Hi everyone, am new in this forum section. On 24th Oct I bought myself an A4 B7 to replace my Audi S3 8L (now for sale – see classifieds).
It’s a 54 reg late 2004 B7 2.0 TFSI Quattro, manual, in red, just what I was looking for. It’s a modern day Subaru Impreza STI in my mind – once I’ve finished with it! I’ve plans to modify this car over time, as money allows.
It’ll also be our new family car as my wife is now 27 weeks pregnant with our first child (a boy). So soon it’ll be used for fun, family driving holidays all over the UK & Europe. I also own a very rare Civic, which is being built into a weekend/track car…
Luckily this A4 has got a low mileage (69,000), 4 owners and fully stamped service history. I found it needed a high pressure fuel pump (sensor on top was broken and it hesitated driving) and a full service including cambelt & brake fluid. The independent car dealer I bought it off was awful, not wanting to complete the sale a week after taking my £500 deposit. I had spent 5 hours checking over the car including taking it to a nearby VAG specialist. The dealer had initially agreed to fix and service the car, but in the week were trying to cancel the sale as they said they wouldn’t make a profit on the deal. On arrival to collect the car, they tried giving my deposit back! After the best part of a day(!), with them I managed to get the car, but it was a bitter sweet experience driving home. I think most people would have walked away from them, but I stood up to their bullying and won.
Spec – non S Line (so I can fit the rear spoiler later), non (leaky) sunroof, non leather (for the kids), sport suspension, Servotronic steering, leather multi function steering wheel, auto dim rear & side mirrors, split folding rear seats with 3rd headrest, centre armrest, dual auto Xenon headlights (flickering, will change bulbs), separate daytime running lights with coming home function (love them) & auto wipers (work really well). I would have liked phone Bluetooth, Bose speakers, cruise control, sat nav & a CD changer, but I plan to fit all of these next year. Otherwise a perfect spec for me.
It was quite dirty all round so once home I got out the Meguiars and gave it a very good clean, vac, clay & wax.
After a week the battery failed, so I bought & fitted myself a new Audi one (£118). Whilst at the dealers I got them to check the car over. All seemed fine except for the coil packs which were changed under recall. I noticed the gear shift was notchy whilst cold (which I notice others on here have experienced). So I decided to have the gearbox & rear diff oil completely changed (£193.51). The dealer was surprised, saying it shouldn’t need changing, but let me tell you it has transformed the gear change (and safe guarded the Quattro system), so I definitely recommend it!
I decided to get rid of the 17”s as the alloys were corroded (inside), the tyres were new budgets and they looked naff. It gripped horribly too! I got the alloys refurbished and sold them separately from the tyres. The guy who bought the tyres was very pleased (I thought he was nuts…). I went for 18"s for better handling and looks. I looked at many, but decided to aim for the newest Audi ones I could find. I was looking for S4 ones which are 8.5J, but eventually I found these in London, so went to collect them. They're genuine ones off a TTS, 9J wide, ET52 with 245/40/18s. The widest you can fit to non RS4s I reckon. The alloys looked brand new, had just been completely refurbished to a very high standard and the tyres were quality Pirellis & Michelins. I used my TPI 15/20mm spacer set with new TPI radius bolts & locks (45/50mm) and put them on. I think they transformed the look of the car.
Next, I went searching for another set for winter use! I found these which are off a TT roadster, again 9J wide, ET52 with 245/40/18s. I sold the Bridgestone tyres they came with, had the alloys properly refurbished and fitted with new Conti TS830Ps in 245/40/18. The grip they have is amazing. The wheel design is easier to clean than the TTs ones, so better for winter use.
Lastly, just changed from the noisy Bosch wipers the dealer fitted to Audi ones. Almost completely quiet operation now, cost £40.90 but well worth it.
My next plan is to visit Forge for some goodies, so stay tuned! Let me know what you think.... Alistair