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Old 09-04-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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Ok so have had a few audi's along the way....last one I dumped last fall was a 98 a6 Qttro 2.8. ran great for years but after my son overheated the damn thing ( drove for a day or two without anti-freeze) I never could get it right. I Replaced heads , water pump timing belt bla bla bla......
I am considering a 2001 a6 2.8 Qttro for my last teen driver for $3100. Having a Pre-Purchase inspection done by a reputable shop who just did $2900 worth of work 3K ago. Timing belt, h2o pump, rollers , control arms etc......Car has a stack of maintenance records ( 2 owners) a foot high. He was getting it done for his daughter who decided not to move back and go to college locally.
Car is in silly good shape both in and out. I mean like a 9 plus.
So what say you about the mileage???? Its 225,000 ! yes it's a ton but with the recent work done all I need is about 3 years out of it to get her off to college in.......so maybe another 35 to 50 k possible????
Thanks for any input ! Book, even with the high M. is $7300
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Dont be afraid if its been maintained, just had a 99 a6 2.8 in and it had 248k miles, interior was beautiful, body was nice, car drove well except for some suspension rattles. Didnt smoke, engines sounded nice, trans shifted good. Just keep up on oil changes, trans fluid services, and anything that happens to go wrong with the car i could easily see 300k+ out of these cars.

Its usually neglect that kills these cars, they are cheap enough now the bottom feeders so to speak now own them, and are used to driving Toyota Camrys and Ford Taurus and dont expect the repairs on an Audi and just run them into the dirt untill they have so much wrong with them its not worth fixing.
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Last year I sold our 99 A6 with 315k miles on it for $2k. It needed a waterpump. Miles mean nothing; condition is everything.
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Ok so have had a few audi's along the way....last one I dumped last fall was a 98 a6 Qttro 2.8. ran great for years but after my son overheated the damn thing ( drove for a day or two without anti-freeze) I never could get it right. I Replaced heads , water pump timing belt bla bla bla......
I am considering a 2001 a6 2.8 Qttro for my last teen driver for $3100. Having a Pre-Purchase inspection done by a reputable shop who just did $2900 worth of work 3K ago. Timing belt, h2o pump, rollers , control arms etc......Car has a stack of maintenance records ( 2 owners) a foot high. He was getting it done for his daughter who decided not to move back and go to college locally.
Car is in silly good shape both in and out. I mean like a 9 plus.
So what say you about the mileage???? Its 225,000 ! yes it's a ton but with the recent work done all I need is about 3 years out of it to get her off to college in.......so maybe another 35 to 50 k possible????
Thanks for any input ! Book, even with the high M. is $7300
KBB has it at $5400. $7300 seems high but it has had great maintenance. No fear on the mileage at all.
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[QUOTE=audifield1;24484410]HERE IS KELLY IN DENVER


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ahahahahh ok we will go with 6k
still a good enough deal @ $3100 if it checks out ; would't you say?
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ahahahahh ok we will go with 6k
still a good enough deal @ $3100 if it checks out ; would't you say?
Helluva deal for 3100.
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ahahahahh ok we will go with 6k
still a good enough deal @ $3100 if it checks out ; would't you say?
Heck, I'll take it for $3100
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i have a car sitting in storage my son is itching to drive ( just got his beginners ) The reason it is in storage is because i have no room with my Porsche My company vehicle and my wifes car .. couple months the Porsche goes away and the A6 2.8 comes back . I have absolutely no worries about him driving it for the next few years ( or until he prangs it .. ) it hs 400,000km on it and I m not worried in the least. Looks great drives great and is a friggen tank .
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So I'm struggling with whether or not to fix mine. 192K on my 03 A6 Avant. Interior is clean but body is not perfect with a dent just forward of front left wheel and two areas of paint bubbling up - on the roof no less and lower left rear door. Car drives great, but it needs both CATs to get through inspection, almost 100k since last timing belt, needs rear trans mounts, tires, driver door latch, and I've got a heck of a noisy Secondary Air Injection Pump that will fail at some point. My indy isn't a particular fan of the 3.0L as opposed to the 2.8.
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So I'm struggling with whether or not to fix mine. 192K on my 03 A6 Avant. Interior is clean but body is not perfect with a dent just forward of front left wheel and two areas of paint bubbling up - on the roof no less and lower left rear door. Car drives great, but it needs both CATs to get through inspection, almost 100k since last timing belt, needs rear trans mounts, tires, driver door latch, and I've got a heck of a noisy Secondary Air Injection Pump that will fail at some point. My indy isn't a particular fan of the 3.0L as opposed to the 2.8.
I'd go ahead and flush that one if it were mine. Sorry.
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So I'm struggling with whether or not to fix mine. 192K on my 03 A6 Avant. Interior is clean but body is not perfect with a dent just forward of front left wheel and two areas of paint bubbling up - on the roof no less and lower left rear door. Car drives great, but it needs both CATs to get through inspection, almost 100k since last timing belt, needs rear trans mounts, tires, driver door latch, and I've got a heck of a noisy Secondary Air Injection Pump that will fail at some point. My indy isn't a particular fan of the 3.0L as opposed to the 2.8.
Sell it or part it out. Not worth tutting tat kind of money into it.
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Sell it or part it out. Not worth tutting tat kind of money into it.
I reluctantly coming to the same conclusion. Just difficult to find a replacement. I really love the A6 wagon. Hard to find anything clean in the Northeast that doesn't already have a ton of miles on it. Even same 03-04 with 100k miles are going for $10k.
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I reluctantly coming to the same conclusion. Just difficult to find a replacement. I really love the A6 wagon. Hard to find anything clean in the Northeast that doesn't already have a ton of miles on it. Even same 03-04 with 100k miles are going for $10k.
Try an Allroad. Same car but with better engine and raised (and adjustable) air suspension.

Find one with a manual transmission.
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I reluctantly coming to the same conclusion. Just difficult to find a replacement. I really love the A6 wagon. Hard to find anything clean in the Northeast that doesn't already have a ton of miles on it. Even same 03-04 with 100k miles are going for $10k.
My wife's 2002 allroad here in New England has 48K miles and looks like new so they do exist. Don't give up - there's one just right for you out there somewhere.
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I value maint over miles. As your son proved, you can kill a car in a few miles. If the oil has been changed regularly (less than factory spec), these things will run a while. Think about the eventual mortality of cats. How's the exhaust? I assume the control arms have been done twice. ready again? Any rust?

A well maintained car is worth taking a chance on. And i will in fact pay up for a well maintained car that needs nothing, despite miles.

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Well based on the responses and the "pre-purchase" inspection from a reputable foreign auto mechanic I bought the car for $3100.
The inspection showed it had dirty brake fluid and needed an air filter.
Just ridiculous compared to the 98 I sold. If I had taken that in before I sold it the list would have been ten miles long it was so beat to hell. Drives like a dream, quiet as can be, zero leaks and not a scratch on the interior . The exterior has one tiny little dimple in it.
I'll post some Pics later!
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