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Old 19-06-2019, 07:46 PM   #1
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BH's Monza Silver B8 Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 143 S-Line Multitronic

SWMBO and I have decided to take up caravaning. Yes yes I know get it all out ! lol

Anyway we have both been looking at suitable cars for the last 3 months, with out much joy if I'm being honest

We've physically looked at quite a few 2 litre diesel BMW Tourings & boy is there some **** out there
What has been a real life saver for us of the gov.uk MOT history checker. Not only has it saved us our time but wasted journeys on petrol too. How some cars pass an MOT is beyond me TBH

This Audi that we ended up purchasing was genuinely the last car we going to look at. If it was **** then that was it!

Spoke to the prev owner within an hour of advertising it. Viewed / test drive Wednesday 22nd May. Collected Friday 24th May
The seller was kind enough to throw in a genuine set of Audi roof bars, genuine Audi touch up kit & a genuine Audi rubber boot liner
He had owned the Audi for just over 4 years

This one is quite loaded spec ise but most importantly had the factory fitted detachable tow bar & 13 pin electrics

Spec. -

Date of 1st registration - March 2010 - 10 reg
85,000 miles
B8 A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 143 S-Line
Multitronic transmission
Monza silver metallic (S-Line only colour)
Black 1/2 leather cloth seats
Matt brushed aluminum inlays
18" 5 spoke Sline design alloys

Extra's as fitted -

Technology Pack - High (HDD sat nav with MMI 3G, AMI & Parking system +)
Convenience Pack (Full electric front seats, electric adjustable, heated, folding auto dim mirrors with auto dim interior mirror)
Factory fitted detachable tow bar & 13 pin electrics
Storage pack
Mobile telephone preparation – Low with Bluetooth and voice control
Tyre pressure monitoring display
HHA
(If I find anything else I'll add it lol)

Brochure price is showing as RRP OTR at just under £35k

A lot of the spec I wouldn't have picked from new TBH but hey we are all different

The previous keeper had just replaced all the pads & disc's with Brembo parts
2 new rear tyres. Fronts have done 10k
12 1/2 months MOT with no advisories
Major long life service December 2018
Transmission serviced, including oil change last year
Full service history. Dealer to 4 years old then Audi Indies

Fortunately the owner refused to the take the A4 back to Audi after their recall over 'emissions gate'

The seller had bought a 63 plate BMW 330d Touring x-drive with factory tow bar to replace the Audi. I've got 1st refusal when he sells the BMW on

The previous owner has really looked after the car
So far everything works as it should
Don't get me wrong its over 9 years old with 85K on the clock so there are some age related marks, but it is really in excellent condition & I'm a little anal about my cars I'm told ... lol

Front wings & sills are ok but I'm not taking any chances and am going fit the wing edge stone protectors off the B8.5 A4's

Cam belt & water pump replaced at 5 years old. So thats a job for 12 months time at 10 year mark

A few pics from the seller. Haven't had chance to do any of my own yet TBH







Colour defor has hue's of blue in it. Not a true silver IMHO but we do like it because its a bit different & I haven't seen many in this colour near to us

Still got the Cupra but good to be back in an Audi

Being in a B8 A4 feels like home to me as this is my 3rd B8/B8.5

January 2010 brochure which covers my Avant. Build sticker under bonnet indicates 02/10 build
https://www.pdf-archive.com/2019/05/...-january-2010/
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The previous owner was quite fastidious with this Avant
The only things I can see that need doing, so far, are -

1. Clean the back of the wheels. Not my fave job as IronX stinks
2. Under bonnet detail as its a bit dusty
3. Exhaust tips need some work on them, but that all ready a work in progress
4. Steering wheel & gear knob needed to loose the shine & get back to more of a matt finish. Also a work in progress. 4 Dr.Leather wipes used already & I'm about 70% there so far
5. MMI screen needs sorting. So pleased I bought some Megs PlastRx

I'm surprised thats all needs doing for a 9 year old car TBH
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If anyone's interested this is what the factory tow bar & electrics look like
https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/thread.../#post-1205607

Saved me a job of having to do pic's lol

After a it of research I've also found out that as my Avant has the factory installed tow bar it also comes with a 'Trailer stabilisation system'
Trailer stabilisation system which, if the ESC detects that the trailer is swaying, it will automatically brake the vehicle in order to stabilise the trailer. The indicator lamp will flash in the instrument cluster, and in order to warn traffic behind, the brake lights come on also

http://www.audihelp.com/auda-113-dri...r_caravan.html
Didn't know that

I think there are other benefits to having the factory tow bar / electrics too -

Detects if any bulbs are out on the trailer
Disables the rear parking sensors
Displays a trailer on the MMI
Alters the brake balance
Alters the traction control and ESP
Adds a little trailer symbol shows on the dash when indicating

I'm sure there are others things which I will add to this post as I find
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Under bonnet detail completed 26th May





Also put my 2 reflective vests under the front drivers & passengers seat storage
Added a genuine Audi First Aid kit under in rear centre arm rest storage
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Carista app day (27th May)

Changed these in no particular order excepting the ADS feature

Beep when alarm is armed
Unlock doors via remote - All doors on 1st press
Instrument cluster region - Was set to Germany, oddly. Altered to Great Britain
Gauge needle sweep at startup
Lap timer & oil temperature in dashboard
Flash hazard lights in emergency stopping
Require seat belt when releasing parking brake - No
Lower passenger-side mirror when in reverse gear
Remember position when lowering passenger-side mirror in reverse gear
Hidden green menu
ADS (Both of 2 steps done)
Show engine option in ADS menu
Show steering option in ADS menu
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Just found out that the 'Tech Pack - High' has the ability to play DVD's, if anyone can remember them lol Just got to find one now
With VCDS you can unlock the 'Video In Motion' facility I'm told

'Satellite Navigation system – HDD-based, with MMI 3G. 3rd generation of MMI including 2 FM tuners, high resolution (800x400) 7” colour TFT display, DVD movie-playing function, colour Driver’s Information System, 2 SD card readers and 40GB hard drive – 10GB of which can be used to store up to 4,000 songs. HDD navigation functionality includes advanced speech recognition, 3D and topographical mapping display and advanced 3D building display'

SD card reader allows use of 32GB cards but no more, or so the handbook says

Had a call from the seller yesterday telling me about the tow bar use on the Avant
He was the 3rd owner. When he got it in 2015 the detachable tow bar was still in its original packing having never been used by the 1st & 2nd owners
He only used the tow bar for a pedal cycle carrier so the car has never towed a caravan prior to us purchasing it
Quite reassuring for us to know TBH
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2nd June

1. Had a really close inspection of all the alloys today & I'm gonna go for a 4 wheel refurb
I'm hoping to get them done this month at a local wheel refurber (is that a word lol)in the OEM colour, bright silver
Been quoted £240 for all 4 being 18's. Happy enough with that TBH

4. Had another crack & the steering wheel & gear knob today
I didn't realise that my Dr.Leather leather wipes that I had had dried up a little. Only found out they had when I broke out the new tub. Wow what a difference the new wipes are

SW as collected -



After -



The 'After' pic doesn't do it justice it is very matt. Not matt like a brand new car but certainly matt enough for me. 'Tis a 9 year old car you know

MMI screen
Before - plenty of marks & swirls on the anti-glare coating
The before pic doesn't really show how bad the screen really was



After -



I may have lost the anti-glare coating but I'm more than happy with a cleaner screen TBH
The sat-nav graphics are a lot sharper too
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Collected our new to us caravan on Wednesday 5th June
'Twas only a short drive, around 15 miles



Auto transmission is defo the way to go with caravaning me reckons & thats after only around 15 miles
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Cool graphics when the parking sensors activated when caravan attached
Its the little things don't 'cha know lol



With it being a factory it tow bar/electrics it switches the rear parking sensors off when caravan electrics are attached to the car
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