As detailed in another thread, I have just forked out a (to me) shed-load of money on sorting out the radiator / ATF cooler and that means that any plans to u/grade have to be put on hold for while. Although, having a Quattro for the winter is no bad thing. What that means is that a few things that I put on hold now need to be done to see me through the next 6 months or so and to bring the car up to the correct standard, so your help and advice is sought and gratefully received.
TyresCurrently, the front pair of tyres (can't remember the brand but they are not budget ones) are down to 5mm but on the rear I have a pair of "Chinese Ping-pong Industries We Fitted them to get the car through the MOT before we sold you the car sir Ditchfinders" which are lethal - feeling the back end start to go left on a wet roundabout at 25 mph is not fun. I'm sure it's been discussed before here on the forum but I can't find anything but what would be a good replacement set. The wheels are the 'standard' 5-spoke, 235 45 R17 (I think) that look like the ones on this:
My immediate thought was to buy Goodyear Eagle F1s which I've had on other cars but they don't seem to make them anymore so as alternatives, my local tyre specialist has suggested Avon ZZ3 or ZZ5 or Goodyear EfficientGrip. The Goodyear doesn't seem to get favourable reviews so I tend to favour the ZZ5.However, is there a particular tyre that works well with Quattros?
HeadlightsWhile the A4 is at the doctors, I've had a Hyundai i10 as transport and it just shows how bad the headlights in the A4 are. So I'm thinking of changing to a brighter bulb (ie drop in replacement, rather than "go Xenon"). Is there a particular bulb you'd recommend? How much of a faff is it to change the bulbs in a B6?
SuspensionOn the last MOT, it got 2 advisories: rear driver's side is sagging and the suspension bushes are (superficially) cracked. The garage fixing my A4 has looked at these and said that they're OK at the moment (the rear springs are rusty but not cracked) but as a natural worrier and 'car perfectionsit' I get uncomfortable knowing that things aren't 100%. If I'm keeping the car for 6 months more, should I get the rear springs and bushes replaced? If I do, are the best bushes OEM or are there better after-market ones out there (but not ones so hard that they rattle your fillings out).
BodyworkA minor one but an annoyance. On the front bumber there are a few 'skid marks' from (I guess) a red car's bumper being rubbed against. No damage to my bumper but I can't get them off - what's the best thing to do to fix.Cheers in advance.