Seeking to buy any moment, but Life expectancy?

Chow King

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I'm on this forum to get advice too since I'm looking to purchase a 2014 A8 L Audi TDI now with 111k miles. I commute 100 miles each day to work and back in moving traffic averaging 80 mph. I have a trusted TDI mechanic looking at the car today for PPI. Car cost $26k. I'm NOT diy, just driving it myself to work and back for comfort. If it's a good car, what's the reasonable amount of life expectancy left on it, with the hopeful minor/ routine maintenance cost. 150k, 200k, 250k, 300k, or < thanks someone. Read some posts and replies already very informative and helpful so far, thanks again.
 

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I think timing chains are going to be the heavy hitter. Get some quotes on replacement and include that in your operating expenses.

 

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First of all, awesome vehicle, especially for that kind of use pattern.
Fist find out what how much warranty is left on it from the dieselgate fix.
 

TurboABA

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Next, that car will not have the engine mentioned above, but most likely a CPNA.
Try to obtain maintenance records to see what kind of life it has lived.
 

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This is it. I'll call the local Audi dealer and see if they can explain a little more for me, seems the extended emissions warranty is only good for several thousand more miles? Plus extended emissions warranty verbage has me confused about what it applies to exactly. But thanks again very much for that link and your feedback about the planned use of it.
 

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As far as life expectancy I would expect at least 200k out of it with proper maintenance under that kind of use pattern. Religious oil/fuel filter changes, quality fuel, use of a lubricity additive every fuelup, and routine maintenance.

You'll basically have my Touareg's engine in a light weight sedan which will result in a zippier, more luxurious and more efficient ride. As long as you have a good mechanic servicing it, you'll get lots of enjoyment out of owning it.
 

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So it looks like the 10/120 will apply in your case, meaning that you want any major items to need replacent asap or to have already been replaced (DPF, EGR, Turbo, HPFP, glow plugs, etc.)
 

Chow King

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As far as life expectancy I would expect at least 200k out of it with proper maintenance under that kind of use pattern. Religious oil/fuel filter changes, quality fuel, use of a lubricity additive every fuelup, and routine maintenance.

You'll basically have my Touareg's engine in a light weight sedan which will result in a zippier, more luxurious and more efficient ride. As long as you have a good mechanic servicing it, you'll get lots of enjoyment out of owning it.
 

Chow King

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This sounds nice, thank you for painting a nice picture but also realistic so far it seems. Very knowledgeable people here! :D
 

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So i have a 2014 A8L TDI as my daily driver. I bought it certified preowned in 2015. It has been a terrific car and Ive had very minimal issues. Only big thing that happened was the right front wheel bearings went out. I had a local Indy shop do all the work on it since my warranty expired. Regardless, around town its just fine but on the highway is where this beast shines. It loves to cruise and is so smooth. On several road trips we were hitting 40+ miles per gallon. Just around town I’ll do mid to high 20’s based on the weather (i live in snow country). Im currently sitting at 70k miles on the odometer.
 
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TurboABA

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Do you also drive a DeLorean?
How the Effff did you buy your 2018 model certified and pre-owned 3 years in advance?
So i have a 2018 A8L TDI as my daily driver. I bought it certified preowned in 2015.
 

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As far as life expectancy I would expect at least 200k out of it with proper maintenance under that kind of use pattern. Religious oil/fuel filter changes, quality fuel, use of a lubricity additive every fuelup, and routine maintenance.

You'll basically have my Touareg's engine in a light weight sedan which will result in a zippier, more luxurious and more efficient ride. As long as you have a good mechanic servicing it, you'll get lots of enjoyment out of owning it.
Turbo, I have a Q5 2015 TDI, with 145,000 km and hope to get more than 200,0000 km from it. It was a CPO and got extended Audi warranty, no issues to date other than a sensor. Using Top Tech 4200 507 spec oil.
Is 13,000-15,000 km too long for oil and filter change? 75% highway kms.
How often for fuel filter change?
I see you have a Porsche likely with similar V6 TDI.
 

TurboABA

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@A1sailor
Not sure why you think I have a Porsche, but I do not.
I have a '14 Touareg with nearly the same milage as your Q5.... just shy of it.... 143k or something....
As per my earlier post, many 3L TDI owners seem to be more comfortable with lower interval oil changes due to fear of timing chain wear.... I myself fluctuate between 13-15k and tow with mine. I have full confidence that it should last well past the 200k mark with proper maintenance.
Mine actually uses\loses\leaks a little over a L of oil between changes, so I find myself topping it off once in a while, but the "oil usage" isn't significant enough for me to go digging into the potential source as it's well within the VW specs for "normal".
 

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I also change my fuel filter every 40k or sometimes every 2nd oil change if I'm feeling eager.
I do use Stanadyne treatment each and every fillup however. (in both my 3L and 2L CRs)
 

TurboABA

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And just in case you think I'm off my rocker..... here's an example that's currently on the market.
 

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Well I took ownership today and did my first 50 mile commute to work, here now, looking forward to return trip home unlike before, very easy on the mind body and soul I must say. Even with very worn perrelli tires got 36.5 mpg. I can appreciate a lot of things about this vehicle so far thanks for the continuous support to date and feedback!!
 

TurboABA

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Thanks for your input TurboABA.
No worries.... based on what you've said and depending on how much you drive, you should still be good for another 48k of coverage and whatever time frame of up to 3 years from now. (less if you drive more than 16k a year).... so I wouldn't sweat it too much.

Turbo, I have a Q5 2015 TDI, with 145,000 km
 
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