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Hi guys

ULEZ has forced my hand I need to get rid of my Audi A3 2.0 TDI and have put down a deposit on a dream spec A5.

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However it has over 115K miles which is the main thing creating doubt. Also hearing horror stories about timing issues etc. So if at a good price....is going through with the sale feasible or should I stay far away. Haven't seen the car yet or driven it. When I do what should I be looking for?
 

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I have a 2013 A4 with 102K miles on it. Things start to break down around this time. DIY makes it economically feasible, but you'll spend a lot of time researching and cursing the Audi engineers who over-complicates EVERYTHING.

I've had my water pump replaced because the bearings were failing. I also had to replace the ignition coils about a year or two ago to handle the misfire. The fuel door locking motor sounds like it's going out. I can hear a slight clunk in the rear, so the suspension bushings/strut bump probably needs replacement soon (approx $300). The timing chain is probably due for replacement soon due to stretching (approx $1000). The turbo actuator is another thing to watch out for (approx $300). I've also read the front wheel bearings and the front suspension upper control arm rubber joints are common failure points as well (approx $300). There is a small EVAP leak somewhere (approx $100 - $500). The secondary electric coolant pump was replaced under a safety recall, but I don't know if the UK has the same protection.

Of course, regular wear and tear items that are cheap on Japanese cars are much more expensive. Brakes/rotors can easily cost up to $500 per axle if you go to the dealership.

Basically, unless you plan to DIY all repairs, I predict you'll end up spending $2000 - $5000 in the next 3 years to fix various things that will start to leak/crack/break catastrophically. For some reason, Audi doesn't seem to use the same high quality rubber/plastic/gaskets that a Toyota/Honda does on their cheapest cars. Thank God I have the ZF 8 speed transmission, but I still can hear a whine between 50 - 53 mph.

That said, this is the best driving car I've ever owned so I put up with losing my money and weekends working on this car for now.
 

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It claims to have a full audi dealer and specialist service history. Its not an audi dealer so I guess they will be paper records. I think I'd ask to have a look at that. Ask about the brake wear, tyres and any other findings from the last health check. You might be looking at a second ATF change depending on this history. Have a look at the timing chain record. Ask for any codes to be pulled after the test drive.
 

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Hey guys well helped indeed!! My own experience with my unloved zero service history A5 was great and I drove her for about 100k kms from 100 to 200k over 4 years with nothing tooooo expensive going wrong, just normal servicing plus some TLC. My current S4 is on 200k kms and again so far so good. By all means AVOID official stealers and find a good INDI who knows VAG, and buy yourself a VCDS system too.
 
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