kentmclean at comcast.net
Sun Apr 13 19:06:14 PDT 2008
John S. Lagnese wrote:
> I am going to look at a 98 A6 Quattro automatic wagon. It has 110K with an
> already rebuilt tranny. There is damage to the front bumper cover and RH
> mirror. The radio doesn't work. Any special problem areas I should look at?
Besides the usual "used car" issues (tires, body damage, wear on the leather
driver's seat bolster, etc.) at 110K miles that one is due for a timing belt
change. Opinions vary but...
- The 99 A6 owners manual lists the Timing Belt Service as 90K miles.
- The Bentley manual schedule lists the interval at 105K miles.
- Many listers strongly suggest a 60K mile interval.
No matter which mileage you use, that car should have had at least 1 belt
change -- and you should see a written receipt for it. If it was done at
60K miles (or 5+ years ago), it's almost be due again.
Other expenses that would be nice to avoid by having receipts for:
- brakes (pads, maybe rotors, and maybe even calipers)
- suspension (tie rod ends are common wear items, maybe more common on the
That's the short list. Don't be surprised if the center information display
in the cluster is missing some LEDs (or whatever they are -- horizontal lines
across the display). "They all do that." No fix except to replace the
cluster. $$$. If you can live with it, use it as a bargaining point.
'99 A4 Avant, w/ quattro, V6, Tiptronic, :)
'91 200 TQA #1, backup car
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody", now with new owner
'91 200 TQA #2, up in smoke 2
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke
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