Braytak

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  1. BRAKES

    Can anyone suggest an online parts supplier for AUDI; need brake pads for the cab' want to avoid the stealers if poss'
  2. A3 GEARBOX TALE OF WOE

    Hello A friend of mine has owned an A3 1.6 sport from new, which is a little over three years old. Just before christmas his gearbox stared to make a whining noise and became difficult to select third gear. The dealer investigated and informed him he needed a new gearbox and clutch as the gearbox had thrown its oil all over the clutch as well. The cost was quoted at £2,700 The car has barely done 33k so he quite understanably got a little angry as they did not offer any deal or good will gesture, niether did they give an explanation of what was wrong. He phone Audi UK and explained the situation, they came back later that day and offered a miserly £300 toward the cost since the car was only just out of warranty and had done relatively little mileage. My friend was awestruck by the generosity as you could imagine, anyway suffice to say that he declined and is now trying to source some independent help. Correct me if my assumptions are incorrect but could the problem be main shaft oil seal and bearing or worse, third gear synchromesh and oil seal and bearing. Is there any body out there that could offer some advice in terms of what the likelihood is of getting this reconditioned or repaired independently. He lives in Cardiff but given the price Cardiff Audi want for simply slotting in a replacement gearbox he would be willing to travel if neccessary. Any words of wisdom greatfully recieved and happy new year to all! Gez...
  3. A3 GEARBOX TALE OF WOE

    I think that may be a good idea hard drive, We just don't do complaining well enogh in Blighty
  4. A3 GEARBOX TALE OF WOE

    Sounds like a good plan but he is a fairly undemonstrative sort of chap and doesn't like the bother but Iwill try and persuade him too get tougher before shelling out big spondoolies. I will add some wieght because they are trying to sell me a new A4 Cab 3.2 SLine, I may just hint at the customer service concerns I have heard from a fellow owner. Cheers for the wise words. Gez..
  5. How long do you plan keeping your A4?

    Hi Cab Girl I really have been away too long, may I be so bold as to enquire how that pussy cat of yours was looking b BTW did you look in my gallery.
  6. How long do you plan keeping your A4?

    Hoping to change the Cab in March for the new Cab 3.2 tiptronic. I am considering what to do with my current one which is 3 in April It's only covered 11,700 miles and is absolutely mint. So any takers before I start fighting the unpleasantries with the stealers. It's a 3.0 Sport Manual; Silver; Blue; Blue; Bose; Xenon; 18" 9 spoke; full electric seats in dark blue Leather; Dipping Folding etc ; Fridge; Vavona; light pack; Storage etc.The whole nine yards. Sorry for the ad
  7. Car Covers and Cabs

    Does anyone know if it is advisable or inadvisable to fit a car cover to the Cab. It will not be outside but in a semi finished garage which has a roof but no door and windows as yet. It will be stored for two weeks Does anyone think that the roof will suffer with damp mould etc.
  8. Car Covers and Cabs

    Thanks for thinking of me
  9. Car Covers and Cabs

    ABOUT 10 MILES NORTH OF CARDIFF
  10. Car Covers and Cabs

    Cracking looking car BTW
  11. Car Covers and Cabs

    Need it by saturday though
  12. A4 Cabrio 2.0T FSI - When

    Yep. I tried 2 days ago, spoke with the lovely steph at Cardiff Audi, she politely refused to contemplate an order before January 2006 as the facelifted model is due spring deliveries. She also let slip that the 2.0TFSI and the 3.2FSI will be included in the engine options along with DSG and minor changes to the interior, new front end and rear clusters and under tray. There will be biXenon and LED Rear Clusters on show also. I placed my spec' in her hand errHummm! 3.2 FSI Sline; QUattro; DSG; Sat Nav Plus;Heated Seats Bose; parking sensors; Bi Xenon/directional....Can't wait....Just another step towards the RS4 ME HOPES!
  13. Would that be Cardiff Audi then...
  14. APRIL 2003, NO SQUEAKS EITHER..
  15. New A4 Facelift S Line Spec

    You can get the very good replicas for much less and some of the ones I have seen are the equal of the Audi RS6 18" Type wheel.
  16. hmm..will it sell?

    I wouldn't perhaps go that far but it does look fine to me but it still wouldn't be my choice though.
  17. Opinions please

    Yeah! What the hell! S4 CAB it is. Now! Colour..... I can't have Silver again, even if it is the BEST COLOUR AS WE ALL KNOW... I was thinking maybe Akoya or Black Pearl(oh the Cleaning) or...... Has to have Sat Nav plus, Piped leather, Big Boots,Bose, Heated Seats, got a wind deflector, what else mmmm.
  18. Opinions please

    Good luck with the test drives, make sure you give us a real good write up. I am in the same dilema. 3.0 Sport will be two years old in April 05 and I am seriously looking for the right replacement. It's difficult to decide because the 3.0 Sport Manual is such a great car and would I really be gaining that much replacing it with the S4. I guess I needed the S4 Cab to stand out from the rest of the range a little more, that's not to say it isn't stunning, it certainly is but so is mine. The manual in the 3.0 is a great match for the engines characteristics and sounds almost as good as the S4. If I was buying a Cab having never owned one, I would now probably opt for the S4 but it wasn't available when I purchased. Trouble is that there isn't much out there that does it for me. The Cab is unmatched in the looks department as well as being reasonably practical. Decisions,decisions....
  19. AWWWW GO ON THEN.... LET US KNOW WHAT THEY SAY
  20. Merry Xmas

    Hppy Christmas from the South Wales Mafioso.
  21. Nice to see the way that the S4 made the M3 look pretty silly round the track and then take over a second out it's best lap time. Just goes to show that M3's are for show boating and S4's are for people serious about getting there fast and without the need to go sideways and without the need for all the go faster MAX POWER bits that BMW stick on it that end up making it look like a cheap kit has been fitted. If I were to be remotely interested in buying a 3 it would be the 330cd sport, IMHO a much better looking and in the real world performing 3. In the real world though, It would have to be the S4 everytime...
  22. Ok, so i'm going to have to poll this one..

    [ QUOTE ] dont fall for the hype though. the B7 is a minor update overall... [/ QUOTE ] I'd agree there is an element of get there before BMW 3 but we are already getting good handling and ride reviews coming through and let's face it the B6 was not warmly welcomed over the B5 as I remember. I have now seen the Avant and Saloon in the flesh and it certainly has road presence. Engines and transmissions across the range seem to offer superior packages to the B6 and to be honest the B6 is starting to look a little ordinary unless it's a nice Sline. The new 3 series looks like a 156 from the side and a Mitsubishi Charisma from the back. So Audi lovers think they have a problem!
  23. Ok, so i'm going to have to poll this one..

    [ QUOTE ] To my mind it was change for the sake of change ahead of the new 3 series. [/ QUOTE ] Have a read of this, I think it's from honest John Thu, 2 Dec 2004 Back in September I lucked into a cancellation for first drive of the new LHD Audi A4 2005 model, before even its official launch at the Paris Motor Show. On that occasion I got to drive a 2.0 TDI 140 6-speed manual Avant and a 3.2 V6 petrol Multitronic, both front-drive only. Now I’ve driven three more of the new range: the 2.0 130bhp petrol Multitronic Avant, the 3.0 V6 TDI quattro Tiptronic Avant, and the car in the photos: the 2.0 FSI Turbo petrol quattro 6-speed manual Avant. So this missive kicks of with updated old copy, then runs onto driving impressions of the three other cars. As you can see from the photos, the A4 has been completely facelifted. And this isn’t simply window-dressing, because under the bonnets are four new engines: an all new quad chain cam 255bhp 3.2 FSI V6 petrol; the new 200bhp 2.0T FSI petrol engine shared with the Golf V GTi; the quad-chain-cam 3.0 TDI V6 shared with the A6, but de-tuned to 204bhp; and the 140bhp 2.0 TDI shared with the Golf V, A3, Touran and Altea. This last engine is likely to be by far the most popular throughout Europe and the UK. All the diesels are Euro 4 without the need for a limited-life particulates filter, which cuts maintenance costs by about £500 over three years. Underneath there are plenty of improvements, too. The new transmissions allow the longitudinal engines to be set a bit further back, aiding weight distribution. And the mainly alloy, four-link-per-wheel suspension has been redesigned using lessons learned on the S4 and the new A6 to give both a better ride quality and a sportier feel to the car, especially to front wheel drive models. The more powerful 2.0T FSI, 3.2 V6 and 3.0TDI have new speed-dependent servotronic steering. And the bigger brakes have a self-drying function triggered by the wiper’s rain sensor. The interior hasn’t been neglected either. Though difficult to improve on it has been, with standard aluminium inlays (or optional walnut, or fine grain birch wood in grey or beige), three new cloth trims, leather and Alcantara combinations and two exclusive grades of leather. There are two levels of optional satnav: the basic one giving voice instructions and displaying by pictogram in the centre of the instrument cluster and the other by voice, pictogram and a 6.5 inch colour display is DVD covering the whole of Western Europe, with faster access. The car is pre-prepared for E/E network phones and the Bluetooth interface guarantees future compatibility. All very classy. This even extends to the pleasantly damped way the substantial grab handles pull down and cannot trap your fingers in their hinges; the fact that the vanity mirrors are lit from overhead so they light you rather than just the mirror glass. Someone has really thought about these things, and been given the money to do the job properly. And, of course, increased secondary safety has been a primary consideration. In addition to large front airbags, there are thorax/pelvic side bags in the seats and ‘sideguard’ a unique system of side airbags covering the entire window area, which remain inflated for several seconds following an impact. The front passenger airbag can be deactivated by a turn of the key. Okay, driving impressions. Time constraints back in September meant I only got to try the 140bhp 2.0 TDI which is likely to account for around 70% of all Audi A4 sales, and the 3.2V6 FSI 7-speed Multitronic, both front-wheel-drive. The 140bhp 2.0 TDI suits the car better than some other models in the VAG line-up. It still has a narrow power band, so you need more revs than idle speed to get out of a side turning, then the torque comes in very rapidly, peaking at about 1,750rpm and staying at peak torque to 2,500rpm before tailing off. Power comes in even later with 90% of the bhp available at 2,500rpm, rising to its maximum at 4,000rpm. After that it’s all over and the engine is really at its best between 2,000 and 3,000rpm. So it needs its six gears. In real road conditions it rows along in the same very satisfying manner as the Mk V Golf and A3 with the same engine. The cable gearchange is a bit notchier, though not enough to be obstructive. But just like the VW Touran TDI DSG, it has to be better with an automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the promising TDI 140 Multitronic was not available for testing either in September or November. The main improvement is to the car’s road manners. Instead of being the A4's Achilles heel, ride quality on standard 16” wheels is now very good. And the car grips and turns in without the pendulum effect sometimes experienced in the previous generation car. It’s much more balanced, and that makes it better to drive on all types of road in all conditions. It’s the sensible private buy or user-chosen company car. The 3.2V6 FSI Multitronic most definitely isn’t. Yet, unlike the previous 3.0V6 Multitronic, this one is coming to Britain and it’s one of the best automatics available anywhere to drive. The steering wheel paddleshifts now offer seven selectable ratios, right paddle to upshift; left paddle to change down. And they work like a dream. As soon as you go for it you get the ratio you want. And combined with the impressive 255bhp of the engine, that means serious performance on a twisty road. Leave it to its own devices and it’s just as good. It doesn’t start mucking about changing ratio half way round a corner like most conventional autoboxes still do. And if you want instant, fierce acceleration, you get it instantly. On de-restricted German autobahns it would pull 200kph at the drop of a hat, then keep accelerating to 230kph before traffic ahead dictated caution. Now and again I get to drive a car I can’t afford, but I’m instantly very happy with. The new A4 3.2FSI Multitronic was one of those cars. But, if you really like driving, the 200BHP A4 2.0T FSI quattro 6-speed is even better. This combines the sweet, totally lag-free turbo power delivery of the new Golf V GTI with Audi’s longitudinal engine installation and Haldex-clutched four-wheel-drive system. Everything works as a perfect team, and the result is simply stunning. It pulls quickly and cleanly to 120mph. The close-ratio box gives you a gear for every situation you’re likely to encounter and, on a mountain road, the free-revving engine gives a spread of power and speed in third, which is particularly impressive. Dig too deep and of course you get understeer. But the four-wheel-drive looks after you so well it even makes a bad driver look good. On the basis of the five new A4s I drove (and not having driven the new S4, which doesn’t reach the UK until later), this has to be the best-balanced most perfectly sorted A4 ever. Very much the enthusiast’s choice. The 130bhp front-drive petrol Multitronic works well, 7 ratios helping to overcome the relative lack of power and torque. But it’s obviously got to be a lot better, and a lot more economical, with the 140bhp/236lb ft TDI engine. Compared to the A6 V6 TDI quattro Tiptronic, the A4 with the same drivetrain was a bit disappointing. The engine is ‘de-tuned’ for the A4 down to 204PS. The test car did not have any paddleshifts, so the only way to ‘hold’ gears was with Audi’s illogical back-to-front Tiptronic shifter, which I just don’t get on with at all. Left to its own devices, even in ‘Sport’ mode, it slurs its changes too much so you can easily find yourself in the wrong gear on a corner. It will still be the A4 of choice for many drivers to whom ultimate handling are less important than a relaxed automatic drive, plenty of poke, decent economy, reasonable BIK and the security of quattro four wheel drive. Maybe if it had the optional paddleshifts I’d have felt different. But car of the range is definitely the 2.0T FSI quattro 6-speed. Runner-up, the 3.2 V6 Multitronic.
  24. Just found these I think from Honest John. ENGINES/TRANSMISSIONS 1.6 (1,596cc) petrol: 75kW (102bhp) at 5,600rpm; 148Nm (109 lb ft) torque at 3,800rpm. 2.0 (1,984cc) petrol: 96kW (130bhp) at 5,700rpm; 195Nm (144 lb ft) torque at 3,300rpm 1.8T (1,781cc) petrol: 120kW (163bhp) at 5,700rpm; 225Nm (166 lb ft) torque at 1,950-4,700rpm 2.0T FSI (1,984cc) petrol: 147kW (200bhp) at 6,000rpm; 280Nm (207 lb ft) torque at 1,800-5,000rpm 3.2 FSI V6 (3,123cc) petrol: 188kW (255bhp) at 6,500rpm; 330Nm (243 lb ft) torque at 3,250rpm 4.2 V8 ( cc) petrol: 253kW (344bhp) at 7,000rpm; 410Nm (302 lb ft) torque at 3,500rpm 1.9 TDI (1,896cc) diesel: 85kW (115bhp) at 4,000rpm; 285Nm (210 lb ft) torque at 1,900rpm 2.0TDI (1,968cc) diesel: 103kW (140bhp) at 4,000rpm; 320Nm (236 lb ft) torque at 1,750-2,500rpm 2.5 TDI V6 (2,496cc) diesel: 120kW (163bhp) at 4,000rpm; 350Nm (184 lb ft) torque at 1,500-3,000rpm 3.0 TDI V6 (2,967cc) diesel: 150kW (204bhp) at 3,500-4,500rpm; 450Nm (332 lb ft) torque at 1,400-3,150rpm 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmissions; 6-speed Tiptronic optional on quattros; 7-selectable ratio CVT Multitronic optional on front drive models. DIMENSIONS Length (saloon and avant): 4,586 mm (15’ 1") Width: 1,766 mm (5’ 10") Height: 1,428mm (4’ 8") Luggage capacity (saloon: rear seats up): 442 litres Luggage capacity (avant: rear seats folded): 1,188itres Kerb weight (1.8T manual): 995kg – 1,090kg Maximum braked trailer weight 1,000kg PERFORMANCE, FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS (Figures for front drive saloons with manual transmissions unless stated otherwise) 1.6 ( cc) petrol: 0-60 12.3 seconds; top speed 190km/h; fuel 7.7 l/100km (36.7mpg) combined; CO2 185g/km. EU4. IG10E. 2.0 petrol: 0-60 9.3 seconds; top speed 212km/h; fuel 8.0 l/100km (35.31mpg) combined; CO2 192g/km. EU4. IG12E. 1.8T petrol: 0-60 8.3 seconds; top speed 228km/h; fuel 8.2 l/ 100km (34.4mpg) combined; CO2 197 g/km. EU4. IG14E. 2.0T FSI petrol: 0-60 7.0 seconds; top speed 241km/h; fuel 7.7 l/100km (36.7mpg) combined; CO2 185g/km. EU4. IG15E. 3.2 FSI V6 petrol Multitronic: 0-60 6.1 seconds; top speed 250km/h (restricted); fuel 9.4 l/100km (30.1mpg) combined; CO2 226 g/km. EU4. IG17E. S4 4.2 V8 petrol quattro: 0-60 5.3 seconds; top speed 250km/h (restricted); fuel 13.3 l/100km (21.2mpg) combined; CO2 321g/km. EU4. IG TBA. 1.9 TDI diesel: 0-60 10.9 seconds; top speed 201km/h; fuel 5.6 l/100km (50.4mog) combined; CO2 151 g/km. EU4. IG11E. 2.0TDI diesel: 0-60 9.4 seconds; top speed 212km/h; fuel 5.7 l/100km (49.6mpg) combined; CO2 153 g/km. EU4. IG12E. 2.5 TDI V6 diesel: 0-60 8.5 seconds; top speed 227km/h; fuel 6.8 l/100km (41.5mpg) combined; CO2 184 g/km. EU4. IG14E. 3.0 TDI V6 diesel: 0-60 6.9 seconds; top speed 235km/h; 7.5 l/100km (37.7mpg) combined; CO2 203g/km. EU4. IG15E.