View Full Version : Looking at buying a B5 2.8 Quattro auto - Worth the risk?

05-11-2017, 05:13 PM
I know this is huge gamble and I would of called the dealer or went physically but they are closed for the day and wanted to post here to see what you guys think before I go tomorrow.

1998 Audi A4 B5 2.8 Quattro
$699 (yeah...)


It looks fairly clean on the outside and inside for a 20 year old vehicle so I'm assuming it has some major internal issues.
There is zero information on the online ad. KM's are low for a B5 especially in my area they are all usually 200-250K at least, this one has zero rust as well it looks like.
If it doesn't have any major issues like transmission (I heard the ZF 5HP19 transmission can be troublesome no?) what should I be looking for to check?
I just want to fully check it out before I buy a lemon and why not I'll get a PPI at the dealer to be safe.
I really just don't want to be in situation where it works fine but the seller lies about something and it's has a major issue and I'm stuck with a $2000+ bill on a $699 car.

05-11-2017, 05:35 PM
If you can't wrench yourself, don't buy it

05-11-2017, 05:39 PM
I'd buy that car for $699 USD, yet along CAD (which is like $500 USD.)

The auto and 2.8 is disappointing but the interior is clean and if you just want a cheap daily why not? It's a running and driving car for <$1000. That's a tough find in many areas.

Also, it's kind of controversial, but I think a PPI is a waste on a $700 car. Take the $100+ it would cost and put a new timing belt on the car, then daily it until the auto stops working.

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If you can't wrench yourself, don't buy it

This too. Good advice for any 20 year old German car.

05-11-2017, 05:42 PM
I bet it needs an immidiate investment of $2000-$3000 to be any kind of reliable/ daily drivable.

05-11-2017, 06:17 PM
Is that a dealer?

Could easily be $699 downpayment... lots of dealers are shady as fuck and will do whatever to get you in the door... youll also need to pay TTL and dealer fees FYI.

Cactus Avant
05-11-2017, 07:50 PM
For that price, I would thoroughly check it over and test drive it before anything. Like others said, it could need $2k to get it to a nice daily, or just say whatever and drive it till it dies (assuming it is all good right now). And I totally agree, if you don't know how to work on it yourself, Id stay away.

05-12-2017, 05:47 AM
I might not expect it to be altogether test-driveable for $699, but maybe. A decent looking car with Luxury Brand badges on it *that moves* under it's own power. I'd say he's got it priced right. Whether it's worth fixing it up is another question.

05-12-2017, 07:06 AM
I bought my '99 2.8 Avant for $1000 two years ago. Since then I've had to replace valve covers, timing belt, fuel pump, suspension, ignition coils, axles, driveline, heater hoses, abs module, crank position sensor, cruise control module, headlight switch, clock spring, wheel bearings, tie rod ends, fan control module.

Don't buy it unless you are capable and willing to fix it yourself. That said, I've only spent around $500 fixing it because I just pull junkyard parts and do the work myself.

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05-12-2017, 01:05 PM
If you can't wrench yourself, don't buy it

+1 I bought mine with 112k on the dash and now it has 181k. I wrenched 50% of the parts on it and the other 50% went to shop. Still spent a lot of money...