Dealers location is weird
The car I s smaller than I thought it would be
Tires are decent But they are armoralled to all get out. Maybe one of them is worn more on the inside than the outside
From what I can see laying on the ground, the rust is not bad
Scratches on passenger side and hood; long very fine thin scratched. Might be able to buff them out
Interior looks nice especially with the sport seats
Oil cap looks normal on the underside, oil level must be electronic as there is no apparent dipstick
No apparent leaks anywhere under the car
Start it up, no apparent chain noises
Try the windows, passengers window won’t go up drivers rear window won’t go down with drivers switches but will with switches at each window
And away we go, brakes feel decent
Transmission has no noticeable shudders or odd behavior
Get on it and sure enough it feels decently quick
Hop on the highway and play with the paddles; yayyy, ZF 8 speed is a good transmission
Hmm, some kind of very slight rotational noise and maybe a slight feel through the steering wheel; axle? Wheel issue? Wheel bearing? I dunno. It’s slight though
Swap drivers seat with my wife
She likes it a lot; wants to get it
I’m reserved due to the window switches and the rotational noise/feel.
We get back to the dealer; my daughter is over the car shopping process
Oil level is good per the dash
Also check coolant and it is low; like under Minimum line even though it’s warmed up. Either leaking now, in the past, or it’s getting out elsewhere
I tell me wife; I don’t expect perfection but I’m not sold. The window switch is small sure, and the scratches are not deep; but the coolant level is a wild card. Wife is still very pro A4.
We go in and look at the car fax and it had structural damage noted. I had emailed the dealer 3 days ago for the car fax and hadn’t gotten it.
I tell my wife I’d want a PPI to know how the damage was fixed but I’d still have reservations So it could just be sunk time and money; she isn’t as excited once we see the noted structural damage.
Third car down. So far the 335i xdrive coupe was the best but most expensive and least practical(though not that bad, the trunk was decent and rear seat leg room was too); A4 would need a good PPI before I’d consider it to know how it was fixed and where the coolant is going; Mini Countryman All4 S was just okay.
I emailed a local Audi dealer about an A3 on their lot tonight. There are no pictures and although the price is $400 above KBB, it seems too high but I’m still interested.