After reading the entirety of this thread, I've come to two conclusions.
One: The timing belt, etc. should be changed at ~60,000mi /~90,000km. And
more importantly, two: that someone at Audi seriously dropped the ball on
this and neglected to correct their error.
Because it strikes me as extremely odd, at best, that the manufacturer
recommendation for timing belt replacement is *both* 90,000 miles AND 90,000
kilometers (depending on location). Thus, it sounds very much like the
people in charge of writing the imperial (mile) intervals were either
mathematically brain dead or simply heard someone say "90,000" and didn't
realize that this number referred to kilometers rather than miles. Either
way, if all of the tales of "early" failures are true, Audi of America
certainly needs to hear about it in some sort of large, organized fashion so
that it can be corrected. (no, I'm not talking about a lawsuit...just a
bunch of letters from "concerned owners" or something of that nature).
2002 A4 3.0Q
As every v6 I've ever owned had belt-driven camshafts, and they all had
recommended replacement at 60000 miles, I'm inclined to agree with your take
that someone transcribed the recommendation incorrectly.
Fortunately, I don't have a dog in this hunt right now. At just over 30000
miles and still under the fix-all factory warranty, Audi service noticed the
pump had a tiny leak (so small it never made a puddle), so they replaced the
water pump, belt tensioner and idlers, and serpentine and cam belts, all on
Felt like I had hit the lottery...
'00 s4 6spd, good for at least another 30K; -)
Re: Re: Audi A4 timing belt
Aug 22 2003 04:48 pm
> > Oh my god, so I will never be priveledged to be overcharged by you? I will
> > now be forced to go to another shop where they will do exactly the same jo
> > for half the price. I am so distressed, I'll never be able to get over thi
> > terrible loss.
> But in fact you are costing us money. a) by consuming bandwidth and b)
> by pissing off a guy who has made uncounted helpful contributions in
> this group FREE OF CHARGE.
> Thank you.
> If you really think you are overcharged then yes, go find another mech.
> I for my part prefer a mechanic who does the job _right_. I can find
> enough idiots who would charge me the same for bad work.
Thank you! Well said!
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