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Offline RobClubley

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I Bought an A4! 2006 3.2 quattro
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:05:59 pm »
It's kind of a pain walking my daughter to school 1.2km then rushing 0.5km to the train then walking 1km to work when I'm paying for a car park opposite work. And I sold the Mazda 626, and the urquattro is fighting me on being ready and will likely break down and will be hard work in traffic. So we decided a second (third) car was required.
I set a budget and started looking on Trademe. The sheer number of incredibly tedious, mundane Japanese s**tboxes is impressive, but inbetween them are some interesting cars. My criteria were: something interesting, preferably manual, probably not Japanese, not silver. Melanie's choices were sensible, economical, preferably auto so she could drive it. A compromise was required
We test drove a bright blue manual Mini Cooper S, looked at some MX-5s, briefly considered a TT convertible. All very hairdresser.
Next was a Skoda Superb, BMW 330i, Volvo V70.

In the end we went to a warehouse place and wandered around. I liked a few non-sensible cars, Melanie didn't like them
We liked a blue Passat wagon (4x4 V6 with lots of toys) but it had some broken trims and a few things to fix. I went back to an Audi we'd looked at earlier. Silver  But 3.2 V6 quattro  Leather, dual climate, stereo with sub (and tape deck) and really solid, nothing obviously broken. So I bought it.

It sounds awesome, goes well (188kW), is comfy and sensible. And auto, which I admit is the sensible choice for commuting. It does have flappy paddles though.
The wheels are seriously kerbed and tyres are worn out. They're fitting 4 new tyres, probably Supercats or Linglongs or something but they'll have to do for now. Pick it up today. Excite.





Hoping I haven't made an expensive error :D
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2018, 02:44:43 pm »
two old audis !

you're brave

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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 02:51:32 pm »
two old audis !

you're brave

 ;D

More likely stupid.
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 03:21:57 pm »
You're dead right about looking for something interesting on a budget......................I've spent a lifetime doing it!!!
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 09:07:54 pm »








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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2018, 09:09:46 pm »
Rusty foglight.






6 CD changer and tape deck!




Wheel abuse.








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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2018, 09:10:57 pm »


Complete lack of any history or manuals. Bugger.



Muppet - didn't check and thought this was an external sticker.
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2018, 09:30:14 pm »
Just one thing, i think the V6s had overheating issues   :o

Not universal, but a known fault, was never a popular engine.

But if its only a city runabout it should sweet.   
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2018, 09:34:35 pm »
It sounds good though :D
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2018, 10:52:31 am »
Need to get the alignment done, and do an oil and filter and air filter change, check plugs if I can get to them, it's tight in there!

Parking sensors are intermittent, sometimes just a solid beep.

Stereo is great though, now I've burned some CDs like it's 1999.


Got some history from Powerhaus - a local Audi specialist whose sticker was on the windscreen.

They've done regular services but not the timing chain. Looks like they did check it though, need to go through the detailed invoices.

They recommended transmission fluid changes which don't appear to have been done, so I should be able to do that. And I think it's time for new brake fluid too. Lots of fun to be had :D

Also I need to get Rusty on the road :D

I think a mechanical warranty is a good plan. :D
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2018, 12:32:51 pm »
Result! Thanks to the internets I now know where the cunningly hidden special manual slot is, so I do have a manual after all.
Now I can find out how that red button works on the door :D
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2018, 12:45:26 pm »
does the cd changer and tape deck work ?

if so, win !

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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2018, 12:59:29 pm »
does the cd changer and tape deck work ?

if so, win !

 :laugh:

Yes! Well the CD player does, I burned 6 CDs and loaded them into it this morning. Sounds really good, too.
I haven't tested the tape deck yet.
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2018, 04:10:38 pm »
looks tidy Rob
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Re: I Bought an A4!
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2018, 08:46:16 pm »
I know everyone hates the rear camchain V6/V8's but I have to say I've really enjoyed driving the wifes, same engine as yours but s-line wagon.  They are very responsive engine I think.

Things we've had happen:

1. O2 sensor fail, normal wear and tear
2. Parking sensors keep popping inside bumpers, really annoying as pulling bumpers on these is a fiddle
3. Magnet fell out of tiptronic shifter mech, fiddly fix, but zero cost fix once I'd worked it out
4. Lock in ignition barrel broke, apparently common.  $2.5k for a brand new one, paid a guy $750 all up to replace with second hand one as car was stranded in field and I had a busy week at work already
5. Seems to eat tyres, could be the wifes driving style
6. Pretty thirsty for city driving, very good out of town.
7. Small in the rear once your kids become teenagers

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