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black_falcon
11-30-2016, 09:25 PM
Two years ago I was lucky to find a 1-owner, 99.5, 5spd 2.8 sport, was dealer maintained no expenses spared, full service history, original window sticker, cats recently done, etc. Has 190k but drives like a gently used 50k vehicle. Some small rust on the driver's rear quarter panel (was repainted early in the cars life). No other known issues. Interior even retains that real distinctive (and pleasant) Audi smell.

Still has the original clutch after 190k! No clutch engagement issues, shifts very smooth, but there is a small vibration when decelerating thru 1800rpm. I'm 99% sure this is the dual mass flywheel starting to deteriorate. Still really enjoy the car, but know I'll have to invest $2000 for a new clutch in the near future, and am considering whether to spend the money or scratch the itch and try something new. Perhaps a b5 S4, C32 AMG, 996 C4, e46 M3, e39 M5, etc. Lots to lust over but is primarily my foul weather vehicle.

Would be curious to hear your thoughts.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/phatrick88/99%20A4/DSC02722_11_zpsqvpqufhr.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/phatrick88/99%20A4/DSC02746_zpsecc69ba0.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/phatrick88/99%20A4/DSC02771_zpsfa3e97ec.jpg

Mattr567
11-30-2016, 09:32 PM
4.2 V8 swap.

A4BlackBeast
11-30-2016, 11:01 PM
Hmm $2000 seems a little excessive for a clutch replacement. Albeit I replaced my 2.8 clutch probably 8 years ago, but I remember it being more in the neighborhood of $1000. I personally would keep the car considering you wouldn't get too much for it and it kills it in the snow / bad weather.


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redline380
12-01-2016, 04:58 AM
Holy balls, $2000 for a clutch is alot! Parts will only run you $450 on Rock Auto.

I see you are in MN. I can give you specific shops if you are interested, or if you are near St. Cloud, I can take a look myself. Would also be interested in doing the work myself as I tend to do that sort of thing from time to time ;)

I also spy S4 seats....

gtsingh91
12-01-2016, 05:30 AM
Might as well well keep it till it dies because the market for high mileage 16-18 year old cars doesn't carry that high premium. You likely won't see more than $1k for it, depending on geography.

redline380
12-01-2016, 05:35 AM
Might as well well keep it till it dies because the market for high mileage 16-18 year old cars doesn't carry that high premium. You likely won't see more than $1k for it, depending on geography.

That's a $3000 car, a few weeks on the market. I'd give him $1000 cash right now for it

AudiSport12
12-01-2016, 06:07 AM
S4 seats or sport leathers?

Just keep the car IMO unless you just want something new.

pee quu
12-01-2016, 06:27 AM
Interior looks great along with the outside. Id shop around and see what other prices you are given

kwnk
12-01-2016, 09:50 AM
Those seats are nice. I'd keep the car if it were me

DeltaAlpha9
12-01-2016, 10:05 AM
My vote would be to keep it. The devil you know and what not.

redline380
12-01-2016, 10:13 AM
The thing is if you can afford a 996 c4, you obviously do not need to sell the B5 to get money for it. Kepp B5 for winter, buy 996 for fun

19birel
12-01-2016, 12:21 PM
I would keep it, you know the car is in good condition, and it will cost you much less than 2k to do the clutch. If you want a 996 or an E39 M5 I'd still keep this as a winter car, it's not worth a whole lot, but it's reliable and you know it's history, better than selling and eventually buying another car that not as well maintained for the same money as a winter car.

noob5
12-02-2016, 08:45 AM
I would keep it, you know the car is in good condition, and it will cost you much less than 2k to do the clutch. If you want a 996 or an E39 M5 I'd still keep this as a winter car, it's not worth a whole lot, but it's reliable and you know it's history, better than selling and eventually buying another car that not as well maintained for the same money as a winter car.

^This x 2.

It's worth more to you in utility than it is in $'s.
That's my opinion of my 185k mile B5, anyway.

elduderino200
12-02-2016, 09:25 AM
~170k 99 2.8 myself.

Paid to have a new clutch a few thousand miles ago. Absolutely no buyers remorse. Perfect car for winter/daily. Even if I get another car, I'll keep this guy going as my go-to workhorse.

freekonwheelz1
12-02-2016, 09:41 AM
sheeeet. for like $1000 id bring a clutch with me and change it for you lol (joking but only kinda.) $2000 is crazy high for a clutch. i don't even have that much in my clutch and i only took about a day and a half to change it. i pulled the motor and changed it, the rear main seal, my throwout bearing, my flywheel, disc, pressure plate, and all the hardware with a new slave and reverse switch for about $1400 and 2 days worth of work. and that's an RA4 clutch so a bit pricier than factory. don't sell it, just find a good reasonable shop to do it for way less.

jhern038
04-18-2017, 05:03 PM
Hmm $2000 seems a little excessive for a clutch replacement. Albeit I replaced my 2.8 clutch probably 8 years ago, but I remember it being more in the neighborhood of $1000. I personally would keep the car considering you wouldn't get too much for it and it kills it in the snow / bad weather.


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HumbleTurbo
04-18-2017, 05:50 PM
Drive it til the wheels fall off... then bolt those back on and keep going!


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