View Full Version : Advice for a friend looking for 96 A4.

04-15-2010, 06:13 PM
I have a friend from work who is looking to buy an 1996 A4. It has 186 K miles on it and shes getting it for real cheap but apparently the guy has receipts of everything and they are no major problems with the car. I have recommended that she bring a mechanic to check out the car. Are there any things in particular to look out for in the car? Timing belt should be changed at how many miles in that car? Are there any other pieces of advice you guys may have?

Thanks in advance.

04-15-2010, 06:15 PM
timing belt should have been changed at 90k. check the coils, and look around the engine bay for leaks of any sort

04-15-2010, 06:23 PM
Thank you very much!!

Lazer Viking
04-15-2010, 06:28 PM
also check the control arms and tie rod ends, common wear and tear items on the b5

04-15-2010, 06:31 PM
Pay careful attention to all suspension components, particularly control arms.... If you can't prove when the timing belt was done, then consider it time to do it. As far as the rest of the engine goes, the 12v is a tank, if properly cared for, its good for many more miles.

04-15-2010, 09:37 PM
timing belt should have been taken care a second time at 186k...

No MAJOR problems with mine really. Solid car [up]

04-16-2010, 12:34 AM
Yeah, def make sure the TB has been changed a second time. Check the AC/ Heater; maybe the price can drop even more if neither of these dont work.

04-16-2010, 08:34 AM
I bought a 96 with 213k miles on it myself. at 234k right now.

second t-belt should have been done, check valve cover leaks, expect lots of maintenance on the suspension (meaning replacing bushings and control arms every now and then).

90% chance that the cruise control wont work (that's the type of thing you dont notice when you test drive)

was going to say A/C as well... I got mine for $100 cheaper because that didn't work...

04-16-2010, 01:17 PM
Speaking of a tank....I bought a 12v with a blown head gasket and blown steering rack...it ran with no coolant! Destroyed the oil rings but it ran!