B7 A4 Avant Quattro coming soon

Dane

Had an 8L S3, a B5 RS4 now I have a B8 S4
Hello everyone,

I put a deposit down on a B7 Avant 2.o tdi 170 Quattro over the weekend to replace my daily Octavia VRS. It's not quite my perfect spec but having been on the look out for a couple of months I reduced my expectations in terms of options.

The Octavia is a great tool but I've been considering something more refined for commuting to work and potentially something to cut the costs of driving to the Alps to go skiing, we take my MRC stage 2 B8 S4 currently which is awesome, just a little thirsty.

Here's a link to the autotrader ad:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201702031960565

Looks great, nice big folder of receipts, scans pretty clear with some fluff with VCDS, decent options and black optics, I'm a proper sucker for black optics.

I gather BRD engines can have oil pump problems and that because this is an '08 car it doesn't need the same amount of work doing as some of the older cars, I've spent about half an hour looking through threads on the issue but those threads quickly get full of opinion and and it's hard to see the wood for the trees. What needs to be replaced and at what cost? Given the 300 miles I do a week and the 1700 mile trips to the alps that we're likely to do twice a year it's probably going to be high on the list of stuff to sort out.

Other than that I'll plans consist of:
Talking to Trups from EM Tuning about headlight upgrades,
Look at great exhaust tip mod I've seen in a few threads,
Probably a clear vinyl wrap to the front of the car to try and stop it from stone chipping from all the motorway driving it'll do.
Oh and a Remap from Badger 5, love a cheeky remap from Bill.

Cheers!

Dane
 

carlcall

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Firstly welcome to B7 Avant ownership as we all know it's the best shape

Lovely colour and not too bad a spec....it has some of the main bits n bobs already.


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carlcall

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I couldn't imagine driving a long journey without CC

Quite a few people have done it recently and from what I gather it's not that hard to retrofit.


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JonSline

Considering the next mods.....
Did my pump on the A4 took me 16hrs replaced with a new modified assembly and gear drive to replace the chain. Supplied from KMB parts Sheffield I think.

My chain was noisy, took apart, wear was clearly apparent on the tensioner, but the assembly looked ok. This is at 119000 miles.

Piece of mind, I would look at changing it, I'm glad I did mine, if you loose oil pressure on the motorway, it's a ****** engine and you don't want that in the south of France in the snow!


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Dane

Had an 8L S3, a B5 RS4 now I have a B8 S4
Thanks for the info @JonSline

Out of interest is there and OEM solution to the Oil pump issue or is 3rd party kits only? I.e. if I were to take it to Audi would they replace it like for like, meaning the replacement will, over time, eat itself as well?

We're going again in a few weeks time so I haven't quite made my mind up which car to take tbh. I might leave it until next year and sort the oil pump in the meanwhile.
 

JonSline

Considering the next mods.....
As far as I could work out, there was an updated oil pump drive key, but they don't change the chain/sprocket to a gear


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Dane

Had an 8L S3, a B5 RS4 now I have a B8 S4
Picked her up over the weekend, pretty happy so far:

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Seems to return a bit less mpg than the octavia but that's to be expected. But it's much more refined, the ride is better, it's quieter, it's just generally a nicer place to sit.

First job is a cruise control retrofit, ordering that tonight from TPS, so hopefully that will go to plan, there was no clutch switch codes when I scanned it before so fingers crossed it'll go smoothly.

It looks like the roof rack from the octavia fits the A4 as well so I'll get that swapped over too and my dad has a set of OEM B8 S4 18 inch winter options so I'll give those a trial fit before we head to the Alps in a few weeks.
 

Dane

Had an 8L S3, a B5 RS4 now I have a B8 S4
So I got cruise control fitted last week, swapped my Thule roof bars over from the Octavia and I'll be fitting some OEM B8 S4 winter alloys this weekend in preparation for a trip to the Alps.

Over all I'm pretty happy with it, although I haven't been able to find a perfect seating position, a combination of the seat not going low enough, the foot rest being too far forward and the steering column coming out too low/ at the wrong angle. Any suggestions would be gratefully received, although I'm getting used to it the real test will be the drive to the Alps.
 

I'm Just Rob.

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could have sold you mine.....
 

I'm Just Rob.

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what , a dog guard , we may be on a different subject matter Dane...lol
 

I'm Just Rob.

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who's the numpty carl, me or dane....maybe both...lol
 

Gazah19

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Got a quick one after walking the dogs

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Got a banging deal on a genuine audi dog guard over the weekend too, £26 instead of £90 something.

Lovely car mate, black optics is a must on the black a4''s they look lovely. Im gonna debadge the rear today any yips anyone? Here's mine...
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Dani_B19

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Those Halfords tips?
 

Dani_B19

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Still from Halfords?
 
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