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going to look at a car today what to look out for

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by ste_1210, Aug 4, 2008.

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    im goin to look at a 2005 a3 2.0 tdi dsg today its got quite high miles but that has also made the price quite alot better for me i just though id ask you guys what do i need to look out for ie gear box probs ect...
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    I'd ask whether it's had a DSG oil change, for starters.
    Then I'd ask about its general oil and coolant usage.
    If I'd known, prior to ordering, that my A3 2.0Tdi would go through a litre of oil every 2000 miles, I'd have thought twice.
    Coolant usage is a whole different ballgame though, potentially requiring a new cylinder head.
    If you're buying from a garage, I would ask them for the previous owner's details and call them.
    I've done it before, no-one's ever minded the call.
    If someone were to call me about my 2.0Tdi DSG Sportback, I wouldn't necessarily warn them off it, but I would be truthful and leave them to make their own decision.
    There are loads of the things around, so don't force yourself to take anything that worries you.
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