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New A4 Avant B6 PD130 owner

Adrian R Mar 5, 2018

  1. Adrian R

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    Hiello everyone

    Recently had a couple of Mk 4 Golfs, just sold to a good friend's wife, a PD130 estate that I really enjoyed - remapped to 180 bhp, about 300 ft/lb torque so it went well. Put some heated black leather seats in it that were really nice. I really like the PD130 engine. Quick and very economical on a run.

    Decided I wanted an A4 Avant. I think they are a really nice looking car, especially the B6. After an aborted trip to Northampton to pick one up on Saturday whereby the seller who I thought was private and a woman turned out to be a trader and a man. I asked 4 days before and again on the day I left North Wales if the Audi was still for sale and was told yes. When I got there (2 hours on the train) I was shown an A4 saloon, the estate had gone the day before. So I got a train back to North Wales.

    On the way, I contacted another seller about a 2003 130 Avant. The only stop on the train I was on was Crewe on the way to Chester. The seller was in Crewe so long story short I asked him to meet me at the station and spent an hour looking over the car and the paperwork. Deal agreed and I drove home.


    2003 A4 Avant PD130 manual

    Dark blue

    FSH all with many supporting bills and all old mots.

    The MOT history online was good (just the odd minor fail over the years)

    147,000 miles

    All manuals and the leather binder

    both keys with all buttons working

    really tidy inside and out, no rips or tears in seats, dash and trims

    cambelt water pump and tensioner at 115k

    clutch and dmf at 127k

    recent discs and pads

    alternator pulley replaced

    air con regassed (though the pump sounds a bit noisy to me, I rarely use a/c)

    front and rear parking sensors

    metal dog guard (that will be sold)

    cruise

    centre armrest

    no pixel issues on dash

    6cd changer in dash

    parrot handfree fitted and working

    all tools and recent service

    removable towbar (unused)

    mot sept 2018

    No check lights illuminated (I ran a full VCDS in any case)


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    Drives well.

    Metal dog guard removed - that will be on ebay at the weekend. Looks like it may be a genuine Audi part.

    Had some aftermarket dark tints that looked purple inside. Definitely not keen on them. Removed those with a steamer today. Much improved.

    Changed 3 footwell bulbs today that were not working.

    Getting new wipers tomorrow.

    Ordered a replacement for the rear washer jets - it dribbles - the inner ring part of the plastic jet part has split.

    Swapped the tyres front to rear - rears look almost new. They might have to go through since they are pretty noisy.

    Ordered a new catch for the armest, as with my VW's this was broken.

    EGR blank plates ordered.

    Heko wind deflectors ordered

    Checked VCDS :
    - a few non ECL faults - the motors on the climate control for defrost

    - An engine mount solenoid valve (never even knew such a thing existed). If it needs changing I'll probably just stick a solid RS4 one in its place.

    Remapped

    There is a resonance type vibration I noticed today on the motorway - feels and sounds like the exhaust may be touching somewhere. I'll get it up on a ramp tomorrow and have a good luck around.

    Needs a new floor mat drivers side. might just replace them all.

    Have really enjoyed driving it today. Must say that in many ways I preferred the Golf which felt more involved and gave great feedback especially from the steering. I feel more isolated from the road in the Audi. It is different and I'll get used to it. The Audi does feel very sure-footed and really quiet apart from that vibration/resonance which I will investigate and rectify.

    I have pics from the seller and they still have the rear dark tints in place.

    Am not 100% certain about the aftermarket rear spoiler in black. I'll live with it for now and see how I feel.

    Ill give it a good clean, clay bar and a polish once the weather settles down a abit.



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  3. GAS MONKEY

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    Hi and :sign welcome:Adrian looks like a very nice car a blank canvas if your going to modify ,sounds like you have been busy so far
     
  4. Adrian R

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    Thanks for the welcome. It has been a busy few days.

    No plans to modify it. Just wanted a comfortable reliable economical workhorse.

    I have always had a strong interest in trying different things to improve the economy on the cars. Done well over the years. When I finished tweaking the pd130 estate it would get about 775 odd motorway miles a full tank to the reserve light coming on. That was about 50 litres.

    So I will be working on some economy tweaks on the A4. It is a bigger heavier car. The remap is part of that. I always add a bit of acetone to each tank, that helps with atomisation and burning more of the fuel on each stroke. I spent a while working out the best torsion value for the economy on the pd100 I had before the pd130 so I may look at this one once I know how the current mpg sits on the A4. I'll need some data from several tankfuls to work it out. I built a neat fuel heater for the last pd3130 and ran that after the fuel temp sensor and before the pump. That helped with fuel atomization and was an interesting exercise. Might not add that this time and fancy trying some other ideas. I'm toying with adding a resistor in the wiring to the fuel temp sensor to get it to read cold to the ECU. Cold fuel is denser so the ECU should restrict the injection quantity improving the mpg when cruising, the performance will suffer. The mod should be more effective when the weather warms up. We shall have to see.
     
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  5. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator TeamMisano TFSI Owners Group Audi S3 quattro Platinum Supporter S tronic Audi Main Dealer

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    Hi Adrian, welcome to audi-sport.net. Sounds like you have got a reasonably good canvas to start with. The cars paintwork looks good for it’s age. I like what I have read so far, your not afraid to try things, and that’s the best way to be. Look forward to updates. Enjoy the forum :)
     
  6. Adrian R

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    Hi Sandra

    Thanks for the welcome.
     
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  8. Gazwould

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    A great base , these cars are the one of best quality budget motoring estates available .

    What engine code is it and bottom right of build sticker is OGE or OGZ ?

    Technically you don't need two blanking plates just a pull and plug of the vac line , but why not blank the base of the egr feed tube .

    Not heard of acetone added to derv but presume it works by improving Cetane number as it's more combustible than diesel and starts the fuel mix ignition sooner thus reducing diesel knock .

    Most used is 2 Stroke oil , mineral low ash JASO FB spec to accomplish this plus upper cylinder , pump lubricity etc has been used and widely improvement noticed on many 1.9 130 PD.

    A bonified Cetane booster is 2-EHN .
     
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    Gazwould - Thanks for the message.

    Engine code - ill check later. Out of interest where is the build sticker - in the boot spare wheel area like on the golf?

    EGR - it is mapped out now. It looks like there has been a bit of a gas leak at the EGR valve end so ill blank both end off. It's easy enough - much easier than on the golf where the engine is transversely mounted so the valve etc is at the back near the bulkhead.

    Acetone - that is pretty much it. I add 50 ml to 50 litres of fuel.

    2 stroke - I have used that in other cars. might give it a whirl in this as well.
     
  10. Gazwould

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    It might not of needed mapping out !

    Build sticker is both in service book and boot .

    So acetone I presume is more flamable than derv ?
     
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  13. Gazwould

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    That's not the engine code but it does tell me you didn't need to map out the egr .
     
  14. Adrian R

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    Not a fan of the EGR so it was going to be removed in any case. I had to map it out on the Golf to avoid it throwing a check light.

    AVF would be the engine code.
     
  15. Gazwould

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    Cool you have the larger 240mm clutch.

    Egr , dpf , stop start etc all fit for the bin .
     
  16. Adrian R

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    That's good news on the clutch.

    Didn't get it on a ramp today - garage was too busy. might be later this week or early next.

    no stop-start and being 2003 would it have dpf? hope not. The cat will go when I replace the exhaust as and when it needs doing.
     
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    If you want a great number for it I’ve got A4 GKO up for sale


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  18. Adrian R

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    That is a good number. Not for me though and thank you for the offer.
     
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    Wind deflectors fitted


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    I want some cloth sports seats for the front next.
     
  21. Gazwould

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    I'd get extra clips for the front fart protectors , two is rarely enough .
     
  22. Adrian R

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    Good shout - the backs were a touch loose as well - where best for clips? Ebay?
     
  23. Gazwould

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    Just moan at the seller , they normally send some on .
     
  24. Adrian R

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    Good plan, thank you
     
  25. Gazwould

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    The window fouled mine at the B pillar , extra clips sorted

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  26. Adrian R

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    Thanks again for the advice. Interesting how yours fouled like that. I have asked them for more clips.

    Just had a run out in mine - not had a whistle before - but there is a whistle on the driver's side at 60mph with the windows up. I'll see if it settles down tomorrow.
     
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    Flushed power steering fluid.
     
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    EGR blanking plates fitted.

    Noisy Heko wind deflector refitted. Quieter now.
     
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    Found some sports seats from an ebay seller in Aberdeenshire. Deal is done and the seats should be here next week. Anyone know of where I get a wiring loom for the elec lumbar in them - presumably Kufatec?
     
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    Fitted the 2.2k ohm resistor to the fuel temp sender. Will keep an eye on the economy to see if there is any improvement.
     
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    Washed

    Clay barred

    Polished
     
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    Figured out how to get the front into service position - pretty neat design I must say - to replace the aux belt and have a better look at the tensioner.

    Tensioner damper on the aux belt is seized solid, and the bearing a little loose on the wheel, am thinking previous owner may have known since the nut on the end looked pretty mashed up. Would not budge when I went to move it and remove the aux belt, the nut just rounded off nicely. Perhaps that explains the judders from the power steering and slight squeal on cold starts.

    New belts ready to go on. Thought TPS's price of £200 plus the VAT rather excessive for the part. Got one coming from CES in the morning. I can see and Ina Drive Belt Tensioner on Euro for about £80 so all should be well tomorrow morning then.
     
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    Both belts and new tensioner on and car back together. Jumpy steering fixed, no squeal from cold.

    Had a good look underneath. All looks fine.

    The vibration around 2000 rpm I'm thinking must the engine mount that is showing a fault code. Ill see if i can live with it.
     
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    Got to work on the leather on the steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake.

    Leather cleaner followed by some black polish followed by several coats of leather balm.
     
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    Ordered

    - new rear washer jet

    - replacement flat aero wiper blades

    - replacement heater control unit - the black has worn off mine in several places
     
  37. Andy avant b5

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    Nice project mate I am currently doing the same to a avant but a b5
     
  38. Adrian R

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    Thank you. Good luck with yours.
     
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    Aero twin wiper blades fitted.

    3 more goes at steering wheel and gear knob. Looks much better now.

    Spent a while twiddling with the headlight adjustments. Spot on now.
     
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    Replacement heater control unit arrived. Must have been from a car with a single din stereo. So i stripped the buttons out and put them in my unit. Old worn buttons back in the unit i bought and it is back on ebay.

    Also fixed the soft open on the glove box which sorted the glovebox light.
     
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    Ordered a replacement for the faulty motor for the demister - with the green arm up behind the glovebox. Makes noises but does nothing and is showing a fault code in VCDS. £8.50 delivered used via eBay and a seller in Lithuania.
     
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    Pic of heater control unit with nice buttons replacing the more worn ones.

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    Fitted the new rear wiper washer jets
     

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