I get a lot of concerns from readers who are in the market to acquire a used B7 Audi A4, S4, or RS4 and also wish to know what to keep an eye out for, so I thought I ‘d settle every one of my feedback/guidance into one article that can be referenced as well as updated with time. I have actually had both a B7 A4 and also S4 over the past 6 years and been extremely active in Audi message boards and social networks during this moment, listening to common problems as well as problems which I’m summarizing here. Similarly, I intend to invite others to chip in here, so please leave a remark with various other suggestions you may have if you’ve purchased one on your own. Personally I acquired my B7 A4 as well as B7 S4 both used, and also in both instances I was able to pick up a well conserved auto that was free of any kind of significant issues or headaches, so hopefully that experience will aid others as well.
First we’ll start with version agnostic assistance – things to look out for despite which trim level you intend to purchase. Upkeep Records – has it been serviced at an Audi dealer? Oil modifications are specifically vital, while Audi just advises oil adjustments every 5,000 miles, numerous proprietors advocate going every 3,000 miles or less – at least, wage care if it feels like oil changes have actually been neglected or the automobile really did not use proper oil (e.g. took to a Quik Lube). Mileage – German automobiles are constructed well, however the greater the gas mileage the most likely it is this automobile has even more wear & tear as well as may schedule for more upkeep quickly. 100,000 miles, your transmission may be a ticking time bomb. Proceed with caution. Really I would certainly avoid this transmission whatsoever prices, as the only point it benefits is gas mileage however if you desire excellent gas mileage you’re much better off buying another thing – it is merely not a chauffeur’s transmission. Increase Leaks – examine all of the tubes for increase leakages or dripping sounds when idling.
2.0 T vs 3.2 V6 – the A4 has 2 engine options, the 2.0 Litre turbo engine (four cyndrical tube) and also the 3.2 Litre V6 engine which is normally aspirated. The 3.2 L V6 model is practically the updated, a lot more costly engine, yet in technique the 2.0 T engine was mainly liked by all kinds of customers – for enthusiasts, the 2.0 T is simpler to customize and also obtain even more power from it thanks to the turbo configuration (and also the 3.2 is basically un-moddable as no one truly makes parts for it), and also for the typical customer the 2.0 T gets better gas mileage and is plenty vivacious sufficient. S-Line Bundle – this alternative provides the outside updated bumpers and side skirts to resemble an S4, as well as actually makes the car look sharp. In 2006-2007 this likewise consisted of interior upgrades and sport suspension, although in 2008 it mainly just consisted of the outside upgrades.
No matter, I extremely recommend searching for an S-Line over the non S-line as it makes the automobile look much newer and better. A4 – while it certainly has a much better reduced end as well as is around quicker, the difference isn’t as night and day as you could believe. Drive both if you’re on the edge, and review my A4 vs S4 suggestions if you’re unsure if you want the S4. Timing Chains/ Chain Rattle – the large point to look out for is any rattle noises at startup. Referred to as chain rattle, this is an indication that the your timing chains require replaced soon – a task that will set you back well over $1k partially and far more in labor, as it requires an engine pull. Power Steering Pump – A number of the power guiding hose pipes are near some extremely hot things in the engine bay, as well as they often tend to fail by springing a small leak, typically under stress, which bleeds out quickly. Within a couple of mins, the fluid is almost gone, and also the pump gets ruined promptly.