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  1. Hello Clive, Many thanks for posting. Sounds a steal/ too-cheap-in-current-climate, for someone, so I’d be sure it will quickly find a new home. Kind regards, Gareth.
  2. Hello Tom, Although you don’t say, I guess it also judders when starting to reverse - up-hills being aggravators in both 1st and reverse. Obviously the car needs to be inspected and tested, so the forum can only guess at possibilities. If engine and gearbox mountings are declared sound on inspection, then unfortunately your symptoms point to clutch issues, but again you will need local inspection and confirmation of this. Clutch renewed 18K ago, so cannot be that?? Unfortunately, there are some poor quality aftermarket components available and for some owners, price becomes king, and the cheapest short term improvement is good enough. Perhaps you could let the forum know how you get on. ‘Just bought....’ Was this issues suspected or indeed evident during a test drive? Kind regards, Gareth.
  3. Thanks Peter, What is the current level when cold? Kind regards, Gareth.
  4. Hello Peter, Thanks for being in touch. Always check the coolant level when the engine is cold - the car has been standing for a minimum of 4 hours, but preferably overnight. This is partly for your own safety, since the system is pressurised, and party due to the coolant expanding in the reservoir as it gets up to temperature. Did you check the level and top it up only after the car had been standing for a few hours? If you did, where was the coolant level before you added more? I always top up just to the Max. mark when cold. If you didn’t wait until it was cold, it sounds as if you have overfilled it, and you will now need to wait until it is completely cold and adjust the level back to the Max. mark. A turkey baster is ideal for removing any excess. Why did your coolant level light come on? We don’t know, since you haven’t s said where the level was when checked when cold. May be a false error code due to a dirty connection onto the level switch under the reservoir, or indeed a faulty level switch. Either way, you will now need to keep a close eye on the level when cold, and not depend on the warning. Perhaps you could fill in the detail for us Peter. Kind regards, Gareth.
  5. Sounds good Mark. I take it you will not be agreeing to the car being registered until the new registration day of 1st. September. Kind regards, Gareth.
  6. Hello Paul, I do indeed wish you luck, but resolving such unacceptable treatment should not depend on good luck. As I mentioned, I really think it would be to your advantage to take someone with you. Kind regards, Gareth.
  7. Thanks Paul, and apologies, for my comments on your duplicate post which I read before this one. Right, we now have the fully understandable story, and indeed this confirms that your ‘claim’ should be fully with the dealer, and not dependent with any ‘advice’ which Audi U.K. will give you. You bought the car off the dealer, and the dealer has to be responsible for such issues which occur so soon after delivery. Let me raise a simple question? Do you personally have any control of, or responsibility for the voltage of the battery of this virtually new vehicle? It is a near new vehicle, which has been correctly used, yet it has proved to be unreliable. So answering the question for you - you cannot be expected to shoulder any blame for this unacceptable situation. Personally, I would have refused to pay this bill for the above reason, and this reason would form the backbone of my strongly worded e-Mail to the dealer principal, and I would forget about waiting for any response from Audi U.K. If you find this sort of thing to be rather difficult to deal with, then it would be great if you could get someone who is fair, but assertive to deal with it for you. You should certainly not have to worry about it. In my book, I would be expecting over 14v with the engine running - 13.3v seems low. Also, it could be me (or the photo), but does that battery really look brand new...??? Kind regards, Gareth.
  8. Hello Paul, I’m sure everyone on here sympathises with your unfortunate experience, and I think most would not have been as tolerant as you appear to have been, and indeed, to me, you posts echo an understandable concern and worry that things are not right, and the vehicle may let you down again. It’s possibly me, but I’m still not clear on some of the important detail here, and you don’t seem to be clarifying those points, raised on your other post on the same topic, which would lead to the forum to hopefully giving you some useful advice. Kind regards, Gareth.
  9. OK Mason, If you suspect the noise is generated by the auxiliary belt or associated tensioner, then simply remove the belt as a trial to test if the noise goes away. Kind regards, Gareth.
  10. ‘Yes, that’s correct’. What statement is correct Mark? Kind regards, Gareth.
  11. Thanks Paul. I’m now even more confused! So did the breakdown company ( whoever they are??) renew the battery? - rather than the dealer. Different story! Who now has the original battery? If so, it becomes even more important to know what make of battery they fitted - and you don’t tell us. Kind regards, Gareth.
  12. Well, all rather academic now, since the original poster hasn’t returned to the forum since he placed the post.
  13. Thanks Mason. Still can’t understand the reference to being in gear though. If you suspect the drive belt ( Cambelt?) tensioner then this needs looking at urgently. Question - does this early 1.6 actually have a belt rather than a chain? Kind regards, Gareth.
  14. Hello Zeeshan, Does depressing the clutch when idling, make any different to the shuddering? Kind regards, Gareth.
  15. Hello Mark, I’ve read your posts with interest, and must assume that since you wish to know about the much longer term actual servicing requirements, then the vehicle hasn’t been bought on the now-popular ‘lease purchase’ scheme over a limited number of years, but has been an outright purchase, and that you intend to retain it for, let’s say, in excess of 5 years. Is this correct? Kind regards, Gareth.
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