The Audi Thread

DominionZA

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Nice one Mike!!

Just took my 14 year old Audi there for a 105k service and a coolant leak. They suggested I do a cambelt service same time as the leak was a worn water pump so while they were in there they could do cambelt. R7.9k all in. Interesting that Audi charge R12k for a cambelt service.

EDIT: Also got a failing electric window mechanism on the front passenger door, R3.2k to repair and replace.

Awesome dude. :thumbup:

My wife was having issues with a coolant leak in her A4. It was still under motor plan so it went into Audi Airport to get fixed. 3 freaking times she took it to them and they could not fix it. Each time the invoice reflected between R8k and R12k (thankfully covered by MP).
Her car went out of MP so I took it to Andre. He identified the problem immediately and repaired it for the final time. Just under R800!
 
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Oooohhhhh - and that Quattro. Once you had one you struggle to drive non Quattro dude. My previous A6 was a Quattro and this was top of the list when I upgraded to my current. It is like the car is on freaking rails.

It's an over-rated expense if you're not hooning it 24/7 really.
 

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the accord is the winner here surely!
you can fetch a 2009 model 2.4 with most creature comforts, for around R120k.
my wife drives the 2005 accord 2.4 and it is not overly thirsty i admit. 700 to fill the tank these days, gets her around 600-650kms... all in town driving. on the open road i've got close to 800kms a few times with cruise control+air con on at 110km/h.

it is amazing how much value+reliability you can get from a honda!
get it!
 

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My cambelt service cost me R2,400 in my previous A6 dude. You are only crazy if you continue to use the dealer once out of motor plan. No need for that at all.
At the time, Audi had quoted me R8k for the service.

My previous A6 I purchased at 100,000 kms and drove it to just under 190k kms. My current one I got at 100k kms and currently on 156k kms and still going as well (if not better) than the day I got it. No intention of getting rid of it anytime soon.

Correct! That previous quote was bullshit!
Audi quoted me same R8000 for cambelt. ACD Bellville quoted me R6500. Audi Specialist Montague Gardens quoted me R4000.

My mechanic did it for me for R0. Runs perfectly. Water pump cost me R290.
 

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Awesome dude. :thumbup:

My wife was having issues with a coolant leak in her A4. It was still under motor plan so it went into Audi Airport to get fixed. 3 freaking times she took it to them and they could not fix it. Each time the invoice reflected between R8k and R12k (thankfully covered by MP).
Her car went out of MP so I took it to Andre. He identified the problem immediately and repaired it for the final time. Just under R800!

Careful with that! They'll tell you your water pump went, when in actual fact its the coolant flange at the back of the engine.

Part cost at Audi = R290. But its a bitch to replace.

The coolant flange seems to be a latent defect on the B6 A4 platform.
 
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Following thread with a keen interest.

Thinking of buying a 2007 Audi A3 2.0FSI Tiptronic for R119k with 120k km on the clock. Reason is that I want an Audi and an automatic.
Ideally I want a diesel, but can't find anything catching my eye at the moment.

My other car is a Disco 3, so I am just looking for something to travel to work and back. Should also be able to accommodate the kids on in-town trips.
 

DominionZA

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So the Quattro system engaged all the time? There is something wrong with your car.

Who said that? Said you entitled to your opinion. Does not have to be engaged all the time to make it a worthwhile expense :confused:

What makes an expense worthwhile is a matter of opinion. Get it now?
 

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Oooohhhhh - and that Quattro. Once you had one you struggle to drive non Quattro dude. My previous A6 was a Quattro and this was top of the list when I upgraded to my current. It is like the car is on freaking rails.

Yeah :). Used to drive an '99 Opel Astra 1.6cs. It's like I upgraded from a 286 to an i7 (yeah, computer geek).

I recently drove down to mpumalanga, and was quite impressed with the petrol usage at around 10l/100km. Cruising at 120, with no heavy foot.
 

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Yeah :). Used to drive an '99 Opel Astra 1.6cs. It's like I upgraded from a 286 to an i7 (yeah, computer geek).

I recently drove down to mpumalanga, and was quite impressed with the petrol usage at around 10l/100km. Cruising at 120, with no heavy foot.

I sit at 129km/h on the freeway. Get just a little over 1,000kms on a 70L tank. This on a 3.2 FSi Quattro. My previous was a 2.8 Quattro and would get about 650 to 700km on a tank.
This with 5 people in the car and pulling a trailer. Flipping impressive these new engines.
 

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What do you think these would be compared to a Golf/Jetta 5?

And from where are these kind of prices?

The same. VW/Audi use quite a few of the same parts. If you buy something without a turbo then you dont need to worry about that.
My polo needed to have a component in one electric window replaced and because it comes as a unit it cost R5k, I asked at the same time what it would have cost on a jetta and the mech told me it was the same part as the A4/jetta/golf so the same price.
Having a polo vs having an audi doesnt automatically make it cheaper to maintain.
 

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The same. VW/Audi use quite a few of the same parts. If you buy something without a turbo then you dont need to worry about that.
My polo needed to have a component in one electric window replaced and because it comes as a unit it cost R5k, I asked at the same time what it would have cost on a jetta and the mech told me it was the same part as the A4/jetta/golf so the same price.
Having a polo vs having an audi doesnt automatically make it cheaper to maintain.

Heard the same. Agreed.
 

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Those are classics...Something goes wrong with A4 10K+, usually.

I'l give you an explample. My father has a 2005 Audi A4 1.8T.

Engine mounts went. R11000
Front SV joints replacement R10000
Gearbox on last legs: R25000
Engine cooling went 3 times: R5000 per fix.

Not a very reliable car as it turns out. Gees was he using it as a rally car?


I would say to the OP, if you're feeling confident in your ability to buy a clean, problem free car, go for it. These audis have been rated by several publications to be the best used purchase you can make. Budget may be a little low though.
 

DominionZA

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Not a very reliable car as it turns out. Gees was he using it as a rally car?


I would say to the OP, if you're feeling confident in your ability to buy a clean, problem free car, go for it. These audis have been rated by several publications to be the best used purchase you can make. Budget may be a little low though.

Makes sense what you say. As mentioned before - on my fourth pre-owned Audi now, and based on my experience, there will be a fifth - one day.
 

PostmanPot

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Not a very reliable car as it turns out. Gees was he using it as a rally car?


I would say to the OP, if you're feeling confident in your ability to buy a clean, problem free car, go for it. These audis have been rated by several publications to be the best used purchase you can make. Budget may be a little low though.

Yeah, going to up it to R110k to get something decent.
 

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So, I'm pretty much in the same boat as the OP, looking for something nice (for a while already) with a 100K budget. Got two possibles in my sights at the moment and wondering what to do.

Option 1
2005 Audi A4 1.8T(Red T), auto, 178 000kms, good nick, new turbo, R79500

Option 2
2003 BMW 320D 6 speed manual, 169 000kms, all the bells&whistles, good nick, R75000

From what I've heard I'm thinking that I should stay away from both but they both look very nice and the BMW looks even better at 5.4 L/100kms.

I know they both will probably have horrible horror stories in the history of the model, but then again I could buy either one and never have a days trouble from it.

Thoughts?

/puts hands over ears and runs
 

PostmanPot

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I'll be viewing an A4 B7 2.0L at a dealership soon.

Could you guys please give me any tips, questions to ask, things to look out for and test?

I'm not a complete fool, but I'm sure there are things that I'm not entirely aware of. :)
 

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I'll be viewing an A4 B7 2.0L at a dealership soon.

Could you guys please give me any tips, questions to ask, things to look out for and test?

I'm not a complete fool, but I'm sure there are things that I'm not entirely aware of. :)

Ask for a full service record, job cards to see what kind of maintenance record, unscheduled mechanical/electrical repairs claimed against the Freeway Plan/Warranty.
 
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