"Ronny" <***@123.com> wrote in message news:JSemail@example.com...
| "iws" <***@nospam.com> wrote in message
| > "Kari Walters" <***@nowhere.net> wrote in message
| > news:***@4ax.com...
| > | Hello all,
| > |
| > | I have been looking for a used Audi now for about nine months -
| > something
| > in the
| > | under $10k range - and viola!, came across this newsgroup.
| > |
| > | Since the economy (U.S.) has been so bad, I've notice that prices for
| > many
| > used
| > | luxury cars, like the Audi's, have dropped significantly in the past
| > months. That's
| > | good for me because I'm a college student on a budget and reeeeally
| > would
| > like to
| > | own an Audi.
| > |
| > | I'm asking for some opinions and direction. I would like to find a
| > 2000 -2003
| > | A4/S4/A6 Quatro Sedan w/ 1.8T or 2.8 (A4) or 2.7T/2.8/3.0 (A6) engine,
| > automatic.
| > |
| > | I have driven enough used Audis to know that AWD is a must, especially
| > living in the
| > | beautiful mountains of Pennsylvania in the winter. I'm not great at
| > driving a stick
| > | shift and would prefer an auto.
| > |
| > | From my searching so far I've seen prices getting lower and lower and
| > think I can
| > | get something with less than 80,000 miles in the range of a 2002 or
| > under 10k.
| > |
| > | I'd really like to know your opinions for any years, models, engines
| > | transmissions to definitely steer clear of. Also, since I'll be
| > purchasing
| > somewhere
| > | in the Pittsburgh/Altoona area of Pennsylvania (rust belt), are there
| > certain models
| > | or body styles prone to rust? Does the exhaust system rust?
| > |
| > | I will certainly take the car to a mechanic before purchase but would
| > like
| > to know
| > | if it's all right to take an Audi to a less costly general services
| > mechanic? or is
| > | it better to pay the higher cost of an Audi dealer mechanic?
| > |
| > | Any information or opinions you can provide will be greatly
| > appreciated!!!
| > |
| > | Thank you in advance and GO STEELERS!!!
| > |
| > | Kari
| > Here are some items to look for:
| > oil leaks especially on the V6 = several hundreds of $
| > timing belt change is expensive ($800+) and is recommended every 70
| > 80,000 miles
| > front suspension components wear out and are costly to repair =
| > hundreds of $
| > brake rotors are usually replaced along with pads = $250/wheel if
| > don't do it yourself
| > expensive cooling system parts failure that my Audi mechanic blames
| > the pink antifreeze
| > oil sludge problem on A4 four cylinder engines = major engine
| > Google it for info.
| > Fortunately, most of these items can be checked out by a competent Audi
| > mechanic before you buy the car. If your budget can't stand an
| > unanticipated
| > $1000 repair/maintenance item, you should consider something other than
| > used Audi.
| Ok I am going to say all or non of the above posts are correct, here is my
| experience of owning a used Audi...
| I always buy mine with 80k miles + on them, I am currently sitting on 200k
| miles on a 1.8T 2003 a4 quattro, the car never really gets serviced on
| I used both mix of oil mineral and synthetic whatever is cheapest in the
| garage as I pass and need to top up. I have had 2 timing belts fitted.
| Oil sludge must be an american thing, it does not happen over here <uk>
| we use all types of oils, I have seen a few posts on forums about it but
| nothing serious, coil packs were a problem but not for me, I normally
| serivce it myself costs about £60/$100 for everything including pollen
| Stay away from pre 2001 models, they eat bearings and front arms, my old
| 1997 2.6Q used to kill bearings on 18 inch rims, my 2003 has had 18's and
| have not heard a peep from them. No creaks or moans either. if you go for
| 1.8t make sure you get the 6 speed version the 5 speed is far too high
| geared, if you go tip or auto then you don't have this to worry about
| Some other good points you won't get on many other cars, doors sound nice
| when closed, one of the best interiors and hard wearing except for the
| window switches. You won't find any rust on a MY2001+ they are very well
| galvenised, also the quattro is bullet proof. Stereo is amazing, don't
| bother with BOSE stick with standard you wont regret it, 10 speakers and
| as standard.
| If you drive it like you stole it it will last 10 mins, if you take care
| your Audi it will last forever, it will cost very little to maintain and
| give you years of enjoyment. I never rant the tits off mine, always change
| gear below 4k revs and stick to motorways 90% of the time, I have not even
| changed a set of brake pads in 100k miles.
| Some bad points i have noticed, back seat of drivers side due to the auto
| adjust seems to pop the card off, happens on 90% of them, glue it back on
| best way :) oil leaks are pretty common on A4's, the gaskets tend to get
| brittle or poor cambelt installation causes slight leaks, mine has seeped
| slightly for 50k miles but still drives like new.
| I have also never changed and exhaust on an Audi I have owned. So what's
| stopping you buying one???
With the exception of the oil sludge problem (more 1.8T related) and for
which Audi recognized a problem and extended the warranty, every item I
mentioned has been problematic on my 1998 A4 and I don't drive mine
particularly hard. I didn't mention the defective clutch components and
ventilation fan which were replaced under warranty.