Sorry about that, it was an uncalled for smartass remark. I did ask
about whatever else I should do while I was in there. I suppose the
serpentine belt is a valid answer to that question.
Unfortunately - despite the fact that you quoted me - I forgot that I
had asked that. Sorry, long day.
And is the part for the 1.8t also shown as an inseperable assembly?
And deny you all my charming wit and stunning good looks? Never.
Hire a competent mechanic, keep him happy by paying him whatever he charges
for parts and labor. He'll take a good care of you, he'll get all the needed
parts and install them for you.
PS. I know it's a cheap shot, I just could not resist :-)
Excellent advice, and that's what I do.
In fact, I actually go to three different shops. I go to the dealer
for the oil changes (their price is maybe $5 more than an
independent's) mainly to keep the car's records up to date and stay in
touch with recalls, etc. I go to my independent shop 45 minutes away
for big Audi-specific jobs, like my timing belt/water pump changeout.
And I go to my local garage (14 years of patronage there and much
mutual loyalty) for basic stuff like brakes, tires, inspections, and
exhaust. This has worked out well for me. I respect the competence
of my mechanics, and they respect my familiarity and attunement to my
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