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2006 B7 A4 Cab 3.2 FSI Quattro manual what to look for

Tim Bolt Nov 5, 2018

  1. Tim Bolt

    Tim Bolt New Member

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    Hi
    I'nm new to the forum and looking for some advice.
    I'm looking to buy one of the above and wondered what the what to look out for items are on this car and engine combo?
    I intend to use it for a 50 mile round trip commute that includes country lanes , M way and city driving and would plan to get it LPG converted.
    Many thanks
    Tim
     
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  3. KIll_the_cameras

    KIll_the_cameras New Member

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    Hi, mainly the 'death rattle'! Timing chain problems can be VERY expensive to fix. When you are looking at these make sure the engine preferably hasn't been started that day, and listen for a rattle at startup. Some say a 2 second startup rattle is normal, but mine (87,000 miles) doesn't rattle at all, even below zero degrees, so believe what you will about that. If the car is warm I would walk away or see another time when cold. Also, I wish I'd gone for an auto and possibly the 3.0 diesel (remapped). Even with 250 bhp, with all that extra weight it's a little lazy up hills and up motorway slip roads! I would also check the a/c is working, and check the hood goes up and down ok a few times. These cars sound great when you floor them tho...best of luck finding a good one! It took me a while...
     
  4. Tim Bolt

    Tim Bolt New Member

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    Hi, thanks for getting back to me. Really appreciate the input.
    I've only ever had an auto box once in a car and it gave out big time at about 100k miles (Audio 80) so I've been put off them to be honest. Can I ask why you think they are preferable and are they as reliable and have as long a life as a manual?
    Cheers
    Tim
     
  5. KIll_the_cameras

    KIll_the_cameras New Member

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    Hi, I'm not sure I like the clutch and the gearing on the manual. I drove an auto version and it seemed to get the power down a lot smoother and faster than the manual (although this could just be my crappy driving, or maybe the clutch is shot!). I didn't buy it as the seller lied and changed his story about the car and work being done - I didn't trust buying from him!
     

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