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    Smile My red A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro

    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
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    Lovely looking car you've got yourself there!

    I had a very similar experience when trying to buy an A4 last January, backed out in the end after the garage said they weren't going to make a profit and refused to sell me the car. Glad you managed to get the better of yours!

    Really like the 1st TTS wheels, and for winter wheels the 2nd aren't too bad either. A reasonable drop & an RS4 ARB will see you getting much more from the car handling wise

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    Brillant detail and love the pics. Wish you all the best with your car.

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    Hi Big Al.Nice car..Wish my car had xenons as standard..Very confused as to why a garage would not let you buy a car from them? Are they trying to hide something?? 4 owners from new seems a lot to me with that low miles..Hope it,s all ok . Happy motoring mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by pburv View Post
    Hi Big Al.Nice car..Wish my car had xenons as standard..Very confused as to why a garage would not let you buy a car from them? Are they trying to hide something?? 4 owners from new seems a lot to me with that low miles..Hope it,s all ok . Happy motoring mate
    Hi mate , yes the Xenons are great. Mine have started flickering so will change the bulbs for new Phillips ones. The garage initially thought the car sold price + agreed servicing was a good deal for them. In the following week before collection, they were flooded with people wishing to buy - without the servicing requested, so more profit for them! Hence being cheeky and changing their minds towards me. But I held them to the deal. How? By refusing to leave their office and speaking kindly to them all the time, however angry they got... 4 owners were all locals who knew each other as mates... the car is fine, they just changed cars often anyway! The last owner tried to save money (cheap budget tyres, no servicing) but luckily he sold it just as it was all due (rather than overdue/shot engine). I did get it for a great price. We're loving it! We prefer the TTS alloys too, but any new Audi alloys are very rare to find.... The RS4 ARB is on the shopping list, may go air too. But first are Forge hoses, valve, clutch & single flywheel. Have some mint red Porsche 18Z 6 pots waiting too...!

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    hey big a,really nice car looks in mint condition.a few tasteful mods would make a real difference.ENJOY

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    Hi Big Al.Thanks for the reply..Respect to you for holding your ground.That must have really peeved them off..Ha Ha Ha would loved to have been a fly on that wall...If you get bored with your headlamps give me a shout..Cheers Buddieps Merry Christmas

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    Nice car mate i have a a3 sline in the same colour stunning when kept clean! I saw in your first post that the fuel pump needed changing, you mentioned it hesitated whilst driving do you mean it accelerates thn about 2000 rpm sort of holds back and then kicks on after a couple of seconds? Mine is doing this ive gone down the fly wheel route also clutch changed and fuel filter and dsg box oil pump, just cant seem to find the cause not showing any thing on diags either

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottyt View Post
    Nice car mate i have a a3 sline in the same colour stunning when kept clean! I saw in your first post that the fuel pump needed changing, you mentioned it hesitated whilst driving do you mean it accelerates thn about 2000 rpm sort of holds back and then kicks on after a couple of seconds? Mine is doing this ive gone down the fly wheel route also clutch changed and fuel filter and dsg box oil pump, just cant seem to find the cause not showing any thing on diags either
    Are you running super unleaded? If not, try 98 or 99 ron instead. If so, yes it may be the fuel pump attached to the engine. They do fail quite often it seems. Check also your throttle flap is clean - take off the inlet hose and spray it. They can stick a bit if dirty. That may explain the diags too....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    Are you running super unleaded? If not, try 98 or 99 ron instead. If so, yes it may be the fuel pump attached to the engine. They do fail quite often it seems. Check also your throttle flap is clean - take off the inlet hose and spray it. They can stick a bit if dirty. That may explain the diags too....

    Its a tdi mate sorry didn't mention that do they suffer the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottyt View Post
    Its a tdi mate sorry didn't mention that do they suffer the same?
    No idea about diesels mate, can't stand them myself! Please start a new thread about your car? Many thanks.
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    I been out several times this weekend to go sledging and found some excellent quiet local roads for fun ... now that's what Quattros are for!





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    You should send pics to the garage you bought it from and say "thanks for the cheap car having loads of fun"

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    Well here's an update! In May 2012 I entered a Performance VW magazine competition for £500 worth of Forge Motorsport goodies. Only last December did I find out I'd won, to my surprise. Forge were really busy over Christmas & New Year with projects & the Autosport NEC show, so I agreed to wait until today to visit the factory. MD Peter Miles gave me a guided tour, introduced me to all the staff and showed off their amazing factory and products. Their development vehicle workshop was full of many vehicles including their now famous Berg Cup spec Golf, Carl Taylor's green RS4, the Litchfield Imports GTR35, a Time Attack Evo VI and many others. I also met Ben & Tom from Corten-Miller (famous for their Honda Civic EG5 1.8 big turbo track car) who were visiting the factory too.



    As little is made by Forge for the Audi A4 B7 2.0 T FSI model, they agreed to initially fit some items this visit and invite me back to develop more products using my car. Great stuff! So hopefully by the end of 2012, Forge will have some more products available for cars like mine.

    They started off running diagnostics on the car, then fitted a new turbo bypass valve, followed by a custom install US spec catch can. My OEM valve was found to be broken (unsurprisingly!) so I noticed a nice boost increase on the ride home. I hope to be back soon for intercooler and other fabrication work. Stay tuned!



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    Nice one Big Al! That's a great competition win you had. I would be interested to find out more about this catch can malarky. Seen it mentioned in a few post but didn't pay that much attention to it before. Had a forge dv fitted in my old saab aero....nice wee bit of aluminium that was! Changed my dv on my 2.0t to the improved vag spec as I wasn't too sure at the time if it was goosed or not! May upgrade to the forge one in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Molnboman View Post
    Nice one Big Al! That's a great competition win you had. I would be interested to find out more about this catch can malarky. Seen it mentioned in a few post but didn't pay that much attention to it before. Had a forge dv fitted in my old saab aero....nice wee bit of aluminium that was! Changed my dv on my 2.0t to the improved vag spec as I wasn't too sure at the time if it was goosed or not! May upgrade to the forge one in the future.

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    That was great timing, as I decided to update this build thread today. The Forge metal turbo bypass valve is far more reliable than any VAG plastic version, so it's a cost effective upgrade. Plus as it's designed to handle a higher boost pressure too, it's the best option for car modifiers. From memory I think Forge said this particular catch can is 750ml. In 3 months it's already collected over half a can of oily water so works well! I would recommend both. They don't yet produce a catch can kit for our cars, but buying the can, screw, pipes and clips separately is straight forward enough. Your PCV system is most likely knackered anyway!

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    Well, here's another update on the car, slightly delayed as I'm a proud Father now! My son is just 6 weeks old today being born on 22nd March. Those in the UK may remember the recent winter storm which caused heavy snow. Yep, you guessed it, it arrived the very night we had to drive out in blizzard conditions to the Hospital for his birth at 5:30am! After a week at two hospitals(!) we three got home safely for the first time. But my A4 had damaged engine and gearbox undertrays from scooping up the deep snow & ice! Audi replaced these (£271.56), adjusted the headlamps (£free) after I fitted Osram Silverstar Xenarc D1S bulbs (Ebay Xelix Trading £155), oil flush/filter/oil service (£168- this also cured oil leak, I had to jet wash engine before service), fuel system agent (£8.40).

    I also fitted my RS4 pedals (Ebay £56) and swapped back to summer alloys (noticing the increased tyre noise too!). Then at Early Edition, some german style pressed plates were bought (Euro Plates £30). Quick tip - Halfords plate sticky pads are rubbish with metal plates! Use this tape in 12mm size off Ebay instead.

    After a recent fault with the car stalling, HELP! 2.0 TFSI engine stalling intermittently

    Coventry Audi finally got the car fixed today after replacing the in tank fuel pump and filter. The old pump had burnt out. On the road test and drive home, air bubbles in the system kept me guessing whether the problem was fixed, but it seems to be okay now. The (reduced after complaining) bill? £839.89! Ouch....
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    Firstly, congratulations Dad.
    Just about to buy pressed plates, what did you use to stick them on, I hate the look of screws.
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    Well done on that win! Lovely looking car too :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macdoon View Post
    Firstly, congratulations Dad.
    Just about to buy pressed plates, what did you use to stick them on, I hate the look of screws.
    Many thanks, it's a wonderful experience being a Dad! Love him so much.

    Me too, screws are naff, bought some double sided foam 12mm tape off Ebay which works brilliantly.

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    Thanks mate, cheap too for 5 meters
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammi View Post
    Well done on that win! Lovely looking car too :-)
    Yes, it was a very lucky thing, just at the right time too, as the turbo valve was knackered and I didn't have the money at the time to replace it. If you don't enter, you can't win! Thanks for that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    That was great timing, as I decided to update this build thread today. The Forge metal turbo bypass valve is far more reliable than any VAG plastic version, so it's a cost effective upgrade. Plus as it's designed to handle a higher boost pressure too, it's the best option for car modifiers. From memory I think Forge said this )particular catch can is 750ml. In 3 months it's already collected over half a can of oily water so works well! I would recommend both. They don't yet produce a catch can kit for our cars, but buying the can, screw, pipes and clips separately is straight forward enough. Your PCV system is most likely knackered anyway!


    Alistair

    Alistair, I have been doing a wee bit of googling on the subject of the oil catch can upgrade and I have read that they are warning that the upgrade catch isn't suitable for extreme cold climates ( like here in Sweden in Winter ) as water can freeze in very cold conditions which as one can imagine , create a few issues ......so am a bit weary on going for this upgrade.

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    daft question but where abouts on the photo is the diverter valve? Im trying to work out if I can fit one myself? (mine is chattering like a goodun and i suspect knackered...)

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    For those that have seen my other thread about the car hesitating, the great news that it's now fixed and car returned means I can carry on with the modifications. Stay tuned for more updates!
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    Well, as you may have read on the other thread, the car is still hesitating, so I'm holding back on the mods for now to see if I can fix it or not. We shall see...
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    So the great news is my car is now completely fixed! At last. I've worked exactly what had happened, as it appeared Audi couldn't! The hesitation was caused by a faulty impulse sensor (06A906433G £120.78) which I got them to replace. Note, VCDS never showed any fault with this part. I think it had been damaged over several months by hot oil & coolant leaking from the oil cooler gasket (06D117070 £9.77) which I found and replaced myself (messy job!).

    As Audi service complained so much about the Forge PRV plate, catch can & turbo bypass valve during the servicing, I've fitted a standard PRV (06F129101N £38.08), PRV hose to manifold (06F103221E £18.79!), PRV gasket (06F103483E £19.24!) and turbo bypass valve (06H145710D £57.76). I've sold the Forge items, interesting that the catch can was still empty after all this time too...

    Also had coolant leaking from the turbo coolant pipe ends, new banjo bolts (N01470213 £0.25 each) and EGR hose pipe (06D121492J £39.18) with G13 coolant (G013A8JM1 £9.84) fixed that.

    Ready for ADI this Saturday I've just fitted an RS4 rear ARB, which was tricky only because of rusty bolts. I kept the drop links & bottom bolts but replaced all other bolts including the exhaust hanger ones. If you're going to try this job yourself, definitely wear glasses due to the rust and ask some mates (or friendly neighbours as I did) to sit in the car in order to get the final bush mount lined up for bolting together!

    8E0511409AL RS4 22mm rear ARB £108.93
    8E0511327D bushes x 2 £3.54 each
    8E0511439 bush mounts x 2 £3.77 each
    N10127707 13mm hex bolts x 8 £1.02 each (4 for bush mounts, 4 for exhaust hanger mounts)
    N10528103 16mm hex bolts x 2 £0.58 each (ARB ends to drop links)

    Total spend £126.26 took me an hour

    Car feels transformed! Much less roll, squat, dive and understeer. It drives beautifully now, the steering is more direct and feels much more planted. A worthwhile upgrade for sure!

    Standard 16mm SE (check the rust!) against 22mm RS4 one



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    great news thats yr cars all sorted. I must get an rs4 arb for mine, has it really make that much difference to yr car ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammi View Post
    great news thats yr cars all sorted. I must get an rs4 arb for mine, has it really make that much difference to yr car ?
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    like the Leon Cupra R splitter.. this mod is an absolute must, for the money

    there's some fancy maths calculation somewhere that shows for every 1mm difference the %'age improvement - it doesnt sound much, but trust me, it really matters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammi View Post
    great news thats yr cars all sorted. I must get an rs4 arb for mine, has it really make that much difference to yr car ?
    Yes, believe it, night and day difference! The car has stopped 'floating' round corners, just very well controlled. On track at ADI it was awesome!!
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    Do u know if the part number u posted fits the s4 cab?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammi View Post
    Do u know if the part number u posted fits the s4 cab?
    Anti-roll bar part numbers apply across the range.
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    The modifications continue!

    Firstly just fitted a Pipercross foam air filter PP1598 (£34.98) from POTN Racing on Ebay. The old paper filter is very thick, the new foam one noticeably thinner. After fitting, the car drove slightly more smoothly, it felt like it had a tiny bit more power and a small amount of induction noise - that'll have to do for now!

    Secondly, I fitted a Go Faster Bits (GFB) T9351 DV+ (£97.80) from AMD Essex. The existing Audi turbo bypass valve (06H145710D) is removed, modified and reused with a new valve piece. It's an amazing design, very well made, easy to fit and works brilliantly! The car feels much more responsive, must be holding boost very well and has made the car very easy to drive. How? The turbo runs with little stall now, so the boost occurs more quickly, more often. I think it's amazing and every TFSI owner should buy own one. I've now run my car with all the different valves -

    a) a broken Audi 06H145710A valve - when bought, no boost, car felt like just a 2.0 no turbo as plastic valve end was split.
    b) a Forge FMFSITVR metal valve - held the boost, felt like a 2.0 turbo, but being part electronic controlled / part pneumatic, boost spikes occurred due to delayed control, but sounded nice.
    c) a new Audi 06H145710D 'rev D' valve - after selling the Forge one, this is the revised metal valve, worked silently, but boost lost off throttle so intermittent boost control, not so nice to drive.
    d) the same new Audi 06H145710D 'rev D' valve, but with the end removed and a GFB DV+ metal valve fitted, works about half as loud as Forge, but boost control most impressive!

    I'm so impressed I've created a review thread of the DV+ installation -

    Go Faster Bits DV+ T9351 turbo bypass valve for TFSI engines review

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    This is annoying me now because I've seen your car and can't remember where . Nice to see another decent A4 in the midlands anyway, keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselJake View Post
    This is annoying me now because I've seen your car and can't remember where . Nice to see another decent A4 in the midlands anyway, keep up the good work.
    Cheers Jake! Well, this year I've been to the Early Edition, GTi Inters, AITP & Big Meet shows, ADI track day, plus lots of Jap shows too. Then there's Time Attack & drag racing Also I regularly go to Coventry meet, with Joe & Chris. Or maybe I overtook you somewhere??! It could have just been Tescos shopping or B&Q though!!

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    AITP and somewhere else in that case, can't of overtook me I never get overtaken haha, may check that Cov meet out this week have been meaning to go for a while.

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    With winter just about arriving , I thought it best to upgrade my non-heated door mirrors with the heated type (8E0857536E drivers with blind spot £52.90, 8E0857535D passenger £36.76). I chose the non tinted glass version as the anti-dazzle tinted version (as fitted on S4s) were over £200 each - what a rip off! The heated ones do work very well, coming on with the rear demister, so useful on frosty mornings. Audi should have put these on as standard, that's cost cutting too far I think..
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    Audi A4 B7 2004 red 2.0 TFSI Quattro Sport saloon, Servotronic steering, MFSW, CDIS, DRL with Coming Home, auto dual xenon lights/wipers/mirrors, split folding rear seats, 3rd headrest, centre armrest, Isofix mounts, RS4 rear ARB, pedals & carbon dash trims; Audi TTS 9Jx18alloys (2 sets), Yokohama AD08 summer, Conti TS830P winter 245/40/18 tyres, TPI 15/20 spacers/lockers, Pipercross filter, GFB DV+ turbo valve, NGK BKR7EIX plugs, Osram Silverstar Xenarc D1S bulbs. Build thread

 

 
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