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  1. What do I need to know about an R cabriolet? 
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    Where have I come from....well excluding non VAG cars, I started with an 02 plate 1.8T A4 sport, then I bought a 59 plate 2.0T S-Line A4 Avant. Both were bought from about 6 months old. The first had its problems, particularly a reoccurring engine fault. The avant, well a lovely looking car but what a pile of ß***. Every time it went into the garage I would be over a £1000 lighter.

    I gave up on the avant and replaced it with a 14 plate E350 AMG Sport estate 3 years ago. My wife has fallen in love with it so I hardly get to drive it these days.

    Whilst I owned the avant, I bought a 96 plate Audi V6 cabriolet. Weíve had it 5 years and it still puts a smile on my face. Best car Iíve ever owned and although I donít put too many miles on it, when I do, itís driven like an everyday runaround. The problem is with 23 years of wear and tear, thing are eventually
    starting to need attention.

    Iím starting to weigh up my options. I could either spend out on itís needs or Iím thinking about the Golf R cabriolet.

    I have my slight reservations based on the issues with my previous Audiís so what do I need to know about a 14/15 plate cabriolet?

    Thanks



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    The manual box clutch can be weak if you want to remap it.
    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    The manual box clutch can be weak if you want to remap it.
    Probably not. Iíll be happy with the current performance.


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    Be wary of ones that have been re-mapped (many have), not all maps are well executed.
    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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    Are there any general engine issues? Iím guessing they had the same oil consumption issue as the 2011-13 TFSI Audiís?


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    Occasionally but more chain related due to abuse of the already stupid longlife service intervals.
    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    Occasionally but more chain related due to abuse of the already stupid longlife service intervals.
    Interesting. I had the chain issue on mine a year before I started suffering the oil issues. It was like a double wammy


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    The engines lubrication is THE single most important point in its ability to function. Regulatory environmental concerns have stripped oil of its protection abilities due to the potential for catalyst damage (at the expense of engine damage) as the engine consumes its oil and at the same time fleet operators have demanded a doubling of change intervals, uncomfortable bedfellows, whereby we have ended up in a situation where the protection of oil is reduced and its expectations doubled. It does not take an expert to work out that is not going to work out in the real world, human nature being what it is intervals will be pushed and when those intervals have been pushed themselves....
    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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    So is it best to have the car serviced more regularly??

    Iím guessing the consequences are severe if the engine isnít checked regularity.


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    At the risk of sounding rude, I'm not being though, the answer to both those questions is pretty obvious, the oil is the engines blood but it wears out and gets dirty so needs changing regularly. We are now seeing recommendations on the VAG service system to drop the long life interval as I saw when doing an Audi digital service schedule the other day, screen shot below. They aren't shouting about it too loudly but gradually trying to sweeping longlife under the carpet bit by bit in case people start wagging fingers. BMW are going through the same hell with timing chains.

    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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