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Audi A3 question

I test drove an 2007 Audi A3 with 114000 miles for a friend. The car is solid and runs perfectly. Aside from a few small issues, the only real problem I could find was this oil on the engine cover and a bit around the belt side of the engine. It looked like a small accumulation over years, almost like a mist. Looked everywhere and couldn't track down the source. There was zero oil on the lower engine and underbody.

Anyone have any experience or advice. They really like the car and are considering an offer. Circumstances dictate getting a shop to check it out, probably isn't an option due to time constraints.
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Valve cover gasket . Be careful buying that car . Make sure there are some records for a timing belt and water pump at that mileage . They can be a financial handful to repair and maintain . Is it a manual or an auto ? If its an auto , see if the tranny has been rebuilt .
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Auto. No record on timing belt. He's hoping for a deal, needs tires too. No quattro either. Triptronic I think.

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Auto. No record on timing belt. He's hoping for a deal, needs tires too. No quattro either. Triptronic I think.
Define "deal" ? A timing belt and pump is around a $1k , IIRC . The tranny around $5k for a reman unit . Can he buy a warranty ?
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Is it the A3 that sucks, or all Audi over 100k? A guy is selling a Quattro with a 1.8 turbo locally for $3.5k. Has 147k, auto, new turbo, pretty clean.
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Quattro with a 1.8 turbo.
That motor is a TURD - I would look for a 2.0 as it is a completely different motor and complexity different handling car - I even tried chipping my old 1.8t out and it still sucked

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This is the 2.0T . But yeah he is going to pass.

The consumer reports has nothing good to say about most Audi's, especially this one.

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Dude.. That car is a time bomb waiting to happen. I had one that I modified a bit, but trust me. The car will burn oil, you need to always add oil. If that wasn't done, then theres already damage to the engine. Eventually all the sensors will start going and your dash will be lit like a christmas tree. Real talk, my service advisers got to know me ( and most their customers LOL ) pretty well.
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Come on , really ?!
I can't tell what you are saying here.

But again he is going to pass.

I wouldn't have bought the thing, though it was fun to drive.

Didn't feel any faster than a 1.8T Volkswagen either there Bug.
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I can't tell what you are saying here.

But again he is going to pass.

I wouldn't have bought the thing, though it was fun to drive.

Didn't feel any faster than a 1.8T Volkswagen either there Bug.
I am saying that the seller needs to come back to earth. I am glad he passed on it.
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I don't think that oil was all too bad. There are many people happy with their mk5 gti and a3. FSI motor does have some oil and pcv issues but they are loads better then a 1.8t

I would look into a 2008.5+ with the TSI motor. They seem better...
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I am saying that the seller needs to come back to earth. I am glad he passed on it.
This was one of the cheapest ones listed on the web for the year.
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Here is a nice one that is on a forum I frequent

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My GLI (2.0T FSI) does burn a ton of oil. I add about a quart every 4-5 weeks. It's been running well so far (92k miles), but I do have some service $$ coming up soon :/

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This was one of the cheapest ones listed on the web for the year.
As much as I love Audi's , and have owned more than a few over the years , those cars really need to be owned with a warranty or a repair shop .
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Didn't feel any faster than a 1.8T Volkswagen either there Bug.
With a 100K plus miles on it and some issues, I bet

I came out of my 1.8t A4 and into the GTI with the 2.0t - That same 2.0t that VW and Audi run everything on and it was night and day - The low end of the 2.0t with over 200 fpt is what does it - Many who have tested the 2.0t stock say the 200/207 is actually more like 240/250 and VW underplays it for emissions and regulations

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My GLI (2.0T FSI) does burn a ton of oil. I add about a quart every 4-5 weeks. It's been running well so far (92k miles), but I do have some service $$ coming up soon :/
Audis aer a bit different. I wouldn't really trust it completely because a lot of owners don't completely take care of the car. Any maintenance skipped is going to cause some problems later in the future..
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Audis aer a bit different. I wouldn't really trust it completely because a lot of owners don't completely take care of the car. Any maintenance skipped is going to cause some problems later in the future..
Most German cars will have a temper if u miss any regular scheduled maintenance. You can't treat it like a Japanese car.

I wouldn't mind owning one myself. I think a gti with a 2.0 Tsi motor and a stage one ecu flash will be on par with my g35 and get better MPG.
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