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  1. Hello Norton, It comes over load and clear that you just dislike (hate) the car, rather than a dissatisfaction with the dealer being able to reasonably fix the issues under complaint - which he must be given opportunity to do, before being able to reject the car. As I see it, your dislike of the car outweighs its problems, so having good grounds to reject the car may not be completely justified. Of course I could be wrong on this, but if not, the wallet-offending alternative may be the only way out if the hatred is that serious. Just a personal opinion of course. Kind regards, Gareth.
  2. Hello Dave, I don’t know about the possible effects, if any, of all your ‘deleted’ bits, but your description of blue smoke on acceleration after overrun is text book valve guide/stem seals wear. Connection with turning?? Kind regards, Gareth.
  3. Hello Akim, Welcome to the forum. Buying a 7 to 10 year old car is always going to be a risky business, and you are right in seeking advice, and I’m sure others on here will offer you that. Some will say full service history is a must-have, and that opinion is generally worthy of consideration, but it’s no guarantee of ongoing serviceability, or that the car has been well cared for between its half day service visits to a dealer. Again, oil consumption is a known issue with some engines, and hopefully others on here will be specific on which ones. This can be a serious consideration, since it might not be apparent on inspecting/ testing. While we wait for more comprehensive opinion, please allow me to pass on comments from a long time acquaintance who has been selling ‘bread and butter’ end secondhand cars since the days when I had hair! ‘If I could always select the makes of secondhand cars I have to sell, Kia and Hyundai would be the top of my list. In comparison, they cause me very little problems’. So parting with a Kia?? Good luck and kind regards, Gareth,
  4. Hello Yusuf, Sorry to hear of your issue. From what I can see, the damage appears to look worse than it actually is, but it’s always difficult to form opinions without inspecting the vehicle. I don’t think the answers you seek will be found here, and certainly not estimated costs to sort out. I think you are adopting the right route by getting it inspected, but at a (main?) dealer?? Personally, I wouldn’t, since the necessary expertise will not be there. I would be taking it to a trusted local bodyshop - that is where the experience will lie. Kind regards, Gareth. p.s. Worth getting your tyres checked for damage too, since you may have driven over the offending metal.
  5. Hello Stuart, As I’ve mentioned on here with similar requests for secondhand parts:- Register you ‘wants’ with on line car breaker link systems such as Partsfinder - there are more. Kind regards, Gareth. p.s. To Admin. - unlike other forums, this one doesn’t have a ‘Stickies’ (or whatever they are called) section, where common questions and answers are listed for easy reference. Worth looking into Trev?
  6. Thanks Iain, You are unlikely to get the correct replacement bolts from any other source than a main dealer. Certainly worth trying Cardiff for your timing belt kits and water pump. Bought a couple of kits recently at discount, and delivered free to the door. Kind regards, Gareth.
  7. Hello Steve, Belt or chain? If you just ring up the Parts Dept. of your local Audi dealer and ask them for availability and cost of the timing belt, the answer will clarify belt or chain! Kind regards, Gareth.
  8. Hello Julz, Thanks for coming back. Probably pessimistic, but it sounds like your ‘Audi guy’ really means it could be any of the micro switches etc., so that diagnosis doesn’t do you much good. Also garage doesn’t really want to do any work to sort it. Sounds like you need to consult someone in your area who deals with replacing convertible roofs. Try Googling it. Even try car trimmers. We have someone down here in Swansea, but obviously no good to you, but I would be surprised if there isn’t someone in your neck of the woods. Kind regards, Gareth.
  9. Hello Steve (S4). Pardon my ignorance, but does this engine have belt driven camshafts rather than chain driven? If indeed belt, then I wouldn’t even start it, leave along drive it, before the belt/s are changed. Of course, the noise maybe from the auxiliary belt, but in view of your earlier experiences, it would be a daft suggestion to believe it could be, and to ignore the vital cambelt. Kind regards, Gareth.
  10. Hello Julie, I think some good advice has been offered so far, and of course, no one on here is going to know exactly what parts are needed, since (understandably?) you don’t tell us. You really need to go back to whoever identified the offending parts, and get them to take photos and write the part names down for you. You will then be in a better position to move forward to obtain the parts. I sense your frustration, and I sense ‘your garage’ isn’t too interested in doing this job, so you would benefit from finding someone actually interested in sorting it out, otherwise you could end up with buying parts which no one really wants to fit. Perhaps you should start by Googling cabriolet root specialists around your area and take advice there first, rather than trying to find parts which you are not familiar with. The car sounds to have been ‘bought for nothing’ so only you can decide if it’s worth spending money on. ‘What’s the point of a convertible if the roof won’t go down’? I think your answer may rest with ‘It will, but manually’. In the final analysis, how much of a hardship is doing it manually? These cabriolets normally have a manual ‘rotary key’ mechanism which can be turned to raise and lower the roof if it fails on automatic. If it does, it should be possible to modify that turn ‘key’ to operate by a cordless drill. Much quicker and easier. Maybe some helpful points here? Kind regards, Gareth.
  11. Hello Iain, These would be main dealer parts, but I wonder why you would want to replace them. You can try Audi Parts Direct at Cardiff (mail order). They are part of Mon Motors (were Cardiff Audi). Contact is Phil. They do genuine Audi parts at discount. Your cambelt kit (and water pump?). Wondered if you were using genuine dealer parts, and where you were buying the kit. Kind regards, Gareth.
  12. Thanks Alex, Sounds like you did what was good pre mapping preparations. Looking at it logically, the only thing which has changed is the mapping, so.... Kind regards, Gareth.
  13. That’s the type we failed to do anything with Cristian. Take it it’s only the one you have then? Kind regards, Gareth.
  14. Hello Alex, Sorry to hear of your issues. Can we take it you renewed the plugs, air filter etc. before getting the car remapped? Kind regards, Gareth.
  15. Hello Cristian, Can we take it you have the normal two fobs for the car? If so, does the other one work? This is my similar experience:- One of our original pair stopped working a couple of years ago, and I tried all the listed DIY methods of reprogramming it without success. I guess you’ve tried most of them too then? The other fob works, so I believe it’s a matter of getting my other one professionally (Audi?) reprogrammed. Kind regards, Gareth.