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  1. RS4 - what mpg COULD you get...

    Has Audipartner considered an S4 instead of an RS4? Cheaper to buy and run, should get a few more mpg, and still has the V8 soundtrack... I'm seriously thinking about getting one as my daily driver (although my commute is only 7 miles). However, prices for S4's don't seem to have plummeted as I thought they would with the latest round of fuel price increases.
  2. Coilpack recall

    Thanks to this thread I've just had the coilpacks replaced FOC on my 2003 A4 3.0 petrol V6. Parklands Audi did it while I waited, and the hour or so it took included cleaning the car inside and out - result!
  3. Advice for a newbie : )

    I agree with MrMe, I wouldn't buy a diesel cab. I chose the 3 litre petrol engine and love it - just over 200bhp so reasonably rapid and I still get aroung 30mpg average. I didn't want a 4 cylinder turbo (more to go wrong) and I would avoid the 2.4 litre petrol - about 50 bhp less and no more economical (its an older design of engine). And I would avoid the multitronic gearbox, they seem quite troublesome. My car is a late 2003 which has the advantage of the 6 speed manual, and it has done just over 100,000 miles with no issues. Looking at prices mine is probably now worth less than the £8K you want to spend - but it's not for sale! Clive
  4. A4 Cab rear anti-roll bar

    The ARB seems to be a poor design - it appears that water gets in under the plastic bushes, then the ARB rusts and splits the plastic bushes; its an MOT failure and unrepairable. However, the good news is that the ARB and rubber bushes are cheap (for Audi parts) and you can do the job yourself. My 2003 A4 cabriolet failed for this reason last year. I think my Audi dealer quoted me around £200 for the job (not £350 that you've been quoted) but being a cheapskate I decided to do it myself. I decided not to upgrade the the RS4 ARB (even though it is no more expensive) because of insurance concerns (if you declare it your insurance may go up, and if you don't declare it what if you have a serious accident and they notice it?). I must say I found it quite a difficult job, having not done it before and with no workshop manual, and with the car just on ramps. On the 3 litre petrol cabrio you have to undo the rear exhaust hanger bolts, and the bolts holding the 2 stiffening bars that you'll see under the car that go from front to back (presumably to stop scuttle shake?), and even then it is a b*gger to get the old bar out and the new one in. Half way through the job I wished I'd paid the £200 for someone else to do it. I managed it in the end though. Next time (in another 5 years?) I'll be able to do it much quicker. Clive
  5. A4 Cab Potential Purchase

    I'm sure you will love the car Iain, especially in this weather! I have a 2003 3 litre petrol manual cab that I've had for a couple of years and has now done just over 100K miles and still drives like new. Clive
  6. B6 S4 Auxilliary Radiator Replacement

    How about taking them to a radiator specialist and having them repaired? I'm not familiar with the S4 auxiliary radiator but have successfully had radiators on other cars refurbished in the past.
  7. Ipod Adaptor

    Hi, I've just bought and Ipod Touch and want to adapt it to my car, a 2003 A4 3.0 cabriolet with standard concert stereo. I've done a search on here but have a question. I'm not bothered about too many features so am thinking of going for the Connects2. Can comeone tell me what is the difference between the 'ipod adaptor' (CTAADIPOD003) and the 'aux adaptor' (CTVADX001)? They seem to say they both do the same thing, but the aux adaptor is about £20 cheaper.
  8. Boot 12V power socket... help?

    Why not just stop putting your three year old in the boot?
  9. Newbie help required!

    Hi, what model do you have? I have a 2003 A4 cab 3.0 V6. My car has a separate demist button that sends a blast of hot dry air onto the screen, works brilliantly - not sure if all models have this. I have the standard radio CD (not Bose) and I find it excellent - plenty powerful enough and good sound quality. Sounds like you have a fault. I had my cambelt change done last year by Stafford Audi and was very happy - I had to travel about 80 miles to get there but it was worth it for the price, and they lent me a decent courtesy car. Clive
  10. 270 feet jump in a car !!!

    There's a line in the 1936 film 'Things to Come' where the hero says "the best of life lies closest to the edge of death". I think there's a lot of truth in that. I get a big thrill out of riding my motorbike fast, maybe because of the element of danger (I know that's not in the same league as skydiving without a parachute!).
  11. Buying advice

    Equaliser, my mpg figures were driving the car reasonably carefully with economy in mind, you would get less if you thrashed it. But I have achieved as much as 37.5 mpg on a mostly motorway trip (that is according to the DIS, and they are known to be a little optimistic). Clive
  12. Buying advice

    Hi EQ, I am a relatively new member of this forum and I went through the same decision process as you last August. I ended up choosing a 53 plate 3.0 cabrio with 6-speed manual gearbox as my first Audi. I couldn't be more pleased. The 1.8T seemed rough in comparison and the 2.4 is an older design of engine than the 3.0 that has about 50 bhp less but similar petrol consumption. I avoided the automatic version and the quattro to maximise economy and reliability and minimise running costs. I get just under 30mpg around town and 35mpg+ on the motorway which I think is not bad. I'm sure others will have different opinions but I'm pleased with my choice. Clive
  13. Hi guys, Can anyone tell me if these are the right mirror covers to fit a 2003 B6 A4 cabrio? I sent a message to the guy and he said no, they wouldn't fit, but they look like the right part numbers Audi RS4/S3/S8/S6/S5 wing mirror covers GENUINE on eBay, also Mirrors Mirror Covers, Exterior Styling, Car Tuning Styling, Cars, Parts Vehicles (end time 03-Apr-09 21:32:19 BST)
  14. Milltek on V6 3.0

    Hi, I've found a lot of threads on how good a Milltek exhaust sounds on an S4. Can anyone comment on what one sounds like on a 3.0 V6? I'm thinking of getting a catback fitted to mine. Thanks, Clive
  15. Another servicing costs thread...

    Just wanted to report that I have had my service done by Stafford Audi and they were excellent, I cannot fault them. I set off from Cheltenham at 6.30am on Tuesday for the 80 mile trip up the M5/M6 to Stafford and got there just before they opened at 8.00am. The lovely Becky was already at her desk and happy to book my car in. I was given an 08 reg A6 2.0 tdi avant as a loan car (more on that later) and was back in Cheltenham at my desk by 9.30. On Wednesday afternoon Becky phoned me and discussed whether I wanted some additional 'advisory' work done. I decided to go ahead with having the second belt changed at a cost of £43 (the ebay price of £395 only includes the cambelt), a brake fluid change at £59, and an aircon regas, £59. I declined a few others, like replacing the wipers and split ARB bushes (I'm thinking I will do an upgrade to the RS4 ARB myself). I returned to Stafford for 8.00am the next day and the car was ready and waiting, and the bill was exactly as expected, total just over £800 which I was happy with. Overall a very pleasant experience. Except for one thing, that diesel engine in the loan car was pretty awful compared to my petrol V6 3.0! And the fuel saving was not that great. For the identical journey driving fairly gently along the motorway in both cars the DIS registered 36 mpg for the journey in my car and 44mpg for the diesel A6. Considering diesel is about 10% more expensive than petrol, and my car has 50bhp more (220 vs 170 I think) I know which engine I'd rather have! Clive
  16. My 2003 A4 3.0 cabriolet is due it's first service since I bought it and it's the biggy - the one including the cambelt change (it's done 80,000 miles - I've now been told by Audi that it should have been done at 75,000 miles, fingers crossed it will last another week!). For this service I decided I would prefer to have it done at an Audi main dealer (in future I will probably go independent). I've read other threads on this subject and noted that Stafford Audi gets plenty of recommendations, but they are about 80 miles from where I live in Cheltenham, so I decided to try my local dealer first, Parklands Audi in Gloucester. I asked for an estimate for a long life service including doing the cambelt. Simple enough request you would have thought, but he kept me waiting for a few minutes, I could hear much clicking of computer keys in the background and ultimately he announced....£1100! I said thank you and put the phone down. Next I phoned Stafford Audi. I mentioned their ebay advert that quotes a price of £395 for a cambelt change on the V6 engine and asked how much for a cambelt change and longlife service, and the immediate reply was £395 plus £270 = £665. That's over £400 difference! I then thought I would give Parklands the opportunity to reconsider their quote, but when I told them what Stafford had quoted they just said there was no way they could match it. So I am booked into Stafford next week, and they are going to give me a courtesy car, even though I said I was doing an 80 mile trip to get to them. Now that's good service. I will report back later to confirm how it went. One question I have, Stafford say that the price only includes changing the cambelt and tensioner - they inspect the other belts and water pump and recommend if they need replacing. Do you think I should insist that they are replaced? How much do you think that will add to the bill? Thanks, Clive
  17. Please let us know how you guys get on with the mirrors off ebay - I'm thinking of getting some myself for my A4 cabrio. Clive
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  19. Brake pads question

    Hi guys, I've just replaced the brake pads on my 2003 A4 Cabriolet 3.0. It all went OK, but I have a query. The inboard pads at the front have an arrow which is supposed to point in the direction the wheel travels when the car's going forward. I'm sure I've done it right, but the old pads I took off were the wrong way round. Just out of interest, does anyone know why they have an arrow, and what effect them being on the wrong way would have had? I did notice that the old inboard pads with the arrow the wrong way were worn a lot more than the outer pads that don't have an arrow. Thanks, Clive
  20. Brake disc thickness

    Hi, I have a 2003 3.0 A4 cab, can anyone tell me what the minimum brake disc thickness is (front and rear) before they should be replaced, or point me somewhere to find out. The car has done 78000 miles and there feels like there's quite a lip around the edge. Also, when I looked on Euro Car Parts for new discs it lists an 'original part' manufactured by Textar and a 'genuine part' made by 'ATE'. Which is best to buy? Thanks, Clive
  21. Hi all, just bought my first Audi, a 2003 A4 3.0 Sport Cabriolet, and came across this excellent site and thought I'd say hello and ask my first questions. I decided that with the country heading into recession, and with petrol prices going through the roof and car tax about to rise, now was the perfect time to get a bargain! I think I did all right, I managed to knock 2 grand off the price of the one I ended up with. I've been looking for over a month and tried most of the cabriolets - the 1.8T, 2.4, 3.0 and 3.0 quattro. The 1.8T felt faster than I expected (when pushed), the 2.4 didn't particularly impress (you get no more power than the 1.8T, and it's heavier and no more economical than the 3.0), the 3.0 is a lot faster than both the others (not surprising with over 50bhp more) and sounds fantastic, and I didn't see the need for quattro (heavier, less economical and it's something else to be maintained and to potentially go wrong). If my experience is anything to go by, at 5 years old the 3.0 is now no more expensive than a similar age and spec 1.8T or 2.4, so it was an easy choice of which one to go for. I don't do that many miles (about 6000 a year as I have a motorbike I use the rest of the time) so a car that apparently does about 5mpg less than the 1.8T on average is not going to break the bank. And I'm middle aged so insurance isn't a problem for me. The difference in car tax (if the proposed increases go ahead) between the 1.8T and the 3.0 is only going to be about £100 I think. I looked at various colour cars and ended up with something quite unusual, it's deep green pearlescent with yellow leather interior (I prefer to call it 'tan'). I know some of you are going to go yuk, but I think it looks fantastic. Personally my least favourite colour is the one everyone else seems to like - silver with black interior - I found the interior depressing. I'm really pleased with it, it's done over 70,000 miles yet it's like new. Driving very gently (I know that's not how you are supposed to drive these cars) I have managed (once, when I was trying really hard) to get an indicated fuel consumption (for the single journey) of 30mpg on my daily commute, and just over 35mpg on a motorway trip (maybe my computer is telling porkies? I have checked the accuracy of my speedo against a sat nav and at an indicated 70mph the sat nav said 68 so the speedo is pretty accurate) My only minor criticism is that the suspension is a bit soft and bouncy. I did read elsewhere on this forum that the early cars were considered a bit too firm, my age car was too soft, and later cars got it just right (as Goldilocks said). What can I do to stiffen it up? Would going to 18" or 19" wheels help firm up the ride (I currently have 17"). Another question; the car was described as a 3.0 sport (first registered September 2003) but it has S-line badges on it. What does that mean (what differences to the standard sport)? I've looked on Parker's website which gives quite good car reviews including lists of standard and optional equipment, but it lists the 3.0 S-line as a separate model from the Sport, and this was only available from January 2005. So should mine be described as a Sport S-line? Thanks, Clive