Bying a '99 A4, 2.4L / 30V, AT. Any PRO's and CON's?

Hi all,
Looking forward to acquire a 99 A4, equipped with a 2.4 liter V6 (30 valve) and auto-transmission. Would appreciate your reviews of this car and its PRO's and CON's.
Cheers.
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agaibulin wrote:

If this is a US car you will find that the engine size is 2.8 rather than 2.4.
The Tiptronic transmission should have the oil and filter changed each 50K to 60K.
The 2.8 is a good engine but it does have the characteristic of leaking a bit of oil on the exhaust from the cam and valve seals. More of a minor irritation than anything but seems to be a common 'feature' of the 2.8.
Find out if the control arms in the front suspension have been replaced. There was a recall on them for wear and squeaking.
Expect to be replacing wheel bearings in the back at around 100K.
Overall a good car. My son has a '98 with that engine / transmission that is running strong at 140K.
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Nope that is a car for Japan market, and it's 2.4 V6

Some reviewers say that a common problem for Audi's V6 engines are their timing belt along with its tensioner and ribbed belt. Any thoughts on that?

Thanks. A
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agaibulin wrote:

T belts on the v6 should be replaced at about 75 - 80K. Recommended interval is somewhat longer but failures have occurred frequently enough to tend to recommend an owner be more conservative as failure will usually trash the engine. The T belt is not the most risky component, rather the water pump or tensioner are more likely to fail. These have the same effect.
I do not consider this a problem issue with the engine. It is a part of routine maintenance for any engine with a T belt. The cost of a failure is just more of an incentive on an interference engine.
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On Mon, 10 Dec 2007 18:33:27 -0800 (PST), agaibulin

It's for real, and you need to find a garage that'll install the new water pump and tensioner and belt correctly and not overtighten them, as happened on my now-stolen 98.5 A4.
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Tony mentions the trany oil change.............if you have this done get garage tech to drive with you BEFORE its replaced to show them the vehicle runs 100%. Then if there's any problems after its THEIR error. This follows a post a few months ago where someone had it changed and the box f'kk'd up after.
I have no real problems with my 98 2.4 it went through MOT yesterday with only a minor recommendation on a steering joint. Car has been in family from new, father then me.
T belt, water pump, idlers all replaced at 66k for 600. Now at 88K
One steering joint, cooler header tank and 2 new gaiters replaced over last year.
Original heated wing mirrors failed years ago when owned by my father and I replaced them a few years back. Been OK since with new design.
All lower door trims replaced over 5 years.
Instrument panel illumination fades a little in hot weather..............this appears to be a common thing on this era of Audi. Way too expensive to worry about.
otherwise a great car.
dj in UK
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Agreed.
IME trouble/weak spots are: - Front steering components. - Water pump & cam belt tensioner. - Electic windows has "gremlins" (windows occasionally open on their own). - Window mechanisms - the windows stick and damage the motors. - Instrument panel fades. - Engine sensors.
M.
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