Hello B8 forums! new face here but I'm sure you'll see me pop up more and more frequently
Since my dads company A4 1.9tdi avant many years ago I have fallen in love with the feel and styling of audi and told myself I must have one... so years later I have finished university, have a job and been debating the idea for a while.
past half year I've started to look a lot more seriously into getting my own and so here I am.... still without an Audi to call my own I've seen some good examples I would have been happy with but usually after thinking it over the car has already been snapped up I'm getting a bit frustrated in all honesty I would ideally like to have my new car within the next month.
I know pretty much what I want but finding it is a different kettle of fish and I'm not too sure if I'm asking too much. So Would like some feedback/opinions and some general help in my search please :D
so there's the background nonsense... onto the good stuff.. what do I want?
I currently drive a 1.5crdi kia rio and looking to upgrade to something better...so why not
I am looking to purchase an:
Audi A4 B8 (2008-> ) (surprise surprise as I'm in this section )
Saloon - like the shape and bigger than my current car
Petrol 2.0 TFSI Quattro -don't really need diesel as only do about 10k miles a year, mostly town with a few extended trips each year in the few hundred miles range
Manual - I like changing gears :D (not driven the s-tronic though.... but I'd feel lazy xD )
S-Line - again styling and extras
preferably with parking plus and satnav, B&O would be nice too but the standard audi audio is pretty beast by itself.
Budget... now this is the tricky part.... I'm going to say sub £13,000 ...but...it's complicated..
originally I was looking at B7s with a loose budget of £8,000, but finding something that ticked the boxes (sat nav wasn't so important on the b7) was hard without huge milessssss and after many random discussion with friends/relatives/other forums it was suggested to put in a bit more capital and get a B8 instead.
this was for several reasons, I prefer the lines of the b8 models (though did like the split exhausts over the twin on one side ), they are a little bigger I believe, they all come with 60/40 folding rear seats (which is a must for me as I like that option to extend the boot when I got on small trips, I'm really into my tech there are so many buttons it would keep me entertained for a lifetime!
I also took a a4 black edition 2.0tdi 143 for a test drive a month or so ago and just loved everything about it! granted I was a bit confused by the MMI workings as I only had 45 mins but managed to change the radio station and work the sat nav so was getting there
So I've been hunting down cars on autotrader, audi used, approved audi franchises (e.g. sinclairs of swansea) for something that ticks the boxes, gets me excited and a compromised balance between age/features/mileage/cost......and boy is it hard!!!!! to be fair the past few months I've seen some great cars but during my "thinking" time they've been snapped up so what I'm left with now seems where ever I look they just keep going up in price :\
So to summarise, Audi A4 B8 Saloon 2.0TFSI Quattro S-Line with satnav/parking/possibly B&O
all for around >£13,000 .... Is this possible or is it just wishful thinking?
here's what I'm looking at currently: Audi A4 2.0T FSI QUATTRO S LINE 4DR Satellite Navigation 2008
basically the best example I can find that I'd be happy with :D but the price is pushing a bit too high for my liking, originally was 10k for car and insurance/tax/extras, but now sorta upped to £13k to try and get a b8 model instead of b7.
other possibles but don;t have satnav :
Audi A4 2.0T FSI QUATTRO S LINE 4DR 2010
Audi A4 2.0T FSI Quattro S Line 4dr Saloon 2009
edit: (another possible if sacrifice satnav) Audi A4 2.0T FSI Quattro S Line 4dr Saloon 2009
but again, these are on/over the upper end of my ideal budget.
Ok sorry for the massiveeeee post but thought I'd try and get it all out in one go haha... probably still forgotten something so what do you guys and gals think? I really want to aim to get something within the next month as it's been going on for so long now and I'm also going on one of my little trips mid/late august so want to have it to drive then :D !!!!
(p.s. I havent driven a 2.0 tfsi yet but am trying to sort a test drive asap)