thanks pete and curtis, so what exactly does the 4/50,000 cover? is
that a powertrain warranty? i would assume that if scheduled
maintenance isnt free then unschduled maintenance also wouldnt fal
under warranty coverage.
Scheduled maintenance and warranty are two different animals. The
4/50,000 warranty is bumper-to-bumper. There is really no such thing as
unscheduled maintenance. If it's unscheduled, it's not maintenance -
it's repair and should be covered by the warranty.
Unless you want to call more frequent oil changes an "unscheduled
maintenance". In that case, you pay for it yourself. For example, my
2001 A4 had oil changes done every 10K miles as part of the free
4/50,000 scheduled maintenance. Since I'm an anal retentive, I chose to
have it changed every 5K miles - so, those changes in-between were
"unscheduled" and not free, and certainly did not fall under warranty
The list of things covered under the scheduled maintenance should be in
your owner's manual. Such lists are also posted on
www.bentleypublishers.com, but they don't have one for 2007 model year
yet. What is included in that $575 contract that you mentioned - I have
no idea, but if you're paying for it, the dealer should give you in
writing what it covers, how often, etc.
Just FYI, brakes were covered on the free maintenance plan on my 2001
Audi A4, which I purchased new.
The dealer said if the pads are worn down to the wear indicator before
the warranty was up, they would replace under the maintenance plan.
They replaced my windshield wipers, topped off fluids for free and did
a 10K maintenance for free up to 50K miles. The 40K service was
free and it was normally kind of pricey.
I would do my oil change every other 5K.
From my experience, about the only item it didn't cover was tires.
Sure... except that Audi in the US was using low grade mineral oil at 10K
mile intervals which led to numerous engine sludge issues, mainly on the
1.8T models. They finally switched to synthetic on the most recent model
years, but now it is no longer "free" under the standard maintenance.
Pete, my last oil change at the dealer under the Audi Advantage program
was done with Castrol Syntec..... I have been using Mobil1 0w-40 (and
yes, Ron, I do change it every 5k miles) but forgot to pick up the last
If it's $575 for the 4-year period, I'd say that could be a decent
deal, but only if you need the brakes done. Otherwise, we're talking
basically oil/filter changes and wiper blades. And it's probably only
the oil changes specified by the mfg recommendation, i.e., 5k miles,
then every 10k until 35k. So it's not like you could take it in every
3k miles (sorry, Ron ;-) and have them change it for free. Oh, you may
get one alignment as part of that too.
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA
I think the standard maintenance also calls for spark plug replacement at
35-40K miles. Or did they change that recently?
I was quoted the exorbitant price of $850 for the 40K service on an '03 A4
1.8T. So that $575 seems good if you can trust Audi. Why would I have to pay
for that with a 4yr/50000 mile warranty? Because Audi (AoA) has blamed the
previous owner for a sludge problem. Even saying that's true and it wasn't
their fault for having 10K mile oil changes on mineral oil in a turbo, they
are calling the car neglected and will not pay for anything sludge related
or not. This though they continued to cover repairs for 16k miles after the
problem arose and only refused when I called them on the sludge issue.
I don't understand your question (cover that up???). I want them to continue
to honor the warranty. Many of the cars had sludge problems while perfectly
maintained under the Audi service plan due to their poor specs (dino oil,
small filter, 10000+ mile intervals...) The previous owner my car was late
enough on one oil change (the 2nd one) that they had an excuse not to cover
the sludge repairs under warranty. However at that time they changed his oil
pump and continued service under warranty for another 14,000 miles.
Previous owner then sold it to me. He had asked the service manager at the
dealer if there was anything wrong with the car that I should know about.
The mgr said no and that if anything should arise it would be covered under
warranty. After about 1000 miles I took it in for oil pressure problems.
They did some work under warranty. Another 1000 miles. I take it back in.
Diagnosis SLUDGE. Not covered.
NOW the point that really burns me up is that AoA will no longer honor the
warranty at all. If the radio fails they won't fix it because the guy was
late on one oil change. TELL ME HOW THAT IS RIGHT.
It's not right....but they're banking on you getting so PO'd with the whole
thing that you'll go to a different car make. They figure that it would be
unlikely that you'd get a lawyer to fight over a broken radio with them.
Prove 'em wrong.
1987 Audi 5kTQ
1980 Audi 5k
1962 and '64 Auto Union DKW Junior deLuxes
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