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'Vorsprung Durch Technik' - Audi A4 3.0 TDi

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Before i get started let me first clarify that the report is from April 2010, when i bought it. This might lay to rest all questions about delayed buys, facelift etc.

Monday,19th April 2010,Santacruz,Mumbai -

So there i was on my office desk glum as usual, going through a few pending files & reading a few books for an exam that i intended to appear for later that year. Glum as it was just another day, getting too monotonous. Longingly i stared at the F10 BMW 5 series wallpaper on my desktop when my dad comes out of this cabin -

Dad- "Come on lets go"

Me - " (sigh) where to ???"

Dad - "shut up and move"

My body felt like it weighted a ton as i moved my anchors (i mean legs) towards the car,trying to hide my irritation and sulking look to avoid an earful from dad. Little did i know that an amazingly pleasant heart attack was in store !

Emotions,expressions,feelings is a great phenomenon that all living things experience and i would fondly remember this specific day for the most abrupt change of feelings from being extremely bored and sulking to something completely ballistic & bonkers. Our office stands at Santacruz which is right next to Kalina,the suburb where Audi Mumbai West have setup their service centre.

As the car entered the complex with "AUDI MUMBAI WEST" written in bold ,all i had in mind was "huh?? what the.....what in gods name is going on???" A man was waiting there to greet my dad as he alighted the car. My dads first words were, " ok where is she" & that is when my eyes first caught sight of her standing in a corner. WOW ! gleaming in altogether different shade of white and her Bulgarian beard grille shinning in a unique gloss !

It took me quite some time to interpret from my dad and the audi fellow's exchanges that they had already talked and held discussions before. Quite sometime later i was told that a day prior to all these events, a client had introduced my dad to this guy at Audi who had informed him about a CBU White coloured Audi A4 3.0 TDI ,the very same one that was displayed at the Auto Expo in Delhi earlier that year and had been transported down to Mumbai right after the event. They claimed that this was a unique A4 in more ways than one. For starts, it had all , i mean all possible features,gadgets and functions one could dream of having in a premium segment car. Since it was a CBU brought in from Ingolstadt , it did not have the usual IBIS white colour that is seen on other A4s and on the inside, it had "Audi Exclusive" packaging and upholstery which again would not be offered on any other Audi A4 in the nation. Whats more, i was really surprised when i learnt that the 3.0 TDI version of the A4 was not due to go on sale till August-September that year (and still isnt sold if im not mistaken).

When i first heard this i had 2 things in mind - Firstly i was not sure how much truth was there to it and second being even if all of this was for real , they would surely demand a heavy premium over the normal tag that would be asked for the a4 3.0 tdi.Nonetheless i kept mum and decided to observe the proceedings. They talked & talked more and finally the time arrived for the TD. The 3.0 tdi we were after , was NOT available for TD since it was not registered and we were given a 2.0 tdi for TD. Dad took the wheel and we were quite liked how she behaved (up from a 132ps /175nm Civic). What really had me drooling was, if the 2.0 tdi felt like this (relatively eager), how might the big daddy be???

Yes that beast of a Teuton with the same body but different heart ! A massive 240hp 500NM 3 L tdi V6 engine and whats more, QUATTRO !! The TD happened, we checked out the interiors of the 3.0 tdi and YES, every word of what the Audi guy claimed was true !! A sea of features to start with which was coupled by red and black leather seats with "Audi exclusive" signature slabs on each side ! I just cant come up with enough superlatives to describe the eliteness and perfection of that cabin. That done it all came down to one thought - "The car was amazing but how much would they ask for?"

Extensive talks later including a discussion with the chairman of Audi Mumbai West most of which i would discount, we managed to get them down a massive 6.5lakhs from the price they were originally quoting and trust me , it was now pretty reasonable! Let me just disclose the 1 dialogue that my dad repeatedly used which sealed the deal from their side-

"This car is no doubt amazing, but my son here wants me to wait for the new 5 series that releases a week later . But that doesn't matter , you give me your best possible quote and i will seal the deal right here right now"

Formalities completed, arrangements made and voila !!! ..she was ours !!!! History was in the making.

The first Audi A4 3.0 TDI Quattro in the nation, that too a limited edition CBU ! Trust me, i was drooling, paralyzed all of it almost at the same time !!!

Today its been 3 years since shes been with us and in hindsight i realize that had anything been even slightly different on that day, she wouldn't be standing in our garage today. We had been waiting for the f10 530d to launch and it was on the very next day that BMW were going to launch it. We even had invites to the launch. Had BMW launched the car a day earlier we probably wouldnt have even visited Audi considering the A6 was aging and no one was aware of the existence of a A4 3.0 TDi in the Audi Mumbai West stables.

How that Expo car made it to Mumbai of all places , how my dad came to know about it & all this less than 24 hours prior to the f10's launch is anyone's guess but trust me i wouldnt have it any other way ! & i say this after extensively driving the 530d and more than 45k of happy miles with my car. The smile is intact and it always will :)

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Hey PlatzdaTurbo,

What a great car you have there in your stable :)

This is what an true blue AUDI should be like.

Engine like the 3.0 Tdi put the QUATTRO to test & your A4 is an complete package.

Congratulations on completing 3 successful years of ownership with your A4 :D

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Thats really an excellent catch.

I wonder how you lend us an ear on its Third Birthday.

Expo display cars are always lapped up at a huge discount by the select few ,they are usually sold out at the expo itself .

Liked how your dad USED you to get a huge discount, thats what business men do.

Loved every bit of what you wrote and give my birthday wishes to your car.

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HeyPlatzdaTurbo,

What a great car you have there in your stable :)

This is what an true blue AUDI should be like.

Engine like the 3.0 Tdi put the QUATTRO to test & your A4 is an complete package.

Congratulations on completing 3 successful years of ownership with your A4 :D

Thanks karan :D

You have quite a handful in your garage as well. happy miles :)

Thats really an excellent catch.

I wonder how you lend us an ear on its Third Birthday.

Expo display cars are always lapped up at a huge discount by the select few ,they are usually sold out at the expo itself .

Liked how your dad USED you to get a huge discount, thats what business men do.

Loved every bit of what you wrote and give my birthday wishes to your car.

Id initially put up this report on another automotive forum in 2010. I wasnt a member of the ACI forum back then and i dont think it was even all that active if im not wrong. I see enough activity here now & so registered and here it is.

Thanks for the wishes :)

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This car never fails to put a wicked grin on my face. I had just heard of a 3.0 tdi A4 but it just blew my mind when I drove it the first time. This car is a perfect example of how you dont need expensive petrol cars to have fun. This car is fassstttt, has all the bells and whistles and still runs on cheap diesel.

My favourite was when I drove this car up the Amby Valley roads in Lonavla. Boy that was some drive !!! Happy third birthday to 4480 Platzda. May you have many more happy kms of which I would sure be a part of.

Looking forward to the 50k update :)

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This car never fails to put a wicked grin on my face. I had just heard of a 3.0 tdi A4 but it just blew my mind when I drove it the first time. This car is a perfect example of how you dont need expensive petrol cars to have fun. This car is fassstttt, has all the bells and whistles and still runs on cheap diesel.

My favourite was when I drove this car up the Amby Valley roads in Lonavla. Boy that was some drive !!! Happy third birthday to 4480 Platzda. May you have many more happy kms of which I would sure be a part of.

Looking forward to the 50k update :)

Oh she is going to be around for a long long time so rest assured there will be a 50k update and many more to follow. lol

She really does come into her own on those amby curves so no surprises there :)

Very well written. Your ride is truly an exotic!

Tend to agree with the 'exotic' tag. lol

Thanks anyway :)

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hi PlatzdaTurbo,

A very nice write-up of the way your dull day turned into a complete dream. I was just trying to imagine your facial expression, when your dad drove into the Audi showroom.

And nice pics of the German beauty.Do add the service costs till now (if possible) or any issues faced. It might help people on the forum looking to buy one of these.

Happy motoring!

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hi PlatzdaTurbo,

A very nice write-up of the way your dull day turned into a complete dream. I was just trying to imagine your facial expression, when your dad drove into the Audi showroom.

And nice pics of the German beauty.Do add the service costs till now (if possible) or any issues faced. It might help people on the forum looking to buy one of these.

Happy motoring!

:blink: << that's the closest i found and wer just 20% there so imagine.

About service , regular service with oil change etc will cost anywhere in the range of 15 - 20k on average.

The car has been through 3 routine services so far and the cheapest has been in the 15k range and most expensive around 22k across the 3 years.

Thankfully the car has faced NO issues in the entire ownership period (touchwood) and has been absolutely flawless. Maybe the CBU effect made the difference or perhaps am just plain lucky !

The only extra expenses incurred have been the couple of accidents which unfortunately were unavoidable but none that endangered the chassis/ dynamics of the car.

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