I have a 98 A4 TQM with about 125k miles on it. It's got the base
level Wetterauer chip in it. The other day, while driving, the chip
popped out of its base. The engine died, and after having it towed to
the dealer, this problem was discovered and fixed. Easy. However,
the service tech heard a noise he was unfamiliar with. They showed me
the noise, which was awful--lots of clunking at low rpm and some
whining/metal grinding at higher revs. It wasn't a huge noise--you
had to listen to it for a bit. Anyway, the tech looks it over for
another day and tells me there's metal in the turbo, and it's going to
fail at any time. At first the service consultant tells me this isn't
lethal--the car will lose power but will still be driveable. Later,
the tech says that if the turbo fails it will do so colossally,
shredding the engine with shrapnel, thus rendering my car a
paperweight. Both recommend either shelling out $2000 parts and labor
for the repair or buying a new car.
My questions then, for any of you wise enough or experienced enough
with turbo failures, are these:
1. Does this price sound right for a dealer replacing the turbo?
2. Should I get a second opinion (I am going to)?
3. Is the failure scenario they report likely and or correct in its
potential destructive power?
4. Can I drive it like a granny and keep the turbo from engaging to
prolong its life? Buying a car at Christmas time is not a happy
Thanks in advance,