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sage33e Jul 9, 2007

  1. sage33e

    sage33e sage33e

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    Hi all, as a complete virgin to forums and threads, a can't help being rather taken aback by the wealth of info here! Magic!

    However, I do need some advice. I currently have an A4 (B7) 2.0Tdi that I bought from Crewe Audi (never again will I visit that garage {but that's another story}) and am looking to buy an A4 cab 2.5 tdi '03 from Gloucester Parklands. The only problem I have is what to look out for. The car has done 55,000 miles, so do I need to be worried about belts and pumps? What sort of things can I bargain on to get the price down? Is it really worth going for a Tdi or a 1.8T with less mileage? Any horror/dream stories about the 2.5 V6?

    Please, please let me know! I'd be v grateful as I'm gonna visit the car on Wednesday - I have already put down a deposit (refundable - the dealer says!) so I am interested in buying it.

    Ta,

    sage33e:icon_thumright:
     
  2. Macduff

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    Audi are now saying 60k or 4 years for cambelt so I would want that doing before I bought it.

    Apart from that, the 2.5 is quite a heavy engine so handling won't be as sharp are your B7. Are you going to be doing many miles in it. If not, I'd look at a petrol model. Your bound to have a much greater choice going that route anyway

    HTH
     
  3. sage33e

    sage33e sage33e

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    Cheers for that. I did think that the cambelt, aux belt and water pump etc. did need replacing at 60,000 and have been quoted about £700 by dealers, but having phoned a couple of places (Audi main) they are saying that there is no limit in terms of when the cambelt needs replacing, and they recommend 80,000 miles. There seems to be a lot of ambiguity here, and not getting it right could seriously damage my pocket if things go wrong.

    Should I stick to my guns with this one and say I'll buy it if the work's done? Or shall I follow Audi advice and wait until 80,000 miles, in which case the car will be nearly 6 years old? :think:

    Incidentally, I will be doing about 15,000 - 20,000 miles a year, so perhaps diesel is the way to go.

    sage33e
     
  4. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    No limit in terms of when the cambelt needs doing?
    Who on earth told you that?
    60k or 4 years, so definately insist this is done before buying it.
     
  5. icenutter

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    Don't be afraid to walk away from a car or dealer - they're loads out there.
     
  6. Les 51

    Les 51 A pint of Diesel please!

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    I have a 2.5 v6 diesel avant and had my belt changed at 80k which is what I was told by Audi. In my opinion if you can get them to change it do so (Depending where you go it's anything between £400 and £1000!) The engine is great, but it will be totally up to you wether you want petrol or diesel, don't expect it to do loads of MPG. I average about 38mpg in mine, but if you give it some heavy foot it will come down quite a bit.
     
  7. sage33e

    sage33e sage33e

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    Thanks for the advice...for info, it was Gloucester Audi that said that there was no age limit on changing the cam, only 80,000 miles. I've emailed Audi Customer Services to see what they say. I'm sure I read somewhere that they did say 60k but have now withdrawn that advice??

    Otherwise, in terms of fuel consumption, I was expecting around 40 mpg, especially if I retro fit cruise (lots of m-way miles on the cards - £275 @ Basingstoke Audi)...but we'll wait and see what the dealer has to offer to sweeten the deal and make me buy it. £1000 is a lot to fork out if you've just bought a car!

    sage33e
     

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