I purchased a certified pre-owned 2005.5 A4 2.0T Quattro from Boardwalk
Audi in Plano, TX on 12/22/06. Two days later when I first started the
car up it flashed me the 'coolant' warning. I checked the coolant, it
was low. Suspecting a leak, I drove the car around a bit and then
parked the car in a clean spot. I came back a few hours later and,
sure enough, there was a fresh pool of coolant under the car.
My car has been sitting at the dealership since then. They told me
that the source of the leak is the coolant flange and that the part is
backordered. Here's my question. What is the likelihood of a
significant leak of coolant caused by a worn coolant flange appearing
suddenly? Is it reasonable to assume that the dealership knew about
the leak when they sold me the car?
Also, I've heard cases of Audi dealerships not honoring warrenties
because customers are not able to provide full maintenance
documentation for the life of the vehicle. This vehicle was sold to me
by the dealership as "certified pre-owned", but I was not provided with
maintenance documentation for the 28k miles on the car at the time of
sale. Should I be concerned?
Finally, one of the documents I was given during the sale contains
warrenty information. It says "Buyers Guide" at the top. There are
two big checkboxes, one says "AS IS-NO WARRENTY" and the other says
"WARRENTY". The latter is checked. Within that, there are two small
checkboxes: one says "FULL" and the other says "LIMITED WARRENTY".
Neither one is checked, but the text for "LIMITED WARRENTY" has two
fill-in-the-blank spots. The first sentence reads: "The dealer will
pay 0% of the labor and 0% of the parts for the covered systems that
fail during the warrenty period." That sounds pretty bad. I also paid
for an extended warrenty; an additional 2 years and 50,000 miles of
What actions should I take to protect myself? I was so excited about
my new car, but now I'm just worried.