARE a mechanic or cant get past the badge. Otherwise buy a Toyota and never put your hand in your pocket for any parts.
 
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