only 3rd post in so thought I'd clear up one thing - I'm mechanically challenged with cars and know my way round a motorbike better although still not great
so, now that's out of the way if you don't mind ill fire straight in.
i currently drive an A5 Quattro sportback (new shape) 3.0tdi which is obviously a great car, I'm lucky as work pay for that and for most of my career I've had company cars and even owned a brand new a4 avant sline back in a previous job (2005/6) which i loved so I like my Audis (bmws I find a tad boring tbh although rwd is fun occasionally)
anyway the mrs is now off on maternity leave as she's just given birth to our new baby girl so I'm afar a new car for her/us that'll be big enough for just her and the baby stuff during the week but also give us decent functionality for any weekends away (2 adults, 2 kids + excessively sized baby equipment) .
I like my track days at snetterton, brands and Angelsey (her gran lives there) and we sometimes do euro stints over to Germany/France via the euro tunnel for weekends away.
I've been looking at a couple of Sline Avants on autotrader , one tdi TDV 2007 with 40k £9500 and one TDI 55plate with 50k £8500 and both 'apparently' very good condition with FSH (they look decent in the pics at least)
theyre just the 1.9tdi 115bhp engine but from what I've read they seem to be the most bombproof of all simply due to them being around since the dawn of time, is that correct? not sure what the 2007 TDV bit means if I'm honest (2 stage turbo so less lag??)
ive heard they're a little under powered (can't remember mine feeling it back in 2005) but for her pottering about and me occasionally needing it to tow a motorbike trailer to track days (60mph tops) and fit all my gear in I'm not so sure a 140/170 engine will add that much to the party. Or am I wrong? I appreciate torque as the A5 has it in spades but when you get going with a trailer it's not that important
I see 3 main engines about for the cars I'm looking at : 1.9tdi 115bhp, 2.0tdi 140bhp & 2.0tdi 170bhp
the 2.0ltrs appear (rightly or wrongly) to have possible issues with certain engine codes (BLB) and something to do with a balance shaft? Hence my apprehension about getting one.
Then from what I gather ideally you want to be looking for a BRE engine code (found in the boot I think) ?
so, now I've blurted all of that out I guess the questions are:
1.9tdi 115bhp engines:
are they bombproof and likely to give somebody mechanically challenged less hassle?
is there an engine code to avoid on these ones?
please god tell me they don't have DPF filters?
2.0tdi 140/170 bhp engine:
avoid BLB codes like the plague?
Only go for a BRE code?
if either which one, 140 or 170?
cheers gents and apologies its long winded, going to look at 2 this Sunday so need to go armed with quality info