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Audi A3 TDi 1.9 130 2002 Is it time to sell?

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    [Apr 15, 2012]
    Hello,

    I own an Audi A3 1.9 TDi 130 2002 sport in black. I've been thinking recently whether it's time to sell and look for another A3 that's newer. My Audi has done about 147,000 miles, plus I've changed the cambelt very recently along with the water pump.

    Also how long are these engines expected to last mileage wise?
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    As long as they serviced regularly they should go on for a long time. A few 200000+ milers out there.
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    Thanks for the advice, I think Ill hold onto to it for a while longer then. It really is the best car I've driven.
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    Is it the Quattro? My 130 1.9Tdi is on 164k now. Serviced every 8k miles (computer says 12k intervals) and looked after well. There is a little bit of oil leaking around the gearbox and possible somewhere else but it's not major and the oil level takes ages to go down. My only gripe is that theres an odd noise when the car is at low revs (in gear) about 1100-1300 ish, like a grumble kind of noise. Also, it's noisey, better when it warms up though. Nice power and mpg though. I'd like to get a 2005/06 330CD next.
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    i would sell it personally, you would probably still get decent money for it at the moment. closer you get to 200k the harder it will be to sell
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    I have a Passat TDI on 190k miles(100k of it is chipped power), engines are bullet proof with regular servicing. If it's a reliability thing you are worried about, then no need to worry. If you just fancy a newer car though, and have money burning a hole in your pocket, then why not.
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    It's a two wheel drive doublem_1. Ill probably stick with it for now, I dont do that much driving per year so it wont be hitting 200k any time soon. I do have a small coolant leak somewhere from a pipe would anyone recommend rad weld?
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    Better the devil you know I reckon.

    200k is nothing for these engines if looked after, if you look on TDIClub there are plenty of Americans who go over 400k it's quite common over there.

    As for radweld - avoid it. It'll do more harm than good. Try to get the car in the air and have a good look where the coolant leak is coming from, it's probably a simple fix.
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    Thanks for the advice Ill defiantly check out the car up on a ramp and find the leak. I've got one more problem with my car (I promise this is the last question :) ) When my fuel meter hits just after half way my fuel light comes on. The fuel light is right while the gauge isn't. Is there any reason why my gauge has become that inaccurate ?
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    Aaron you absolute legend, the first thing that came to mind when i read the OP was, better the devil you know!

    Ive decided it must be fact, eveyone who owns a tdi quatty is a pure legend!

    In response to the original poster. Stick with it mate, these engines are a peach if maintained 200k+ no probs.

    ALL cars are money pits, FACT. If you have a well maintained reliable motor which is costing you minimum to maintain, count yourself lucky you have good enough taste to have invested in some German quality. There are millions of 10year old car owners cursing the good money they throw at there poorly chosen bangers, daily!

    The grass is always greener. The fact is you will have problems which need sorting on another car, they will just be different problems, potentially costing you big wongas.

    Spend the little its going to cost to fix the couple of minor niggles with your current, tastefully, chosen vehicle, enjoy many tens of thousands of plesant, relatively trouble free motoring, and treat yourself to a holiday with all the money you saved, smug in the knowledge you chose well.
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    Well like your sig says, it IS the discerning mans choice!!
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    You right the grass is always greener. I've taken some photo's of where my leak is hopefully its easy to see roughly where because I took them on my phone. I added on of the inaccurate fuel gauge too.

    http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/9572/imag0310n.jpg
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    http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/7458/imag0308m.jpg
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