Audi A4 - 2005

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  1. eddiewakey

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    Hi All
    Ive seen for sale a really nice condition A4 AVANT S-Line, it has all the toys on it, 2005 MODEL, 2.0 Petrol, with 166k miles on the clock.

    "Cam belt changed last year, new battery, coils and new alternator."


    Anything that i should look out for on these cars?
    Is that too high mileage for a car of its age? Is it too high for that type of engine?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sidicks

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    If I was going for a high mileage car then I'd certainly be looking at diesel.

    166k for a petrol seems very high...
     
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    it should be very cheap I hope...2.0 petrol wasn't very popular...Make certain the RNS-E reads the DVD for satnav properly...Glove compartment is a weakness as is the arm rest. Another think to check is the drainage and that it isn't blocked up, open bonnet and remove cover for battery and see if the drainage holes are clear...What gearbox is it?

    I don't have the estate but do have a 3.0 Quattro Tiptronic Cabriolet and have to admit, nothing really goes wrong on it...
     
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    I had a 2.0 petrol A4 for a few weeks while my 1.9tdi A4 was getting repaired.
    It's a very weedy engine, really nothing good I can say about it at all.
     
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    I hope it's a manual and not a multitronic..........Had to sell my A4 S-Line due to this a few years back as a replacement box was 5k! (was at 105k miles)
     
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    Problem seemed to be with people not keeping up with their oil changes. Alternatively the tiptronic is great, robust and "sealed for life"
     
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    Yep had mine done every 40k (as per instruction) but it still started to fail at around 100k, was not impressed with it either you either 'love or hate' a constant type automatic transmissions. Mine was juddering, banging and just dangerous pulling away from junctions, glad I got shot quick and shifted it to a dealer on a PX. It even had the gearbox ECU replaced at 40k under warranty for the flashing display problems. Due to the mileage Audi were not interested (even though it was a known design fault) with a full dealer history they did nothing to keep me, has put me off Audi for life which is a shame as I still like the look of them.

    I heard the tiptronic version had none of the same problems as it was a totally different box.....
     
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    I actually love the CVT boxes. Had one on a Volvo, Prius, and the best ever on the Murano.

    But yes Audi seems to have had a serious problem with their implementation.
     
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    That mileage on a petrol I would say don't do it.
     
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    The 2.0 I had on loan was a CVT, that just made it worse.
    The revs used to go up to around 3500rpm and just sit there, it was horrible.
    Unfortunately, those revs seemed to coincide with a rough patch in the engine.
    CVT should have been killed off with DAF/Volvo in the 1970s
     
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    You just don't get how to drive one, it's brilliant for a nice and smooth transition ;)

    Perhaps that is the issue with your DSG woes as well, understanding how the technology is best applied ;)
     
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    A never-changing engine note is no fun.
    It makes every car sound like Michael Owen.
    I dare say they're bad for economy too, seeing as they make the engine sit at relatively high revs all the time.
    Revs are the enemy of economy.
     
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    I got to give you the comment on the engine note, it is different than we are traditionally used to. Very similar to a powerboat though where you set it to the optimal RPM for what you require. And that is what is driving a CVT all about, you keep the engine load optimum during acceleration, however the RPM can go right down once you are (on the 'plane') coasting....Optimum engine load for the conditions is actually really good, and that doesn't mean just high revs...
     
  14. eddiewakey

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    Thanks guys. I've also come across a better spec lower mileage 1.8t (120k), is that a better engine? And a better mileage for that engine? Fsh on this one... Anything to watch out for?

    Thanks
     
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    Mine was a 1.8t 190 s-line, at that mileage on a small petrol engine it will be tired, also these are not cheap to repair/maintain....
     
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    What makes you say that? (what repairs etc did you need to do?)
     
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    To give you an idea temp gauge shot up one day on the motorway, managed to get it into Audi after it cooled down - thermostat had stuck and took out the water pump with it, bill was near 1k.....

    Suspension parts, wheel bearings etc....all not cheap.

    Depends on how much you are paying? I let mine go for 3k less than I owed on it in the end because of the gearbox :(
     
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    Unfortunately with any 'premium' brand at high miles + age you could be one repair away from scrapping it....depending on what you paid....stealers will do you no favours for FSH anyway.
     
  19. eddiewakey

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    It's up at 3.5!i think it's a steal... Sat nav/tv etc! Sline spec... It's had water pump and belt done too.
     
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    Toys can go wrong and cost and arm and leg to fix - if anything causes the dash warning lights to illuminate you can be looking at an MOT failure now even if it's not dangerous.
    Turbos can be expensive.
    That said you get a lot of car for the money if you're prepared to take the risk.

    Before you jump in I would see if you have a decent Audi independent near by. My Merc indie saved me hundreds - but if I'd stuck with main dealers I would have probably scrapped the car 3-4 years early due to repair costs.
    If you're tempted I'd consider and AA inspection (or an hour labour at indie repair shop) which will either get you some haggle room or reassurance that the car is a good buy.
     
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    The rear wiper motor is a common problem as well. The seal goes on the shaft and the motor fills up with water.

    Easy job to replace one but you are looking at over £100 for a new one from Audi.

    I've had my 2006 A4 for a year now and apart from the wiper motor I've not had any problems with it.
     
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    It's a similar system to the one Honda uses and I just paid £125 to have mine fixed. Which is not earth shattering, but still a pain in the neck, and not something you want to inherit.
     
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    Oh, and make sure you test drive an S-Line before buying, the suspension setup is stiffer so it rides a bit harder than an SE. Might not be an issue, but depends on your style/amount of driving and the road conditions where you live (potholes, speed bumps etc).
     

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