Restoring an Audi A5.

I bought this very unloved and scruffy 2008 Audi A5 in early 2015. The car had two owners from new and was quite a sad sight when I went to view her at a dealer in the south of Roma. Badly scratched and damaged paintwork plus a very tatty interior, but I was specifically looking for this two-wheel drive version of the A5 with the 3.2 litre non-turbo petrol FSI engine, which was sold only for a few years. I love a large lazy engine as in my book this makes for very relaxed driving, I am not a fan of fast and furious turbo or supercharged engines.

This car cost over 55,000 Euro new and was listed at 19,500 euro, after a quick inspection I offered 15,000 euro which was accepted after some gentle haggling. Anything over 2.5 litres is considered a large engine here in Italy so prices are low, as the Italian state makes you pay very heavily both to transfer the car into new ownership as well as for the annual road tax, which both go on the horsepower of the car.

I knew well that the cash I had “saved” on the deal would be needed to put the car back into decent working order. The tyres were totally bald, for instance, which on a 265 bhp car is not a good start, so 950 Euro went on a new set of Pirelli P-Zeros. The seats of the car were threadbare (amazing!) so I found a complete new leather interior from a scrap A5, bought and fitted for 600 Euro and it even has electric seat controls!! The car was totally unloved so I also took her for a full service (for the first and last time!!!) at an official VW Audi dealer, that cost me about 700 Euro.

I also found a web site called http://www.a5oc.com and this helped me to gather loads in information, advice and opinions about the A5. Well now almost two years into my A5 ownership (and love affair, I confess) I am happy to show my progress so here are some recent pictures. The leather interior is lovely. The bodywork still has several scars and I am reluctant to spend on a respray given that the car lives in Roma and so bumps and scratches are the order of the day. I have had the lovely 19″ alloy wheels refurbished and I have recently fitted a full set of Brembo brake discs and pads and also repainted the brake calipers.

The engine and auto gearbox have luckily required only normal servicing so far. I did take quite a gamble as the car had zero service history but luckily the engine and gearbox have been bulletproof over the 33,000 km I have covered so far. I think that I will keep her for a few more years ‘cos the A5 is a lovely car and wonderful to drive.

Update: As it was time for the annual service, we put the A5 up onto the service ramp to have a good look underneath. Beppe spotted a very worn bush on the front suspension upper arm. So we decided that both bushes should be changed and at the same time we decided that the 4 shock absorbers should also be renewed as they showed some leakage. Some photos follow, and the car feels MUCH better!!

 

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