Buying High Mileage Audi A4

Buying High Mileage Audi A4

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niall_10

Original Poster:

3 posts

37 months

Wednesday 28th November 2018
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Hi, just looking for some advice on buying an Audi A4 with 150,000 miles. Car is a 2014 and seems in good condition & well looked after. Seems good value at £7,995 but I'm worried about the high miles...should I be? Is there anything in particular I should be paying attention to when viewing the car? Thanks in advance.

Wooda80

1,743 posts

47 months

Wednesday 28th November 2018
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With a bit of luck and regular maintenance the car should do 200000 miles happily enough.

However the trip from 150000-200000 miles is when the quality of the drive will really start to suffer. Either put up with it starting to feel loose and baggy in suspension and steering, slower and thirstier ( fuel and oil ) in performance, or shell out for new suspension joints bushes, engine valve seals etc. MOT fails on these items could force your hand.

I'm not saying don't buy it, but if you do then do so knowing the likely pitfalls.

You don't say spec yours is but there are plenty of A4s available, some newer and lower mileage than yours: https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-search?sort=year-...

Which one is right for you will depend on how long you plan to keep the car, and what mileage you plan to do, your aspirations in terms of age and spec and your attitude to the cost of wear and tear. Do you have a particular attachment to the car that you have been offered ( being sold by someone you know , for example ) ?

SD_1

7,135 posts

130 months

Wednesday 28th November 2018
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Which engine does it have? Mine has the 3.0 TDI and is in 138k, I’d highly recommend it. I’ve known the car since it was brand new, and in that time it’s needed the inlet manifold swirl flap motors repaired (£500) outside of normal maintenance and that’s it. These are a common issue on the V6, and other maintenance has been no more expensive than any other car.

The key is a good service history, With receipts, and you should be ok. The manual gearboxes are excellent, not sure about the automatics.

niall_10

Original Poster:

3 posts

37 months

Wednesday 28th November 2018
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Thanks for the advice. It's a 2.0 TDI SE. It has a Main Dealer Service History with 1 previous owner. I have no particular attachment to it other than it seems like a good deal & I've been on the lookout a while now. I don't have much knowledge of cars so would be easy for a salesman pull the wool over my eyes! If I'm spending that much I would like to keep it for 3-4 years and I do roughly 20,000 per year myself.

Joelonghair

204 posts

44 months

Wednesday 28th November 2018
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To me this seems like a needlessly expensive proposition. £8k for a car with 150k on it, and your adding 20k a year for up to four years? Look for a lower mileage vehicle.

Trailhead

2,576 posts

119 months

Wednesday 28th November 2018
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Joelonghair said:
To me this seems like a needlessly expensive proposition. £8k for a car with 150k on it, and your adding 20k a year for up to four years? Look for a lower mileage vehicle.
This.

And £8k seems a lot for a base spec high mileage A4

SCEtoAUX

4,119 posts

53 months

Wednesday 28th November 2018
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Same money, full main dealer hostory, 1/3rd of the miles:

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

Would probably be yours for £7750 or thereabouts.

Wooda80

1,743 posts

47 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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For the use that you are planning to put the car to this is the wrong place to start.

You may end up with a car like SD_1's which whilst it's good that nothing has needed replacement up to now it does mean that everything is 140000 miles old and likely to need replacement during your ownership.

A car like the one SCEtoAUX found would be a much better bet, subject to the usual checks of course.

Aiminghigh123

2,311 posts

41 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Wooda80 said:
For the use that you are planning to put the car to this is the wrong place to start.

You may end up with a car like SD_1's which whilst it's good that nothing has needed replacement up to now it does mean that everything is 140000 miles old and likely to need replacement during your ownership.

A car like the one SCEtoAUX found would be a much better bet, subject to the usual checks of course.
This is exactly what I agree with. Last car I had was a 2003 civic 88k on the clock but in the last 2 years before I got it apart from engine and clutch literally everything had been refreshed even had a new air conditioning unit cost the guy £600 I got the car for £750. Put 35k on the car in a year, only did 2 oil changes and front brake pads. Sold it when the clutch started slipping only thing that hadn’t been changed.

GreatGranny

8,152 posts

198 months

niall_10

Original Poster:

3 posts

37 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Thanks again for all the advice. Part of the issue is that I live in the Republic of Ireland and the car I'm looking at is in Northern Ireland, pretty close to where I live. It would be difficult for me to travel to the UK to purchase a car, particularly with my lack of car knowledge in general! confused

ZX10R NIN

22,793 posts

97 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Not really fly in on a friday evening (in Manchester/London/Scotland etc) then look for suitable cars in that area as well as doing HPI/M.O.T checks ahead of time & you'll land a good car which you can either drive home or have (last time I shipped to the Rep it cost £490) transported, or going to a car Supermarket (like Car Giant etc) will mean you can land a decent car.

If you're doing 20k I'd be looking for things like this:

Mondeo Titanium X Sport 54-67k these are a better steer than the A4 & better spec'd

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

Accord EX 55-64k

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

508 Allure

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

Mercedes C350cdi Sport 51k

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

C250cdi

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

A4 S Line

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

330d SE

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

325d M Sport

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

Insignia Elite Nav

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

Octavia VRS 49-67k

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

If any of the above are something you'd be interested in then look for other options in the surrounding areas & you'll end up with a car with a third of the mileage of your opening post.


Joelonghair

204 posts

44 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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ZX10R NIN said:
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Must say your help on these threads is admirable

Mr Tidy

15,704 posts

99 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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I wouldn't be too concerned about buying a car with that mileage, but I don't do too many miles a year any more.

If I was planning on 20K a year I'd definitely want to start off with less than 150K, even if it meant buying one a year or two older.

Although I can understand how where you live can limit your options.

stevekoz

388 posts

134 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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I had an A4 Avant B6 model with the 2.5 v6 tdi lump. Bought it with 117K on the clock. Sold it with 140K ish on the clock and i am still friends with the guy i sold it too. He's used it for all sorts. Le Mans trips etc. Its well over the 225k mark i think and still going strong and the 2.5v6 wasn't considered their best engine reliability wise.

The reason i got an Audi A4 diesel was at the time, my best friend had a B5 audi A4. 1999. I think it was the 1.9pd tdi (red i) and when it finally sold it on it had done i think in the region of 350+ K miles.

He went from that to a Peugeot 506 SW with 50K but wasn't looked after - it died in less than a year and to be fair to peugeot, their diesels have a better reputation even than that.

He is now on a 2006 reg VW Passat. Bought with one owner and had 136k on the clock when he got it around May time, its now about 178k and doing fine, you'd never know. He's done two wheel bearings and a lower control arm. Nothing that wouldn't need doing on a 2006 motor anyway.

I think the point i'm trying to make. Is just because it has high miles doesn't mean its doomed to failure. If its well looked after, maintained etc, it could go for quite a while further yet. If that 150K in 4 years is on motorways or cross continental driving the likelihood is that it will have had a fairly easy life and even the suspension and steering will still feel pretty good and tight. It isn't likely to have worn as much as the mileage may indicate. Just be prepared to think about given it a refresh with some of the money you save on buying it in the first place.

I certainly would consider buying one at 150k. Hell i'd consider buying a petrol high miler if the money is right. The miles aren't what matters to me. Its how it drives and how its been cared for.

GreatGranny

8,152 posts

198 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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OP, didn't realise you were in Ireland which changes things a little.

But surely there must be lower mileage but slightly older examples in NI you can get.

Coming to the UK to buy one may cost too much to be worth it IMO.