New to the group and have read some posts on the sludge issues. I know
this message is long but I want to provide all the relevant
I just purchased a used 2002 A4 1.8T Quattro with about 98,000
kilometers on it. I have had the car for about 2 weeks. I purchased
the car from a used car dealer who provided the certification and
pre-delivery maintenance (a synthetic oil change). I have put about
300 kilometers on the car.
While driving on the highway, the car seemed to lose a considerable
amount of power and then just before reaching my destination, the
engine light came on. The information console indicated that I should
check the oil pressure. I phoned a local Audi service center. The
service manager prompted me to add a litre of synthetic oil and get to
a service center ASAP. I added Mobil 5W30 synthetic and started to
make my way to the nearest dealer. About 2 kilometers away from the
service center, the light came on, the engine dropped power and a lot
of noise was coming from the engine.
I made it to the dealer. They informed me that the engine was "sludged"
and that the engine would need to be replaced. I also know that Audi
extended the warranty period due to this issue up to eight years
provided documentation of regular maintenance. As the car was
purchased used, I do not have original receipts for maintenance.
Fortunately, the service manager at my local dealership was able to
pull the service records for the car from the previous Audi dealership
and certify these in the maintenance book for the car. The car was
maintained regularly by the previous owner at the Audi dealer though
some of the service intervals slipped those required by the
manufacturer (by between 500-2000KMs).
The service manager informed me yesterday that Audi will not get
involved. Audi is claiming this service intercal "slippage" is the
reason they will not honour the warranty.
I have called Audi customer service as well as the used car dealer from
where I purchased the car. I am awaiting feedback from both.
To me, while I am not a mechanic, it seems unrealistic that slippage of
no more than 2000KMs in servicing could cause this problem. I have no
basis for this opinion but would be interested in hearing the opionions
of others who are knowledgable on these things.
I am looking to understand if others have faced a similar issue and
what the outcome was for you. Is there hope or am I screwed?
Thanks in advance