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What next after modded TDI?

drewwa Dec 18, 2007

  1. drewwa

    drewwa New Member

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    I'm in a bit of a dilemma and need some opinions...

    I have a 2000-W B5 Audi A4 TDI 115 SE, it's been treated to a remap, milltek exhaust, h+r springs and koni dampers and is kicking out about 160bhp/260lbft, fk angel eye headlamps, de-badged, 17" New S4 replicas, RS4 front grille and S-line badges.

    It's just hit 140k miles, I bought it at 60k.

    Here's a Pic (this was when it was running on 18" - I got tired of the ride quality so went back to 17"s)

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    The Good: Has been totally reliable overall, 50mpg, 600 miles on a tank, quite quick, everyone who sees it says 'Nice S4' (engine off),

    The Bad : Niggly things breaking, DIS went south, window motors dying, wiper motors/linkage need doing, corrosion on aluminium trim, a few squeaks and rattles, bonnet stone chipped to death, not 4WD, not really quick enough, beginning to feel 'old'.

    I've decided I prefer something with a V6, RWD or 4WD, 0-60 in the low 7s or better, reasonable fuel economy. Coupe ideal, diesel ok.

    Got between £12k-£17k available. Got to be good on the motorway, but a bit of fun on the twisties. Needless to say Audi preferred, VAG as a minimum. Tempted by BMW 330 but just hate the whole image thing with the beemer.

    I've ruled out anything fun and classic (eg. Corrado VR6) because air-con is a must have.

    Thought about:

    1. Audi S4/B5 - Ticks all boxes except fuel economy and insurance. I do 25k+ miles a year and I like the TDI range. S4 Ruinous on fuel.
    2. Audi A4/B5 1.8T Quattro - Not a bad place to start, but long in the tooth, can I find a good one?
    3. Audi A4/B5 2.5 TDI - Starts with 150bhp out of the box, how tunable is it, could I find a Quattro? Still rather old and I've got to mod all over again. Does it handle with a big lump at the front?
    4. Audi A5 3.0 TDI - Too new so too expensive - Wait?
    5. Audi TT TDI - Not yet available - Wait?
    6. B6/B7 A4 TDI - Too Dull, too big, too slow. Might consider B6 180 TDI Quattro with Bose and S-Line (hen's teeth)
    7. A3 - No hatchbacks please
    8. Old shape Audi TT 180/225 - Styling doesn't really do it for me.
    9. Audi Cabriolet 2.5 TDI - Do I really want a Cabrio? Bit girlie.
    10. VW EOS - Only 140 for the TDI, not enough.
    11. Golf V GTI - FWD, I'm getting a bit old for that image. I like discreet.
    12. Further mods and fix-her-up on current car. Not 4WD, bit bored with it if truth be told. What else can you do with a 1.9 TDI? TCS light already comes on to often, especially in the wet.

    In fantasy land I'd have a Sport Coupe version of the B5 A4, 3.0 TDI, Quattro with around 220-240bhp and a decent stereo and working DIS.

    What would you do?

    Cheers,

    Drew.
     
  2. auroan

    auroan Active Member

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    with £12k-£17k to play with you could have any B5 A4 in england. Your almost capable of get an RS4 with 17K.

    I'd go for a 3.0 B6 A4 Quatty to be honest.
     
  3. drewwa

    drewwa New Member

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    Thanks for that, I think that's probably the most pragmatic choice, it's just the styling of the B6 looks so drab to my eyes when compared to the B5. :-( Looks better with S-line.

    Had a look on autotrader and there is 1 (just 1) B6 quattro 180 with s-line and bose - could be a long search!

    Why, oh why wasn't there a B5 Coupe!

    Cheers,

    Drew.
     
  4. PaulJC84

    PaulJC84 Owner

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    What about a passat W8. They are great value for money second hand.
     
  5. sitrials

    sitrials Member

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    B5 RS4
     
  6. Audimandan

    Audimandan A4 1.8T 1998 (S) 70K Silver, standard for now...

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    Id have to go with the rs4, but considering your milage, this could be harsh on the wallet, dual fuel conversion? get rid of the wife?:gun2:
     
  7. s4mark

    s4mark Member

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    you could buy my B5 S4 :icon_thumright: would do me a favour as I will not be able to run it as I will be commuting 100 miles per day to and from work. please lol
     
  8. docurley

    docurley Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Have you thought about buying two cars one for fun and one to run around in that way when you want to put a smile on your face you take the quick car when you just want to get to work on the cheap you take the cheap car.:eyebrows:
     
  9. Audimandan

    Audimandan A4 1.8T 1998 (S) 70K Silver, standard for now...

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    Hit the nail on the head there mate:icon_thumright:
     

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