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#2307 of 2367 Buying a 1999 A4?? yes,no?
Oct 05, 2011 (4:25 am)
hi guys, i need some advice before buying an old Audi A4 B5 1999 with 163,683kms
what are the issues am i going to face or already facing?
what sort of problems would it have at most with the year of the and considering the kms over the 12yrs?
the car is going for $6800, obviously i will negotiate on that.
one other problem is the car is interstate atm, so i can't my self check it physically and see what the major problems are on it, but i have asked for the seller to send me more pictures on most angles and all receipts done in recent times.
any warnings and advice would be appreciated.
#2308 of 2367 Re: Buying a 1999 A4?? yes,no? [theone4u]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Oct 05, 2011 (7:51 am)
An old Audi A4 you can't see in person? I already don't like the sound of this one.
#2309 of 2367 Re: Buying a 1999 A4?? yes,no? [theone4u]
Oct 05, 2011 (9:33 am)
Hello: My opinion? NO WAY! Too many miles, price is out of line, and unless you are a DIY mechanic, you'll end up blowing more money on repairs than you would buying a newer car. The worst part...if you can't actually SEE the car, you're looking for big trouble. If it was super clean, well maintained, repair documentation available, and you could see it, I might consider $4,000 or so for purchase price, but as I said, just my opinion. Good luck! vwdawg
#2310 of 2367 Looking for auto body shop in Altoona PA 16602
Oct 05, 2011 (12:39 pm)
I have A4 3.0L 2002. I live in Altoona PA. 5 weeks ago someone hits me in the rear bumper and was looking for an auto body shop who are really good. Money isn't an issue as long as the insurance will pay. So could any one help me in this? Thank you
#2311 of 2367 Re: Buying a 1999 A4?? yes,no? [vwdawg]
Oct 06, 2011 (5:40 am)
so far the guy have sent me receipts of the services his done to the car and any repairs done, so far
-right cv joint replace
-control arm upper LHF x2
-both wiper blades
-wheel alignment front/rear
-bobs bucket 8pcs
-2 new front tires
there's a few wear and tear within the car it self but also a key scratch on the right hand side front panel, which would cost $150-$200 for a respray?
the miles is reasonably high but for its year its not too bad.
i might consider dropping the price to $5000 and see if he will take it straight off. i work on my own cars in the past n always have service them my self but major work of course at the mechanic as i dont have proper tools for it. but other then that i do hope its no more of a headache then it is buying a second hand car lol
#2312 of 2367 Re: Buying a 1999 A4?? yes,no? [theone4u]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Oct 06, 2011 (9:28 am)
I still say forget it. The car is way overpriced. It's a $3,500 car all day long, if that. And you can't respray a door panel for $200, at least not competently.
#2313 of 2367 Re: Buying a 1999 A4?? yes,no? ([theone4u])[Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 06, 2011 (5:42 pm)
I agree with you on this particular car, Shifty. However, this is an opportune time to ask you a question, which is why do A4s maintain their value as well as they do, considering their high maintenance factor? Their residual values seem to be in the ballpark with their competitors.
#2314 of 2367 Sudden coolant leak 2008 A4 3.2 s-line
Oct 06, 2011 (6:40 pm)
My 2008 A4 3.2 automatic s-line just got a major coolant leak... it literally leaked most of the fluid out of the reservoir within 30 minutes!
Prior to the leak, my car was running fine and was parked for a few hours. When I started her back up the coolant light immediately went on; I didn't see any puddles under the car. My car is due for its 55K mile service, so I thought the coolant level was just low due to normal driving usage. I was only driving 4 miles back home so I went on the road. Nothing abnormal happened and the temp gage was at its usual place right in the middle of the range. When I pulled in my garage and got out of the car, I saw drip lines on the floor, and smelled a sweet burn of liquid. Within a few minutes, fluid was dripping quickly onto the floor, and a wee bit of smoke was coming from the front of the car. Oh sh**t! I popped the hood for a visual inspection. I didn't see any leaks in the hose, but I really couldn't see alot looking at it with just the hood open and a flashlight. Got down on the floor and it appeared the leak was coming from the passenger side of the engine about half way in (almost next to the wheel on the passenger side of the car). I think the smoke was from the coolant dripping onto the hot metal near the front of the engine (behind the grill).
Any ideas what it could be? Car has 55K miles on it (just out of warranty of course). I hope it is nothing major and won't cost a fortune to fix. Thanks in advance.....
#2315 of 2367 Re: Sudden coolant leak 2008 A4 3.2 s-line [jj813]
Oct 07, 2011 (8:08 am)
Interesting. Please let us know what caused the leak, and how much it cost to repair it.
My wife has a '07 A4 2.0T Quattro automatic with 56,000 miles, which is why I'm interested in owner experiences after the factory warranty expires.
#2316 of 2367 Re: Buying a 1999 A4?? yes,no? ([theone4u])[Mr_Shiftright] [hpmctorque]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Oct 07, 2011 (8:32 am)
Well the residual values are set by leasing companies and are sometimes set high in order to push cars out of the showroom.
My feeling/intuition is that once out of warranty, the resale value of Audis does not match that of its competitors, BMW and Benz, but I haven't thoroughly researched this pricing pattern. Perhaps other have and can contribute?
Interesting you mentioned this...I just saw a very clean, but very miled up, Audi A8 that recently lost its transmission---the owner just gave the car away for free, since the parts + labor costs are formidable. ($6200 parts, 20 hours labor).
Fortunately the A4 is not so maintenance intensive as an A8, but even so, on that '99 A4, a transmission overhaul would be $3200 + 10 hours labor, so that car would be totaled.