Advice on purchasing car

Tiny
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  • 2012 AUDI S4
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  • 45,000 MILES
I was wondering if I should buy a used Audi S4 2012, that has had A/C compressor replaced, fuel rail replaced, parking brake control replaced, battery replaced, coolant bypass pipe/hose replaced, and sound system repaired twice?
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Monday, March 13th, 2017 AT 8:47 PM

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Tiny
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I leased this exact car three times, two year intervals and drove the heck out of it and only recall bringing it it one time and do not even remember what it was. In this scene though, the mileage would be the key for me. Out of warranty, ehhh? Still in warranty, I would do it. If the previous repairs are still warranted then I would be better to able to decide. Lots of them out there. Is it an "S" line, color hard to find? I am on the fence, I would have to drive like I did above!
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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 AT 5:42 AM
Tiny
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What are your other choices? Don't worry about the battery. They rarely last much over five years, so it can be expected to need to be replaced. Also, if any previous repairs were done under warranty, they only continue the original warranty until it expires. If they were done out of warranty, most of the time their individual repair warranties don't transfer to subsequent owners.

My concern is Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, and GM are by far the worst manufacturers when it comes to "customer-unfriendly" business practices. That has nothing to do with fit and finish, ride quality, parts availability, and things like that. It has to do with how owners are treated after the sale and the numerous policies they have that drain your wallet.

One example of those business practices is they refuse to allow us to buy radio service manuals because they want to lock up that lucrative repair business for themselves. With a monopoly on that needed service, they are free to charge what the market will bare. To combat people buying aftermarket replacement radios, most of them now build the Body Computer into their radios so you have to get the original one repaired. That can only be done through a dealer and their grossly-over-priced repair centers.

This is a five-year-old car, and you've already listed more repairs than I've done to my 1980 Plymouth Volare, and my '93 Dodge Dynasty, so you certainly can't say reliability is any better than for any other car. Remember too that expensive cars are repaired with expensive parts, so plan on having cash on hand to cover more than just the monthly payments.
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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 AT 4:13 PM

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