Soon to be new owner (sorry for long post!)
I posted this over at another forum recently, just thought id try over here to, get opinions of another forum base.
Ive been looking for a while at A4s to buy. I only had a relatively small budget but ive just today given a guy a deposit on one and now the nerves have set in as always when buying a car privately.
I managed to pick up a 02 plate 81000 miler, 1.8t 163, Full leather, Manual, Park sensors etc etc, for £3500. Is that a good price? I think it is or at least its average but I might be wrong. I really wanted a quattro and ideally a 190 but couldnt find one in my budget.
Externally, it seems in good shape, apart from 2 rather major scuffs, one over the rear wheel arch and a parking scuff on the rear bumper (not massive but down to plastic) They arent my priority to get sorted as they are just aesthetic but will get them done soon.
Was it common for the rear not to have electric windows? cars with them seem to be at a premium, i can live without but wish they were there
My main concern is that it is on a long life service schedule. Seems to have been serviced regularly with numerous stamps, some audi and some independants. The problem is I cant see any evidence of cambelt change, not saying it hasnt been done but cant see it. On a long life, do audi change the belt at all before 80k?
Mechanically, the car seems sound, drove it briefly and engine seems quiet, punchy. Dump valve replaced a believe by a forge valve and one of the hoses had a leak which has been sorted, i think thats a common problem?
If i cant see any evidence of cambelt change then i will get it to my audi guy asap and get it done as i dont want that failing. I will be doing mainly short trips in the near future, so should i change to a normal service regime?
Anything you think i should look at/get done? According to computer, next service is due in 2900 miles. I guess this will be a interim service?
Finally, after cleaning and sorting it all out, I plan to remap, add centre armrest, maybe upgrade to RNS-E. ANything else recommended?
Is there anything that can be done about the peeling buttons and trim on the dash etc?
I hope to pick the car up later in the week so will try to get some pics up, but i look forward to gaining valuable knowledge as you seem a knowledgeable bunch!
Thanks a lot
F'ing predictive text phone!
Try pjmspeedy on here, he's good for oem parts and delivery is usually quite quick.
Re problem, maybe posting a vid so we canhere the noise would be a good idea, might be obvious to someone then. Is it
def only on lock? Any change if you turn the aircon on or off?