When will my Audi be a clas­sic?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Read­ing the es­capades of your var­i­ous staff fleet cars made me won­der if my 2002 Audi A4 3.0 Quat­tro can be re­garded as a clas­sic. It is cer­tainly older than your £500 Chal­lenge MG ZR and Nick Larkin’s Rover 75, and close in age to the var­i­ous staff MX-5s you fea­ture.

I’ve owned my car for more than ten years, tak­ing the mileage from 78,000 when pur­chased to over 192,000 now. I bought it with a full Audi ser­vice his­tory and have had it ser­viced ev­ery 10k by an in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ist. In all that time it has let me down just once (coil pack fail­ure), the orig­i­nal clutch was re­placed at 177k and it is still on its orig­i­nal ex­haust.

This is now my third Audi – I owned a 1993 2.0-litre 80 sa­loon for a num­ber of years, fol­lowed by an 1996 2.6 A4 Avant. They re­quired noth­ing other than rou­tine ser­vic­ing. My cur­rent A4 is still in amaz­ing con­di­tion. None of them have been garaged as this is re­served for my ‘proper’ clas­sic – a Tri­umph 2.5PI.

With Audi mak­ing its cars so well, there are loads from the nineties and noughties still in reg­u­lar use. If it’d made them to de­te­ri­o­rate as well as Fords and Vaux­halls, they’d make it into the clas­sic scene much sooner! Scott Moore, Gils­ing­ham, Suf­folk

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