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post #1 of 21 Old 14th May 2019, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Audi A5 Coupe or ....

Been looking at the Audi A5 as a 2nd car mainly for commuting to work. Highly doubt I put more than 6-8k miles a year on this car. Longer trips will be an suv that i am ready to park. No need for speed and cornering, just stylish, newish and reliable. Had a BMW once, but wondering if maint and reliability on an Audi will be painful or not. A friend of mine kept an Audi for 12 years but that was 10+ years ago. Looking to spend $20k+- and stock original 2012-2016 model years. I know one owner and good records, but need some honest opinions here. Is one year vs another that is better than the other?
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Hi Will, Welcome to the forum!

If I was in you're shoes I would go for 2013-2014 Black Edition Plus if you dont care about engine and just want the top end experience. Depending on prices you can pick them up for 14K - 17K GBP here
Not sure about the states but I would have thought there cheaper?

Plus in the states fuels less of a issue.
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Not familiar with the Black Edition. What does this mean as far as others? Trim or engine additions?
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Not into the high end super model Black Edition. Usually means maint trouble, expensive parts and hard to resale. This is not a sports car for me. Been looking at.the Infiniti Q60 and Lexus RC 350. The Lexus is too much of a sports car, I like the Q60 but the new '17 model is an untested twin turbo. But being 6'3" I think the Audi A5 is a better fit. The Q60 had a drastic change in '17 for the better wheras the Audi's change in '17 was not so noticeable. Plenty of good things to be found online for.the Q60 reliability, but no one is jumping in with alot of advice here so I am guessing that means the Audi brand is not.that reliable (like most german cars fun to drive but not fun to own)? Help me out here guys, help me convert.
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I would say Audi are no more or less reliable as a brand than most other decent brands. The difference is in the cost of repairs out of warranty, which can be eye watering if you go to a main dealer. On the other hand, if you find yourself a good trusted independent specialist, then you should be fine. The Black Edition Plus I believe is a European only trim level, and I guess you're in the US as you're talking about Infiniti and Lexus as your other choices (which are available over here but not particularly common/popular). Trim levels in the US are Prestige and Premium (I believe), but again these are purely trim levels, not performance levels.
I can't really say whether Audi is a better choice than either Infinity or Lexus, as I've never owned one of those, but I'm in an Audi because I preferred the look and presence of it, along with performance and perceived quality.
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Will the car will be identical to the rest. black edition just gives you some trim bits and styling lol. the engine etc wont be different. if its not you just go for the sline mate
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Hoping someone will say x year and model is bomb proof. Kinda like the '85 Mercedes 300D Turbo Diesel. I had one for 12 years, solid as a rock, no maint issues, sorry I sold it for a new BMW x3 and will never own a bimmer ever again. So help me jump into Audi folks. The silence here is telling me all i need to know along with no reliability info online.
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Hoping someone will say x year and model is bomb proof. Kinda like the '85 Mercedes 300D Turbo Diesel. I had one for 12 years, solid as a rock, no maint issues, sorry I sold it for a new BMW x3 and will never own a bimmer ever again. So help me jump into Audi folks. The silence here is telling me all i need to know along with no reliability info online.
Hard to say much on a car that's only had a single generation. Have a look at its cousins reliability, other cars on the B8 platform. That'll be Skoda Octavia, VW Passat, Audi A4.
General reliability is decent.
EGRs on diesel models can be troublesome, 2.0TFSI was plagued by oil consumption for certain years. Carbon buildup is a problem as it is on any direct injection engine, and wheel bearings don't seem to last much past 100,000 miles. Cental locking occasionally dies on older cars, requires new latch, not toooooo expensive. Window regulators sometimes go too.

This forum only has a handful of active members, so you might need a little patience.

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Just want a reliable 2 door stylish non sports euro made car. Dont care about speed, just comfort and style. Could maybe look into a Mercedes e350.coupe but not so sure that is me. Its really between A5 coupe and the Infiniti Q60. Techincally i fit better in the a5 than in the q60 but its a marginal diff. I just dont know a thing about the Audi. Do not want quattro either just more to fix. Hoping someone will provide an honest opinion on reliability.
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Hi will. I don't have any experience with the other brands you're thinking about but I'm on the 4th Audi in the family now. Previous were an A4 and an S4 and currently a Q3 and an S5. With exception of the S4 which was a V8 and high mileage I've literally had no issues at all.
Even the S4 only ever had a couple of minor things.
So my experience is very good with Audi and if you're going 2012-2016 with lowish miles I don't think you'll get any issues. Being quiet tall also (6"1) I find the S5 very comfortable.
There's loads of room (in the front) and it's a super good looking and stylish car outside and in, go get one. 👍
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I really wouldnt worry about reliability in regards to the Quattro. It's entirely mechanical and very reliable in the A5. Makes the car more fun and feel a bit more confident. The only true downside is slightly worsen economy.
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I really wouldnt worry about reliability in regards to the Quattro. It's entirely mechanical and very reliable in the A5. Makes the car more fun and feel a bit more confident. The only true downside is slightly worsen economy.
Yeah I forgot to mention that, I'd definitely go quattro, they are super reliable and the A5 does struggle a little for traction in fwd guise.
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In looking at more A5s online there seems to be alot more quattros than not. Will reconsider so my choices are not so limited. Thanks for the family of 4 Audis. Good to know. Forgot a friend of.ours has an A3 which she has enjoyed so far. Any other responses would be great feedback. Thx.
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Will, we are all A5 owners so I guess that you are asking the questions to the wrong fellows?? I bought a 15k Euro 2008 V6 FSI 2wd auto A5 several years ago with zero service history plus loads of abuse and damage, she even had 4 bald tyres! Over 4 years and about 70k kms I have had zero nasty suprises and loads of fun!! Reliability at (now) 180k kms has been perfect and she has never let me down, and is always great fun to drive as well as really good looking and comfortable.

I have never tried Lexus or Infiniti but this car is a looker!!!

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The silence here is telling me all i need to know along with no reliability info online.
The very fact that there is silence along with zero info online speaks volumes to me.
If there were major issues they would be all over the WWW as in the oil consumption issues found on the pre 2011 2.0 TFSI engines.
Owned mine for over 4 years and it has been almost faultless, any money spent has been on modifications OR routine/preventative maintenance.
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Ah so the 2011 2.0 is not a good one to pursue. Thanks. These are the replies I was hoping for. Hope to have more.
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Ah so the 2011 2.0 is not a good one to pursue. Thanks. These are the replies I was hoping for. Hope to have more.
Not strictly so, if the problem was fixed by Audi and there is proof of that fix there should not be any further problems.
Judging by the other cars you are looking at you would be in the market for a FL A5 so the issue would not exist anyway.

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ECS intake pipe, Pipercross filter, R8 red tops, 15mm (F) & 20mm (R) spacers, -35mm Springs, Eccentric, Poly, upper control arm bushes, Debadged and Dechromed, OEM Audi body kit (lip spoiler, side skirts, diffuser and bumper spoilers, boot lip spoiler.

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Full RS5 Piano black trim, RS5 pedal set and foot rest, ECS oil catch can kit.
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If reliability is a worry. buy something a tad cheaper and get extended warranty. its cheap and means you are covered for anything
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Out of interest do they have things like extended warranty in the USA ?

2008 2.0 ltr TFSi Sport

ECS intake pipe, Pipercross filter, R8 red tops, 15mm (F) & 20mm (R) spacers, -35mm Springs, Eccentric, Poly, upper control arm bushes, Debadged and Dechromed, OEM Audi body kit (lip spoiler, side skirts, diffuser and bumper spoilers, boot lip spoiler.

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Full RS5 Piano black trim, RS5 pedal set and foot rest, ECS oil catch can kit.

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Yes ext warranties are available but they usually work out to be a prepaid maint plan at best.
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Like everyone else - hard to discuss reliability on a new car. I have 2 years and 20K miles on a 2018 S5 (B9) and love it. Zero problems.

Wife has a 2018 Q5 with 20k and zero problems as well. Prior gen S5 had some problems with oil usage. Older V8ís had carbon fouling.

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