I have a 2001 A4 2.8 and it was due for the 40,000 mile tune up. I have an
extended warrenty so I didn't think much of it to bring it in. The Audi
place called me to say I needed front brake pads also for $350. I said go
ahead with it and then they called back when it was ready. When I went to
pick it up the bill was $920!!!!!!! The 40,000 mile tune up was over
$500!!!! Almost a grand for brake pads and a tune up. What a rip off!!! I
will never buy from Audi or this dealer again!
Didn't you get a price before you booked the car in?
Any premium brand will cost you when you go to the dealers. Why don't you
find a trustworthy independent near you and use them for servicing. Even if
it invalidates your warranty it'll probably still be cheaper.
Not sure why you're blaming Audi for this, but can understand why you'd
be PO'd at the dealer. For sure I'd have gotten a quote up front, and
checked my warranty to see whether it was covered....
OTOH - I asked my dealer to do a brake fluid flush, assuming that it
was NOT covered by the 'Audi Advantage' free maintenance program and
was fully prepared to pay for it. When I got the car back, it was
covered under warranty, which pleasantly surprised me.....
You definitely need to find an independent shop for these types of
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA
The extended warranty doesn't cover normal maintenace like the original
warranty did. The 40K service consists of a number of things such as oil,
filters (engine, cabin), sparkplugs, brake fluid (if it's been 2 years since
the last time it was changed). I remember I once inquired about just the
sparkplugs change on my 1.8T (4 sparkplugs, not 6), and they wanted around
$200 for parts and labor. When you go to the dealer, you have to be
prepared their parts prices as well as labor rates will be higher than
Any you think it'll be a different story with any other premium
brand/dealer? Keep dreaming...
Two things for you:
1) Find a good independent that specializes in Audi/VW and it will
save you some $$$$, especially on the maintenance intervals.
2) Don't ever purchase a Lexus if you think the Audi prices are
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