I was planning on getting an Audi (something luxury, beautiful and very fast/quick) for about 2-3 years to have fun with and have a budget of 8000. They have 2007-2008 A4s with 80k miles at least. Will it still be good to get? Some say any with more than 40k will be messing up. Is that true? If so which other
I was planning on getting an Audi (something luxury, beautiful and very fast/quick) for about 2-3 years to have fun with and have a budget of 8000. They have 2007-2008 A4s with 80k miles at least. Will it still be good to get? Some say any with more than 40k will be messing up. Is that true? If so which other vehicles share the same attractiveness+speed would be comparable or a better option?
As long as you keep 4 or 5 grand in the bank for emergencies you should be fine. At 80,000 miles, a lot of long term wear and tear items come due for replacement, like the timing belt and water pump. If the previous owner didn't take care of it, then it's going to get taken care of on your watch. Once a car passes 140,000 miles, a lot of other stuff starts to let go and it's impossible to predict what will go and when. You just have to be prepared to take preventative maintenance measures and not wait for stuff to break. Following the recommended service intervals in the owners manual will go a long way towards preventing problems.
For reference, I took a 2002 B5 Audi S4 from new (8 miles on it) to 184,000 miles before selling. The really heavy maintenance started at around 150,000 miles and at 184,000, there was a ton of stuff that needed to be redone to get the car back to factory new, so I sold and the new owner took care of all that. Gaskets, turbos, coolant hoses, suspension work…a lot of stuff.
Modern automobiles are generally quite reliable if they have be fully and properly serviced and maintained. Maintenance is more important that overall mileage for most makes and models of automobiles. So if the seller of this Audi can show you proof it has been properly serviced and maintained you have potential winner.
I personally wouldn't purchase any car that has over 100,000 miles. In general, you go by 12-13K miles per year on average.
Why ask. Your going to buy it anyway no matter what you are told. When it starts breaking down and spends more time in shop than you are driving it Don't come back here crying.
Personally, I'd get a VW Cabrio or Beetle. The giggle & grin factor is off the HOOK with the 1.8 turbo and a standard trans..