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    I think I can see the bolt you speak of, the one that is closer to the centre of the car? Possible to do without dropping the subframe perhaps? Not sure, will need to get the wheel off I think.
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skezza View Post
    I think I can see the bolt you speak of, the one that is closer to the centre of the car? Possible to do without dropping the subframe perhaps? Not sure, will need to get the wheel off I think.
    No, the bolt is too long but you only have to lower that side not drop the whole subframe, you will probably have to lever it down some.


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    Quote Originally Posted by calum View Post
    No, the bolt is too long but you only have to lower that side not drop the whole subframe, you will probably have to lever it down some.


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    Thanks Calum, really useful information.
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skezza View Post
    Thanks Calum, really useful information.
    You're welcome


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    I've just done this arm on mine and didn't lower subframe. Removed a bit of plastic trim that the bolt was hitting on way out.


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    Tbh, there was a lot more damage than we first thought and it became uneconomical to repair.

    What a shame.
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skezza View Post
    Tbh, there was a lot more damage than we first thought and it became uneconomical to repair.

    What a shame.
    What else was damaged, subframe?


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    Quote Originally Posted by calum View Post
    What else was damaged, subframe?


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    There was a bit of damage to the subframe, although I think it could have been fixed, or even possibly safely driven without fixing. Depends which way you look at it. I know people who have straightened out crash damaged front bars for example.

    The exhaust at the manifold was damaged, and the bottom part of the intercooler near the floor, the black piping which is mounted on the intercooler, was also ripped clean off and was dropping fluid which quite possibly had damaged the turbo as well. I'm not entirely sure how true that is, but I know it can happen. The jobs were mounting up every time I looked at it.

    When I weighed up the costs of repair, alongside the fact it was leaking oil from the rocker gasket anyway (so new breather system was potentially required), and needed some serious work inside thanks to the ****** McDonalds coffee which flew around the cabin, I just felt it really wasn't worth it. It's a shame, great car and what's more, the missus won't let me have another as A4's are now 'cursed', hence I'm keenly looking at an A3.... or maybe an A6? Hmmm...

    Perhaps another A4 and tell her it's not the same engine will be enough ?
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skezza View Post
    There was a bit of damage to the subframe, although I think it could have been fixed, or even possibly safely driven without fixing. Depends which way you look at it. I know people who have straightened out crash damaged front bars for example.

    The exhaust at the manifold was damaged, and the bottom part of the intercooler near the floor, the black piping which is mounted on the intercooler, was also ripped clean off and was dropping fluid which quite possibly had damaged the turbo as well. I'm not entirely sure how true that is, but I know it can happen. The jobs were mounting up every time I looked at it.

    When I weighed up the costs of repair, alongside the fact it was leaking oil from the rocker gasket anyway (so new breather system was potentially required), and needed some serious work inside thanks to the ****** McDonalds coffee which flew around the cabin, I just felt it really wasn't worth it. It's a shame, great car and what's more, the missus won't let me have another as A4's are now 'cursed', hence I'm keenly looking at an A3.... or maybe an A6? Hmmm...

    Perhaps another A4 and tell her it's not the same engine will be enough ?
    Ah that's too bad mate but you have to cut your losses when you feel the time is right. If you need room in the back your best bet is an A6, acres of room in there. My son is 15 and just 1cm less than 6 foot tall and he moans about the legroom compared to the B5.5 Passat, I just tell him, I don't care because it's a Quattro
     
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    I do like the A6. I think I would probably prefer a C6 rather than C5 though which might mean I have to finally stump up the cash for a HEX-CAN Vag tool. Gahh.

    I must admit, I have grown quite fond of the 8P A3. There's something surprisingly timeless about the frontend. Very modern, unlike my B6 which always looked a bit dated imo. Stick a dateless personalized plate on one, and you would struggle to tell whether it was made in 2003 or 2013. My problem with the A3 is that the trim level seems a little 'less' compared to my A4. No projector headlights, climate control but not dual, etc. I think I will probably have to compromise on that. Plus, there's a sneaky rumour that some of those early 8P A3's from what I've been told are still dual K-Line, like the B6 A4, which would be a massive bonus to me.

    Hard to be sure though.
     
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