Hi all, Jus thought i would put a note / lengthy story on here to say hi and a overview at the comedies of disasters i have had since picking up my 1996 tdi. Went and picked up my immaculately clean 127,000m 1-owner 90bhp tdi from Waltham Abbey for what was a bargain price of £1600 at 12pm yesterday (to replace the s13 nissan 200sx as doing 300+miles a week). On drive home my dad said it was smoking a bit under full accelaration and i felt the engine judder at 75mph, (somethings to check out later). Got home let it cool for an hour then checked the oil and decided an oil and filter change was probably a good idea, so drove to halfords, enroute lost the use of most electrics (indicators, stereo, heater controls, sunroof) but nothing else. Got there and checked all the above was still not working. Having bought everything was waiting behind a rover to pull out when car rolled forward under gravity and bumped it, luckily no damaged to either car, just removed a bit of dirt from his car and a bit of pride from me! Got home and investigated the electrical problem and found it to be a loose key / igntion the slightest nudge setting the electrics on / off. No Big problem there but somehting to look into later. Had some dinner then.... In attempting to move the car for dad to get off the driveway found the car didn't start, starter motor going but not engaging the engine. Tested battery for weakness but fine. So after some knuckle scrapping and cursing audi engineering design dept:weight_lift2: whipped the old starter motor out and tested it on bench, worked fine! Big mystery ... but put it back in and tried again ..... no luck. Banged it with a hammer again nothing. Diagnosis: Dead Starter motor. Called it a night. Woke up whipped the starter out again and look for a replacment. No places open or instock! Investigated all the problems on Audi-sport.net, seems i have a load of common problems and thanks to its helpful members a link to a guide to the ignition switch replacement. So took the steering wheel off, (after being a bit scared of setting the airbag off). At which point my next door neighbour and friend pulled up in his newly purchased elise , and took me out in it. Came back with a smile so wide and a heart full of envy! So now have one car on driveway not going anywhere with bits missing from the engine bay and interior. One starter motor to be repalced by local vw/audi specialist and one ignition switch to buy at local audi dealership. And a beutiful elise parked next door. And some smoking and juddering to check out. What a weekend! Just looking out at the audi now i still love it, just needs some rs4/6 wheels and a chip/remap in and i'll be well happy!