Audi A4 and bmw 3 series cabriolet

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pikey123

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My son has asked for help to buy a Audi A4/3series bmw cabriolet on 02 03 04 plate.around 80,000 _ 100,000mos 3-4k
Has anyone owned or knowledge of any serious faults in gearbox, engine, suspension, etc
I know this is a minefield but if anyone can give any pointers that would be appreciated.
He has seen an Audi a4 4x4 never owned a 4 wheel drive again any info.
 

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Both are reliable cars, but at that age will probably have passed through a boy racers hands. Get an inspection by one of our auto services when you settle on one. They can break the bank.
 

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At that age and mileage they're both potential money pits. Pay good money for a BMW/Audi specialist to give a potential purchase the once over. Both makes will have forums, get on there and start asking questions.
 

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Both good cars and if you buy carefully will give good service as said above get it checked and very importantly if it doesn't have a full dealer service history walk away. I had an 03 BMW 330 cab for years, it had 30k on the clock when I bought it and 110k on when it got written off in that time apart from service items, tyres, brake pads etc all it cost me was 60 for a set of plug leads and 90 for a fuel pump. Buy carefully and they are excellent cars
 

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If you go for the A4 and its a 2.0TDI, check the engine code and if it begins with BLB make sure the oil pump balancing shaft has been replaced as the originals are made of chocolate and will cause major engine failure when they fail (normally 70k onwards)
 

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Audis have a very complex suspension. Check ball joints, rubber bushings etc. Also at that mileage make sure it has had a cambelt change along with the water pump. Check all electrics, buttons, A/C, parking sensor etc. Usual brake pad thickness and rotors condition. Check service history, don't worry too much about it being dealership...not everyone is willing to pay 160 for a 10min oil change but fresh oil every 12k keeps things in check. Apart from that the diesel engines are pretty much bomb proof.
 

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Persuade him to get a non-dickhead car instead.[}:)]
 
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probably one of the most crass things I've see written on here[V] Jealous Rayner?
 

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Not at all. Far from it. As far as I am concerned these types of car are just a mask to cover someone's real person. An ego trip. Unnecessary and waste of money.
I see a car as a tool not a huge lump of metal with which to show off.

One of these would be far more practical, demonstrate common sense, level headedness, a sense of responsibility and real confidence in himself

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/ford/fiesta


[8D][:T][}:)]
 
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If the lad wants an Audi A4/3series BMW cabriolet then fair play to him, you only live once and like I say if you want it and can afford it get it because later on in life when you have commitments, family rent and mortgages you'll only look back and think 'what if?'

My eldest daughter several years ago really wanted a BMW116i, she had a bit of money put to one side, no financial commitments, so we went to the local BMW dealership, spent a few hours there, did a test drive, and she ordered one brand new to her spec (colour, trim, sports pack, wheels, etc) and got it on a cpc for little over 220 a month.
Talk about made up, early 20's, blonde, good looking, and a hell of a car to suit, better than any handbag or pair of shoes, and it did her confidence and ego the world of good, opening a few doors that maybe she might not have had if she'd been driving a 10 year old Ford Fiesta

You're only young once, live it to the max
 

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Originally posted by Anglingman

probably one of the most crass things I've see written on here[V] Jealous Rayner?
Totally agree
I have had numerous BMW's and when you take all things into consideration they have all been relatively cheap motoring, they may cost more in the first place but when you come to sell on the value has not plummeted like a lead balloon, same can not be said for the suggested fiesta, servicing cost are not silly, the last service I had on my 5 series cost me 140 at BMW dealer my partner had a similar service on her civic at a Honda dealer and was charged 250, so many people discount BMW,audi, Mercedes etc as expensive and thirsty how wrong they are, Kathy now drives a c class estate, it is a petrol it gets the same mpg as her civic is cheaper to service, will not depreciate as much and will certainly not need a 1000 suspension rebuild after 50k and that is not mentioning the driving pleasure
 

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I was referring to the package looked for cabriolet etc....although I cannot abide BMW or Audi anyway as brands because of the types of driver./driving style/driving habits that they attract.
 
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I have been driving for over 30 years in that time I have only ever had 1 conviction (doing 34mph in a 30 at 1:30 in the morning) and have never had a fault accident does that make me a bad driver... Well it must as I have owned 5 BMW's, I drive lots of miles and by far the vehicle that displays the worst driving habits is the white van, followed by any small hatchback
 

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I asked for assistance in trying to find info from fellow members on guidance on the purchase of the car.Thankfully the vast majority of posts were helpful,but why you would want to class somebody as a dickhead because they drive a certain car is stupid and foolhardy unless you have facts or statistics to back up the comments
 

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Unfortunately your sons choice of car is also the choice of a certain criminal class, he can expect a few stares from the bobbies while driving one, and maybe a few stops.
 

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TDI Audi's... DSG's (dual shift gearbox) can be an issue, as can the dual mass flywheels.... VERY expensive to fix/replace... usually go around the 80-100k mark

if he's a hairdresser the cabriolet is fine, otherwise a straight coupe' ;)
 

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Sorry nrayner, a lot of the time I agree with you but this time you are talking rubbish,
Audi/me drivers are bad?
It's the driver not the car and any marque can and is driven badly,
You don't say what you drive?
 

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Bank sitter. since when have hairdressers been considered a certain criminal class? [:D]
 

Arry

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Oh I dunno.... my last haircut was a product of a crime
 
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