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Mattr567
03-20-2016, 01:59 PM
Hey guys! So a couple of months ago I bought a 99 B5 1.8T from a father of a friend who happened to be the original owner. FWD manual w/ sport package. Currently has 125k miles.

When I got the car it was pretty dirty but underneath the grime layed a very clean and well taken care of B5. The paint was a bit flat and it needed a thorough cleanup. How I got it:
http://i.imgur.com/K9E8PYjl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/y4ycFZRl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/O0e261ll.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/YPQULf8l.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/zzpzDbVl.jpg
After a $100 detail:
http://i.imgur.com/Lov1cYil.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/F4LvSivl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RwVCYKdl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/q4mok0Bl.jpg
Suddenly a clean B5 emerges!

Modification: I haven't done a lot but here is what has been done to the car.
Facelift headlights w/ HID Kit
S4 B5 Tire rod ends
Euro Mirrors


Otherwise a bunch of maintenance which includes:
Coolant Flange
Coolant hoses
Steering Rack (OEM)
Tire rods + ends
Passenger Airbag
Valve cover gaskets

Tire wise I have some Dunlop Direzza DZ102's. The tires that were on the car were new but bottom basement and mismatched [:|]

Here is how it currently looks:
http://i.imgur.com/mucf4Nkl.jpg

Overall I am very happy with my B5 experience so far, it has been a bit more unreliable than I hoped but after that work I hope things will improve a bit. Very recently the check engine light has come on a couple times for the TPS, but after messing with the plug a bit it has gone away, I'm pretty sure it was just loose.

Turbo_B5
03-20-2016, 02:05 PM
It cleaned up pretty good. Just keep an eye out at pick n pull for a front bumper. It is not a sport package as it doesn't have sport seats. You should look into a partial facelift or facelift console swap. The partial facelift swap really updated my 97.

Mattr567
03-20-2016, 02:10 PM
It cleaned up pretty good. Just keep an eye out at pick n pull for a front bumper. It is not a sport package as it doesn't have sport seats. You should look into a partial facelift or facelift console swap. The partial facelift swap really updated my 97.

Thanks. Will keep my eye out for a facelift bumper. It is a sport package but doesn't have the seats for whatever reason. It has the red shocks, Sport steering wheel, and 16' sport wheels. Also I have the original build sheet to confirm it. Its a very late 99.0 so its I imagine its what they had lying around at the factory as they made the transition to Facelift.

Turbo_B5
03-20-2016, 02:15 PM
Thanks. Will keep my eye out for a facelift bumper. It is a sport package but doesn't have the seats for whatever reason. It has the red shocks, Sport steering wheel, and 16' sport wheels. Also I have the original build sheet to confirm it. Its a very late 99.0 so its I imagine its what they had lying around at the factory as they made the transition to Facelift.

Still not a sport. You need the seats too.


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tar
03-20-2016, 03:09 PM
Still not a sport. You need the seats too.


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Should buy my 97 sport cloths!

That detail looked like it helped alot

Mattr567
03-20-2016, 05:03 PM
Still not a sport. You need the seats too.


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Call it what you want, but it has everything else so whatever [:|] Maybe it was a special order or something.


Should buy my 97 sport cloths!

That detail looked like it helped alot

Interested. Pic? What condition are they, and do they have side airbags?

Yea, the detail really improved it.

Turbo_B5
03-20-2016, 05:07 PM
Call it what you want, but it has everything else so whatever [:|] Maybe it was a special order or something.



Interested. Pic? What condition are they, and do they have side airbags?

Yea, the detail really improved it.

The main part about sport models is the sport seats. My 01 came with all the suspension and steering wheel options but it's not a sport cause I had to swap in sport seats. My 97 only came with the seats and 2.8 suspention but it is still a sport.

97 seats do not have airbags but they are he only year with black sport seats. All other sport seats are grey. You can use a resistor to fool the computers into thinking there is an airbag.


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tar
03-20-2016, 05:52 PM
The main part about sport models is the sport seats. My 01 came with all the suspension and steering wheel options but it's not a sport cause I had to swap in sport seats. My 97 only came with the seats and 2.8 suspention but it is still a sport.

97 seats do not have airbags but they are he only year with black sport seats. All other sport seats are grey. You can use a resistor to fool the computers into thinking there is an airbag.


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This
Black with black stripes.also come with new beetle headrests to look sportier. Pm me if interested. They are very light vs the pleathers or similar. I have a avant now and am parting my 01 sedan so these are available.

alexharvey72
03-20-2016, 11:07 PM
I've always wondered about the A4 B5 sport seats. My dads A3 8l has sport seats. Are they the same seats?


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tar
03-21-2016, 09:30 AM
A4 sports are similar to the b5 s4 just cloth. Style depends on year, and there are sport leathers just very very rare.

Mattr567
03-21-2016, 04:12 PM
So the car needs a entire throttle body. List cost $694. Thank god my cost is only $85 for reasons

Turbo_B5
03-21-2016, 04:23 PM
So the car needs a entire throttle body. List cost $694. Thank god my cost is only $85 for reasons

or $1/$2/cheap if you have a pick n pull close ;)

Mattr567
03-21-2016, 06:10 PM
or $1/$2/cheap if you have a pick n pull close ;)

Or that. Still, getting the part brand new for 8x less ain't a bad deal [>_<] There is one 20mi away from me, will check it out sometime for a front bumper or something.