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Choice of a diesel engine for 2010-2011 A5?

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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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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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