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AUDI ALLROAD Estate 2000‑2005

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mrmacca

Cheaper to run than a Vauxhall!

AUDI ALLROAD 2.7 T Quattro 5dr (Review date: 16th July '14)

4.8

Bargain of the moment, at the moment. I bought a 'cheap' allroad three years ago. Don't ever buy a cheap allroad. BUT. I got mine for£1500, 2.7t six speed manual. 90k miles, full history.

Buy a cheap one and be prepared to replace -

An air spring or two (rear springs don't burst as such but the o-ring that seals the spring onto the shock leaks. Fixed mine for free with some vaseline)

All front suspension control arms.

All brakes

Handbrake cables

And a lambda probe or four

I got mine for half price when the going rate was £3k, have spent£1.5k on parts but now, what a machine.. They aren't built, or rust-proofed like proper audis (pre-1996) but you'd get quite a shock driving one if you're used to driving cheaper cars.

Before you write off any car calculate the total cost of ownership, including depreciation. On that basis any older allroad is much cheaper to run than a two year old corsa let alone a new one! And the allroad will spend less time in the garage.

If you want a boring car buy one. If you want a rocket ship, if you want to enjoy life while you're still here buy one before they all get scrapped by people who are scared of air springs. It's just a bit of rubber, honestly, it is. Normal springs break too. ;-) (discoveries and range rovers have an identical system btw.)

All round fantastic machines, kids love it, wife loves and so do I, you're not getting mine.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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veryhappy

audi car driver

AUDI ALLROAD 2.5 TDi Quattro Limited Edition 5dr (Review date: 17th April '14)

4.5

Wot a car very under estimated. As long as u make sure it is serviced regularly and have all mot,s I would recomend getting 1. Average cost to run and goes like a rocket,with every extra u can get. I have Ltd edition model. Cant fault it

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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allbroke

Money Pit. Avoid.

AUDI ALLROAD 2.5 TDI Quattro 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 26th October '13)

1

Seats were comfy, I had the recaro interior, BOSE sound is amazing. Thats it though. Everything breaks. Suspension, gearbox, fuel pumps, radiators, injectors. Headlights are rubbish, windscreen wipers seize up, it eats tyres and drinks diesel. Thinking of getting a helicopter. Its cheaper to run. Do yourself a favour, Get a Subaru Outback. 1 star for all as it spends all its time in the garage being fixed at HUGE expense.

Practicality

1 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

1 / 5
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delazzuro

2.7 quattro

AUDI ALLROAD 2.7 T Quattro 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 27th May '12)

5

Bought the petrol version as it is much more refined than the diesel whilst still returning good mpg with much better performance. Have had a few of these and whilst some reviewers have had problems with the air suspension in my experience that has only happened with high mileage very early examples. These are very competent vehicles and can come with plenty of toys, i have always had one and i think always will.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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allroader

Careful bargain...

AUDI ALLROAD 2.5 TDI Quattro 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 6th May '12)

4

If you're careful and choose a good one, these are fantastic all-round cars. You have the rock-solid reliability of the 2.5 TDi V6 engine (just make sure the timing belt's been done every 80K) coupled with a superb auto/tiptronic gearbox. They're comfortable (you're riding on four cylinders of air), quick for a 4X4 and brilliant in the snow. They're also well-specced inside with good stereo systems, climate control, etc.

And now the not-so-good... they're cheap to buy (pre 2006 model), but for a reason. Unless you're very lucky, this car will cost you a lot to keep tip-top. Yes it uses a lot of diesel (that's a given - 30MPG combined at best) but it's the air suspension that's a killer. You WILL be buying one or two front airprings (which crack on the rubber chamber and leak resulting in a sinking car) at £400 a pop from Audi or £300 from Arnott (better engineered than Audi's) and possible also a new compressor for the suspension system (£800 from Audi - half that elsewhere). You may also find that the scuttle at the base of the windscreen has popped out of place allowing rainwater to run straight into the aircon intake and cabin electrics. Check for a soggy passenger footwell! Also, on one of the two I have owned, the electrics (even pre-soaking as just mentioned) were a tad bonkers. It would behave fine for ages and then blow four bulbs in a month. I also had three radios (replaced under warranty luckily) because the CD player on the Symphony stereo kept failing.

All that said, they're still fantastic cars and I'd have another in future. If you buy an older one, just be prepared for £1000 per annum of maintenance on that air suspension...

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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simonbrown

ALL ROAD rubbish

AUDI ALLROAD 2.5 TDI Quattro 5dr (Review date: 2nd February '12)

3.3

Why oh Why oh Why did I waste my time and money buying the pathetically unreliable air suspension All Road. Its only a 2.5 Quattro with potential for BIG bills and some plastic fittings on the outside.

Unless you are mad dont buy one!! if you have 5K to spend and its 80-100K on the clock DONT buy one. Yopu will be forever shelling out for air bags x 4 , new compressor etc. Why on earth did a premium brand like Audi not adopt hydraulic suspension like the French have reliably mastered for years god only knows.If you do need the ground clearance then buy a proper 4 x 4 or get a Volvo XC70.

I bought a A6 2.5TDI Quattro and have had no problems at all.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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rocket

2004 AUDI ALLROAD SUSPENSION PROBLEMS, AND REVIEW.

AUDI ALLROAD 2.5 TDI Quattro 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 13th December '11)

3.5

I HAVE JUST BOUGHT THE ALLROAD ,I AM ALREADY EXPERIENCING AIR SUSPENSION PROBLEMS, IT AS ALREADY COST £500 PLUS I REPLACED THE TEMPERTURE SENSOR, AND HAD IT SERVICED, IT IS NOW BACK IN THE GARAGE I BOUGHT IT FROM, PR MOTORS ,STILL WITH SUSPENSION PROBLEMS ,THEY ARE TRYING TO SORT FOR ME AND HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE ,EVEN LENT ME A CAR TO GET ME TO WORK, NOT MANY DEALERS LOOK AFTER YOU LIKE THIS TOP CLASS DEALER HIGHLEY RECOMMENDED, OTHER COMMENTS ON THE ALLROAD , NOT BAD ON DIESEL ,VERY COMFORTABLE , LIVELY RESPONSIVE, PLENTY OF SPACE BOTH IN THE BOOT AND TRAVELLING SPACE , WILL I HAVE ANOTHER ONE IT DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH TROUBLE I HAVE WITH THE SUSPESION. MIGHT TRY A VOLVO XC CROSS COUNTRY

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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seantoms

All Road Driver

AUDI ALLROAD 2.5 TDI Quattro 5dr (Review date: 23rd November '11)

3.5

We bought our Y plate 2.5TDI 180 with 90,000 miles and a full Audi history , in nearly 3 years and 30,000 miles it has handled everything , returning 29.9mpg on lots of short journeys.

Off road ( ours has a low ratio gear box ) it is fantastic and on winter tyres close to unstopable.

Now to the not so good news.

The air suspensoon system is very unreliable

We have spent over £2500 ourselves with the local Audi main dealer on air bags , air springs & compressors and the supplying independent dealer paid our local Audi dealer to fix a failed an air suspension problem at > £700 only 2 days after we bought the car. A total of > £3,000 in repairs on the suspension alone.

In cold weather last year , we had -15c in Shropshire , the car would really struggle to start and the drivers door and also other doors would not close properly.

Talking to Audi air suspension problems are rife with many Allroads , as they are with the old model RS6 , sticking door are also not unknown.

In summary it is a good car , great off road and is spacious & with reasonable economy & strong interior build quality but the air suspension is a very real weakness that Audi needs to fix.

Would I buy another one ..... not sure , its is a fantastic mix and more ejoyable to drive than a traditional 4x4 but who needs £3000 of repairs to the suspension alone .....

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

2 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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andrewH

Comfortable ride, tough interior but with a few mechanical woes.

AUDI ALLROAD 2.5 TDI Quattro 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 31st October '11)

4

The Allroad is a very comfortable, practical & hard-wearing estate car. I live and work on a farm, so the 4x4 is a big plus for those snowy & muddy days, and the driving experience is just so much nicer than any large four-wheel-drive. The interior is very comfortable, and the air suspension gives a great ride on all surfaces.

Our two boys have done their best to destroy the interior and have failed thus far - testimony to the quality of the materials and the design.

Main dealer servicing costs can be high, but these cars have complex suspension and drivetrain systems and really need looking after properly. I have had a few niggles, the most severe (ie expensive) necessiated the fitment of a new fuel pump at a cost of £2500. MPG is not great - 28 round town, low thirties on a run. Does 24 towing a Hymer caravan which is not too bad I don't reckon.

Approaching 120K miles now - hoping to get to 200K!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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nickL

Cheaper to run than you think!

AUDI ALLROAD 2.7 T Quattro 5dr (Review date: 5th September '11)

4.8

This is a great car. Loads of space, comfort and performance. Allroads have a reputation for being expensive to run but on a yearly like for like basis it has been cheaper than our previous Landrover Discoveries and much more fun to drive. You can drive all day and step out of the car as fresh as when you started. And it has been much more reliable than the Discos.

I'm looking for a new one now!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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