Article Date: 19/03/10
Vehicle Sold Date :
Due to the Almera's gearbox deciding to shit itself whilst I was going to fill it up recently I needed a new vehicle.
I actually think the thrust bearing failed on the clutch (or the bearings themselves). However I've had the vehicle on/off the road for constant repairs and don't want to keep spending money. So I'd rather put it to the graveyard in the sky. The Almera was the same age as the Golf, but the VW was built to a higher standard and felt more high-tech. The Almera was just shit.
Anyway. The new car is an Audi A3 2.0 SE Sportback (8P Platform). It's running the same BKD engine that was in my Golf so servicing wise I already know how to maintain these things. I'll find any gremlins with the vehicle when I buy it, since VW seem to collect them over time. In terms of overall driveability, the vehicle feels very comfortable and has a lively pickup. Mechanically the car has been well looked after from what I can see and has had some big numbers spent over the years on it, so that made me happy. Every car I was looking at I reviewed the previous MOT's. You can generally form an idea of how well the vehicle has been maintained by what's failed on it.
Incase you're wondering, every VAG based car you buy has what's called option codes. These are all the installed extras / available extras you can purchase or standard equipment codes for that model of car.
You can input these online (http://igorweb.org/equidec.aspx) and it will show you everything your car has installed. You can find the sticker in either your booklet from the dealership, or the spare wheel well.
This is a list of my Vehicle Option Codes
Whenever I fix my cars I tend to search for OEM (or OEM equivalent parts). Some good brands are SKF, Meyle, Bosch, Garett, Sachs and Febi Blistein. Generally German made parts are better quality than the aftermarket stuff you get. There are also other brands like Topran, although these are known to be a bit hit/miss in terms of quality. Generally the more you pay the better the quality.
|125,842||12/06/21||Service||Fuel filter replaced on the car (BKD engine), used the filter I received for Xmas||£0.00|
|124,766||19/05/21||Wear & Tear||Front wiper blades replaced||£9.98|
|124,766||19/05/21||Repair||Front wiper nut covers replaced - they were taken off and never replaced during MOT - plus cracked my windscreen, even though I can't prove it||£3.82|
|123,904||02/04/21||Service||I carried out an annual Oil Change and replaced the Air Filter using Mann Filters and Triple QX Oil (items received as Xmas present). I couldn't do the Fuel Filter because it turns out a screw was rounded. I didn't want the headache, so I'll do the job when I purchase some new screws||£0.00|
|123,396||13/03/21||MOT||Annual MOT - Broken Coil Spring, worn strut mount, worn handbrake cable. Both strut mounts and coil springs replaced. Handbrakes adjusted, cables to replaced before next MOT||£230.00|
|123,305||10/03/21||Repair||Number plate light bulb replaced (pack of 4 purchased)||£1.52|
|123,272||09/03/21||Wear & Tear||All 4 car tyres replaced with Arrowspeed AS01 (225/45/R17 94Y XL)||£266.00|
|122,394||03/02/21||INSURANCE||Car Insurance Annual Premium - Fully Comprehensive||£549.85|
|120,216||04/08/20||Wear & Tear||Replaced parcel shelf pins as they were broken||£2.79|
|119,874||24/06/20||Major Service||Timing Belt, Waterpump and Coolant replaced with OEM Parts by Darcy's in Durham||£395.00|
|119,670||01/06/20||Repair||Replaced the Ignition Switch Solenoid with an OEM equivalent from eBay||£31.85|
|119,515||19/03/20||Car Insurance||Car insurance transferred over from the Almera (The Almera was £399.98 and it cost me £122.30 in extra in premium/fees to transfer policy)||£522.28|
|119,515||19/03/20||PURCHASE||Purchased vehicle from a local car sales place (DH Car Sales)||£2000.00|
|My costs since purchase - £3769.29|
Previous Owner History
The current Battery is an absolute animal. It's an EXIDE Battery (Exide EA852 to be exact), has 85Ah capacity and 800CCA. No problems when it comes to starting my car :=]
|114,195||21/09/19||Repair||Supply and fit rear pads and N/S rear brake caliper (Mickley Garage)||£157.74|
|111,016||11/07/19||Repair||Radiator replacement and antifreeze (Mickley Garage)||£274.76|
|104,147||09/01/19||Service||Oil Change, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Fuel Filter, Fuel Conditioner, New Sump Plug (Mickley Garage)||£221.90|
|91,775||21/06/17||Repair||New Camshaft Sensor (Mickley Garage) 2.5 hrs labour for this suggests this must be a pig of a job to do||£191.12|
|91,251||29/03/17||Repair||Tandem Fuel Pump Replaced, Fuel Filter Replaced, Diesel Flush (Airboune Motor Engineers)||£540.34|
|88,661||09/11/16||Repair/Service||Service (Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Fuel Filter), 4 New Tyres, New Rear Brake Pads, OSR Brake Caliper Changed (Airbourne Motor Engineers)||£488.51|
|26,161||Service||Oil Change - (Autocare Garage Services)|
|14,130||11/01/11||MOT/Service||Oil Change [Oil Filter, Sump Plug, Oil - 5w/40 Quantum Platinum - (Whitehill AUDI)||£129.00|
|9,825||19/01/10||Service||Oil Change [Oil Filter, Oil- 5w/40 Platinum, Sump Plug, Pollen Filter] - (Whitehill AUDI)||£98.99|
|4,983||19/01/09||Service||Longlife Oil Change [Oil, Sump Plug, Oil Filter - (Edinburgh AUDI)||£0.00|
|PREVIOUS OWNERS COSTS||£2102.36|
| Total Maintenance Costs : £ = £ per month maintenance
Total Upgrade Costs : £
Time : years, months
Total Mileage driven since purchasing car: miles
Total Money Spent on Car + Maintenance, Repairs and Upgrades: £
|Service + Repairs||£488.51|
|Wear & Tear||£2.79|
This is a breakdown of the entire vehicle to date from 1st owner, to ownership including me.
These are the current faults / issue that I've found since scanning the car. I'm expecting the cars got a few electrical gremlins as I spotted some when inspecting the car. I'm not going to argue with it though, you can't expect something perfect for £2000, but I'm happy with the vehicle and I'll get these sorted out. Mechanically VAG cars are OK, modern ones are normally more electrical faults than mecahnical ones
Just as a note here, I never encountered this issue on my Golf. However the tandem pump failing appears to be common on Audi A3 TDI. They seem to fail around every 30-50k miles. The most common sign is oil in the fuel filter housing and a glow plug light appears on the dashboard with the car going into limp-mode and juddery. I'll keep an eye on it for mine and budget for it. Or at least to watch out for as oil will contaminate the fuel system and can knacker up the injectors or in worse case can cause a Diesel Runaway.
Here's a better video of Diesel Runaway
Regardless, if your vehicle suffers runaway, stall it (CO2 in the intake, block it off, dump the clutch in 6th gear, pull the fuel pump fuse). Another cause could be injector O-Rings, but apparently the tandem pump is easier to replace. If you want to do this as a preventative measure, it may be worth sending an Oil Sample to a company whenever you do a service (say every 10-20,000 miles) to test for contaminants. As a preventative measure, some people use Liquid Moly Fuel Purge with an inline filter to clean their engine out