This morning on my drive to work I noticed a trail of dense white
smoke, and the "check engine" light came on. After a tow to the
(independent) shop, I was told that one of the turbo's was burned up
and it was recommended to replace both of them at a cost of $5000.
This car has 37000 miles and has been serviced as recommended. Do you
think I have any shot at getting the factory to help with the repair?
Is it really reasonable to replace both turbos at this time, and is
the estimated cost reasonable? Thanks.
Ouch, that kinda hurts. You can always try talking to Audi, but that might
hurt too, :o)
I wouldn't replace both turbo's unless they both need to be replaced,
depends on what caused to failure too.
Try going the aftermarket root, you might get better turbos, for less cost.
'98.5 A4, 2.8L w/no turbo's
I didn't realize the warranty wasn't 4/50; My error.
As for conventional oil and 10K changes, I agree!......I have a 2001
Audi A4 (2.8L V6) and I ran an oil change with Mobil 1 5W30
(synthetic) and I had the oil analyzed. The oil had 9,600 miles on
The results weren't great; In summary, Blackstone Labs said to go to a
6,500 mile (at most interval) if I was to continue to use Mobil 1
5W30. I know it isn't ACAE B3, but I asked for Mobil 1 and that is
what the dealer put in!
Now, I am running German Castrol 0W30 (available at AutoZone) and it
is ACAE B3 rated. The oil will have 7,500 miles on it when I send it
in for a sample (probably in April).
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conventional oil and 10K changes, I agree!......I have a 2001
Oh, I remember your post on BITOG now. I think I even responded to it. ;-)
I also used to run M1 5w-30 in my A4 1.8T, but at 5K mile intervals. Right
now I've got M1 0w-40 in there, but will be switching to GC 0w-30 at my
next oil change.
I Norway, they had 1 year only in 2000. At some time later on new EU rules
dictated a minimum of 2 years. However, my experience is that they got loads
of 'unofficial' warranty/coverage - typically 100% within 3 yrs and 50%
within 5 yrs. Changed the Xenon bulb on my -98 A6 with 80' km on it a couple
of weeks ago: 50% of the cost was covered by Audi.
This suggests some common cause. Is there a fault in the lubrication
system that needs fixing?
My 95 Volvo 850 turbo wagon (one turbo, 5 cyl, 222 HP) is still going
strong at 190K, not a hint of turbo problems.
(Now that I've said that, it'll blow up tomorrow in the center of five
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To update this story:
I had the car towed to a dealer (Valley Motors in Baltimore),
where they confirmed the original diagnosis of a blown turbo. The
service agent said both turbo's must be replaced, and that the factory
will cover 3/4 of the cost, even though the car is a year out of
warrantee. That's the good news. The bad news is that my 1/4 of the
cost will be $2200. Seems like a lot, but it's still better than
paying $5k out of pocket at the independent shop, and I know (hope)
the dealer will make sure the repair is done satisfactorily. I'm
hoping to get the car back in a week or so. Thanks to all for your
Bob from Baltimore
Forgive me if im wrong but your saying that you pay $2200 for 1/4 of the
work, this equates to $8800 to change 2 turbo's ??????
There taking you for a ride.
An Audi S4 Turbo will cost you $999 ask them where they get the other $6000
from, ive allowed them $800 in labour.
When I read this original post a while back, I thought the numbers
looked a little off, but there is NO WAY that an S4 (2000-2002) Turbo
swap would cost $999. That is just TOO little. I am in an S4 group, and
several people have had to have their turbo's swapped. Most end up
costing in the range of $5500 - But there are plenty of extra items that
could need to be replaced which could increase the costs.
Each K03 costs at least a grand each.
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