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Which r32 is it? I drive a 25th anni myself

I got a 2006 R32 with DSG
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Haha, definitely my dream car. I sold my E36 M3 here and now I have a B7 RS4 Avant.

I take a few trips up to the Nurburgring, and will definitely be going as soon as it warms up a bit. You should join, if you dont go already.

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My car (2003 Audi A4 Estate) has just had it's MFK and failed. Generally the car is in good condition for it's age and the examiner even said as much. At this point I should also say that I found examiner very helpful and his English was also very good. Anyway most of the items on the list I will do myself but there are a couple where I don't have the experience / knowledge. The items are:

- Change Xenon headlight units - both sides
- Front brake pipes need replacing - both sides

1. Do you have experience in either of these items?
2. I need to keep costs down so wanted to buy secondhand headlights, do you know anywhere in or around Zurich that might sell them? I will try Ricardo and Ebay but do you have any other suggestions?
3. Do you have your own garage?

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Hey Friends.
If any of you needs help with anything Car related,you may contact me.I will be more then happy to help you.
I have experience in this area...(work in the automotive field)

Good Luck to you all and drive carefull
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- Change Xenon headlight units - both sides
- Front brake pipes need replacing - both sides
Brakes pipes aren't a huge job - and are quite often picked up around 10 years old on cars - it is a common advisory on UK MOTs at the moment.

Why did he say the XENON lights needed replacing? I know it is suggested that replacing xenon bulbs is a dealer only job - but I have never heard of having to replace an entire unit.
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In my heart I knew they would pick up the headlights but thought I would put it through anyway. It is a UK car (that in itself may answer your question) and the lights have a deflector to adjust them for driving in Europe. It is a genuine audi part and works perfectly but because it's only really meant for temp use when traveling on the continent he couldn't put it through. He was very nice about it (not that that helps) and even double checked with his boss first to see if he could let it go through.

Changing the brake pipes may not be too big a job but it's just outside my comfort zone. The signs of age are very small and only on one side but as its a safety issue, so he advised that both sides needed changing.



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Brakes pipes aren't a huge job - and are quite often picked up around 10 years old on cars - it is a common advisory on UK MOTs at the moment.

Why did he say the XENON lights needed replacing? I know it is suggested that replacing xenon bulbs is a dealer only job - but I have never heard of having to replace an entire unit.
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In my heart I knew they would pick up the headlights but thought I would put it through anyway. It is a UK car (that in itself may answer your question) and the lights have a deflector to adjust them for driving in Europe. It is a genuine audi part and works perfectly but because it's only really meant for temp use when traveling on the continent he couldn't put it through. He was very nice about it (not that that helps) and even double checked with his boss first to see if he could let it go through.

Changing the brake pipes may not be too big a job but it's just outside my comfort zone. The signs of age are very small and only on one side but as its a safety issue, so he advised that both sides needed changing.
The brake pipe work is outside mine too - OK I could do it - but it is the bleeding of the pipes with new fluid that is more of a problem than anything else.

As for the lights - I am surprised it caused an issue - Volvo units, for example, can be adjusted are a single unit - requiring no change for longer term use. Give me a minute and I will see if I can find the Audi part numbers
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Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

I've got condensation in one of my lights (headlight front). Do I need to do anything about it or is it only a cosmetic thing?
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Sorry Carlos I really don't know. May be some of the others know.

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I've got condensation in one of my lights (headlight front). Do I need to do anything about it or is it only a cosmetic thing?
Common fix is:
1) Cover lights with foil
2) Turn on lights for 10-15mins
3) Turn off
4) Let foil cool - remove foil

Never tried it though

The other method is to heat in an oven once removed
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Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

As some may have noticed, I am on way to buy a family car. Currently in the test drive phase, I am touring the dealerships and driving anything that fits the criteria 3 adults+2 baby seats diesel, all else is optional.

Several questions:

1) the company I work for has "fleet" prices with most dealerships, I discovered yesterday - any one know if these apply to new vehicles only or pre-owned, too?

2) Loaded top of the range car from *insert any brand here* is cheaper in Germany, often by a long shot. I read a lot about the 6 month rule on import tax and would like to know: if I go and buy a new car, does the 6m rule apply to it and will I be subject to import tax?

3) Same vein as 2) -- assuming a car purchased from official brand dealer: will warranty be valid and recognized in Switzerland?

4) At present my short list of candidates includes
- pre-owned Mercedes ML (2008+)
- new or pre-owned low mileage Volvo XC70
- new or pre-owned low mileage VW Cross Touran
- pre-owned Mercedes E 350 break (2010+)
- not before I see it but *maybe* a new or pre-owned low mileage Mitsubishi Outback

Question is - in your personal opinion, what should have priority: the older Mercs or cheaper new cars? Looking for a car for the next 5(ish) years.

5) Leasing in Germany - anyone have a clue if I can lease brand new in Germany/FR/IT and drive on German/FR/IT plates until I own the car and subsequently import it upon last installment. Have both EU and CH passports if relevant.

Well, this should be a good start. Thank you for the kind offer and starting this thread.
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Thank you for offering your expertise. Below my questions:

Are brand new Audis only sold in this chain called AMAG? Any experience with them?

Also, VW from the 1st of March is lowering their prices an average of 13%. Do you know if Audi is doing the same?

Many Thanks!
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1) the company I work for has "fleet" prices with most dealerships, I discovered yesterday - any one know if these apply to new vehicles only or pre-owned, too?

New Vehicles

2) Loaded top of the range car from *insert any brand here* is cheaper in Germany, often by a long shot. I read a lot about the 6 month rule on import tax and would like to know: if I go and buy a new car, does the 6m rule apply to it and will I be subject to import tax?

Not sure,but i would not do it.Knowing how they are here in Switzerland,not many dealerships will apreciate the fact you bought the car there and now are servicing it in CH.With all the Euro Bonuses and Dealer Discounts you might end up getting a good car here for not much more than what you would pay in D.


3) Same vein as 2) -- assuming a car purchased from official brand dealer: will warranty be valid and recognized in Switzerland?

Yes it will...but as i said before,the way they will Service your car may vary...

4) At present my short list of candidates includes
- pre-owned Mercedes ML (2008+)
- new or pre-owned low mileage Volvo XC70
- new or pre-owned low mileage VW Cross Touran
- pre-owned Mercedes E 350 break (2010+)
- not before I see it but *maybe* a new or pre-owned low mileage Mitsubishi Outback

Wow...what a colorful list of cars...IMHO i think you need to think about what your priorities are.What you want and what you need are two different things.Do you need an SUV?Or do you prefer a regular sedan?Where do you park your Cars?You know the paking here is different then lets say the states.When you go to Zurich to the Jelmoli Park house i can swear you wont fit in there with an ML..
Are you buying it cash or leasing?If you are buying cash or financing the car see what the Dealers are offering when it comes to the interest rate.If new then lease the car.You are talking German vs japanese and scandinavian...i say go German.

Question is - in your personal opinion, what should have priority: the older Mercs or cheaper new cars? Looking for a car for the next 5(ish) years.

Go German and newer.

5) Leasing in Germany - anyone have a clue if I can lease brand new in Germany/FR/IT and drive on German/FR/IT plates until I own the car and subsequently import it upon last installment. Have both EU and CH passports if relevant.

Where do you reside?It depends.
If you live in CH buy a Car here less hassle in the future.In the end it will cost you less.Also when you try to sell the Car,i sell German Cars and can vouch for them.

Well, this should be a good start. Thank you for the kind offer and starting this thread.[/QUOTE]
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Thank you for offering your expertise. Below my questions:

Are brand new Audis only sold in this chain called AMAG? Any experience with them?

Also, VW from the 1st of March is lowering their prices an average of 13%. Do you know if Audi is doing the same?

Many Thanks!
Amag is the general importer,so everyone else buys from us.So to answer your qustion,no....not only AUDI AMAG sells the new Audis,other dealers sell them too.But they buy it from us.

Audi usually has different rules then VW.But they all do offer some kind of a Eurobonus plus dealer incentives.The best thing to do when buying a Car is to be at the Dealership and get a quote.That is when you get the best deal possible.

If i can help in any way let me know.
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I've got condensation in one of my lights (headlight front). Do I need to do anything about it or is it only a cosmetic thing?

Defect from Factory...
Once the Headlights heat up the condensation will disapear...but it will show up later when you leave the car parked for a while...
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1) Cover lights with foil
2) Turn on lights for 10-15mins
3) Turn off
4) Let foil cool - remove foil
5.)Marinate with garlic and olive oil,stuff in oven for 45 mins at 175 fahrenheit...
Never tried it though

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Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

I had my winter tyres put on by a mobile company that I wont name. As I have a VW Golf, they needed the exact attachment to unlock the tyres - but I had lost the attachment. After a fashion I got one from the local VW garage and the tyre changing guys put the tyres on in a bit of a hurry as they were only due to be round for an hour.

Anyway, my wife was filling the car up with petrol and some guy came over and said that he worked as a mechanic and that our tyres were on the wrong way round, in that the one on the drivers' side should have been on the passenger side (!!). Now, I am not sure if that was the front set or the back set (let alone know if it is something that you can look at and see) as I wasn't present and the conversation was in German. The big question is, can I easily tell if the mechanic is correct? I will change them myself, I just didnt think they were labelled left and right.

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I know that certain types of tyre have a directional tread, it could be that.

Here is an article showing you how to identify which way round they should be.

http://www.barrystiretech.com/direct...icaltires.html



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I had my winter tyres put on by a mobile company that I wont name. As I have a VW Golf, they needed the exact attachment to unlock the tyres - but I had lost the attachment. After a fashion I got one from the local VW garage and the tyre changing guys put the tyres on in a bit of a hurry as they were only due to be round for an hour.

Anyway, my wife was filling the car up with petrol and some guy came over and said that he worked as a mechanic and that our tyres were on the wrong way round, in that the one on the drivers' side should have been on the passenger side (!!). Now, I am not sure if that was the front set or the back set (let alone know if it is something that you can look at and see) as I wasn't present and the conversation was in German. The big question is, can I easily tell if the mechanic is correct? I will change them myself, I just didnt think they were labelled left and right.

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Deanmachine,

First and foremost - THANK YOU for the patience and comments. I do have my priorities right (or lest I wish to believe) but somehow they are conflicting thus resulting in this hotch-potch of thinking.

We have parking in our building, likewise for the office. All else will be on the fly, as it comes, etc. One of the reasons why I scratched Discovery 4 and Land Cruiser off the list.

I need a car which:

1) has COMFORTABLE 3 FULL seats in the back to seat 3 adults+2 babies.
I do not need 7-seaters or 3-row cinema halls or cars where boot space is favored over passengers in the back. I have two baby seats to fit plus nanny/mommy in the middle. They should all travel in comfort be it in town or longer trips. If and when guests come, we shall rent a car for the day/week, eventually it will be cheaper than hauling a mid-size planet for daily use. I take it as given that boot will fit strollers and other props for the passengers.

2) German/Japanese + Diesel: This is a family vehicle, so 0-60 is far behind comfort, mileage and maintenance.

3) Ownership in the next 5(ish) years should be more joy and less pain/garage time.

4) Financed or paid cash, either way the car should fit <35k CHF. I can pay it cash today. If leasing it gives any benefits for 2% extra, I am willing to take this, too. I would have liked to stay under CHF 25k total and am therefore open to pre-owned vehicles. In all likelihood though, I see myself spilling past 30k

5) Has (relatively) high driving position. Crossovers, compact SUV, full SUV all work. What does not work is Merc C-class break: getting in and out of this thing is a mission I do not wish to engage in.

6) Has *some* family logic by default. Blocking back-doors from opening, slip-proof door steps, flat load bay, door pockets, cup holders, ...

7) Dealership/manufacturer/remaining warranty. Pre-owned MB, BMW, Audi and so many others have the 12 months by default, often extendable to 24. I am yet to confirm if the MB Europa Garantie (24months) is valid in Switzerland.

8) AWD is optional but desirable: I can see us going skiing as soon as the little ones are ready. If possible, I'd like that.

So far, the one car where I felt not just all above but also joy of ride was the ML. All discounts in, fleets, euros, you-name-it, the cheapest new one lands in my driveway at 65k. True, 10 years warranty and all but roughly 30k above initial budget. No small gap in my books.

Speaking of warranty - I am concerned that local dealers may do their job differently only because car comes from outside. Will they do the same if I bought it from their brand HQ for example?

I also feel majority of dealers employing FUD tactics on customers, which I find distasteful. Last example came from my dear MB dealership, where in polite discussion I asked all my questions about importing from a German dealer under EU warranty. The dealer responded "yeah, but what if one month after the 2nd year the media screen/dash console (which is linked to all electronics) dies?! Do you know how much to replace it? CHF 9k!!! Think about that!!!".
My reply to him was "are you saying MB is not built well and this happens often? or maybe MB break often after the second year of ownership? or they are expensive to maintain?". Poor guy, was not prepared - maybe this works too often with other buyers... He tried to bounce back from the cheap fiasco but took him a lot of effort, I must confess.

Anyhow - the harsh reality is that I have taste for champagne and cash for beer. I've heard good words spoken of VW Touran Cross. I am yet to test drive it but chances are it will be apart from what I hold as yardstick in my head.

So, my dear kind Deanmachine - with all above, what is your recommendation?
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I am kind of Biased towards the VW pallette...not only because i work here but because i belive that they have offer a great product to the customer.You can basicaly start with Skoda and when you want more you can go to VW then to Audi and if that does not rock your bat,then you just simply walk over to Porsche.
I like the Sharan and the Touran.And i would be more than happy to have someone call you and explain to you what VW currently has to offer.
If you are going to keep the car for a couple of years,then go for a new one and be worry free.Or..get a Certified pre-owned.You know how those Cars are...as soon as the warranty expires things start going wrong.

As far as the import goes...everyone here says dont do it...
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Amag is the general importer,so everyone else buys from us.So to answer your qustion,no....not only AUDI AMAG sells the new Audis,other dealers sell them too.But they buy it from us.

Audi usually has different rules then VW.But they all do offer some kind of a Eurobonus plus dealer incentives.The best thing to do when buying a Car is to be at the Dealership and get a quote.That is when you get the best deal possible.

If i can help in any way let me know.

Thank you so much! I know what Audi (new) I want and what extras I want to include. In internet they offer an Eurobonus which is 10% of the basic car (with no extras).

Then, to get the best price possible what strategy do you suggest? Is it worthy to go to 2 or 3 Amag centres? Will they quote differently?
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