<98 low mile A4 or >99 hi mile?

Dear all, I have about G9k to spend and am wanting to replace my N95 A4 1.8 Auto with an SE or T that has climate control and better alarm+remote c/locking. My car has got the typical early A4 immobiliser reader coil
failing to recognise key problem and err... no air con... yes I know the heatwave is gonna go soon but I had always wanted a new machine anyway, just a coincidence I swear. ;-) So I'd like to know if the pre-facelift models still have the immobiliser problem? I've seen on Autotrader there are quite a few <98 1.8SEs with <60k miles and some >99 1.8SEs with >60k miles, with 9k would you go for the former or the latter? Or any other place I should be looking for good deals? I like the A4 and would like to stick with the model. I know the A6 is nice too, should I go for that instead, would the 9k be better spent on an A6 or any other car I should also consider?
Cheers, Jules
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Can you tell me more about the 'the typical early A4 immobiliser reader coil

What are the symptoms? I've got a 96 A4 2.6 V6 auto, having cutting out/stalling problems, can be on freeway, sitting in traffic, in the middle of a roundabout! Currently suspecting the ECU but it's an expensive part....
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Hi what you're having sounds more like a mechanical problem, fuel is not injected in time or the engine running too lean or something, I don't know much about that I'm afraid, try AudiWorld.com. My problem is to do with the Audi immobiliser system, when you insert a key (which has a microchip) the reader coil sends a signal to the key and checks its ID, if that fails to bounce back or gives a wrong ID it will flash a key icon on the dash and will not let you start the car, to be precise it lets you start the car but cuts it out after 2 seconds (why this way however I don't know). On earlier models, the reader coil fails after about 6-7 years of everyday use, for no specific cause the problem will almost certainly occur. It's a design fault in my opinion but I don't think Audi will admit that. They can replace the reader coil and recode the keys for you at a charge, probably about 100-200 UK pounds, roughly 80-160 US$ I estimate.
Hope you'll get your car fixed soon with little cost/hassle.
Cheers, Jules
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No coincidence..................
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Thought so too :-) So err... any advice on my original questions?
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