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Buying 3.2 Quattro

sam4191 Jul 4, 2018

  1. sam4191

    sam4191 If In doubt, Flat out!

    Hi guys,

    Looking at a 2008 3.2 manual on Friday, for the 2nd time. Basically, is there anything specific to look for on these cars? On 1st look, all looks nice and very tidy for the age. Are the chain tensioners a massive issue on these, like they seem to be on the V8s? The car has covered 100k miles. There was a small rattle on cold start up for a second or so. Unsure as to how long it had been stood since last start (20 miles since May). Every start after that was quiet. Information seems to be as scarce as the cars themselves.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. jetty

    jetty Active Member Team V6 Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group Black Edition quattro S-line owners group

    I had a 2009 3.2 Avant. Excellent car - wish I never sold it!
    They do rattle for a second if left overnight - if it doesn't stop rattling that's when you need to worry. Solid lumps, not much to look out for.
    With 100k on the clock, check clutch. That's about it. Oh, and find a petrol station with loyalty points - you'll be there quite often!
    DieselJake likes this.
  4. rum4mo

    rum4mo Well-Known Member

    I started off looking/aiming at buying a 3.2 quattro - then ended up with an S4, seriously, the standard stuff that you get with an S4 is good, then there is the better potential fuel economy and than the pleasure of having a properly kitted out/set car for me that was win, win,win! I was coming from a 2.8V6 4Motion Passat B5.
  5. sam4191

    sam4191 If In doubt, Flat out!

    Thanks for the response guys, well used to the petrol station stops with the S3. Also had a 2.4 A4 years ago - loved that car, so hoping to find the same again.
    We were looking to get an S5 V8, but we were at the bottom end of the market (up to £10k), also the tax price angers me. An S4 would be nice, but the £10k won't stretch that far just yet. Also, the 3.2 tuning potential isn't there, so no temptation to spend money on anything other than cosmetics and sound (again, have the S3 for 'performance').
  6. scotty76

    scotty76 Well-Known Member Team Phantom Audi S4

    Still think :s4addict:
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