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Old 11-13-2012, 12:07 AM
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hello,

i just purchased a 2002 audi a4. what should i get done on the car for example. engine flush, coolant flush...... to hopefully prevent any issues.

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:54 AM
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I'm in the same boat as you. Picked up an 02 A4 about a month ago. This is what I have done so far.

- clutch, fuel filter, oil sensor, hood shock, windshield fluid system, snub mount, oil/filter change. Make sure when changing the oil to use synthetic and the long filter. I would also suggest using sludge away for the first few oil changes. You can pick up a bottle at Canadian Tire for about $15. I would also suggest buying a odb scanner or vagcom/VCDS cause Audi's throw codes like no other day.
- next things for me to do are brakes/rotors, tires, coolant temp sensor, cat converter/02 sensors, short shifter, rear differential mount, splitter valve

I don't know if you have ever owned an Audi before. This is my first but I have already noticed that the upkeep on these cars are a bloody pain in the ****. But when you see people look at you it's all worth it.

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Old 11-16-2012, 04:26 PM
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depending on the kms, waterpump and timing belt, also people usually dont mention this, but the check the dipstick funnel, they tend to crack and eventually explode(atleast mine did.. lol).
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A4_Power is right about the compliments but the upkeep in my opinion is routine. Now that the 02's are over 10 years old there will be upkeep expenses every 6 months. Aside from the oil changes there will be little things here and there breaking down and needing replacement. Its not because Audis are crap, it's because the car is TEN YEARS OLD!

Anyone who expects a 10 year old car to to be trouble free is dreaming.
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Originally Posted by pablo_ottawa View Post
A4_Power is right about the compliments but the upkeep in my opinion is routine. Now that the 02's are over 10 years old there will be upkeep expenses every 6 months. Aside from the oil changes there will be little things here and there breaking down and needing replacement. Its not because Audis are crap, it's because the car is TEN YEARS OLD!

Anyone who expects a 10 year old car to to be trouble free is dreaming.
That depends on the car. The more complicated and fussy it is, then I'd say yes. Hence why depreciation hits a lot of formally expensive cars hard.

This is why I'd only buy an A8 from ONE owner who kept his records. Seen a few abused versions which would lead to very pricey reconditioning of my own confidence.

Timing belt/waterpump/thermostat housing (inspect) should be first if not already.
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While it is true that the 1.8T needs more maintenance, it will also use less fuel as long as you're not punching the throttle all the time. If you get a stage 1 flash and a good exhaust, you can get more torque and HP out of it and yet still keep the fuel consumption to a minimum compared to an 8 cylinder or even a 6.

Rule of thumb, 1.8T's are finicky but have the power you need when you need it and won;t break the bank gas wise. V6's and 8's are much more reliable engines but suck gas like it's going out of style.

I'm happy with my 1.8 and accept the maintenance that comes with it. That's really what it's all about
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While it is true that the 1.8T needs more maintenance, it will also use less fuel as long as you're not punching the throttle all the time. If you get a stage 1 flash and a good exhaust, you can get more torque and HP out of it and yet still keep the fuel consumption to a minimum compared to an 8 cylinder or even a 6.

Rule of thumb, 1.8T's are finicky but have the power you need when you need it and won;t break the bank gas wise. V6's and 8's are much more reliable engines but suck gas like it's going out of style.

I'm happy with my 1.8 and accept the maintenance that comes with it. That's really what it's all about

The 3.0 is not all that bad with the gas. It's just when your stuck in traffic & can't get out of 1st or 2nd gear is when u feel it.
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