2012 Audi A4 1.8T, 115000km, too good to be true?

dontspeak

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Hi car gurus. I'm planning to buy a used car. While looking for an i20, I ran into an Audi A4 selling for 89k. It seems to be in great condition from the outside. The owner claims 115000km on the clock and zero accidents. Isn't the price a tad too low for the mileage of the car?

I have also heard some bad stories about German cars when something breaks. How true is this? Are they generally lemons when compared to Japanese cars?
 

Mosgi

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On the one hand it's a 7 year old luxury car with potential for the oil consumption issues that plagued the 1.8/2.0T of the EA888 1st gen engines. On the other hand this was resolved in about 2012 and subsequent models didn't have this potentially devastating repair looming.

You would have to take a look at the car with someone who knows the models well to tell. I sold my 2009 in 2013 for R155k so isn't far off on the depreciation for these Audis. Mines was a 2.0T ambition with a few extras though
 

Franky03

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Price seems a bit low..... just check on gumtree and autotrader or even cars.o.za for comparison
 

TheChamp

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Yes, looks like it is.



 

Franky03

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Yes, looks like it is.




Issue mostly sorted from 2012 models, depending on the engine number, if I remember correctly.
 

TheChamp

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OP, the Audi is nice but if I were you I would admire the German quality then move on and buy the first generation, full house i20 1.6.
 

dontspeak

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I'm planning to take the car to Dekra first. Is the R2k they charge for the checks worth it?
 

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I slept on it and decided against buying the german lemon. There are too many reports about faulty engines burning oil and huge bills on repairs. Now looking at the Civic as it seems to have good reviews on the interwebs.
 

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I slept on it and decided against buying the german lemon. There are too many reports about faulty engines burning oil and huge bills on repairs. Now looking at the Civic as it seems to have good reviews on the interwebs.
Good man. Which Civic are you looking at?
 

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I slept on it and decided against buying the german lemon. There are too many reports about faulty engines burning oil and huge bills on repairs. Now looking at the Civic as it seems to have good reviews on the interwebs.

I wouldn't necessarily call it a lemon, but it carries the risk of bankrupting you if it goes wrong, so a good move.

The Civic is a good car in general. I have an older gen one in my garage and its relatively bulletproof.
 

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It's not, turbochargers are expensive when they fail. But buy the car you like and live with your decision and the consequences.
It might be a lemon, it might not. Buying with your head will probably end up with you in a Honda Jazz.
 

TheChamp

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It might be a lemon, it might not. Buying with your head will probably end up with you in a Honda Jazz.
You got me very confused there, I was wondering why I don't remember posting that in this thread.

Anyway, my philosophy is simple, if you are a peasant you always buy with your head, if that leaves you with a Honda Jazz then so be it.

If you decide to play with the big boys and not buy with your head you then live with the consequences, which are more often not nice.
 
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