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1781cc 6th February 2018 09:55 AM

Moving sideways
Well, being as I have been without a car for a while since selling the S8, I was struggling to work out what car to buy as I will be doing big miles for projects, it had to be a diesel, had to have some grunt and had to be in a lower tax bracket. Ultimately I looked at A5s, A4s and A3s on lease deals but that seemed like throwing money down the drain and not owning anything at the end. Plus, I may not like the cars once I live with them, apparent to me initially because I think modern Audi's have poor build quality and look a little vulgar with the big grille and S-line bling the new cars have and dont get me started on crash ride quality with 19s and 20s...

I looked at older cars, even a D3 diesel, but that would make me miss the S8 even more. I looked at other marquees but nothing grabbed my attention.

In the end, I bit the bullet on a 2006 A4 3.0TDI Quattro at a great price with a full dealer service history and 70,000 miles on the clock. My thinking being if I am trundling up to Greenock and a pile of other places over the next year then I may as well have the roof down when the weather is better and enjoy the view - especially if I vary my routes to take in some lovely scenic places. The purchase price was sweet as well, full RNS-E, clean kappa leather with no scuffs or bolster issues, etc...

Here she is


If anyone wants me to keep posting any progress or experiences with it let me know, if not, I will make my way onto another forum :ROFL:

mattylondon 6th February 2018 10:10 AM

Looks very tidy indeed. It would be a shame if you found your way to another forum. So it's a 'hang around and post here' from me +++

Davey Blueeyes 6th February 2018 10:28 AM

Really nice looking car, enjoy. But you're gonna miss that V10!

Good luck with it fella

Conquistador 6th February 2018 11:07 AM

Nice choice +++ That 3.0-litre TDI has some grunt, and the car looks tidy.

1781cc 6th February 2018 12:23 PM

Thanks peeps - yeah, those pics were from the advert, its tidy but it needs some work and I already have started to Modify it ha ha, I never learn...

I used to have two of the B6 V8's - not at the same time - so I know the platform well and knew straight away what I wanted to do with the car. I've already fitted the S4 carbon trim I picked up from eBay as I really hated the brushed aluminium.

I've sourced a boot triangle as it was missing, updated the maps and firmware, got new wheels and tyres on the way (all season tyres, my god, available in this size and priced well - unlike S8 tyres), I've also sorted a dash cam as the S8 buyer wanted it as part of the deal - so I've now got a Garmin 45, replaced a cracked Bose speaker grille and finally, set to have her remapped to open up some more torque and replace a little of the missed S8 pace.

She drives lovely though and seeing 44mpg is one hell of a novelty!!

I'll also be taking her down to Dooka for a proper detail, paint correction and seal

David's8 6th February 2018 07:07 PM

If you are doing a lot of miles then it all makes a lot of sense. 44mpg. A low mileage car and lowish depreciation. It will cut your costs whilst having a car with some grunt and a cool top.
Stick around - +++ there is a thread for other marques

tonupkid 6th February 2018 10:05 PM

Good choice and a good looking example

27litres 7th February 2018 03:02 AM

I like the wheels ;)

Though you posted that you've bought new ones?

1781cc 7th February 2018 04:04 AM


Originally Posted by 27litres (Post 137456)
I like the wheels ;)

Though you posted that you've bought new ones?

I have, they arrive with the new tyres on Monday - I'll post up pics when I do...

These are the mods so far...


27litres 7th February 2018 04:49 AM

I'm pleasantly surprised.
That carbon trim really lifts the interior doesn't it!

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