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Old 12-14-2003, 11:31 PM   #1
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What you guy think about 1996-97 AUDI A4 1.8T

Hey what are yo opinions on this car>

how reliable are these things, am looking at one with roughly 165kms on it, 5 speed. and what are the possibilites with modding this car, in terms of preformance, looks and handling.

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Old 12-14-2003, 11:32 PM   #2
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If you plan on MODDIN, then THIS is the audi to go, just ask 328DTM about this car his a PRO on it, Relaibility wise, i've heard HORROR storries and i've heard GOOD stories too!
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Old 12-14-2003, 11:35 PM   #3
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Lets just say a timing belt/water pump job is $1200 on that car! And you gave to take the everything off the front of the car to do it...bumper, headlights, rad support...everything up to the engine must go!
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Old 12-14-2003, 11:45 PM   #4
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thats true, i was there and saw it with my own eyes!
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Old 12-14-2003, 11:46 PM   #5
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yah bro u have to take everything off the whole front end ! im doing co-op at a volkswagon shop and audi shop EUROSPEED !
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Old 12-14-2003, 11:47 PM   #6
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personally, I wouldn't buy a 165,000 K Audi A4, unless it is underpreiced, too many k's, you might run into a ton of problems around that range.
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Old 12-14-2003, 11:50 PM   #7
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The 1.8T was introduced for the 1997 model year, '96 was 2.8 only.
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Old 12-15-2003, 12:15 AM   #8
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All you have to do to this car is dump it on some nice 18z and your done for looks. Oh, and some real HID's.
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Old 12-15-2003, 12:29 AM   #9
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Is this Quattro or not?

A4 1.8T's are great cars, lots of tuning potential, but it just depends if you like the handling of AWD if you go for the Quattro.

My friend has two A4 1.8T Quattro's, a 1997 and 1998 model, both have around 80,000kms and he hasn't had any major problems with the car yet.

Also, there's numerous body kits you can go for; i.e. OEM S4 or RS4, Regier, RS4 bumper, Oettinger, LLtek, A!vant, are just some of the companies that make body kits for Audi's.

There's quite a bit of tuning possbilities for the 1.8T. You can get chip, downpipe, exhaust, intake, and those mods will give you some gains. Some well known tuners are APR, MTM, AWE, AcTuning, GIAC, EIP Tuning, etc.
You can even go for turbo conversion kits, i.e. the KKK-K04 which should give you around 240hp ish or a bit more?, or you could get the APR Stage III kit which uses a Garett GT25 turbo. Or if you want more power, you can do your own custom T3/T4 or T4 turbo conversion.

For my friend's A4s, one of them is running the APR Stage III kit and the other is a custom T4 setup.

The mileage you mentioned though sounds pretty high.
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Old 12-15-2003, 12:31 AM   #10
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All you have to do to this car is dump it on some nice 18z and your done for looks. Oh, and some real HID's.
Yeah, make sure you get the European headlights. The North American headlights don't look as good
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:59 AM   #11
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my experience was so far so good . i bought 1 last yr a 98 1.8T with 318K km for my sis and now she has about 350K on it with no problems and to me it runs like new . as long as you take care of the car it will be ok . but that goes for any car .
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personally, I wouldn't buy a 165,000 K Audi A4, unless it is underpreiced, too many k's, you might run into a ton of problems around that range.
165,000km's is nothing. Most of the cars I've owned in the past were pushing 250,000, and my jeep pushed 350,000 without any major problems. It's funny how people are so afraid of cars with anything over 100,000km's under the hood. 165,000km's is only less than 100,000miles. I'd be more worried if the mileage was closer to the 200,000miles range (300,000km's)

The audi a4 however is a very fun car to drive. I've only had experience with the very newest ones, but I'm sure the prior years are just as nice to drive. I love the audi interiors as well, they really do a great job designing them (especially on the a6).
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Old 12-15-2003, 02:17 PM   #13
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The mileage doesn't matter as long as the car has been taken care of.

Someone brought in a 2001 Toyota Sienna to my dads place with 17,000kms with a seized engine and demanded warranty repairs. Turned out, he never changed the oil since the factory because he thought he didn't have to do anything until the warranty was up! (the guy of course, did not get a warranty replacement).

350,000kms? I thought Audi odo's (as well as volkswagens) with digital odo's reset themselves at 300,000 (oh yeah, be careful about that if you are buying a old very low mileage audi or vw).
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165,000km's is nothing. Most of the cars I've owned in the past were pushing 250,000, and my jeep pushed 350,000 without any major problems. It's funny how people are so afraid of cars with anything over 100,000km's under the hood. 165,000km's is only less than 100,000miles. I'd be more worried if the mileage was closer to the 200,000miles range (300,000km's)

The audi a4 however is a very fun car to drive. I've only had experience with the very newest ones, but I'm sure the prior years are just as nice to drive. I love the audi interiors as well, they really do a great job designing them (especially on the a6).
true true, my 91 legend has 220,000 k's on it, and some people that know shit about cars think its a brand new car

my point is, buying a hight end auto with high k's (160,000 is not high but its certanly not low either) you have to be a bit speculative, its not something that you want to jump into blindly (I guess thats why he posted this thread ), as long as he gets the car thouroghly checked, he should be fine.
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Old 12-15-2003, 07:25 PM   #15
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my audi has 253... ks on it i still runs like a whore on crack !
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