[A4] Lots of miles on a B6 1.8T

Kent McLean kentmclean at mindspring.com
Wed Jul 19 19:21:37 EDT 2006

 > Stephen.C.Gibson.86 at alum.dartmouth.org> wrote:
 >> I am considering buying an '02 A4 avant that has 115k miles.

Nicholas Stock wrote:
 > Buy something with less miles on it...That car has almost 30K a
 > year...unless of course you're getting it for a real bargain...
 > If it's the original clutch it's on its way out probably..

I'll disagree.  I'd rather have a high mileage car that has
been *properly maintained* than a car with low miles that
has done lots of short hops and that has had no maintenance.

A properly maintained 1.8 s/b good for lots of miles, provided
you get receipts for all the maintenance.  Given the sordid
history of the 1.8Ts with recommendations of non-synthetic oil
and long oil change intervals, I'd be tempted to take if for a
pre-purchase inspection and pop the valve cover to see what's
hiding in the valve train.

As for the clutch, the high mileage says "highway" to me, which
is a lot easier on the clutch than a low mileage city car.

Note that I bought an '89 200 turbo with 193K miles on it, so
115K isn't "high mileage" to me.  But for someone who buys
almost-new cars, 115K is a red flag -- 120K miles is probably
a "needs lots of expensive dealer service" interval, which may
be why it's for sale.

My 2 cents.

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

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