If you had the car serviced at an Audi dealer and its a full service history
then they have no come back, unless they advised you change the belt at last
service and you said no.
What model Audi is it, I suspect its an 1.8T as there renown for snapping
60k miles is the Audiworld users recommended change time, and 80k if you
have a V6 model.
You will have bent a few valves, just take it to a independant garage, if
its a 1.8 then your looking at a days labour and the price of a new set of
valves. If its a V6 then its quite a bit more expensive.
Interesting! It's a 1.8 Avant.
Thanks for the advice, Just tonight got a phonecall from Germany and they
are NOT happy with the way Audi NZ has handled the case. Don't forget that
here in NZ Audi is seen as "prestige" deluxe vehicles onpar with BMW etc. So
you pay a lot more for them here than anywhere else. They are expensice cars
and the service (also expensive) is supposed to be 100%.
Aha! Didn't even see that myself.... Thought the newsreader would use the
same email details as the email program. It's changed now!
My name is Robert Smits, the Audi is my wife's: Helen Hendren. And don't you
worry: they DO know who we are!
Sorry for the inconvenience!
Normally, VAG Audi importers will pay part or all of the repair costs in
Much depends whether the car was maintained by an Audi dealership especially
the parts connected to the belt.
If there are serious problems on a certain series of cars, they call back
even cars that are 9 years old and repair them for free.
So don't start this "Don't buy Audi..." thing before all misunderstandings
Keep fighting with them. They should at least pay for part of the
repairs. Premature timing belt/tensioner failures on the 1.8T engine is
a well known issue, at least in the US, where Audi recommends 105K mile
or even 120K mile change intervals for these parts, but most of us who
are "in the know", replace them every 60K miles or every 4 years,
whichever comes first. If you search the A4 B5 forum on AudiWorld.com
you'll find a ton of cases like yours.
Good luck with everything. Be sure to also replace the water pump while
you're getting the other stuff replaced.
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