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    How much have I spent in 3 months

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    I bought my car early December 2007, its an A4 B5 1.8TQS on 55K miles

    Here we go

    Major service and MOT @ local specialist Ł300

    Cambelt kit, front NSF ARB link bush, Brake fluid change Ł270 (no waterpump)

    Cleaning products to restore paint inc polish/wax etc Ł40

    JOM Front Grill that doesnt fit Ł45 inc del

    LCR front splitter Ł30

    Replacement OEM Front bumper spoiler Ł48

    Temp sender Ł28

    Thermostat Ł48 inc fitting

    Bodyshop rust removal on boot, fit splitter and front bumper spoiler Ł110



    How much I love this car ŁPriceless

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    A B5 with only 55k on the clock? suspiciously low, even if it's genuine those will have been very hard miles - lots of short journeys. Personally I always go for newer cars with galactic mileage, but well serviced, far less trouble.
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    I always hunt out the low mileage cars and never had a problem, I have thousands of pounds of receipts all from a main dealer and its been inspected and I have been told its mint, thanks for the concern though
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    I almost forgot the whole point of this thread, expensive servicing costs, had a cambelt, waterpump, major service and MOT for £300 on my old Honda Civic
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    Cleaning products to restore paint inc polish/wax etc Ł40

    JOM Front Grill that doesnt fit Ł45 inc del

    LCR front splitter Ł30

    Replacement OEM Front bumper spoiler Ł48

    Temp sender Ł28

    Thermostat Ł48 inc fitting

    Bodyshop rust removal on boot, fit splitter and front bumper spoiler Ł110

    MINT???
    Did you buy it with your heart and not your head?

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    I never bother adding up what I spend on cars, it becomes far too depressing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bong Water
    I always hunt out the low mileage cars and never had a problem, I have thousands of pounds of receipts all from a main dealer and its been inspected and I have been told its mint, thanks for the concern though
    So why did the cambelt need doing & a major service & MOT? Surely this would either have been done, or you would use the fact it hadn't been done to knock Ł500 off the asking price.
    As said low mileage cars have a very hard life. Give me a car 2 years younger with 100k on the clock everytime.
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    Mental, i bought mine with 100k and its been sweet as a nut until some monkey put my cam belt on wrong and bent the engine gota love Audis though this is my second and there great cars.
    A4 Avant project now started ! see this thread ! http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a4-s4-forum-b5-chassis/43296-bit-project-going.html
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    I wouldn't term that as being a huge amount of money to spend, would depend entirely on your circumstances I suppose.

    Let me see -
    Full inspection service at local specialist - Ł230
    MRC remap and healthcheck - Ł500
    Wheels and Tyres - Ł500
    AWE Boost Gauge - Ł100? (cant remember what I paid for it off hand)
    DTS - Ł120
    ECS Stage IV Brakes - Ł1600
    Chips and phone holder hole removal - Ł120
    Headunit, amp and speakers - Ł500 ish
    TBB/Samco style hoses - Ł120 ish

    Thats before this 1st year of ownership is out and before I consider that putting my foot down nets me 6mpg and I am looking at another set of wheels/tyres and a full on cambelt service within the next 6 to 8 weeks.

    I really wish that I hadn't written it all down now as its getting towards 50% of the cost of the car now LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyMac
    So why did the cambelt need doing & a major service & MOT? Surely this would either have been done, or you would use the fact it hadn't been done to knock Ł500 off the asking price.
    As said low mileage cars have a very hard life. Give me a car 2 years younger with 100k on the clock everytime.
    I got the car cheaper than the market value and at the time I was desperate for a car, I bought it knowing this would all need doing I just didnt think it would cost so much.

    Cambelt needed doing as it was at that age, obviously

    Why the hell would I want a car with 100k on the clock? The car is perfectly fine, just needs a few things doing as would any car thats approaching 60K, my point is, the servicing costs are a joke

    mavala whats your problem?

    Cleaning products to restore paint inc polish/wax I like detailing

    JOM Front Grill that doesnt fit I like the look of it so I bought one, the standard is currently fitted as the JOM item doesnt fit

    LCR front splitter Its a mod

    Replacement OEM Front bumper spoiler To fit the LCR splitter to, the old has a scuff

    Temp sender it needs one, common fault

    Thermostat common fault again needs replacing

    Bodyshop rust removal on boot Tiny bit, 5p sized, caused by water ingress, apparently very common

    Sheesh, was just stressing these things are expensive to run compared to other marques, put your nails away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bong Water
    I got the car cheaper than the market value and at the time I was desperate for a car, I bought it knowing this would all need doing I just didnt think it would cost so much.

    Cambelt needed doing as it was at that age, obviously

    Why the hell would I want a car with 100k on the clock? The car is perfectly fine, just needs a few things doing as would any car thats approaching 60K, my point is, the servicing costs are a joke
    I think it's called research
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    Double post
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    Never bought a car over 60K miles in my life and never will, I prefer to have the lower mileage and get the work done IE cambelt etc so I know its been done and then I can still have the lower mileage, call me fickle

    Either way, I still didnt know it would cost so much, compared to other marques, its my first Audi, sorry man, I feel be littled by your knowledge of buying high mileage cars, please forgive me, please?

    Sarcasm BTW
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    this is an intresting tread let me have ago

    Car 2400
    dump valve 120
    evom front mount 800
    rs4 kit and paint 800
    rs4 wheels 520
    all the ice and incar pc which i dont use anymore around 1000
    seats and belts 500
    all the front suspenison arms 130
    jamex coilovers 300
    drifz wheels and yoko tyres 860
    new gearbox 300
    turbo manifold 120
    chrome parts 220
    intake 120
    decat 120
    turbo timer 60
    brake lines 60
    paintwork 100
    exhaust made twice as ive got two for diffrent days :D retail price 780
    retrims 40
    new heater 60
    rad 95
    nitrouse 500
    carbon bonnet 320
    clutch kit sound bend and flywheel 500ish
    maf sensor 180ish
    and god knows how many oil changes and filters i have done in four years

    there is probs loads more ive missed out
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    i dont see why a couple of you find the need to be so harsh, jeez, live and let live and all that!
    i wouldnt want to add up what ive spent on mine in the last 8 years. lots of control arms! =)
    good on ya bongwater for picking up a low miler, if i had the funds (i dont) i would pick up a under 80k 1.8tq in black. but i cant. =(

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    i've spent since I bought mid december:

    loads on petrol

    Ł20 on car washes

    Ł135 to get it back when it got towed

    thats it...

    2.8 30V V6 193PS
    Gone. But not forgotten

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoop
    i dont see why a couple of you find the need to be so harsh, jeez, live and let live and all that!
    i wouldnt want to add up what ive spent on mine in the last 8 years. lots of control arms! =)
    good on ya bongwater for picking up a low miler, if i had the funds (i dont) i would pick up a under 80k 1.8tq in black. but i cant. =(
    Thanks mate, I had wanted one for a while but they had just become affordable so was really pleased when I found a low miler, took a couple of months!

    Dont worry, been using forums for years so used to the negativity of some, thanks to those who replied with interesting info, looks like I have been put to shame!

    This time next week and my car will be back from the bodyshop, all I need now is a set of wheels and the front grill sorting and I will be very happy
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    give me a shout if your close to the stockport area can sort you some sexy rims out

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    Hey, no need to feel bad about what you spend. If you are interested enough in ur Audi to frequent the forums then it goes hand in hand with deep pockets. I bought mine with 74K on the clock 4 years ago with the knowledge it would all even out as I don't do many mile (shes got 94K now). If I could have afforded a low miler I would have got one, but the mileage was a good bargaining point which enabled me to get it for the right price. As far as cash spent....Here ya go
    AMD remap Ł450
    Votex front and rear lips + spray and fit Ł250
    AWE Boost gauge Ł140
    Becker Cascade Pro Ł750
    Wheel refurb Ł300
    Miltek + High flow cat Ł1000
    Snooper sapphire Ł100
    Simota Induction kit Ł120
    HID's Ł100
    Forge diverter Ł75
    N75J Ł25
    Loads of detailing products Ł?
    Porter cable Ł100

    This is not including a full Audi service, cam belt, water pump etc.
    definately not the cheapest hobby inn the world, but what the hell, I ENJOY IT
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    Jeez, i spent a grand last week on just swapping and fitting the turbo and the remap.

    I would hate to guess my total cost to date, but she loves me for it .

    Nest on the list is a high flow cat welded in to my front pipe for a reasonable cost, uprated clutch and a new gearbox, aside from consumables like brakes and tires etc. If the brakes wear out they will get swapped for A8 300mm jobbies

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    Quote Originally Posted by billybravo
    give me a shout if your close to the stockport area can sort you some sexy rims out
    Can you supply Alessio?

    Love your car mac, tis very nice, how the hell did you get the front and rear Votex kit all in for Ł250!? I looked high and low and decided on the Cupra front splitter

    Whats involved with the A8 brake swap?
    Seems like a popular upgrade and I like my brakes but they fade easily, think they have cheap pads on at the mo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bong Water
    Can you supply Alessio?

    Love your car mac, tis very nice, how the hell did you get the front and rear Votex kit all in for Ł250!? I looked high and low and decided on the Cupra front splitter

    Whats involved with the A8 brake swap?
    Seems like a popular upgrade and I like my brakes but they fade easily, think they have cheap pads on at the mo


    A long story, but I was lucky and found both on ebay from a dealer (excess stock) for Ł200. When they got sent the back was perfect, but the front was a pre-facelift. He apologised when I told him the mistake and sent me the correct one. When I asked what he wantd me to do with the wrong one , he told me to keep it and sell it as he couldn't be bothered with relisting it and getting the return done. Stuck it straight back on ebay for Ł75 and it sold the same day.
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    Wow, that is lucky, nice one
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    Gosh this could be depressing!! I have had my car for just over 4 years, I got it with 18k on it and in now is almost at 70k.


    Here goes....... (this is in a rough order of purchase)

    Powdercoat 17s Ł100
    Remap Ł500
    B&M short shift Ł140
    RS4 Grille Ł35
    Repaint front bumper (got back from garage) Ł140
    Brake carrier for 312mm upgrade Ł60
    New discs all round Ł180
    New pads all round Ł150
    New straight through exhaust system Ł130
    Supersprint decat Ł120
    Temp sensor Ł7
    K&N panel filter Ł40
    PiperX induction kit (now sold) Ł90
    K04 turbo Ł400
    Stereo Ł500
    German plate holders Ł15
    GFB DV Ł200
    RS6 19s (now sold) Ł750
    Coilovers rear Ł70 Front Ł280
    Ericsson bluetooth car kit Ł70
    Spacers (4 sets) Ł180
    New windscreen Ł50
    Awe boost gauge Ł120
    Spare set of 17s Ł150
    Neuspeed snub mount Ł20
    ECS magnetic sump plug Ł10
    Funk button Ł5
    FMIC Ł275
    Powder 17s again Ł140
    New black diamond front discs Ł180
    Ferodo DS2500 pads Ł130
    034 Manifold Ł130
    RS4 door handles Ł60
    Clutch Ł290
    Neuspeed Xtreme Tip Ł150
    Flywheel bolts Ł12

    There will be other bits and bobs I am sure.
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    I spent nearly Ł3000 on my b5 v6Q over the last 2 months........not just for fun either.

    Only bought her in October for Ł2000. 110k

    New head unit Ł250
    New amplifier Ł200
    New front and rear speakers Ł200
    2 New Subs Ł240
    MDF for box Ł30
    Carpet for box Ł25
    Cables, Fuse Holders etc. Ł150

    Then............****

    New clutch Ł650
    New Flywheel Ł600
    Full service Ł250
    Cambelt, tensioners & pump Ł350

    Why does everything go wrong after you've spent your money.

    Hopefully that'll be it for a while.........otherwise i'lll be riding my bike to work, and its a 40 mile trip.

    You know what though, when you get in it and everything feels right.......you dont care!
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    Yes we do deal with Alessio my friend


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bong Water
    Can you supply Alessio?

    Love your car mac, tis very nice, how the hell did you get the front and rear Votex kit all in for Ł250!? I looked high and low and decided on the Cupra front splitter

    Whats involved with the A8 brake swap?
    Seems like a popular upgrade and I like my brakes but they fade easily, think they have cheap pads on at the mo

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    pm'd RE Alessio wheels
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    any chance of seeing a pic of the lcr splitter on your a4?

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    Its not fitted yet, it will be fitted on Monday as it goes to the body shop to have a few things sorted. Ill happily post up pics then
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    ok here goes

    car audi a4 1996 1.8 turbo NO MODS=£1800.00
    new tyres £120.00
    spare and tyre £80.00
    cv boots £30.00
    all brakes disks £120.00
    new pads £70.00
    brake pipes £24.00
    turbo vacuum pipe £5.00
    cambelt £100.00
    dashlight bulbs £6.00
    daylight head light bulbs £25.00
    clear lights £80.00
    jetex exhaust system £400.00
    air filter £30.00
    pollen filter £8.00
    oil temp sender £2.00
    thermostat £10.00
    dump valve £25.00
    cd player £60.00
    (really bad) new chip £80.00
    oil pump and feed £60.00
    brake caliper £70.00
    oil £20.00
    driving like a knob £ priceless
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bong Water
    Its not fitted yet, it will be fitted on Monday as it goes to the body shop to have a few things sorted. Ill happily post up pics then
    Excellent, thanks i had been thinking about fitting one too, they seem to suit most cars!

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    Some of the comments above made me question whether to actually post in this thread, but here goes..

    I bought our A4 tqs back in Sept 2006. It had one local owner (was originally bought from the audi main dealer in town), had been used as a second car and had a full service file thick enough to choke a donkey on.

    It had 46,700 miles and was in superb condition. I negotiated a good discount with the specialist dealer and didn't hesitate to buy it.

    It now has 54,000 miles and hasn't really thrown up and nasty surprises.

    Summary of some of the money spent since bought:

    • A couple of main dealer services, probably totaling Ł500-ish
    • Extended warranty - Ł200
    • New oem shocks and H&R springs - supplied and fitted by Star (inc top mounts and 4-wheel allignment) - Ł900 ish
    • Full Milltek exhaust inc down pipe - Ł750 ish inc fitting
    • New upper and lower windscreen rubber trims - Ł150 ish
    • All door rubbers replaces - Ł150 ish, can't remember.
    • Odds and sods replaced for the sake of it with shiney new bits - Ł250 ish
    Hardly bargins of the decade, but I had more money than sense.

    Just extended the warranty again @Ł200, needs another full service this Oct, new rear brakes and I fancy a set of 18" Khans. Just another big black whole.

    Looking back i could have saved a lot of money here and there, but no one forced me to spend the money. Compared to the money I spent on my previous M3 and Evo, this is me on a budget.

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    Here you go mate

    It had to be heated and moulded into place, then the gap sealed with silicon, looks good though, it does hand out a little further than I would of liked but you can tell unless you get on hands and knees and look

    Shocking pic as it was getting dark, somehow the spliiter looks weird in the pic but does look very good in the flesh, going to get some better pic when my grill arrives

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    Well, here goes mine. Car is a '96 A4 2.6V6 Quattro Sport, bought in August '07 with 205,000 miles on the clock.

    Base car: £500
    8.5"x18" BBS RS501's + Dunlop SP 9000's in 255/35x18: £2,050
    A4 2000-spec rear lamps: £58.04
    S4 front lower arm set: £100
    RS4 Bilestein Sport dampers: £310.29
    Eibach springs: £165.23
    A4 DTM badges: £25.00
    RS4 mirror glass x 2: £59.17
    RS4 foglamps x 2: £126.16
    RS4 front grille: £49.61
    RS4 side repeaters x 2: £10.24
    RS4 washer bottle: £20.39
    RS4 n/s/f wing: £205.02
    RS4 o/s/f wing: £205.02
    RS4 n/s/r door: £139.31
    RS4 o/s/r door: £139.31
    RS4 n/s/r quarter: £269.27
    RS4 o/s/r quarter: £372.02
    RS4 n/s sill extension: £207.99
    RS4 o/s sill extension: £207.99
    RS4 n/s cast aluminium mirror: £321.50
    RS4 o/s cast aluminium mirror: £321.50
    A4 2000-spec n/s/r bulb holder: £12.86
    A4 2000-spec o/s/r bulb holder: £12.86
    A4 boot rings: £8.60
    A4 2000-spec front door handle micro switch I: £31.38
    A4 2000-spec front door handle micro switch II: £31.38
    A4 2000-spec rear door actuating rods x 2: £4.88
    RS4 steering wheel badge: £17.01
    RS4 fuel filler flap internal sticker, tyre pressures: £1.57
    RS4 fuel filler flap internal sticker, fuel octane: £0.41
    RS4 rear suspension bush set: £112.08
    RS4 front bumper: £329.59
    RS4 n/s/r wheel housing: £305.24
    RS4 o/s/r wheel housing: £305.24
    A4 2000-spec rear door handle trims x 2: £21.84
    S4 Euro-spec rear bumper: £258.57
    RS4 front bumper brackets x 2: £70.98
    RS4 front wheel arch plastic liners x 2: £187.30
    RS4 rear wheel arch plastic liners x 2: £142.70
    A4 2000-spec rear door handles x 2: £40.84
    A4 B7 wiper arms x 2: £47.66
    A4 B7 aero wiper blades x 2: £26.48
    RS4 fuel filler flap: £63.00
    A4 2000-spec bootlid, used: £75
    A4 2000-spec n/s/f door, used: £50
    A4 2000-spec o/s/f door, used: £50
    RS4 front panel: £157
    Nikkai 7" widescreen DVD / CD player with FM / AM RX: £249
    12V freeview receiver: £30
    A4 2000-spec 3-button flip key: £57
    A4 2000-spec plain key: £22
    Bodywork, fitting RS4 panels, welding rear quarters, paint etc: £2,000
    Window tinting: £300
    4-wheel alignment: £50
    RS4 headlamp washer pump: £32.00
    A4 2000-spec bootlid modification, pre-bodyshop: £225
    RS4 front bumper-to frame struts x 2: £14
    A4 2000-spec bootlid operating solenoid: £20
    S8 2003-spec Brembo calipers and pads: £200

    These are from the invoices I have to hand. I haven't included the RS4 HID headlamps, engine and 6-speed box, all of which I purchased about 5 years ago, long before the car itself.

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    Gosh! Just added this litle lot up - including the original car purchase, all comes to £11,726.53.

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    Not too bad really, people who clock as you pass will think it will have cost you a lot more than that.
    A4 1.8T Quattro

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    Cheers bongwater, im not quite sure if i like it, might just be the angle! im looking forward to seeing the photos of it in the light

    And sienna, thats incredibly cheap for such a great outcome! well worth it i think!

    My Expenditure:

    Audi a4 1.9tdi £1k
    New alternator+fitting (twice...cos of a few troubles) £400
    16inch 02 a4 wheels £160 (inc 2 new michelins)
    2x Vredestein sportiv tyres £130
    Then lots of loving cleaning, still got loads more to do! only had it a month or so, but i like it lots
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    After:




    Looks far better i think

 

 

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