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Old 07-07-2014, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default Buying a Preowned 2005 Audi A8. PLEASE HELP

I found a great deal which I'm interested in. It's for an 2005 Northern Pearl Blue Audi A8L.

So the car looks great inside and out. I was really happy with it but my major concern was the maintenance. I know Audi's generally around 80k miles need a timing belt and water pump replacement. This has 85k miles. I looked at the carfax reports and it's been done last year the replacement and maintenance. It was actually in the shop last month for an oil and filter change. All and all the car reports look great.

It's a wholeseller who is selling me the car. I really want to buy this car but I'm worried about issues that may arise or added maintenance costs. Is there any other things I should look to replace or look into in the 90k/100k and etc mark. Like I said Timing Belt and Water pump have been replaced. I'm buying the car for around 10k.

Will the car run solid for another 20-40k miles? Should I be worried or pass up this offer?

Below is the carfax report

Code:
CARFAX Detailed History
Owner 1
Purchased: 2005
Commercial vehicle 
13,368 mi./yr
Mileage:	Source:	Comments:
4/15/05
NICB	Vehicle manufactured
and shipped to original dealer
4/15/05
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Alsip, IL	Titled or registered as commercial vehicle
5/20/05
3,090 mi.
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Alsip, IL
Title #X5140663245	Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported
3/31/06
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
15,000 mile service performed
Information display unit replaced
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Antenna lead replaced
12/14/06
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
Maintenance inspection completed
25,000 mile service performed
1/26/07
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
Vehicle serviced
11/19/07
36,535 mi.
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
Maintenance inspection completed
35,000 mile service performed
Front brake rotor(s) replaced
Wheels checked
Radiator replaced
3/21/08
39,195 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Pre-delivery inspection completed
Washed/detailed
Ash tray replaced
Anti-theft/keyless remote battery replaced
Oil and filter changed
3/21/08
39,226 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Vehicle sold
3/31/08
Audi Certified Dealer
Westmont, IL	Sold as an Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle 

Low mileage! This owner drove less than the industry average of 15,000 miles per year.

Owner 2
Purchased: 2008
Personal vehicle 
6,509 mi./yr
Mileage:	Source:	Comments:
4/23/08
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL
Title #X8114690519	Title issued or updated
New owner reported
8/6/08
42,298 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
1/7/09
45,116 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
45,000 mile service performed
Interior trim repaired
Sunvisor(s) replaced/repaired
Door hinge replaced
Rear brake pads replaced
Front suspension serviced
Wheels checked
7/18/09
47,000 mi.
Illinois
Inspection Station
Elk Grove Village, IL	Passed emissions inspection
7/21/09
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
3/11/10
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
8/9/10
54,800 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
55,000 mile service performed
Four wheel alignment performed
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Tires rotated
Wheels checked
Front suspension serviced
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Battery/charging system checked
4/9/11
58,000 mi.
Illinois
Inspection Station
Elk Grove Village, IL	Passed emissions inspection
4/13/11
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
7/14/11
59,556 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Body electrical system checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Serpentine belt replaced
11/11/11
61,334 mi.
Mercedes-Benz of Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-654-8100
Washed/detailed
11/12/11
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
Door locks checked
Door hinge replaced
Tire(s) replaced
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Wheels checked
2/21/12
62,849 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
Brakes checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
3/30/12
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
4/17/13
71,699 mi.
Woodfield Lexus 
Schaumburg, IL
847-882-0200
Four wheel alignment performed
Four tires mounted and balanced
4/20/13
Illinois
Inspection Station
Elk Grove Village, IL	Passed emissions inspection
4/23/13
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
8/14/13
74,415 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
75,000 mile service performed
Headlights adjusted
Brakes checked
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Axles checked
Cooling system checked
Exhaust system checked
Exterior lights checked
Power steering fluid flushed/changed
Tire condition and pressure checked
Steering/suspension checked
Wipers/washers checked
Sunroof drain hoses serviced
Decarbon service completed
Battery serviced
Body lubricated
Sunroof checked
Wipers/washers serviced
Front brake pads and rotors replaced
Cabin air filter replaced/cleaned
Drive belt(s) replaced
Oil and filter changed
Timing belt replaced
Maintenance reminder reset
3/11/14
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed


6/9/14
Schaumburg Audi
Schaumburg, IL
847-882-1800
Oil and filter changed
Exhaust system checked
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I found a great deal which I'm interested in. It's for an 2005 Northern Pearl Blue Audi A8L.

So the car looks great inside and out. I was really happy with it but my major concern was the maintenance. I know Audi's generally around 80k miles need a timing belt and water pump replacement. This has 85k miles. I looked at the carfax reports and it's been done last year the replacement and maintenance. It was actually in the shop last month for an oil and filter change. All and all the car reports look great.

It's a wholeseller who is selling me the car. I really want to buy this car but I'm worried about issues that may arise or added maintenance costs. Is there any other things I should look to replace or look into in the 90k/100k and etc mark. Like I said Timing Belt and Water pump have been replaced. I'm buying the car for around 10k.

Will the car run solid for another 20-40k miles? Should I be worried or pass up this offer?

Below is the carfax report

Code:
CARFAX Detailed History
Owner 1
Purchased: 2005
Commercial vehicle 
13,368 mi./yr
Mileage:	Source:	Comments:
4/15/05
NICB	Vehicle manufactured
and shipped to original dealer
4/15/05
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Alsip, IL	Titled or registered as commercial vehicle
5/20/05
3,090 mi.
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Alsip, IL
Title #X5140663245	Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported
3/31/06
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
15,000 mile service performed
Information display unit replaced
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Antenna lead replaced
12/14/06
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
Maintenance inspection completed
25,000 mile service performed
1/26/07
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
Vehicle serviced
11/19/07
36,535 mi.
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
Maintenance inspection completed
35,000 mile service performed
Front brake rotor(s) replaced
Wheels checked
Radiator replaced
3/21/08
39,195 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Pre-delivery inspection completed
Washed/detailed
Ash tray replaced
Anti-theft/keyless remote battery replaced
Oil and filter changed
3/21/08
39,226 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Vehicle sold
3/31/08
Audi Certified Dealer
Westmont, IL	Sold as an Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle 

Low mileage! This owner drove less than the industry average of 15,000 miles per year.

Owner 2
Purchased: 2008
Personal vehicle 
6,509 mi./yr
Mileage:	Source:	Comments:
4/23/08
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL
Title #X8114690519	Title issued or updated
New owner reported
8/6/08
42,298 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
1/7/09
45,116 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
45,000 mile service performed
Interior trim repaired
Sunvisor(s) replaced/repaired
Door hinge replaced
Rear brake pads replaced
Front suspension serviced
Wheels checked
7/18/09
47,000 mi.
Illinois
Inspection Station
Elk Grove Village, IL	Passed emissions inspection
7/21/09
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
3/11/10
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
8/9/10
54,800 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
55,000 mile service performed
Four wheel alignment performed
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Tires rotated
Wheels checked
Front suspension serviced
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Battery/charging system checked
4/9/11
58,000 mi.
Illinois
Inspection Station
Elk Grove Village, IL	Passed emissions inspection
4/13/11
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
7/14/11
59,556 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Body electrical system checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Serpentine belt replaced
11/11/11
61,334 mi.
Mercedes-Benz of Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-654-8100
Washed/detailed
11/12/11
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
Door locks checked
Door hinge replaced
Tire(s) replaced
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Wheels checked
2/21/12
62,849 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
Brakes checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
3/30/12
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
4/17/13
71,699 mi.
Woodfield Lexus 
Schaumburg, IL
847-882-0200
Four wheel alignment performed
Four tires mounted and balanced
4/20/13
Illinois
Inspection Station
Elk Grove Village, IL	Passed emissions inspection
4/23/13
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
8/14/13
74,415 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
75,000 mile service performed
Headlights adjusted
Brakes checked
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Axles checked
Cooling system checked
Exhaust system checked
Exterior lights checked
Power steering fluid flushed/changed
Tire condition and pressure checked
Steering/suspension checked
Wipers/washers checked
Sunroof drain hoses serviced
Decarbon service completed
Battery serviced
Body lubricated
Sunroof checked
Wipers/washers serviced
Front brake pads and rotors replaced
Cabin air filter replaced/cleaned
Drive belt(s) replaced
Oil and filter changed
Timing belt replaced
Maintenance reminder reset
3/11/14
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed


6/9/14
Schaumburg Audi
Schaumburg, IL
847-882-1800
Oil and filter changed
Exhaust system checked
Well first off please be careful about copying and pasting carfax info in other places because they can possibly catch that and can revoke the subscription, you never know. Other than that looks like the car has had excellent history. 04-05 were bad years since it was the first couple years of the new body style and new gadgets so bugs had to be worked out of it. I would be worried about the front airshocks, control arm bushings, trunk motor issues, and the mmi screen getting stuck in the future. Just an FYI. On the front airshocks, you can come out one day and your front end is on the ground. Those are about $1500-$1800 per shock at the dealer depending on where you live. That's not including labor. If you like it and think it's a go then it's ok in my book . Above all the issues I've mentioned, if it aint broke, don't fix it. The timing belt service is a huge bonus. Other than that these are awesome cars that will look and run great for a long long time if taken care of.
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Well first off please be careful about copying and pasting carfax info in other places because they can possibly catch that and can revoke the subscription, you never know. Other than that looks like the car has had excellent history. 04-05 were bad years since it was the first couple years of the new body style and new gadgets so bugs had to be worked out of it. I would be worried about the front airshocks, control arm bushings, trunk motor issues, and the mmi screen getting stuck in the future. Just an FYI. On the front airshocks, you can come out one day and your front end is on the ground. Those are about $1500-$1800 per shock at the dealer depending on where you live. That's not including labor. If you like it and think it's a go then it's ok in my book . Above all the issues I've mentioned, if it aint broke, don't fix it. The timing belt service is a huge bonus. Other than that these are awesome cars that will look and run great for a long long time if taken care of.
Thank you so much for the feedback I really appreciate it.

How likely is the front airshock issue to arise? Excluding that what are the maintenance costs on the other items? Would you recommend getting an extended warranty. I'm only planning to keep this car for a year or 2 tops.

It seems like based on the history the front airshock wouldn't be too big of an issue. It seems like it has always had proper checks. *knock on wood*
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Everything on these cars is expensive. The reason they're so cheap used is because they're a bundle to repair. I just put $2400 into my 2007 with a prescription for another $4200 for suspension work.

My 2004 was worse. Bad trunk motor, bad trunk latch, bad evap system, failing caliper motor, bad blower resistor... This is one of those things where if you have to ask you probably don't want to know.
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VCDS scan would be better than CARFAX. It would tell what's wrong with the car now.

Air suspension vice, if you drive carefully it can last for a very long time. Trunk motor is unnecessary feature and it will still close it if the motor is weak. Replacement gears for the MMI screen are $55 plus 2-3 hours of not heavy work.

Buying $100K car for $10K is a unique opportunity to own a real luxury car even if you have to spend a few bucks for repairs. It won't be much with online parts and this forum.

Edit: Refurbished front strut is ~$700 and it would be only one not two. Replacing it is one hour labor. It is DIY by all means.

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Thank you so much for the feedback I really appreciate it.

How likely is the front airshock issue to arise? Excluding that what are the maintenance costs on the other items? Would you recommend getting an extended warranty. I'm only planning to keep this car for a year or 2 tops.

It seems like based on the history the front airshock wouldn't be too big of an issue. It seems like it has always had proper checks. *knock on wood*
Well since you're planning to keep the car 2 years tops then buying an extended warranty would be a waste of money. The cost I gave you on the sir shocks is the worst case scenario but you can get cheaper ones on ebay if you can put them on yourself. There's no telling on when they will go bad depending on how the previous owner has driven it. The trunk issue, the most common issue is the motor going bad and that can cost around $400-500 on average and is easy to replace if you can do it yourself. In some cases the hinges can bind up and go bad also. If you get a chance send us some pics of the car.
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-Rear Seat Lumbar And Rear Digital Climate Control
-Leather Console And Door Panels
-Wood Steering Wheel And Wood Shift ****
-Skibag Rear Seat Pass Through
-19" 12 Spoke Wheels

Former D3's Sold But Not Forgotten
-2004 Black On Black A8L Sold at 113K Miles-1st Audi Ever Owned
-2005 Black On Black/Amaretto A8L Sold At 77K Miles-2nd One Owned
-2006 Black On Amaretto A8L Sold At 88K miles-3rd One Owned

Current Daily Driven Vehicles
-2002 True Blue Ford F150 XLT 4x4 Super Cab-Used For Play And Occasional Light Hauling(Primary Driver)
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I found a great deal which I'm interested in. It's for an 2005 Northern Pearl Blue Audi A8L.

So the car looks great inside and out. I was really happy with it but my major concern was the maintenance. I know Audi's generally around 80k miles need a timing belt and water pump replacement. This has 85k miles. I looked at the carfax reports and it's been done last year the replacement and maintenance. It was actually in the shop last month for an oil and filter change. All and all the car reports look great.

It's a wholeseller who is selling me the car. I really want to buy this car but I'm worried about issues that may arise or added maintenance costs. Is there any other things I should look to replace or look into in the 90k/100k and etc mark. Like I said Timing Belt and Water pump have been replaced. I'm buying the car for around 10k.

Will the car run solid for another 20-40k miles? Should I be worried or pass up this offer?

Below is the carfax report

Code:
CARFAX Detailed History
Owner 1
Purchased: 2005
Commercial vehicle 
13,368 mi./yr
Mileage:	Source:	Comments:
4/15/05
NICB	Vehicle manufactured
and shipped to original dealer
4/15/05
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Alsip, IL	Titled or registered as commercial vehicle
5/20/05
3,090 mi.
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Alsip, IL
Title #X5140663245	Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported
3/31/06
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
15,000 mile service performed
Information display unit replaced
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Antenna lead replaced
12/14/06
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
Maintenance inspection completed
25,000 mile service performed
1/26/07
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
Vehicle serviced
11/19/07
36,535 mi.
Audi of Tinley Park 
Tinley Park, IL
708-342-0300
Maintenance inspection completed
35,000 mile service performed
Front brake rotor(s) replaced
Wheels checked
Radiator replaced
3/21/08
39,195 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Pre-delivery inspection completed
Washed/detailed
Ash tray replaced
Anti-theft/keyless remote battery replaced
Oil and filter changed
3/21/08
39,226 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Vehicle sold
3/31/08
Audi Certified Dealer
Westmont, IL	Sold as an Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle 

Low mileage! This owner drove less than the industry average of 15,000 miles per year.

Owner 2
Purchased: 2008
Personal vehicle 
6,509 mi./yr
Mileage:	Source:	Comments:
4/23/08
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL
Title #X8114690519	Title issued or updated
New owner reported
8/6/08
42,298 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
1/7/09
45,116 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
45,000 mile service performed
Interior trim repaired
Sunvisor(s) replaced/repaired
Door hinge replaced
Rear brake pads replaced
Front suspension serviced
Wheels checked
7/18/09
47,000 mi.
Illinois
Inspection Station
Elk Grove Village, IL	Passed emissions inspection
7/21/09
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
3/11/10
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
8/9/10
54,800 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
55,000 mile service performed
Four wheel alignment performed
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Tires rotated
Wheels checked
Front suspension serviced
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Battery/charging system checked
4/9/11
58,000 mi.
Illinois
Inspection Station
Elk Grove Village, IL	Passed emissions inspection
4/13/11
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
7/14/11
59,556 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Body electrical system checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Serpentine belt replaced
11/11/11
61,334 mi.
Mercedes-Benz of Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-654-8100
Washed/detailed
11/12/11
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
Door locks checked
Door hinge replaced
Tire(s) replaced
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Wheels checked
2/21/12
62,849 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
Brakes checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
3/30/12
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
4/17/13
71,699 mi.
Woodfield Lexus 
Schaumburg, IL
847-882-0200
Four wheel alignment performed
Four tires mounted and balanced
4/20/13
Illinois
Inspection Station
Elk Grove Village, IL	Passed emissions inspection
4/23/13
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed
8/14/13
74,415 mi.
Audi Westmont 
Westmont, IL
630-655-6700
Maintenance inspection completed
75,000 mile service performed
Headlights adjusted
Brakes checked
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Axles checked
Cooling system checked
Exhaust system checked
Exterior lights checked
Power steering fluid flushed/changed
Tire condition and pressure checked
Steering/suspension checked
Wipers/washers checked
Sunroof drain hoses serviced
Decarbon service completed
Battery serviced
Body lubricated
Sunroof checked
Wipers/washers serviced
Front brake pads and rotors replaced
Cabin air filter replaced/cleaned
Drive belt(s) replaced
Oil and filter changed
Timing belt replaced
Maintenance reminder reset
3/11/14
Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Franklin Park, IL	Registration issued or renewed


6/9/14
Schaumburg Audi
Schaumburg, IL
847-882-1800
Oil and filter changed
Exhaust system checked
I have a 2004 A8L, which has the front end and grill as the 2005. I really think it is a 2005. Theses cars are very sexy, seductive and powerful. I've had the car for a year and I've already spent roughly $5,000 in maintenance: Valve cover gaskets, timing belt, water pump, starter, Oil cooler. Just as summer in the US has kicked in, my A/C has gone out. Just got the quote from indy shop, $800.00: New Air Compressor, Evap/Recharge, labor and taxes. All of these repairs have been basic wear and tear items, but are costly to repair. As others have mentioned, I've had trunk issues, it will not close with the remote all the time, no big deal. The BIG issue I'm having and others have also had with this car, Timing Chain Tensioners. This is BAD,BAD, BAD and is a common issue with this version of the car. I've just started noticing the problem and had it checked by a couple of different sources. Also referenced this forum as well. The cost of repair roughly $6000. On a cold start there is a harsh rattle, that comes from the engine compartment, sounds horrible. I've been told will function fine for a while, but if the problem continues, that could be major damage done to the engine and valves. Please, Please, Please take the car to a certified mechanic, it will be the best $150-$200 you have ever spent. Good Luck!!!
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I love all of the first posts with "HELP, HELP, HELP" etc.

Please simply search this forum for the past few years scanning for interesting titles and read them to get an idea about the vehicle. You have a 50/50 chance of an air strut leaking. You have a 75% chance that the electric air compressor for the suspension (made by the good folks at WABCO automotive) will fail. Then there are the coil packs, rear sunshade, suspension bushings, Headlight lamps and more that can fail. Bottom line, if you are a diy'er, the car will be a good purchase. If not, you need to have an additional $10k available just in case of problems. Otherwise, you may want a newer vehicle or a Toyota.
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I agree with Mishar and Bally, get the car scanned with VCDS and have it checked out by a mechanic who knows Audi, if you're not mechanically savvy and don't know much about these machines. Cap1, your noise is not timing chain tensioners, your car has a timing belt, so there wouldn't be timing chain tensioners...I'd get another opinion on that one. I know some of the 3.2 motors had this common issue.
I owned an 05 which I bought with 70K. Kept it until 117K and other than routine maintenance and a serpintine belt tensioner, it was a great car. Now I have an 07 which I like even more (more options, sport pckge). So, just make sure the car's for you. Like others have said, if you're not a diy'er, buy a Lexus or Honda. These are great cars, but if you plan in going to the dealer for anything, it's going to cost you. Good Luck and use this site, it's an excellent resource.
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Cap1, your noise is not timing chain tensioners, your car has a timing belt, so there wouldn't be timing chain tensioners...I'd get another opinion on that one.
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The 4.2 does have timing chains between the cams with tensioners, I have had these go bad on my son's 3.0 and now the drivers side on his 4.2 A6, the 3.0 made one hell of a racket when first started, the 4.2 not so bad, and when unplugged the noise is gone, but the so is your power, see pics.

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