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Colorado_Mike
10-11-2011, 02:57 PM
So... um, yeah. My name is mike and I'm the new owner of a 1996 A4 QM as of about 3 weeks ago. I've had a lot of other cars in the past but this is my first Audi (first German car). I got a pretty decent deal on it I think, but only pulled the trigger after researching the model on this and other forums. Among the things I like about the A4 already include the handling/ride, the aftermarket support for maintenance and upgrades, and the quality of the German engineering. Oh - and the community. The fact that after 10-15 years, there are so many B5 lovers is telling.


I would describe the condition of the car I bought as worn, but original. The seats are torn and the foam was gone years ago. The armrest is a POS and the cupholders don't work (hahaha). The body has plenty of dents and dings, the sunroof doesn't work, the locks don't work, the CEL was on, etc., etc., etc. The PO said he'd replaced the front control arms, which he did. He didn't have any service records and the front rotors need replaced but the test drive left me with the feeling that nothing was severely wrong - nothing a little TLC wouldn't take care of anyway.


And so, I'm a new member of the community here and I'm looking forward to not only gaining from everyone else's experience, but also to sharing some of my own. Keep an eye on this thread if you're so inclined, because I'll probably come back here to share my DIY timing belt and other mods as I get them done.


So... um, hey y'all.

coolgraymemo
10-11-2011, 03:04 PM
Among the things I like about the A4 already include the handling/ride, the aftermarket support for maintenance and upgrades, and the quality of the German engineering.

I don't think you researched enough since there is a limited market of aftermarket performance products for the 12V. It's a great, reliable engine, but it wont go very "fast."


Welcome!

Make sure to post pictures.

FNK
10-11-2011, 05:13 PM
Welcome to Audizine and please show us your new car!

murdered APR a4
10-11-2011, 05:26 PM
yeah pictures of this beater and welcome to the b5 community, hope you can do what you want with it.

ECS Tuning-Audi
10-12-2011, 09:51 AM
Welcome! Congrats on owning your first Audi!!

We have the entire North American Parts Catalog LIVE & Search able on our site if you ever need to obtain OEM parts pricing!

We also have the ability to source all available European OEM parts as well!

At the top right hand corner there's a search box where you can type in part numbers or look up the part by name.

Check it out HERE! (http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-B5_A4-Quattro-1.8T/OEM_Parts_Index/North_American/?salesrep=JMarusic&utm_source=fourtitude&utm_medium=forum&utm_content=JMarusic&utm_campaign=postreply)
http://www.ecstuning.com/groupheaders/img/vagPart1.jpghttp://www.ecstuning.com/groupheaders/img/vagPart2.jpghttp://www.ecstuning.com/groupheaders/img/vagPart3.jpg (http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-B5_A4-Quattro-1.8T/OEM_Parts_Index/North_American/?salesrep=JMarusic&utm_source=fourtitude&utm_medium=forum&utm_content=JMarusic&utm_campaign=postreply)

Let me know if you have any questions.

Jason

Colorado_Mike
10-12-2011, 11:00 AM
I don't think you researched enough since there is a limited market of aftermarket performance products for the 12V. It's a great, reliable engine, but it wont go very "fast."


Welcome!

Make sure to post pictures.

Actually, I *did* research the A4 before buying - and that research led me to the V6 rather than the 1.8T. The way I understood things was that the 2.8 was boring and slow but would be more trouble free than the four, relatively speaking. Not that I don't like speed... but I've got other toys for that. [:)] When I decided to start looking, I was looking for something that did better in winter (AWD), got decent mileage (I do a lot of highway driving), and had at least a little bit of style (just can't picture myself in a Subaru). I gave myself a budget, found this car and decided that I could buy it and do the TB and a few other things and still be within the budget. Long story short, with this vehicle I valued the longevity and reliability more highly than awesome raw power.

coolgraymemo
10-12-2011, 11:03 AM
Actually, I *did* research the A4 before buying - and that research led me to the V6 rather than the 1.8T. The way I understood things was that the 2.8 was boring and slow but would be more trouble free than the four, relatively speaking. Not that I don't like speed... but I've got other toys for that. [:)] When I decided to start looking, I was looking for something that did better in winter (AWD), got decent mileage (I do a lot of highway driving), and had at least a little bit of style (just can't picture myself in a Subaru). I gave myself a budget, found this car and decided that I could buy it and do the TB and a few other things and still be within the budget. Long story short, with this vehicle I valued the longevity and reliability more highly than awesome raw power.

That explains it. I thought you had bought it trying to make it a fast car.

Now for the pictures...

Colorado_Mike
10-12-2011, 11:20 AM
Pics to follow....

As I said in my intro, I bought the car with no maintenance history and with 168,000 on the clock a timing belt was the first priority. While I was in there, I replaced the valve cover gaskets and all the cooling hoses I could see as well as the two power steering hoses that were leaking. Of course that left me waiting for parts to arrive while the car was torn apart so I put the time to good use. I blacked out the grille which amounted to nothing more than removal, a good cleaning, a couple coats of the Rust-O-leum Fusion paint for plastics and reinstallation. I also really don't understand the single-rear-foglight thing (must be European), so I modded the right hand taillight and stuck another bulb in there. While the taillights were off I blacked them out as well. IMO, it just 'fits' on a black car. If anyone wants a DIY write-up, let me know but everything was really simple enough that if you don't intuitively know how to do it you probably shouldn't. Hahaha Now a couple shots of the new snow machine:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk33/Colorado_Mike/A4/IMG_0544.jpg
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk33/Colorado_Mike/A4/IMG_0547.jpg
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk33/Colorado_Mike/A4/IMG_0545.jpg

murdered APR a4
10-12-2011, 11:21 AM
careful with those tails, i got stopped about two weeks ago and had to get my car towed home or else they were going to get state troopers out to impound it.....lol, mine looked exactly like that. But it doesn't look that bad

Colorado_Mike
10-12-2011, 11:46 AM
Fu*k the police! (j/k officer) The law in my area is of the 'clearly visible @ 300ft' variety. I checked, and they are BUT.... I realize it opens me up to being pulled over and possibly getting a chump ticket for anything else they can find. OTOH, I may end up using some double sided sticky tape to put a couple of those round red bicycle reflectors back there somewhere. In fact, it might be a good idea to throw a little kit together and stick it in the trunk. It might keep me from getting towed someday (you never know what kind of attitude the patrol officer is going to have, right?). In fact, I like that idea - it's on the to-do list now. BAM!!

moreno_8903
10-12-2011, 03:43 PM
Hiii, my name is Alvaro and I'm new to the world of Passion for an euro. I just bought me a B5 A4 1.8T black color manual, and I love it. Here's a pic of her the day I got it

http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g461/alvaromallet/IMAG0583.jpg

anmagro
10-12-2011, 05:32 PM
Jacked intro thread? lol nice cars to both. OP maby a nice buff wud help. i need 1 too lol

walky_talky20
10-12-2011, 07:06 PM
The rear fog light thing is pretty simple. Have somebody drive your car with those rear fogs on while you follow. You will be saying to yourself "Why is this guy RIDING HIS BRAKES on the highway??". You see, if both sides light up, the fog lamp is completely indistinguishable from a pair of brake lights, which can cause a safety issue. A single offset lamp provides rear visibility without this problem.

The popular modification is to install the "right" fog lamp, and then tie both lamps into the brake light circuit to make Super Brake Lights, which are a safety benefit. Of course this disables rear fog lamp operation.

The more you know...

EuroDriven
10-13-2011, 05:15 AM
OM NOM NOM. 370z (or 350z?) Moar pics of the Nissan! ...in a separate thread of course.

Colorado_Mike
10-13-2011, 08:23 AM
Hiii, my name is Alvaro and I'm new to the world of Passion for an euro. I just bought me a B5 A4 1.8T black color manual, and I love it. Here's a pic of her the day I got it

WTF??! This isn't a general thread for every new member! (nice car btw - it looks a peach!)


OM NOM NOM. 370z (or 350z?) Moar pics of the Nissan! ...in a separate thread of course.

WTF??!#2 Put the Twinkies down, dude. Y'all didn't even say hi.

[/THREADJACK]

Anyway, yeah... a detail of MY CAR'S exterior might do some good but it might also just emphasize the flaws. The nose has a ton of rock chips, there are a series of dings down the driver's side that look like somebody used it for target practice with their .22, there are dents in the passenger doow, and there are a lot of scuffs all over from stuff being dragged across the paint. If I deal with any of it, it won't be until after this winter. Oh - and it needs a body kit too because of all the missing skirts and trim pieces.

I drove it about 20 miles before stripping the front end to do the timing belt. It's a good thing I did it too, because the TB idler and tensioner pulleys, as well as the serpentine belt pully all sounded like old metal roller skates when I took them off. Here's a couple of pics of the damage on the old TB - I wonder how much longer it would've lasted...
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk33/Colorado_Mike/A4/IMG_0550.jpg
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk33/Colorado_Mike/A4/IMG_0549.jpg

EuroDriven
10-13-2011, 08:50 AM
WTF??!#2 Put the Twinkies down, dude. Y'all didn't even say hi.

Put the twinkies down?? Calm down dude...this isn't honda-tech.

EDIT: Also what skirts and trim pieces is the car missing? Looks fine from the pictures..minus the front valence.

Colorado_Mike
10-13-2011, 09:01 AM
Put the twinkies down?? Calm down dude...this isn't honda-tech.

EDIT: Also what skirts and trim pieces is the car missing? Looks fine from the pictures..minus the front valence.

I'm calm - I was just giving you shit. [:d] Missing trim pieces... off the top of my head besides the valance, it's missing the (I don't know what you'd call it) front cap to the door sill piece on both sides and the rear on the driver's side. I saw in another thread that you've got a couple of parts cars? I'd like to get some interior stuff too - PM me if you want. Thanks!