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  1. I'm looking for a £2k coupe and see there are some around for sort of cash now. In my books its a heap of motor for 2 bags of sand. I'm not bothered whether is a 330 or a 318, I'm in it for the on board feel really and like my comforts, leather, air con, auto box. I've never owed a BMW so from the peeps in the know should I either consider being able to pick up a hald decent E46 coupe for this sort of money???
  2. Here the crack guys. I'm currently running my A6 C5 Avant 2.5 tdi as a daily commuter into south London from north Essex. My drive to work is 50 miles, 70% of which is motorway down the M11. I originally bought the car as I thought it would return good mpg, is currently averaging 32 ( and has done for a year now. I've read that due to it being a Quattro, weighing a couple of ton and the 2.5 being a thirsty engine the mpg was never going to be great. Now I'm considering an early 180bhp TT as a daily driver and leaving the missus to do the school run with the A6 family bus. I recon I would be able to achieve around the same mpg with this variation of the TT. With petrol prices being a little cheaper than diesel I recon I wouldn't be any worst off????? What are your guys thoughts on this??
  3. In the last few days my A6 2.5 TDi car has developed a stutter/hesitate under acceleration and high speed cruising almost like having a large flat spot that lasts around 1/2 a second, every 2 or 3 seconds. Most noticeably, this happens on the motorway under normal driving whereby at 2000 rpm the engine power dips then returns quickly, this was constant on my 1 hour drive home just now. There are no engine warning lights on the dash. The problem seems to happen throughout the rev range, there is quick dip in power and in the rpm then it will gather some power to accelerate then happen again and again. If I pull away from a round about slowly the problem isnt too bad but if I were to gun it, the engine would cough and splutter untill I backed off the power. I have done some research but can't find much regarding this same issue, has anyone got any experience with this? I'm guessing injestors or EGR Valve or worst a bad turbo ( Any thoughts would be helpful Thanks DC
  4. Guys a couple of months ago i changed the front pads and rotors on both sides as my left side had worn prematurely. Whilst changing them it was clear that there was a problem with the left side calliper as it was very stiff. I managed to changed the pads and rotors but released all wasn't good as they was a lot of dust on the left side and excess heat also. I never got round to addressing the problem and now low and behold the problem has worn my left side pad down enough to trigger the display warning!! When winding the calliper back it did feel tight, and may have been deemed as 'stuck' If this is the case do I need a replacement calliper or can this one be repaired/ reconditioned?? I'm novice to fixing things like this so would it be best to get a pro to have a look at the problem??? and let them fix it??
  5. Thanks for your input guys, its a real help and kind of confirms my thoughts. I can put up with the hair dress comments part because I shave it even other day.
  6. Title says it all really. Considering treating myself to an early TT for my daily commute What are they like around town???
  7. Guys Yesterday evening saw me pick up my new 2002 A6 Avant 2.5 Quattro, have to say that I love the car and the engine is so sweet. Very tidy example for the age and has been very good Audi service history. There are however a couple of little issues that I'd like to get looked at under warranty. Firstly whilst my hour old drive home neither of the temperature gauges moved from cold. I'm guess this might be related??? I'm sure I've read that this may affect MPG. Secondly there seems to be a power issue to the drivers door, the electric window switches work and are lit up however the drivers speaker and central locking button don't Other than that the car seems to be in very good shape. I was a little worried when I first joined the motorway as the wheel wobble coming from the stirring wheel was horrendous however I remembered that had replace the pads. This all settled down after a couple heavy brakes and the trip home All in all I'm very pleased with my new edition, I don't there are that many stylist 7 seaters out there!!
  8. Thanks for the heads up cruiser, I thought it would be higher after an hour and a half commute. I'll get it fixed under warranty me thinks!! so the 43mpg avg could get better when she is running off choke then?? I'll look forward to that then lol
  9. Guys further to my first question a few weeks back, it seems my coolant gauage has some life in it. Stuck in some traffic this morning I noticed the needle moving however this only moved up to 70 degrees. I did consider parking up for a while and seeing how high it go but it would have made me late for work. Bear in mind these temperatures are after and hour on a motorway at 65mph then 30 driving is stready traffic through town. Does other members ever reach 90 degrees??? What is a normal temp??? and heres the oil temp at the same time.
  10. Guys Thought I'd get your veiws before having it out with the dealer. I purchased a 2002 A6 Avant from a second hand dealer two weeks ago to which I have a three month warranty for. I have to say I paid a little over the top as its a seven seater model and there isnt many around. Having driven the car for a couple of days its become clear neither the oil or coolant temp gauges work. Phoned the dealer and they are happy to sort this, not a problem, the car is going in at the end of the week. However at the weekend I put a punchure on the front drivers side, on closer inspection I notice the inside of the trye is completely bald to the piont the metal thread is showing in places. Now what worries me is the car was sold to me with a 'new MOT'. I'm guessing this would never have past an MOT if noticed. I have also checked the other front trye and again thats near its limit also. There are other small problems like central locking not working, drivers side speaker not working, issue with rear elec window closing. Would I be wrong to ask the dealer to rectify all of these issues under the warranty??? Granted a ten year old car is going to show some signs of wear but I feel a bit hard done by as I was not told about any of these issues when i laid down the money for the car. Your thoughts would help................ Cheers DC
  11. Every time I see a A4 or A6 Avant I find myself amiring the door sill strips and wish I had a set. IMHO I think they set the car off nicely whether they are color coded or silver to match the roof bars. None this brings me onto the question can they be retro fitted???? I'm guessing if so a breaker would be the cheapest option???
  12. Is it right I want some door sill strips???

    I'm refering to the external strips on the doors not the sills sorry the title is a little confussing. their more like 'door fins' than a sill strip.
  13. Morning guys Thought I'd get some peoples views on some subttle mods I'm looking to make and was wondering if someone could throw some suggestions in the pot. I've recently picked up a C5 2.5TDi Avant in Gun Metal Grey and love it to bits, however I cant help looking at an RS6 down the road thinking I love that aggresive styling. So heres the crack, I'm looking to do some subtle mod, I'm not going to dress something up to something its not, but I'd like a few parts like the RS6. So what would be a few small mods I could do to achieve the aggresive look, chrome mirrors?? 18" RS6 alloys??? Your thoughts would be appreciated
  14. one little niggling problem with my new baby is the internal motion switch on the drivers b-pillar is currently held in with duct tape, looks horride. I'm guessing I will have to replace this!! Just wondering if its an easy fix, plug and plug?? how much is the part?? am I best to leave to taped up?? wheres best for some parts like this, main stealer or online???
  15. Looking at replacing my worn, tired look aerial on my 2002 A6 Avanat. I've noticed that its a problem on a few car that the rubber base becomes corroded and starts to peel of the actual aerial. Ideally I'd like to change it for a shark fin type but I'm guessing this maybe more hassle than what its worth. Therefore I recon the 'bee string' option will be my only option, just don't want it to look too chavy. Anyone done this before??? can recommend a product??
  16. Singh My father has the D2 S8 hence my reason for purchasing an A6 Avant as I loved the drive and feel. Lovely cars
  17. not sure I want to drop the ride height, part of my commute brings me into london and the roads are shocking
  18. Thanks for your thoughts guys Mook, I totally agree with your thoughts. Really dont want to dress it up as something it isnt. Rear tints would look sweet I recon and I may retain the 18" wheels I have but get them smoked a dark grey. Add to this some Matt silver mirrors and and remap I recon she will be a sweet daily commuter. What about the door sill strips, do you recon they would look plain wrong???? I'm definatley going to buy a S6 when I finish my commute
  19. Thanks for the heads up guys, I only picked her up yesterday so I'll get on the blower on the way home and see what they say
  20. Thanks for the reply, luckly bought it from a dealer so fingers crossed they might do it under warrenty. I'm not too bothered about the speaker or central locking but I see the oil temp as something key to the car running properly. Thanks for the heads up DC
  21. Heres the crack, just taken a new job and have been given £4k to get a car with. I'll be driving 100miles a day to the office and it is solely motorway miles apart from the 2 miles from my house. I'm thinking if I run it off turbo, cruise at 70mph, I might just be able to justify get one as a daily runner. What peoples best mpg's from an early 1.8T model????
  22. I'm looking at ordering a new sportback next week on my company car policy though LEX Autos. Looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of an Audi since selling the A4 Cabro. I'm considering opting for the 1.6 TDI as the CC Tax is pretty low. Granted its not going to be a flyer what I was wondering if any one had an experience of the engine/ model of yet??? Downside the rep at LEX recons Jan/Feb delivery ( Undecided on colour yet but think I'm going to go for either Sport or S-Line trim
  23. Didn't mean to open such a big can of worms here, but its all been good informative chat. I test drove the 1.6Dti and the 2.0TDi at the weekend, OK the larger engine was good on the open road and pulled like a train but with the driving I'll be doing in traffic in London wouldnt require me to opt to the larger engine. The 1.6TDi didn't seems to struggle to much at higher speeds and I was supprised to be honest. Order form going off today, 1.6TDi Sport in Lava Grey, counting down the days already.
  24. Newbie here looking to replace my Alfa GTV for a decent Scooby. I know very little about them and just need pointing in the right direction. Ideally looking for a few year old WRX (if thats right)?? Any help will be gratefull. Deano
  25. S3 questions for newbie

    I'm looking at getting an S3 in the next few weeks and have decided to go for a post 2001 model as I understand this is the year the facelift model was brought in. I was wondering if anyone new what the diffences were in the facelift model and it all post 2001 cars come with xenons as standard. As when is the big service needed on the S3, belts and bits?