View Full Version : First time purchasing an Audi! Needs some direction and advice!

02-02-2011, 04:43 AM
Hi Audizine people! I'm getting ready to purchase my first Audi! Its a 2001 A4 1.8t Quattro automatic trans with tiptonic. Need few pointers what to look for when buying used Audi. Im very excited about this car. Here is the link tell me what you think and what to listen, feel and look for when test driving it. I will be driving an hr a day dropping off and taking my kid to school.


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02-02-2011, 05:13 AM
If you purchase it, I would drive it straight to a trusted mechanic for:

oil & filter change (must use synthetic - I would use Mobil 1 0W40, use a good filter such as K&N)
timing belt service (including related parts such as water pump, tensioner, etc - search through the forums for the full list)

The timing belt replacement will run $800+ (not sure on that car)

You have to assume that was not done since I didn't see it listed in the maintenance history. If the timing belt goes, wave goodbye to the engine.... (serious $$$ to repair)

That's a nice car if well maintained.

also, obviously check the tires to make sure they are appropriate for your driving (e.g. snow tires...)

02-02-2011, 05:28 AM
control arms, timing belt, tie rod ends > main things you want to check as the repairs on these can add up pretty quick. With that mileage i would definitely look into the timing belt as it should have been done already. if it hasnt, it can easily be a 5-1000 dollar job. about 300-ish if you do it yourself. Other than that, pretty much make sure the car wasnt neglected. check the oil, the fluids, make sure the coolant is pink, no leaks under the car, etc.

02-02-2011, 12:21 PM
Not to change the subject, but that one picture says its a 5speed but its a automatic trans with tiptonic.

02-02-2011, 01:10 PM
Yea seen that. Just got email back from them asking about the timing chain if it had been changed or not this is what I got back "That's possible, but we don't have any records of it. Runs fine." l should prob assume it hasn't.

02-02-2011, 01:16 PM
true. assume it hasn't had it.

wheel bearing are also common problems. make sure it doesn't smell like its burning oil. make sure the transmission shirts smoothly.