Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Audi’s 2004 A4 is a used hidden GEM that should be considered
When this version of the Audi A4 (model code B7) first arrived in Malaysia under the guardianship of Euromobil it was sold for just under RM200k new and received a lukewarm reception as the previous guardian of the Audi brand in Malaysia, Auto Dunia did a dismal job of keeping the ‘prestige’ and quality image of the Audi brand alive. It took Euromobil the current brand guardian a lot of convincing to get buyers to accept possible high resale value, good after sales and a feel in your palms drive experience.
Today there are a number of used units for sale as owners have appreciated all its values mentioned above and moved on to the next generation B8 and B9 models.
The test drive of a used Audi A4 revels a lot of possible mechanical and electrical issues if any. You must examine the odometer, driver’s seat, steering wheel and foot pedals for signs of clocking by looking to see if it is worn in tandem with the reading on the dashboard odometer. The quality interiors shrug off high mileage so check properly. Accident damaged units must be avoided since there are so few of these cars sold the chances of a proper repair job by an insurance company is rare. This is because the car comes with almost flawless build and high quality assembly, which should show little, wear unless abused which is rare. As for corrosion, with an Audi you’re pretty safe and there is little to worry about here. If there has been accident damage and the repair is done third rate then you can easily see the bad workmanship as original panels are well put together and gaps are even.
A full service history from Euromobil is preferred but many owners after the 2 years warranty will seek after market specialist which there are a few in Klang Valley that offer good servicing. You should find the interior of the A4 equally well preserved and in most cases better at wear when compared to its German rivals which are locally assembled. No matter what anyone challenges you, a fully imported German made car is always better to last than a locally assembled version. This is of course noticeable after 12-13 years of wear and tear.
This A4 2.0L turbo comes with a kerb weight of some 1390kg, which is close to its nearest competitor the BMW 320i but feels more lively on the city drive as the 2-liter engine is smooth in its delivery and the gearbox changes with little jerks. What you should notice on a test drive is the missing wind noise even up to 140 km/h and all electrics working without a hitch.
Today, this 12-13-year old fully imported Audi A4 (B7 model) will fetch anywhere between RM28,000-RM39,000 and you will get a car that come with a premium sound system, high quality paint finish if still in its original paint that has been well take cared off. It will have a little marked interior, 17-inch alloy wheels, low profile tyres, firm bucket seats, xenon lights and a deep carpet lined boot.