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    My Audi issues and loves

    WARNING: This starts off as a rant about the car i just purchased but turns out i do LOVE my audi A3.

    Well i recently bought a 53 plate audi a3 2.0 TDI and i have to say so far my thoughts have not been the best I purchased the car about 3 months ago from a "private trader". The day i purchased the car was the day i noticed my first problem, as i was driving up the motorway i noticed that as soon as the car got to about 82mph that i lost all boost and the car went in to limp mode.

    From here i did the usual things i.e contact the seller stating that i wasa not happy that i had just purchased a car and now it was not working correctly and that the engine light had come on and i had lost all boost(boost returned after stopping turning the engine off and re-starting).this happened a few more timmes on the way home.

    As i was closer to home than i was to the sellers i decided to get the car home and call the AA out for fault diagnosis. The AA plugged in to the car and the only fault apparrent was a "Turbo Overboost Caution".The AA mechanic then reset the code the followed me home.(i was at my uncles when i called the AA out).The next morning i started the car up and everything seemed fine i drove to work to collect some stuff then came home (4 mile round trip no faults noticed), after leaving the car outside on idle while i grabbed a few things from indoors the car started to produce a "james bond" smoke screen.

    Thus another call to the AA. The mechanic had a look over the car and guess the head gasket could have gone. So he towed me to a local garage where i left them the car to figure out what the problem was. They ran a few quick tests (sniff test, vacuum test) and nothing seemed wrong apart from a strong smell of unburnt diesel from the exhuast. so they took the EGR and Cylinder Head off and sent them for pressure testing. It came about that the head was cracked on port No2 (porous head, Common audi issue??)

    So after abuit of ebay searching i found a garage that would replace the head and all ancilleries (cam belt, water pump ...) for less than £1500 (audi approved garage with 2 years warranty) while he had the car in he had to change a few other things as the previous garage had damaged a few things while removing the head.(heater plugs, a wireing harness and a sensor) all in all it came to £1960 Vat incl.I thought that was going to be and end to the issue as the turbo caused me no issues on the way home ( i had informed the garage that their was something wrong with it and if they could look at it while they had it in, they said after the work the test drove the car and there was no loss of power or turbo cut-out).

    But fast forward a month and we have a new issue arisen. The car alarm started to go off on its own accord anytime of day. especially in the middle of the night. after some investigation by myself it seemed to be that the boot sensor was sending a signal that the boot was open even though it was closed and locked. so i googled around and found a thread on here about the rear wiper motor pipes coming disconnected and shorting out the boot locking mechanism and setting the alarm off.

    So i took the car to Audi and had them look into the fault.(I quoted what i had learned from here) and they confirmed what i suspected (well kind of) it was the rear wiper motor but it was not the pipes the actual motor itself was leaking fluid down within the rear tailgate and shorting out the boot locking mechanism) so after about £80 for diagnostics they have quoted me £277 for a new rear motor, new boot locking mechanism and a wireing harness within the boot incl fitting.

    So with travelling, paying for storage and removal of the car it has nearly cost me double what i initially payed for the car.next audi i buy will be from a dealer so its audi approved and all faults checked.Well rant over thanks for reading (if you got this far)Now to the nice things i have to say about the car. I love the car the way it drives and the way it handles. There is alot more power in this car than any i have previously owned and the looks speak for themself Audi's are beautiful motors its just a shame my first purchase has caused me to doubt them.I love the Bose sound system within the car (subs seem to not work?? well i cant hear any added bass). I love the self leveling zenon headlights, to be honest i love the car all over apart from the faults i have had.[p]

    Also the Audi customer service is brilliant. they kept me watered (coffee,tea,cans of coke) and gave my wifi access for my ipad while i was waiting in the dealers while they had my car.lalso the free clean and wash they did on the car before i got it back was a nice after touch.(not the best clean its had but hey its free!)[p]Well now the car is running (apart from tubo issues!) I have though about starting the mods. what would anyone suggest?? i am unsure what p state the car is but here is a picture so someone can tell me[p]

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    (53) Graphite A3 2.0 TDI (Sport) Avionics aircraft engineer, currently based in oxforshire working on Merlin EH101 Support helpicopter


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    sorry about the big block of text but it wont let me add spaces after i wrote it in notepad at work
    (53) Graphite A3 2.0 TDI (Sport) Avionics aircraft engineer, currently based in oxforshire working on Merlin EH101 Support helpicopter


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Ford View Post
    sorry about the big block of text but it wont let me add spaces after i wrote it in notepad at work
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    Fancy seeing you on here Charlie

    And sorry to read about your problems

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    What mileage is your car on?

    This is a prime example why I wont buy privately to be honest. I have a 53 plate 2.0 TDi like yours, but akoya silver, with just over 40k miles.

    I would also be mindful of the kind of information you are disclosing about yourself on a public, easily accessible forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABYSS View Post
    Fancy seeing you on here Charlie And sorry to read about your problems
    haha fancy seeing you here to andy. where about your located now as i may have to pop the new girl down for a day with jen at some point as i think she needs abit more TLC after all the work has been carried out on her also i may hit you up soon about a pedal box or a DTUK box. Either that or i am going to look at going for a REVO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monster_munch View Post
    What mileage is your car on?This is a prime example why I wont buy privately to be honest. I have a 53 plate 2.0 TDi like yours, but akoya silver, with just over 40k miles.
    well the car had just under 130k on it when i bought her in october.
    Quote Originally Posted by monster_munch View Post
    I would also be mindful of the kind of information you are disclosing about yourself on a public, easily accessible forum.
    yeah i know i have not said anything that would jepordise my saftey or that of my family. just my job title and area no exact locations. but its always good to have someone keep a watchout as i often make stupid mistakes like buying broken cars lol.
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    Cracked head and limp mode is not uncommon on models 05 and earlier, my previous A3 suffered from both these problems.

    The SB i have now has the revised head and touch would is fine.

    Welcome BTW.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Ford View Post
    Cheers warren haha fancy seeing you here to andy. where about your located now as i may have to pop the new girl down for a day with jen at some point as i think she needs abit more TLC after all the work has been carried out on her also i may hit you up soon about a pedal box or a DTUK box. Either that or i am going to look at going for a REVO.
    Were still in Durham

    Pedal Box and DTUK are becoming site sponsors very shortly, so well be offering ASN members discounts on both

    Ill not hi-jack your thread but we can have a chat once our sub forums go live

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    No worries mate, I am in the mob too!

    As has been already suggested, I think your first mod should be a remap. Revo, Motech, Bluefin, cant really go wrong with the big brands. Might be worth throwing in a K&N panel filter aswell (first thing I did).

    Out of interest, what garage did you get to sort out your porous head problem? Was it a new or refurbed cylinder head?

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    first off welcome to the forum matey hoe you learn a lot more dam good info of it , its helped me so much over the years and made some good friends on here to , hope its the last of your problems mate the head is a well known issue with -05 tdi's loads have had it
    ​She is back on the road yay!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monster_munch View Post
    No worries mate, I am in the mob too!

    As has been already suggested, I think your first mod should be a remap. Revo, Motech, Bluefin, cant really go wrong with the big brands. Might be worth throwing in a K&N panel filter aswell (first thing I did).

    Out of interest, what garage did you get to sort out your porous head problem? Was it a new or refurbed cylinder head?
    Cool what mob u in? What you do?
    K&N wil be shortly after I sort the turbo issues lol
    I got a company called Pw motorsport to fit the head they supplied It was a brand new head

    Genuine Audi A3 Golf MK5 Cylinder head 2.0 TDI NEW | eBay. The link I found him on. He's ex RAF aswell lol
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    I am in the RAF mate, I joined as a rigger and got multi skilled to mechanical. Spent 9 years on Harriers to the end, then I am out of the RAF later this year.

    Thats not a bad price for a brand new head and labour. Im still dreading it goes on mine. Hopefully with it sorted you'll have many years ahead of happy Audi motoring!

    As your at Benson and kind of down that way, look up Audi Driver International. Cracking Audi show, it was brill last year.

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    Ahh cool I have spent 8 years on the mighty merlin now lol. Got my sign on to 12 so bought the Audi lol
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    Awesome it looks like Audi driver international is on my birthday this year!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Ford View Post
    Awesome it looks like Audi driver international is on my birthday this year!!
    Audi driver inters is a must for audi fans awesome track action with some quality cars on display too
    ​She is back on the road yay!!

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    does the forum send a contingent? i attended a few shows with Abyss on an old forum and we had a blast and i am sure i could to with this one
    (53) Graphite A3 2.0 TDI (Sport) Avionics aircraft engineer, currently based in oxforshire working on Merlin EH101 Support helpicopter


 

 

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