Just about everyone underestimates the true cost of car ownership, especially those who can’t resist the look, lines, and luxury of a higher-end brand vehicle like Audi. Despite superior design, it’s not as if an Audi or similar luxury car can win against the forces of nature. Even quality Audi parts will wear down and break over time, just like any other car. The difference, Audi owners come to find out, is that its parts are well-designed and masterfully-engineered to last.
With this in mind, it’s easy to write off owning an Audi or other luxury cars as a foolish financial decision. Why spend the money only to have to spend more money down the road? However, there is something to be said for the financial wisdom of buying a well-made car. True, they’re not invulnerable to wear and tear, but more often than not they hold together longer, and therefore don’t require as much maintenance as a typical Chevy or Mazda. Not to mention, a luxury brand like Audi often holds its resale value better than an average automobile.
Many financially savvy or fiscally conservative readers are probably still skeptical of the aforementioned financial wisdom, which is why we’re going to elaborate. Here’s a simple path to financially responsible Audi ownership, which the same could be said for just a few other automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz:
Every automobile manufacturer has a list of problems commonly associated with it, and Audi is no exception. Managing and even preventing these problems in a financially responsible way involves two things:
- First, learn the problems frequently associated with a specific carmaker’s parts and systems. When it comes to Audi car parts, specifically the A4 model, the most common problems include leaks in Audi exhaust system parts and oil filters and hoses, and possible piston failure. This knowledge helps owners have the upper hand when something goes wrong, rather than surrender the vehicle to the dealer hopeful that they’re honest.
- Second, research those Audi parts online for your exact car to see what availability and variety exists. This empowers owners to buy their own Audi spare parts and likely save money in the process.
The next step toward owning an Audi without it becoming a financial burden is to abide by the specific car’s official maintenance schedule as well as any post-production information which Audi itself releases. When it’s time to change the oil, don’t wait for another 3000 miles to schedule the appointment. The same is true for brakes, CV boots, piston rings and other parts which wear out fast — you’re better off spending the money on repairs sooner than later. The reason this saves money is simple: neglecting basic repairs and maintenance inevitably leads to bigger problems down the road, which cost even more to have fixed. This is amplified even further for luxury brands like Audi.
Sometimes it’s difficult to be proactive about car repairs, in the sense of doing maintenance work before something completely fails. However, in many cases, especially for a high-end car brand like Audi, this is precisely the path to avoid catastrophe. Take for example Audi’s infamous piston failure. You’ll want to replace those Audi engine parts if you’re driving a car that’s exceeded the warranty. Otherwise, the damage to the engine could be beyond financially reasonable repair. But how does one know when to replace the piston rings, timing chain or even the fuel injector and any other Audi parts, if there are no symptoms that something’s wrong? The answer: mileage. Refer to your owner’s manual for the exact figures, but most Audi models such as the A4 need new piston rings and their timing belts replaced by the 90,000-mile mark. It’s not cheap, but it is cheaper than buying a new car.
Owning a luxury car, to many people, is a financially irresponsible decision. However, there is something to be said about the fact that higher-end vehicles tend to be made with higher quality car parts and minimal discrepancies on the assembly line. Considering that, along with a responsible approach to preventative maintenance, it’s definitely possible to own a luxury automobile such as Audi and be a financially sound decision.
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RD Blakeslee says
This articles assertion that luxury cars are better designed, have superior parts and are more reliable and last longer than less expensive cars is simply not true.
The Audi is touted as an example, but it is not to be found in any of many authoritative compendiums on the internet listing longest-lasting automobiles.
For example: http://www.businessinsider.com/cars-most-likely-to-get-to-200000-miles-2014-2
Yes, I article is low on facts.
But I don’t get your linked article.
The metric should be “% of all camrys that exist in service with >200K miles”.
“% of camrys in the list of cars available for sale with >200K miles” –> just tells me how unwanted the car is.
If you are in the list, it means your owner doesn’t want you …. and the fact that traditional hondas and toyotas are not in the list could just mean that their owner want to keep those cars even after 200K miles ….
RD Blakeslee says
Of the “many assorted compendiums” I mentioned, I just picked one almost at random. It is not the best example, I’m sure.
But if you search “Longest lived most reliable vehicles” on DuckDuckGo, you wont find the Audi listed on any of them, regardless of their differing criteria, nor will you find any luxury brand in the top ten or so on any of the sites I have visited.
My pint is that the article’s contention that more expensive vehicles are more reliable and longer lasting because they have better engineered parts etc., is not true.
Do you work for Audi? This is plain wrong. After working in car dealerships I know luxury cars are designed to wear out in 5 years because people vain enough to own them wont drive old cars.
OMG! I did not even finish reading the entire article. Just stopped when I heard the argument that Audi’s are well made cars. Audi, like the other European luxury cars, do not have reliability as a core strength and every authority in this space have ranked Audi low on quality rankings. Haven’t you heard about the oil guzzling Audis? Don’t get me started on the electrical nightmares with those cars.
A reliable luxury car is usually an oxymoron – except in the case of Lexus. Now those are rock solid.