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Hi,

I am planning to buy A5 right now and it's quite hard form me to choose the engine modification. I've always dreamed of A5 with 3.0 V6 engine and Quattro, but the people older than me say that I don't need that engine cause we don't have any places to use the potential of that beast, so they advise me to stay with 2.0 TDI, but I guess it's nowhere near the V6 when compared.
If I get a 2.0 TDI, I am buying it only with manual cause of the headache that multitronic gives, but what about 3.0 Quattro transmission, I've read that there's a tiptronic and an stronic, what's the difference between them?
Also, what are the biggest 3.0 tdi problems and to which places I should pay more attention when buying it to avoid buying a dead car?

Thanks for your answers in advance guys!
 

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Test drive them all would be my suggestion

I did this and the only one I wanted was a 3.0 v6 stronic quattro

Stronic is the stronger gearbox, multitronic is more prone to failure, in any case if you are buying an automatic check the gear box has been serviced at the correct intervals (every 38k)



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Dmitrij mate, the 3.0 v6 is one of the strongest engines in the history of the world and makes the A5 a brilliant car!! Personally the folks who say "you dont need it" are kind of correct but hey, if you try the 3L you will not want the 2L for sure!!!
 
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Another (y) for the 3.0 TDI. I didn't think that I needed 242bhp either, but having driven both the 2.0TDI and the 3.0TDI, the 2.0 feels gutless by comparison and a bit "agricultural". Mine is a manual and it's as smooth as butter. Very little to go wrong with them, they're a bull of an a engine. Worst bit is the fuel economy, but it's better than my Golf GTI !!

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You don't need open roads to enjoy the 3.0 V6. Its torque is awesome and always puts on a grin on my face when pulling away. Once you've owned one you wont want to go back to a 2.0!
Just be careful though if the car is going to do mainly very short journeys. in this case the DPF will block on a regular basis. it can be regenerated by having the correct diagnostic software, otherwise dealers charge a lot of money.
For mainly short journeys buy a petrol car.
 

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Can only concur with the previous posters opinions. The 3.0 V6 Tdi was a strong engine from VAG with very few weaknesses. It has a distinct and very good sound too should you choose to remove the DPF, also, tuning possibilities gives you scopes way beyond what a 4 cylinder 2.0 will give you.

Both manual, S-tronic and TipTronic boxes are strong alternatives, the only caveat with S-tronic is service intervals are crucial. Manual would be many peoples choice but the torquey nature of a turbo diesel lends itself very naturally to an auto, and both auto options are IMO very good.

If I remember correctly, in some markets, a de-tuned 3.0 V6 fwd only was available with I think a multitronic. As you already know, the multitronic isn't very reliable and I wouldn't recommend this gearbox option at all.

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