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Which Workshop Manual (Allroad 2.5 Tdi)

Discussion in 'A6/S6/Allroad forum (C5 Chassis)' started by Mudplugger, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Mudplugger
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    Further to my post a few weeks ago seeking buying advice - http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?90839-What-year-of-Allroad-to-buy - I am now the proud and happy owner of an Audi Allroad :) It's a 2003 model, with BAU coded 2.5 Tdi motor and tiptronic 'box (I was really after a manual but that's another story). It's well spec'd too, with cruise control, reverse parking sensors, (RNS-D) Nav Plus system, rear tints etc. ...and - a major result - even my wife likes it!

    Apart from a few minor niggles (broken interior trim and a paint scratch) it's great, the only real problem being that it now says "500 miles to next service". I plan on looking after the car myself, and will no doubt soon buy a VAG-COM, but I'd like to start by getting a good quality workshop manual.

    I dropped into Halfords yesterday to pick up a Haynes manual and it seems that they don't do one for the A6, and even the A4 manual specifically excludes the 6 cylinder diesel, so there's no point buying that!

    Does Audi do a proper workshop manual, intended for the main-dealer mechanics, and if so is it any good and can I buy a copy? Alternatively, what after-market manuals do you recommend?
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    Hi,
    Haynes don't publish a Manual that covers the C5 Platform of the Allroad, which is a shame because they offer good basic mechanical information.

    A Bently manual exists (for a price) but doesn't cover the Diesel. The Bently Manual I bought for my old Mercedes was next-to-useless anyway...

    The only option apart from convncing Audi you are a dealer is to get an Ebay Cd/DVD copy of the Electronic Manual. Most of these are illegal copies, so your concience may be trouibled.

    Personally, I find that the most useless paper manual is easier to use than any electronic based system, but times move on and we're stuck with it.
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    Thanks, I've now found the printed Bentley workshop manual for the Audi A6 on Amazon...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...mp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0837614996

    ...but it's not cheap at £55.86!

    I've also found this...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...mp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0837612578

    ...which I assume is the electronic manual you are referring to? Again, not cheap at £99.05. However, there seems to be a plentiful supply of copies of dubious legality on eBay for far less than that!

    Like you though, I prefer something printed so I can have it next to me while I work, so I'll probably shell out £50 and buy the printed version from Amazon. Putting it in perspective, that's less than the price of even one hour's labour at the dealer!

    Thanks.
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