I'm currently torn between vaguely sensible (190 Quattro S-Line 1.8T Avant) and something a bit more lairy (B6 S4 Avant), but not being able to find a 2004 1.8T Avant S-line that's not taking the p1ss for love nor money has made me search for S4s. I figured the worst I will find is that it's too expensive to run and may have to sell it on in 6 months but I figured owning a V8 is sort of a rite of passage and certainly needs to be done. The little devil on my shoulder is saying "Helllll yeaaah!" along with several friends who are of particularly bad influence....
So, I may be going to have a look at a 2004 Avant on Saturday, on 90k miles. I won't touch it unless it's HPI clear plus has full history and a wodge of receipts so don't worry about that. But what else should I look out for particularly?
-I've heard about leaking aux radiators? Are they in the obvious place?
-Also heard about a whine on startup indication cam chain tensioners are on the way.
-Seen a few advertised with "coilpacks all replaced under warranty", presumably not great if they haven't been done?
-Any other troubling gremlins I should look out for?
Finally running costs, fuel (obviously), oil consumption (maybe ~ 1 litre per 2-3000 miles?) and tyres, have I missed anything? Should I look for things like major items such as recent clutch change? Don't fancy a few £K bill coming up soon.
Thanks for any advice and tips you guys can offer!