I took the 99 A6 in for a recall fix and the dealer found nearly $4000 worth
of work that was need on a car with just under 60,000 miles on it. Also,
some of the repairs needed to be done before it would pass the state
inspection. They said it was just worn out; that some go longer but nothing
The repairs included; lower control arms-$670, tie rods- $490 - Timing belt-
$1500, Suction jet pump- $850, Front propshaft seal -$485.
My question to you is; can that be right? I wrote to the Audi of America but
they did not respond. But I don't think that I could buy another Audi.
Have the dealer do *just* the recall. (They are required to do this,
and cannot make a recall dependent on other non-warranty/non-recall
Then take it to an honest, independent shop (that is good, and has a
good reputation) and ask them to evaluate the other items.
Then make a decision.
Oh, and find a new dealer. <bg>
Yeah, because the new car will cost less than $4000, and have a timing
belt that never needs to be replaced...
No wonder so many people are in debt up to their eyeballs - if this is
the kind of "thinking" that prevails.
Of course, the Audi dealer did VAG no service by trying to belt this
guy for $4000 of repairs, who knows how many of which were really
The timing belt, yeah. But $1500 is WAY TOO DAMN MUCH to spend on
Still, are there people out there who are really this completely brain-
The mind boggles.
I wouldn't call it worn 'out' After all, the car's almost 8 years old.
lower control arms and tie rods are common, timing belt is something
you have to have done anyway. You can always decide if you want to buy
a new car before every timing belt change or just have it done.
Guess what's cheaper?.
Suction jet pump and prop-shaft seal I don't know about.
Yeah, completely right.
Err, well maintenance for an 8 year old car does include the odd
For the record, I own a 99 A6 as well, 2,5 TDI, Avant.
100.000 miles on it and owned it since new.
Had several lower control arms and tie rod ends, had one timing belt
done at 75kmiles for ~700 Euros, thats around 900US$ right now, at the
dealer. Had two sets of braking discs in the front and one in the
rear. Worst that happened was a failed fuel injection pump a few
months ago, meaning after more than 7 years and almost 100kmiles. Ouch
on a TDI with those high pressure pumps. Cost me ~2.500 US$ at the
Was still a good deal, bcause 8 weeks later the new pump went again.
Obviously the second pump cost me nothing.
In both cases I had a decent loaner free of charge, so I didn't worry.
Sure, somewhen in the future the dampers need a change. That's most
likely then a job for the independent. I need to fix a screw in the
rear door lining too :-)
I went through the maths that time. By no means it would make sense
financially to buy a new car, even with those repairs. The car is
mine, no debt.
Dealer would offer ~14kUS$ for it if I trade it in.
But most important:
Every time I get in and drive it, it's a most pleasant feeling.
Well, maybe not completely right, yes :-)
The price for the belt change is quote high. I was mainly referring to
the number of repairs.
Don't get me wrong, I'd also try to find another dealer, because this
one's too expensive, but I wanted to express that the car's not waste
just because of those things.
Hmm. I think 900bucks including time and material for a V6TDI belt
change is VERY reasonable. The independents wouldn't do it for that
Not with waterpump and tensioner and all.
I've also heard the myth that Hondas never need repair or
maintenance. Considering the number of Hondas I see in a local shop
at any given time, I know for a fact that the myth is completely
Toyotas have very soft, long-travel suspensions. Test drive the car for
at least 10 minutes in slow traffic to make sure the forwards/backwards
rocking doesn't make you sick. If it doesn't, the Toyotas are generally
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