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Hi everybody,

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:
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Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI S-Line
2012 (62 plate)
130k miles.

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.
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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!

Thanks,
Alan
 

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Sounds like a nice car with a decent spec. Quattro is the one thing missing that I would want personally, but like you say, not a priority.
Just check the usual, electrics all work, look for signs of neglect, damage repairs, etc. Is it smooth through the gears, no funny noises, etc. Good luck!
 

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...no funny noises, etc. Good luck!
Thanks, that's nice to hear.
It's around 30 years since I last drove a diesel, so not entirely sure what they should sound like these days, but I would hope they'd be a bit quieter than a (new at the time) Peugeot 205 GRD. I think that was a 1.9, but no turbo. Still a punchy little thing though, especially back in the early 90's.
Thanks for the advice 👍
 

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Nothing wrong with new diesel. If you like it and it meets your requirements go for it . Might be worth sending AA to do a full check. Peace of mind.
Good to hear.
I had considered AA / RAC check, but to be honest, they won't remove undertrays etc, don't check this, can't guarantee that...by the time you work through all the if's and bit's, it's debatable as to whether they do much more than I would do myself with a test drive and a look around with a torch and mirror on a stick. I'll go see it though, and if I've any doubts, I might look into it, but we'll wait and see how things go.
Thanks for the advice 👍
 

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Lol great comments guys....
 

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I had AA check an s5 they pulled it apart i paid for the top check mechanic and rang me before they got to detailed and said walk away I did and they only charged for a basic inspection. Cant beat that :)
 

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I have a 12 reg 3.0 tdi Sportback ( 60.000 mi). This is a brilliant car and is not much more expensive to run. This Diesel engine is remarkably quiet and incredibly responsive ( you will never need to drop it into Sport unless you are on a race track). Try one of these before you go for the 2.0 ltr would be my advice.
 

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So I bought the car. Spent best part of 2 hours yesterday looking it over and doing a test drive. Couldn't be happier with it. What a stunning drive and in great condition too.

Been out in it a couple times again today and just can't stop smiling. To think I almost paid the same money for a Mondeo Titanium last weekend from Arnold Clark.

I'll get a photo of the car tomorrow and stick up another post.

Thanks for the advice 👍
 

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I have a 12 reg 3.0 tdi Sportback ( 60.000 mi). This is a brilliant car and is not much more expensive to run. This Diesel engine is remarkably quiet and incredibly responsive ( you will never need to drop it into Sport unless you are on a race track). Try one of these before you go for the 2.0 ltr would be my advice.
Thanks for your advice. Glad you like your 3.0, but I bought the 2.0, and it's a great car. Just what I needed in all respects. Almost made the mistake of buying an A8 with the 3.0 engine. Then I realised the back seats didn't fold down, which I really need. When I did some looking into reliability, the 3.0 gave me a few well documented concerns, which is really another reason I plumped for the 2.0 car.
Cheers though mate 👍
 

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Thanks for your advice. Glad you like your 3.0, but I bought the 2.0, and it's a great car. Just what I needed in all respects. Almost made the mistake of buying an A8 with the 3.0 engine. Then I realised the back seats didn't fold down, which I really need. When I did some looking into reliability, the 3.0 gave me a few well documented concerns, which is really another reason I plumped for the 2.0 car.
Cheers though mate 👍
Good luck Alan, enjoy the journey,
G.T.
 

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Pics asap please!
 
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