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What do i look out for when buying guys? need a daily driver to spruce up my mk2 after it passed the NCT 04-08
and was thinking one of these 97 shape A4's!! what ye think?
 

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The front suspension is the main issue with them. Any rattles, bangs or clunks generally mean one or more of the 8 aluminium suspension arms are on the way out.

They can suffer from running problems as well due to dirty throttle bodies etc but in general they are a good car.

Incidentally the 1.8 would be a much better option if you could go for one over the 1.6.
 

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QUOTE (craig @ Jan 20 2006, 01:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>What do i look out for when buying guys? need a daily driver to spruce up my mk2 after it passed the NCT 04-08
and was thinking one of these 97 shape A4's!! what ye think?

Make sure upper and lower front suspension arms have been replaced under warranty.

Track rod ends also fall asunder.

Beware faulty door locks-shared problem with golfs/boras/passats.

Boot lid actuator fails, locking you out of the boot.

Catalytic converters........can break inside and rattle........expensive to buy and an NCT emmissions failure.

Lambda probes-prone to problems.

Instrument clusters can go mental for no reason whatsover!

Air mass meters can also fail, leading to poor engine performance, stalling, rough idling.
 

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QUOTE (8valve @ Jan 20 2006, 03:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Make sure upper and lower front suspension arms have been replaced under warranty.

Track rod ends also fall asunder.

Beware faulty door locks-shared problem with golfs/boras/passats.

Boot lid actuator fails, locking you out of the boot.

I think you might be getting mixed up in your A4s. The door locks on the 98 type A4 are different to the Golf/Passat ones and don't give much bother.

They also have a mechanical boot lock, not an actuator like the 01-> A4s.
 

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QUOTE (Stiofán @ Jan 20 2006, 02:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Why's that? Been looking at 1.6's myself, nippy enough considering the engine size.

I have driven them both and the 1.8 is the one to go for if you can, its a bit like a 1.4 golf or a 1.6 golf, the 1997 1.8 A4 is a nice car
 
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thanks for the help guys, much appreciated, one is bein traded in where i work tommorrow, have not seen it yet, but the money sounds right!!
, its a 1.6, i cant insure a 1.8, as tis they want ANOTHER €390, for the 1.6 petrol A4
 
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Ground hug it, borbets, ice and mirrors, rear lower spoiler, different look in plan for the grille, all the things i can do before the next nct in 04-08, and money providing!!
 
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