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A4 Dream
09-11-2008, 07:43 AM
I dont own an audi currently.. but I have always loved euros.
All my dub friends say that audis are prone to a lot of big problems.

I wanted to know if anyone who is experienced with These amazing cars can help me out with my finaly decision.

quattro_mds
09-11-2008, 08:02 AM
A4 Dream -- Audis like any other cars will need some TLC when they start to age and parts begin to wear. I’ve been some of the normal wear and tear on my car. It cost money to fix, some big issues you’ll run into are:

Timing Belts $$$$$ (5 $ = 1000-1500 )
Wheel Bearings $$$$
Clutch $$$$$
Turbo $$$$$
Tie Rods $$
Brakes $$
Vacuum Leaks $
LCD Display…. $


Aside from that I love my Audi, it reliable and dependable and lots of fun to drive[up]

lanoueb5er
09-11-2008, 08:12 AM
A4 Dream -- Audis like any other cars will need some TLC when they start to age and parts begin to wear. I’ve been some of the normal wear and tear on my car. It cost money to fix, some big issues you’ll run into are:

Timing Belts $$$$$ (5 $ = 1000-1500 )
Wheel Bearings $$$$
Clutch $$$$$
Turbo $$$$$
Tie Rods $$
Brakes $$
Vacuum Leaks $
LCD Display…. $


Aside from that I love my Audi, it reliable and dependable and lots of fun to drive[up]

You forgot control arms

DubAudi3
09-11-2008, 10:04 AM
My first a4 had 149k
-valve cover gasket
-lcd was shot
-motor mounts
-brakes
..nothing major in my eyes
My current 2001 with 101k
-upper control arms
-tie-rod end
-valve cover gasket
-brakes
-MAF
I just think of it as mait. that comes with a car with mileage on it

Nebone
09-11-2008, 10:16 AM
Add...for 1.8T

- Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF)
- Ignition Control Module (ICM) 99 and down I think
- Timing Chain Tensioner
- Coolant Temp sensor
- Coil packs

dreVanHalen
09-11-2008, 10:23 AM
If you know how to work on cars, you will be able to save a LOT of money as far as basic maintenance goes. my b5 is t 109k and its running strong, recent swaps have been timing belt, clutch, brakes. I just got the car and am planning on replacing the control arms and wheel bearings when I get my coilovers in a couple of months. treat your car well and the car will do the same to you. Don't thrash it.

Jibberific
09-11-2008, 12:17 PM
you will have a problem removing your ass from the driver's seat.

my car has been running strong since i bought it. maintenance wise, i've replaced the N75 and changed the oil, but that's about it for the engine. i also have bought tires but that doesn't really count. oh yeah and the previous owner said he did the front control arms about 9000 miles ago but they are starting to clunk at low speeds. i might just need to re-torque them.

other than that, i completely trust my car to get me anywhere. it's a 99 but it's more solid than some of the brand new cars i have driven.

A4 Dream
09-11-2008, 02:59 PM
Yeah man Cuz I had an 85 gti and a 2000 bmw 328i and they both were money pits. I dont even care though. They are amazing cars. The one im looking at getting is a 2.8 so its not the turbo.. are both the engines prone to having the same problems?

le91688
09-11-2008, 05:11 PM
2.8s are probably slightly more reliable, simply because its NA. What year is the one you're looking at?

A4 Dream
09-11-2008, 09:35 PM
Im pretty sure its a 96. Could be a 98. I have retardation problem. ha My memory is shot.
It has 160k for mileage...

A4 Dream
09-12-2008, 08:06 AM
you will have a problem removing your ass from the driver's seat.

my car has been running strong since i bought it. maintenance wise, i've replaced the N75 and changed the oil, but that's about it for the engine. i also have bought tires but that doesn't really count. oh yeah and the previous owner said he did the front control arms about 9000 miles ago but they are starting to clunk at low speeds. i might just need to re-torque them.

other than that, i completely trust my car to get me anywhere. it's a 99 but it's more solid than some of the brand new cars i have driven.<br>
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The car I own now has a little clunk at low speeds too.
There was about 3k dropped into tires suspension/handling in my car only a couple years ago. maybe less. You think they just need to be retorqued? Ive never had to do that... how much work is it?

Jibberific
09-12-2008, 08:15 AM
i don't know because i've never done it either...

i'm just planning on jacking up the front end and taking the wheels off and tightening every bolt to the specs in the bentley manual

Nebone
09-12-2008, 09:32 AM
96 is a 12 year old car with 160k on the clock man. That could be a money pit so expect to pay at random times.

willowtreexx
09-12-2008, 05:05 PM
I think we all forgot about one thing...SLUDGE

I picked my 2000 A4 1.8t up with 122,000 miles and the previous owner did not take care of it and i got sludge which toasted my crank, cams, valves, and everything else only 4 months later. I am currently having it rebuilt but even if YOU take care of the car just make sure the dude before you did as well.

thats only on the 1.8T's that the sludge happends

black99.5a4
09-13-2008, 08:57 AM
my 99.5 has 172k on it. bought it a 167k but it was meticulously maintained.. but right now it needs a headlight switch cause the headlights, every so often will shut off at night, turn the switch off, back on and they turn back on... and when i hit my keyless, my pass side marker lights will flash and then stay solid, meaning i need a new hazard switch/relay.

that's all that is wrong with my car.

A4 Dream
09-14-2008, 08:45 PM
Ok I went and looked at a 96 2.8 quattro today. Everything was good... But the boot by the cv joints is ripped... supposedly its just to block dust? what is it?

Seerlah
09-14-2008, 09:01 PM
It is there to protect gunk from getting at the cv joints which will lead to replacement of both joint and boot. One could save themselves the trouble by just replacing the boot before it becomes a major factor.

A4 Dream
09-15-2008, 08:22 AM
Yeah Thats what I figured... how much is the boot and how hard is it to put on? Ive never had to replace a boot before.

njm23
09-15-2008, 08:33 AM
The boot is cheap, like $20 check purems or ecstuning they should have it. If they cv is still good thats all you'll need. If the cv is shot they sell cv joint kits too but it is easier just to replace the whole axle, about $120ish. Both jobs imho are easy to do and can be done with ease if you are at all mechanically inclined. Also check out audidiy.com they have a cv boot replacement diy on there.

A4 Dream
09-15-2008, 07:16 PM
Yeah man thats what I have been hearing. The car that the boot is ripped on was takin to the Audi dealer ship for a pre buyers inspection and thats the only thing they found wrong with it. Its a 96 with only 92k miles! The dealership is only asking 3795 cuz there is slight body damage I can fix my self..