Just got an A4 B5 and the fun starts
Hey guys (girls),
I have just bought myself a 1999 Audi A4 B5 1.8T in black with 160,000 on the clock. Not sure what engine block it is but it is drive by cable.
I am really happy with how sturdy it is and quiet to drive (used to a fiat stilo diesel) and overall it is in really good shape interior & exterior. However I have already found a few gremlins under the bonnet. Hopefully you guys can help or point me in the right direction in getting them diagnosed and fixed.
1. The wipers have a mind of their own. use intermittent and it usually works with the wipers stopping in the right place. use any other setting and they may or may not stop. It may or may not be in the right place. Any ideas what could be causing this? From reading posts on here it sounds like a relay or the motor. How do i identify the cause?
2. When the engine is hot and i dip the clutch the revs drop to around 400rpm then back up to 900rpm. I don't think it is missfiring as i don't feel anything odd when accelerating. When in reverse it is very easy to stall. (that could be me though lol)
3. It feels like the car is down on power. I believe it is 150bhp as standard but it doesn't feel like that's what i have available. I know the car is heavy but would expect more. The car seems to accelerate ok in 1st & 2nd but 3rd onwards feels like it lags to 3500rpm then starts to pick up. Even in 1st & 2nd it feels like the turbo only kicks in @2000rpm. It could well be that this is right and the nowm as i have never owned a petrol turbo, only diesel and that kicked in at 1750. Someone has mentioned there could be a split hose/vac pipe but i have no idea which to check or where they are under the bonnet.
Long post i know but i thought i would get it all up for help and advice. Overall i am happy i bought it. fells safer than my old car and better built. And for the price i got it for was a steal.
Thanks in advance for any help.