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How long do you expect to have your A4?

Old 03-22-2019, 11:11 PM
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This Summer (July) will mark the 3rd year of owning my 2017 B9 A4. When I bought it, I thought Iíd only have it for 4-5 years, until AudiCare ran out. Unfortunately, I donít see myself getting a new car in 2 years as my financial situation hasnít gone the way I thought it would.

For planning purposes, how long do you all expect to keep your A4ís? Iím not sure if Iím being overly optimistic in thinking that I can keep my A4 for 8-10 years.

For reference, I drive it sparingly: in 2.5 years, Iíve only put 15,000 (not even, actually) miles on it. I donít really take care of it though, just take it for service once a year. My last cars were Toyotaís that lasted 10 years each, around 180,000 total miles, so I donít have experience with Audi.
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Old 03-23-2019, 03:27 AM
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Until the CPO warranty runs out.

It looks like I will put about 18,000 - 20,000 miles/yr on in and it started with 4600 miles when I got it home from the Audi Dealer.
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Old 03-23-2019, 05:35 AM
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I have kept my last 4 Audi's until well past 100,000k miles. They have been solid, reliable cars. I tend to do things like brakes and oil changes myself (once AudiCare expires) so that helps to keep maintenance costs reasonable.

You will hear a lot of owners here who plan to get rid of their car as soon as the warranty (or extended warranty) expire because they are worried about the cost of repairs. Yes, Audi repairs at the dealer can be expensive, particularly if there is a major problem but in my experience major problems are rare. Find a good independent shop, they often are much less expensive. When you do run into wear and tear items such as brakes, suspension bushings etc., the independent shops are the way to go. And keep in mind that even an expensive repair is usually less expensive than a new car.

My current plan is to buy out my lease and keep the car for 2-3 more years until there is a new Audi which interests me.
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Old 03-23-2019, 06:26 AM
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Based on my experience, and spending a lot of time on the forums, it seems that our cars become maintence ****** when they hit the 9 year/130k mile mark. Up until then, they are pretty reliable.
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:46 AM
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I think I will keep this car until a reliable electric car with ~400 miles range becomes available. I canceled Tesla Model 3 reservation after sitting in one -- the compromise just did not seem worth the benefits, and I was not a big fan of driving with a laptop in the middle of dashboard.
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:53 AM
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Same here: keeping it till an EV I like (and can afford) hits market. Actually going to drive around in a buddy's model 3 for the first time today.
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:23 AM
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I just purchased mine used, a few weeks back, with 32k miles. I traded in my 2002 M5 with 221K that I had owned for 12 years. We still have our '10 RX350, purchased new, with 190K. The E36 was traded in for the M5 at about 170K. My UrS4 had about 180K way back when. The A6 was at 140K. My CRX Si went at 150K. My '93 RX7 is still in my garage.

So I'd say for quite a while.
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:09 AM
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Until Audi releases an electric A4 or until the Polestar 2 is available.
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Old 03-23-2019, 11:48 AM
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Until Audi releases an electric A4 or until the Polestar 2 is available.
I am going to have a hard time buying a Chinese car, I think I will wait for the electric Audi.
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Old 03-23-2019, 12:24 PM
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I plan to keep mine until it turns to dust because when I'm ready for a new one there won't be any more manual transmission AWD cars left to buy.
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