New to Audi-especially allroad

Hi all, I'm considering buying a 2001 allroad, 2.7T Quattro. The car is a rocket, has almost 51k on the odometer, fully equipped sans sunroof &
Nav system. I'd rate it as in very good condition. We haven't arrived at a price yet, though I'd be buying it from a good friend.
I've done as much research as I can but have a few concerns. 1. Tranny probs seem to be most common, specifically the Tip-Tronic. Any comments?
2. Just how expensive is routine service in general? I've been a devoted driver of stodgy Volvo's, RWD only. Easy car to work on & I can perform the heaviest of routine repairs, ie; brakes, struts, bushings etc. I just don't wanna do it anymore?
3. Any pitfalls I need to be aware of going in with my eyes as wide open as possible? I LOVE the car. Thnx. for any advice.
Murph
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1. The Tip is a good trans if you treat it well. Don't believe the manual about it being filled with lifetime fluid. Drain, refill and replace filter at 60K intervals and check the other drive line fluids at the same time. Use the Audi fluid even if it is costly.
Regular maintenance should be similar to you Volvos is you find a reputable local independent shop. As around in local forums on the Audi forums to see who is good in your area.
Never! take it to ANY of the quick oil change shops. DIY with recommended Synthetic oil and oil filters from dealer. Mahle is one brand. Cheap filters are the bane of Audis.
Consider getting a VAG system to allow you to diagnose and issues with your laptop and be informed when talking to the mechanic who will crank the wrench. A bit over $200 will give you a great diagnostic tool. http://www.ross-tech.com/index.html
The Allroad is a great car but understand that the great performance is produced by the 2.7 biturbo which is strong but a bit complex. The K03 turbos should last a long time but if the need work step #1 is remove the engine ...
The quattro AWD system is usually bullet proof.
Enjoy the ride.
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