I'm going to look at a Sportback tomorrow. Not knowing much about these cars, I was wondering if someone could chip in with their views on the car’s spec, asking price etc and anything I should look out for on the test drive. It’s from a private seller.
The advert states:
Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI S-Line
2012 (62 plate)
FSH with Documented Receipts.
Timing belt, auxiliary belt and water pump changed at 115k miles.
MOT until October 2022 (With Only 1 Advisory For Rear Brake Pads Wearing Thin Both Sides).
£30 Road tax per year
1 Previous Owner 2012-2017
Adjustable Steering Wheel, Alarm System/Remote Anti-Theft, Automatic Headlights with Dusk Sensor AUX/USB Input Socket, Cruise Control, Dual Front Airbags Package, Heated Front Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Heated Power Fold Door Mirrors, Upgraded MMI multimedia system with Sat Nav, DAB radio, CD, DVD, 2x SD card slots, Bluetooth, Aux & Jukebox, Bang and Olufsen speaker system, Split Folding Rear Seat, Automatic Stop/Start, Air Conditioning, Automatic Three Zone Climate Control. (Driver, Passenger & Rear), Electronic Stability Program, Full Black Leather Interior, Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Front & Rear Audio/Visual Parking Sensors, Traction Control.
The asking price is £7,300
The car is in black and looks pretty tidy from the pics I’ve seen. Private seller (maybe you’re reading this!) says wheels could perhaps do with a refurb as just starting to get a bit untidy. Also said there was a fleck of paint taken off the plastic rear splitter with a pressure washer (about 2cm sq.) and a few marks on the front from stone chips etc but no rust. Otherwise car looks pretty tidy, and there’s no towbar. Previous owner was a business, so 'Rep Mobile' I believe. Not a bad thing IMO as it will have done long, rather than short runs, and maintenance for reliability will likely have been taken care of. A check of the MOT history all looks good too.
I know many say that the Quattro is the one to have, but my boy racer days are mostly behind me (actually about 30 years behind me!) so the front wheel drive is perfect for my needs. I own a 1992 Mercedes 500SL that I use April to September, and with her 326 horses, that gives me plenty kicks when I need them. What I'm looking for is a solid, reliable, daily driver that will do one or two local runs each week, and a longer (1-200 mls) drive once or twice a month for pleasure.
Any views and/or advice greatly appreciated. Even if it does happen to come from the seller himself!