To give the car some wheels that were a bit more towards the sporty side I scored some Audi RS4 Replica 18" wheels on Kijiji for 300$ then wrapped them in some Dunlop SP Sport 2050 225/40R18 tires (OEM MazdaSpeed 3), another Kijiji score for 200$.

Oddly, I can't seem to find a picture of the car showing the 'stock' 8 spoke 16" alloy wheels. But here is a couple pictures of the car with the RS4 joints.

I was driving along in my A4 in Guelph while doing some work in the area when I lost power. Felt like the ignition just cut out or something. I slowed and pulled over. CAA took the car to an Audi dealer in Kitchener and diagnosed it as broken timing belt, they quoted me about 6000$ to fix it. They said it wasn't worth fixing and that I should just sell the car to the dealer for 500$. I paid 6900$ for the car just a few months before, the car had 110k when I bought it and was now at 126k and it was otherwise MINT. So I told them where to stuff it and that I would come pick the car up. I got repeated calls from mechanics at the dealership offering me money for the car, but told them unless they were ready to cough up about 5500$ they could just forget it. I got a friend from Mississauga with a van to meet me at the dealer and we flat towed the car to another friend's place in Kitchener where I could work on it.

Upon disassembly the belt hadn't broken, it had just skipped a tooth. The belt was supposedly changed at about 100k by the previous owner. Looks like they just swapped the belt and didn't replace the tensioner, which failed, and let the belt skip. Awesome.

It cost me 900$ to have the head rebuilt by Dynamotorsports, and cost an extra 250$ worth of parts for all new belts, gaskets, and a new, updated, tensioner assembly. I also bought a special tool to remove the head bolts as they have a fancy 8-spline drive in the head instead of a normal bolt or allen.

This is the Sony CDX-GT550UI I will be installing.

Frustrated by the fact that I would have to go to the Audi dealer and pay them money to have them hook up diagnostic tools to my car to retrieve my stereo code (good one!), I decided the stock system could lick my bean bag, so I swapped in a Sony CDX-GT550UI. This stereo has been great in all the car's I've installed it (4 or 5 of them so far), seriously, when this head unit goes on sale I buy them 3 at a time. Anywho, most importantly, it has USB / AUX inputs on top of the usual CD/AM/FM options, and the USB interface is mint, I can plug my smart phone into it and listen to the music stored on the phone while at the same time charging, or I can just drop a USB loaded with music into it, and even throw an MP3 CD loaded to the gills and have some aural entertainment. I should also mention that this head unit's sound is incredible, it has some DM settings (dynamic something or other) and XPLOD sound settings that make even your crappy stock speakers sound just incredible, and all for under 100$.

I hesitated at first because the stock head unit is larger than DIN. I found out once I pulled the stock head unit out that the mounting was standard DIN which makes my life a lot easier, however the face plate was quite a bit wider, so I would end up with a gap.

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