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My new A4 Avant- The road to perfection!? Help?

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    Well due to family needs I have dumped the A3 Quattro and upgraded to my new beautiful A4 1.9 Sport (Sline).

    Really happy with it even though I made a couple of comprises as it's only half leather but loving the alcantra(?) centres and never thought I'd have a blue car but actually think it looks stunning in ming blue. It's got quite a few extras too like cool box in glove box (would of preferred glove box space really), electric folding mirrors, Gmbh kit, RS6 STYLE wheels, 6 disc dash changer, front and rear arm rests with rear cup holders, parking sensors and a detachable audi tow bar.

    Any ways here she is....

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    Found this random cup holder in an old oil case in the boot, thought it went in front armrest but doesn't seem a flush fit for that?

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    Also the boot lid strut ball joint has come loose, I hate interior work and looks like I need to remove alot of trim to get to the back nut?

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    Things to do though.....

    Change temp sender (parts bought)
    Repair hazard triangle latch (epoxy drying)
    Fix the rear hinge on the boot floor (epoxy drying)
    Fix the glove box lid (currently has a metal external hinge)
    Fix/replace glove box damper/light switch
    Replace/service the demister flap actuator
    Remove the drain grommets under battery.

    Think thats about it, also need to replace the tyres with 235width eventually as currently running 225.
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    That goes in the space below the glove box.
    You might have a felt carpet in the bottom. Lift that up and that will clip in.


    That looks a bit more serious than just some interior work.
    It looks like its ripped it self out of the D pillar and took some metal with it.
    I hope its not cause that could be a ***** of a job to do.


    EDIT:=- Lovely looking motor.
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    Nice car m8! I have the same seats and like them more than full leather ones!
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    very nice motor,loving the interior so much better than full leather!
    just need to lower it a wee bit now pal and paint the grille surrounds black and it will look spot in with the nice blue paint.
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    Welcome to the club, I personally prefer the half leather as opposed to the full leather.
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    Looks good, there's a thread here on repairing the loose strut ball joint, I'll have a look later if you can't find it. Was posted by Jimmeh of White Details IIRC.

    Just to save you future battles, it will be a Sport not an S-Line as all B6 S-Lines were 1.8T equipped. It's a nice spec though with the half leather.
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    Thanks all, I've certainly been turned, I'll look forwards to winter now without cold starts haha.

    Been out sorting a few bits, so temp sensor is now replaced, not test driven yet though so not sure if sorted. Coudn't work out how to fully remove battery so only managed to poke out one of the drain plugs, but that had the desired effect draining the little water that was in there. Also greased up my door hinge as it was squeaking a bit after over zealous valetors.

    Not sure about lowering, I quite like the height at the moment and driving it home I got beached on a raised cover at a petrol station. Even if I do won't be a while as no funds for a bit now.

    Done some searching and found the strut ball repair methods, I've bought some M8 rivnuts on ebay, so will get that sorted soon.

    You mean paint the plastic grills black? I'm keeping the chrome trim.
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    [Nov 2, 2013]
    Picture time!

    Intercooler pipe removed-

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    Replaced Temp sensor

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    How not to fix a glove box hinge-
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    Dismantled with a bolt test fitted

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    Areas around bolt and screw were packed with epoxy putty, along with a slab of putty where most put a metal bracket.

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    I also lubed the hinge piston and drilled a small hole in the end of the cyclinder.

    Found this random wire hanging about behind the glove box with a blue earth wire cut off above. Any ideas?

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    I had also fixed the triangle latch but didn't put enough strengthening into the plastic. It has locked and secured it but went to open it to take a picture for here and it snapped off.
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    More improvements made...

    Thermostat was changed on Sunday and now climbs to 90 and sits on 90 perfectly.

    Also sorted out the boot strut today.

    Not the neatest job maybe but certainly an improvement....

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    Looking good.... i made exactly the same transition from an A3 Quattro TS to a 1.9 tdi Avant Quattro.... i was sceptical at first as i had done it purely for MPG reasons but now i'm totally hooked on my A4.... we still have the A3 , the wife drives it but now i've mapped my avant it actuallty feels faster ... probably due to all that torque... happy days :) enjoy your new car i'm sure you will
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    Oh my quattro was a 1.9 TDI aswell. I made the transition purely for the space, I can now go shopping with wife and son and fit the pram and shopping in the boot! Before I could only fit the pram in.

    I miss the quattro for driving ability but don't miss it for higher tax, mpg and higher servicing plus higher risk of issues!
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    [Nov 29, 2013]
    Well let the modding commence!


    Firstly the cheapest was to put the interior LEDs that I had in my A3 into the barge...


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    Nice and bright in the boot...


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    The cheapest lowering kit I'll ever get............... paving slabs off freecycle lol


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    And as of yesterday I have HID's again, hurray! Also bought some snazzy LED sidelights that are whiter than the 5000k HID's I opted for.


    Everyone has seen the standard HID brightness shot so here's the install instead...


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    Then taaadahhhhhh...


    OEM+ no!?


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    Kind of an upgrade I now have 235 width Rainsport 2'S

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    That's a nice car over there.I hope you to enjoy it and have fun with it mate.Keep up the good work on upgrading it.
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    Thanks Piedone, loving the car!

    Got round to giving it a coat of wax the other day, makes me love the colour even more.


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    Very nice mate. How do you rate the rain sports?
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    Very good! For a tyre 30 quid less than my previous favourite (Dunlop Sport SP(9000's) they certainly match them. As expected no issues at all in the dry and in the wet you can confidently take roundabouts and corners carrying speed.Would certainly recommend as a mid range(price) tyre.
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    Lovely B6 I need to repair my glovebox at some point, is yours still holding up?
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    thanks mate, definately considering them as my next set after winters over. these winters are pi5h! can hardly corner with them if its wet... :( and the chinese budget tyres that were on there before stuck like poop on blanket lol
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    Which winters are you running? I don't have enough dosh to sort out a set of winter tyres/wheels so they seemed a good compromise.

    Yep, glovebox still hanging strong.
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    minerva ice plus. cheap and nast things... had them lying around from our passat the we had a couple of years ago. so free :D
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    You don't see too many in the darker blue mate it looks nice.
    If you decide you want to go back to full leather let me know, as I have a mint set that I want to swap for half leathers ha ha.
    Also if your not using it and want to sell the cup holder, I'll take that off your hands as I'm really missing the cup holders from my Bora since buying the Avant.
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    Cheers, very happy with the colour surprisingly, love it after a good wax.

    Tempting but I quite like the halfs now, no cold bum in the winter or burnt in the summer. Tah anyways.

    Sorry, going to keep the cup holder as sure it will be useful in the future, I know what you mean though loved the double cup holder in my mk4 golf.

    I seem to have an issue with the sub, I swear most the time it's not working and very every now and again it suddenly kicks in and I get some omph behind the tune.
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    Might be worth checking that the plug hasn't worked loose on it
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    Well it appears I was listening to the wrong music with the wrong settings.

    Put on a bit of good old prodigy and tweeked the 'TONE' settings and voila 1 vibrating rear view mirror. Happy days!

    Annoyingly 1 of my fog lights is now smashed, typically Lamin-x'in them was on the to do list.

    Got a chip on the windscreen too but AutoGlass have repaired it nicely.

    Finally got my HID's working with no warnings and no tricky timings with turning them on. Kitchen foil to the rescue!
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    Not really much done but it seems for every 1 thing I sort out I find another niggle.......

    Some seriously bad finish on a touch up....

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    and someone bought the wrong colour bumper after an accident me thinks-

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    Thankfully you can only see it in direct sunlight as above.

    So the improvement being I have centre caps again, my RS6 reps had some nasty cap in them which after having tyres fitted and wheels balanced being removed once was just too much strain for them and must were hanging on with 2 lugs or fallen off because they were glued in....

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    and the new improved...

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    I much prefer the contrast.

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    I'm having the interior professinally valeted on Friday as when rushing my cat to the vets at 9pm I stupidly put her in the front seat and in her fragile state she then peed. Even worse is she was going in because she was dehydrated so the pee stunk!

    I'm going to order a replacement fog light this week and then thinking some Lamin-X tinting film... did smoke on my A3 which I didn't like too much. I know what I'll be doing this time.

    Oh and is it normal for the arch liners to me made of CARPET!!! Seems absolute madness, no wonder my arches have the start of rust.
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