Dealer replacement: which engine this time?
Well, it seems that despite the dealers best efforts to rectify the inconsistent running of my '03 2.0FSI they still haven't sorted things, and are now putting together a proposal to replace the vehicle. Finally.
I'm guessing they'll come up with a few options for me, so I'd like some advice on which engine to choose....
Having had a wide variety of courtesy cars mostly with diesel engines, and having had so much trouble with my FSI, I wonder if switching to a diesel engine would yield any more reliability...? [The FSI had 2 fuel pumps, an OX sensor, a throttle position sensor, new spark plugs, a re-programmed ECU and finally an EGR valve]
Looking at a 'no cost' replacement, the options are likely (hopefully) to still be on an '03 plate, so I guess I'm looking at potentially a 1.9TDI (130 would be nice). I could always stick with petrol - so would a 1.8T be an more reliable than the 2.0FSI? They had coil pack problems did they not?
My relationship with my first Audi hasn't started well, but I still really like the A4 Avant, and the dealer can't be faulted through all this (although I'll wait and see what their proposal actually is). I'd just like to make an informed choice when they present me with my options.
So, is one variant more reliable than another? If I was starting from scratch, I'd probably go 1.9TDI (130) Sport to balance the performance and economy - and hopefully improve reliability. I quite liked the 2.0TDI (170) that I had for a few weeks, but the 2.0TFSI was very nice too.....
Finally, my swap comes through!
OK, so it seems to have taken for ever, but I've finally had a chance to check out the dealers offering, and I think my decision to take them up on the swap was a no-brainer. If I went to another dealer, I'd probably have to pay £2k+ for this 'swap'....
My 2003 2.0 FSI SE will be no more in a few weeks, and I'll be driving a 2002 1.9 TDI Sport (130). The dealer won't be colour-coding my bumpers and sills, but I can't really grumble considering the Sport will have a new 'Approved Used Audi' warranty and MOT, it'll be taxed and they're paying for the transfer of my private reg. The new car's in very similar condition to my current one - it's been looked after, A+ externally, and only starting to signs of its 50k age internally. The dealer's refurbishing a couple of kerb marks on the alloys, and they provided a dialog printout showing the warranty work and servicing history. I've also spoken to the previous owner who's known the car since new (a mate had it before he bought it from him) all of which inspires a little more confidence about a car of this age.
Hopefully, this will finally be closure on a particularly unhappy motoring chapter, and the start of a new more satisfying one!
So, is there anything I need to watch out for on the TDI? It's just been serviced including the toothed belt and a couple of new tyres, so I'm not expecting any servicing bills for a bit.
Anything else I should check before it leaves the forecourt......?