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    Another C5 Allroad

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    https://www.pirate4x4.com/threads/an...ad-c5.2691074/

    #2
    Nice! I have a 2003 All-road. It has a leaking thermostat housing. I have an aluminum version to replace the stock plastic one. The car has 190,000 miles on it. After reading your post, I’m going to wait 20-30 thousand more miles and replace the timing belt and thermostat housing at the same time.
    Mine also needs a bunch of front suspension and steering work. I’m going to rip into it this winter, once it gets so cold I can’t drive it my fuel injector o-rings start leaking, ah la space shuttle challenger. Good luck with yours. I’ll update with pictures when I actually do something.

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      #3
      Nice! I gained a thermostat housing leak when I did my timing belt, I have to top off coolant after 5-6 heat cycles. It seems to leak worst on shutdown from warm. I haven't torn the front down again yet. On my LONG list of projects.

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        #4
        My coolant leak is not consistent, it only leaks sometimes. I just add coolant when the light comes on.

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          #5
          Drove the Audi to work this morning. Snow covered roads, slippery, slushy; the car was in its element. Absolutely great traction and control. Good reminder why I have it.
          Now, just have to find the time for the front end and steering work... and everything else.

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            #6
            I have nothing of substance to add. I drive this car to work every day. 48 miles round trip. 20 mpg. Front end is worn out, especially the right side. Air suspension works, but leaks down and can’t catch up sometimes... or something. The right front has a bad level sensor, I think that may be my entire problem. The engine leaks oil and coolant, but not alot. It has a new clutch but has developed a weird chatter on engagement that I think might be a bad transmission mount or something with the worn out front end because it gets better if I run at the lowest suspension setting. I really like this car, I intend to rebuild the front end this winter and keep driving it.

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              #7
              if level matters, I'd check the CVs. operating angle differences and all.

              my coolant leak is annoying, and I need to do a clutch. I'll get an RPM flare if I put my foot in it below 3k. Awfully tempting to put K04 turbos and a tune on it. Still need to address evap and SAI codes too.

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                #8
                My only code is a clutch travel sensor error. I believe I can adjust the sensor to fix that. I also have the suspension error light on. I only have a simple code reader, I know I need to get the cable and software to go deeper and do any tuning. I’m fairly intimidated to do that. I replaced the clutch 2 winters ago and got rid of the dual mass flywheel. I considered going to catless downpipes but didn’t. Such a cool car with so much possibility, but such a money pit!

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                  #9
                  I've had a VAG-COM since my very first TDI, things would be so much more frustrating without the ability to make minor coding adjustments and see sensor values. It really points be back into VAG cars for dailies since I don't have those abilities on other platforms. I have a charging system thing going on with my Ram, would be so nice to just be able to log voltages and see what's seen vs what I see in the dash lights to track down where the problem is (a pulsing overcharge, intermittently, at 2-4Hz... Annoying)

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                    #10
                    Ok. I’ll bite the bullet and get with the program. Literally

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                      #11
                      What do I need to get? Is it just the software and an interface cable? Where is the best place to purchase what I need?

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                        #12
                        software and interface, yeah. the software license is in the cable. no-name cables have some limited functionality, I'm not real familiar with those. Probably come up used once in a while on enthusiast sites when people move on?
                        my usb hex+can hasn't failed me yet, it was the newest thing 15 years ago when I got it.
                        https://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/

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