A4 Cabriolet.....ANY advice on buying?
Hi all, am a new member and was really after some advice on what to look for when buying a A4 cab. Have decided on a B6 model, petrol,black in colour with red leather and hood! Auto if I can with a max eng size of 2.4 V6, max mileage 45k. Finding it hard to find one with a red hood, so was contemplating buying one and having it fitted later! Plans for sure include 19" wheels, with a drop of approx 35mm, and a full dechrome (if thats poss, really cant get away with all the chrome!). Just want to make sure I dont buy a pig to start with!:yahoo:
Thanks in advance.
Don't discount the 3.0 V6
With respect to 2.4 V6 drivers, the 3 litre is a lighter engine (more alloy, less iron) with more power than the 2.4 but similar economy and emissions. I regularly get 28 mpg out of my 52 plate 3.0 multitronic cab and can get low 30s on fast but constant motorway speeds.
I would definitely go V6 rather than 1.8T or TDI. The V6 sounds lovely and you do hear the engine more in a convertible. The 1.8T and TDI are more tunable but if you get a 3.0 then tuning isn't so necessary anyway. The 1.8T is a bit '4 pot ordinary', TDI drives ok but makes the car nose heavy and sounds too gruff for me.
I like your black / red int / re hood combo but this will be hard to find. Buying a black hood car and replacing the outer cover would be about £650 - £700 from one of the hood specialists. The rear window can detach from the hood which is a £285 repair at best.
I love my multitronic, although my A4 has driven me mad with various (possibly unrelated to the gearbox) issues. Manual cars have their own flywheel and clutch issues but are a less expensive risk than the multitronic.
Make sure you get heated seats and the BOSE stereo upgrade, both essential for different reasons. Good luck, post photos when you get sorted!