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Which one should I buy, what're the down sides??

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:49 pm 
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Hello All,
I'm thinking of picking up either a B4 90, or a B5 A4. I'm seeing them super cheap on craigslist with either broken timing belts, or blown head gaskets. I'm only considering 5 speed cars, no autos. Is there any downsides to picking one car over the other? I've owned 2 B3 80's, but that was a completely different motor, I had the 5cyl 10v, and the 4 cyl bubble block. Would I be better off sticking with the older gen over the V6's??? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:02 am 
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If I were to ever get another older Audi, I would get a B4 and do a 1.8T swap. Dave and Alex have both done these.

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I'd get a B5. I have had a B4 for 15 years and it's getting hard to find body parts and the bumpers are ugly as hell. There are ZERO mod parts made for it. They make TONS of stuff for the B5 and you can easily fit any motor from 1.8t to 4.2 v8 with plug and play parts from the junkyard. Plus the one generation newer interior is much better and you cam mix and match from S4 and whatnot.

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hands down id go with the b5 a4 1.8t. I dont really see any upside to the b4 other than maybe you like the styling more. if you were thinking v8 swap i think the 2001 v6 is the easiest to swap. there are awesome articles on here about it.


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The B5 has less room in the engine compartment than a B4, so if you want to go V8, there is less room. There is also less rear seat room in a B5 vs B4.
The front suspension on a B5 is a pain with lots of parts that need replacement. The front suspension on a B4 is simple and you can replace bushings and ball joints and have a new front suspension. B5s usually go up for sale when the suspension is shot, and they don't want to spend the money to refresh.
Rear suspension is similar to B5 so parts are not hard to come by. B4 has a rear diff lock where as the B5 doesn't.
The 1.8T B5 was a popular car, but a manual one has probably been beaten to death. The auto transmission ones are probably not beat, but who wants a auto.
A V6 was mention, but not much difference between the v6 in either model. Both slow and a lot of front end weight with a cast iron block.

Which engine compartment would you rather work in.

B4 with 1.8T Thank you Dave for the use of your picture.
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B5 with 1.8T

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You can see the thread here for the install of the 1.8T in a B4.

http://theprojectpad.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=834

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^^ last pic looks like a b7 with 1.8T

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