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180k 1.8 petrol. Worth doing work on?

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by wysiwyg, Oct 9, 2012.

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    Im trying to decide whether its worth doing work to my A4 facelift 1.8. Its long in the tooth at a V with 180k. It still runs sweetly, but I dont know when the cam was last done, its losing coolant steadily so Im assuming the pump may be on its way out. How much is a kit going to rush me is it going to be throwing money away? Is something else going to kill it imminently?
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    Spend £100 and do the job youself. It's not really hard on those engines.
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    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    could be something as simple as a leaking o ring... Look round the back of the cylinder head for white/red crust.

    mileage means nothing, what matters is what condition the cars in. A low mileage car could have been ragged to death and be completely knackered, and similarly a high mileage one could have been maintained with no expense spared and be in excellent health. Ignore the number on the dash!
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    I guess, I just didnt want to do the cam belt, and then it could be clutch, or suspension or.. it cant be worth a lot, at what point do you quit and get something newer.. ho hum
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    Its worth it cause once u get it sorted car will be going for another lot of miles. i have 1.8 5V 98 audi with nearly 190k miles on it. a while ago spent a bit of money on t.belt water pump and other bits and car goes better them some newer cars.
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    its up to you at the end of the day.
    1) maintain an old car thats hit rock bottom depreciation wise. or 2) buy a newer car thats still depreciating at 20% of its current value a year (and you still have to pay out to maintain it!!).

    where are you based? i can do these cambelts blind folded.
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    Want my belts changed too, if you fancy doing mine?!!! 210K and no idea if/when it was last changed :s
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    your a bit far from me in sheffield!
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    ive had a lot of high milers and they have all been solid, i wont temp fate with my new well run in car but suffice to say as been mentioned it is a number !
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    i have a 275k 2.8 that I am still doing work on!

    just about broken in that one

    get the spanners out and save a classic
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    I've got a 1.8 T reg Petrol, running like a dream still at 206k miles :) apart from a few niggles... but spanners and parts will be out

    Treat it well and it will reward you lol
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