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Thanks vaughant!  Does seem that way tbh…  couldn't resist.  The seller had had a bit of time selling it, and just wanted it gone without any more hassle.  They're not exactly the car I thought they were, I wasn't expecting such a sporty drive.  The engine is sublime, free revving like the 2.6 in the old coupe (but with a wee bit more grunt!).  

Very weird looking under a car of this age in Scotland and not seeing any orange crusty bits!

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Quick exterior wash and scrub of the interior, nice sunny day but basically arctic wind conditions so waxing will have to wait.  There are wee bits of corrosion around it, the boot lid handle and rear window corner panels, but nothing serious I can see as yet.  Took it to work and back this morning, was a very agreeable waft.  The stereo is out of this world, and bumbling along at 60 has resulted in an indicated average of 30 mpgees and slowly rising.  Overtook a lorry without even thinking about it, the power is noice.

 

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Bonus Trabant action here...

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The 'power sausages', so christened by my two young petrolheads:

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The headlamps need sorting, pretty clouded...  I did try my polishing kit on them today, but it was bloody baltic and I couldn't stand it any more.  Job for the summer...  All in all, so far so good.  Can't quite shake the feeling of impending doom, but at this money I'm just going to enjoy it while it lasts!

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Hi all,

Thought an update on the BIG LIABILITY AUDI was due, after my first week wafting to and from work...

BAD:  Boot leaks...  somehow, water is getting to the boot lid.  What I mean is that it is filling the cavity between the outer and inner skin of the lid itself (weird), and then soaking the liner/dripping into the boot itself when you open it.  I worked this out when I noticed the tail-light filling with water after the snow, and the brake light on that side flickering on and off.  Drilled a wee hole into the side of the light fitting to let the water out, light came back to life and the boot is gradually drying.  The dampness in there led to the next problem...

BAD TWO:  Radio stopped working.  More accurately, the multi-media interface (MMI) died.  This screen pops out the dash, allowing you to control all the radio/cd functions, as well as the suspension ride height, and probably a hundred other parameters... this dying was not a good feeling!  However, after drying out the boot everything came back to life... turns out all the multi-media stuff (speakers, cd changer head unit and subwoofer etc.), are all connected in a big loop by fibre-optic witch-craft!  The sat-nav pack is part of this circuit, and it lives... you guessed it... in the boot.  Anyway, all good since, thank fook.

BAD/GOOD?:  Had a prod under the bonnet this morning, just wanted to see what sort of state she was in service-wise, and get to know the V8 a bit better.  The air filter was the filthiest I've ever seen in a car, really black.  Will order new as part of the service pack, the oil isn't looking too clean either.  Anyway, in poking about this area, I discovered a wee pipe that should have been connected to the bottom of the air filter housing, taking filtered air somewhere else.  The engine air is taken in directly above this, out the other end of the cylindrical filter if you will.  Because this pipe was disconnected, the engine was basically able to draw in unfiltered air, and the same for whatever this pipe was supposed to be feeding. 

Turns out, these have a secondary air pump fitted, blowing air into the exhaust ahead of the cats, to warm them up quicker by burning up the excess fuel generated when running rich on a cold start.  This is now all connected up, and I hoovered out the filter to keep her going till I get a new one.  Putting it all back together, I then noticed that the main intake pipe was not pushed on to the throttle body properly, the jubilee clip that should hold it on, was actually done up around the casting, preventing the pipe pushing all the way on.  It was sitting at an angle, and probably letting in a bit more unfiltered air!  Rectified now obvs, and I gave the maf a squirt of electrical cleaner for good measure.  

The car has been running really well, it shows 32mpgees, which I have been pleased with, and had a lot of power.  However, I didn't know what I was missing!  Took her for a spin after the above fettling and the bloody thing is flying, much quicker accelerating, smoother, just generally more alive.  Really chuffed with the improvement for nothing but a bit of tlc.

BAD THREE...  Suspension started squeaking one really cold morning, front left.  Immediately, had visions of incredibly expensive airbag units required...  Didn't have any problems with the level of the car though, so thought I'd just 'let it develop'.  Squirted some super-lube onto all the front joints/rubbers this morning, and silence is restored, so just a dry joint somewhere... again, phew!

GOOD...  Basically in love with this thing, seriously nice place to be for my 25 mile A-road commute.  The stereo is the best I have ever heard in a car, you can hear bits in songs you never knew where there, and the different sounds come at you from every corner... noice.  As I said, I thought it was good to drive before, it's amazing now... fuel economy may suffer as a result as the temptation is now even harder to resist.  We went for a full-throttle blast down a local private road (honest), this morning and the ton comes up so fast it's scary, and the engine was still pulling like a train.  I ran out of road and courage before the thing was even in top gear.  You could genuinely take your hands off the wheel though, it's rock solid at speed.

 

Basically, so far so good.  £1500!!!

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Looks fantastic! An A8 is on my bucket list.

My 80 Cabrio boot lid does exactly the same water retention thing although it doesn't leak when its closed as the boot is dry. When you open it, the water gushes out between the trim and frame and because it opens to about 100 degrees, its at the right angle to direct all that water into the boot, very annoying!

 

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I can only assume the water is getting in around the lights, or boot handle trim...  think I'll seal these up with a fine bead of clear silicone next time I wash it, although to be fair it is gradually drying out now anyway.  I've also considered  drilling drain holes in the bottom edge of the bootlid (in the return edge but on the outside of the seal when closed), like my old Surf has. 

Hope your 80 is going well, the arrival of the A8 means even more so that I should really be selling my 2.6 coupe.  Great cars, and the 8 very much reminds me of it.  The engine sounds the same and it feels similar on the road.

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I was following this on eBay as I seriously considered buying it but to my shame I couldn’t be bothered to go to Inverness to get it. Total bargain for 1500 quid though I think you’ve done well. Lovely cars to drive too.


I thought it looked to be riding a bit high in the pictures on eBay but thought it was maybe the tyre profile ?

I get paranoid about suspension squeaks after a lot of squeaking was followed by the suspension arm snapping on my Passat .

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1 hour ago, TrabbieRonnie said:

I can only assume the water is getting in around the lights, or boot handle trim...  think I'll seal these up with a fine bead of clear silicone next time I wash it, although to be fair it is gradually drying out now anyway.  I've also considered  drilling drain holes in the bottom edge of the bootlid (in the return edge but on the outside of the seal when closed), like my old Surf has. 

Hope your 80 is going well, the arrival of the A8 means even more so that I should really be selling my 2.6 coupe.  Great cars, and the 8 very much reminds me of it.  The engine sounds the same and it feels similar on the road.

Thats a good idea about the bootlid, I think I'll try that. I need to seal up the other leaks around the doors first though. Otherwise going well!

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1 hour ago, cort16 said:

I thought it looked to be riding a bit high in the pictures on eBay but thought it was maybe the tyre profile ?

I get paranoid about suspension squeaks after a lot of squeaking was followed by the suspension arm snapping on my Passat .

I thought the same, he had it set to 'comfort' which is the highest setting... as you can imagine I was listening intently in every wheelarch as I selected the various ride heights, and all seemed well as it pumped up and down, so went for it.  Think it originally had 19" wheels on it (there's receipts for tyres from years ago), they're 18's now which don't fill the arches as well either I suppose.

I just get paranoid about everything since buying an A8...!

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Mazda 323 got a run out in the sun today, following yet another washing/polishing sesh...

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Really should post in the 'buying from other 'shiters thread, this is ex Uncle Fester, who was an absolute top geezer to buy from.

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Then it was my old(ish) Audi's turn, after another 250 miles of Scottish road salt...  

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Got some polish on it today, actually quite pleasant up in the highlands just now.  Stripped out the bootlid liner, found water seeping through some old sealant that had been applied by a previous owner, it had gone brittle and fallen off.  Replaced that, and drilled drain holes in the bottom edge, so that should* be that sorted.  Waiting for payday to get the service stuff together, will feel better about blasting up the bypass following an oil change.

Trabant is looking neglected, so will turn my attentions to that soon, might make for some more interesting postings anyway!

 

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