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Audi A6, Sedan
Jun 26, 2007 (1:57 pm)
I have a 2003 A6 with about 63,000 miles. Recently the dashboard brake pad warning light came on intermittently. I had to look it up to decipher the picture. I called the dealership and asked about the standard cost of a brake job and I was quoted a general estimate of just under $800 depending upon the amount of rotor work and other damage. When I balked at the cost my service advisor suggested Just Brakes or another brake specialty repair shop and to avoid other repair shops.
When I took the car to Just Brakes I was told my pads are in good shape and no need for repairs yet.
Shortly after that time my check engine light came on (I knew it was for the catalytic converter as the light had come on before and the Audi warranty would only cover the repair after a second warning) and the brake pad warning light came on and stayed on. During the repair for the catalytic converter, my service advisor called to recommend a brake job for $787. When I balked at the cost, he recommended just replacing the pads for $386. When I told him about Just Brakes he said my front pads were down to almost 8 mm and that I would start to hear brake noise at 5mm.
At what thickness should I buy new brake pads?
#6690 of 6921 how many miles can i get on an Audi
Jul 26, 2007 (3:41 am)
How many minels can i get on an Audi A6 before it starts to need costly repairs? I put on a lot of miles and hoping to get 200K before it needs repairs. can anyone tell me.
#6691 of 6921 how many miles can i get on an Audi
Jul 26, 2007 (8:22 am)
How many miles can i get on an Audi A6 before it starts to need costly repairs? I put on a lot of miles and hoping to get 200K before it needs repairs. can anyone tell me. I'm looking at an Audi A6 quatro
#6692 of 6921 Re: brake pads [harrylyme]
Jul 27, 2007 (2:18 pm)
You need new brakes.
No ifs ands or buts.
I was told that ONE TIME, if you get the pads replaced EARLY enough, you can replace the pads without new rotors.
I have no idea if you have gone too far.
My assumption is for $800 there would be rotors, yes?
If you are keeping the car, I would tell you 63K is pretty good (German cars have great brakes often but shorter life spans in exchange.)
I would, at the very least go for new pads and were I in your shoes, I would probably let the dealer do it, but that is just me.
#6693 of 6921 Re: how many miles can i get on an Audi [kennyj1]
Jul 27, 2007 (2:23 pm)
I am tempted to crack wise.
The real answer is it all depends.
You need to give a lot more details than you have provided for anyone to give an "informed opinion."
I see no reason you couldn't use an Audi for 200K miles without a MAJOR repair.
But you would have to maintain it -- and Audi maintenance (not unlike many other cars) is breathtakingly expensive out of the Audi Advantage period.
Changing the fluids often, more often than required, is a big step. Keeping everything about the car clean, lubed and filtered and using the top tier gasolines too is a big insurance policy.
Someone, somewhere did a "diminishing returns" analysis. Hell, for all I know, the magic mileage is 150K or 250K.
My magic number has been 50K, I am rethinking that to 100K, but haven't had the guts to do it yet.
#6694 of 6921 Re: how many miles can i get on an Audi [kennyj1]
Jul 27, 2007 (7:20 pm)
I have to agree with Mark. The Audi is a luxury performance car...very fun to drive, but not known until maybe the latest series for reliabilty. If you want great reliability, then you're better off with Lexus or Honda (not Acura as of lately)... IMO...
#6695 of 6921 Re: how many miles can i get on an Audi [markcincinnati]
Jul 27, 2007 (7:32 pm)
LOL the reason i ask is because i'm thinking of purchasing a Audi.I just turned 220,000 on my toyota camry. with little repairs . yes i did breaks and tires , stuff like that but nothing major. and i change the oil only every every 6,000 miles jiffy lube. and have done a few flushes but after that many mile on my toyota im looking for a change. It['s a 2002 so i put on a few mile every tear , i purchesed new. not expecting every car to match this but dont want to get much worst
#6696 of 6921 Re: how many miles can i get on an Audi [kennyj1]
Jul 28, 2007 (5:15 am)
A person I used to work with did have an apparently uber reliable German car: Mercedes diesel.
One of the techs at my Audi dealer has an Audi with 175,000 miles on it -- no major issues.
I have 40K -- the car, a 2005 A6 3.2, feels "as it did the day I got it."
I am clueless as to what that means in terms of its durability and potential for long life. It "seems" as if it ought to go 100K with minimal problems. I have a lease -- I have 9 more pmts to go. I may or may not keep it a bit longer than the lease.
I will look at another A6, the new A4, A5 and the upcoming Cadillac CTS, the BMW 3 and maybe 5, the CUV's just out from GM (GMC and Buick, perhaps.)
The new lifetime powertrain warranty on Chrysler products may get your attention -- the refreshened 300 AWD with a number of option boxes checked is (or ought to be since I have not seen the updated 300 in the flesh, so to speak) a pretty nice car (my in-laws have a 2007 AWD 300 and its German heritage has not been snuffed out.)
The quality of the Germans has and continues to be a matter of some debate and strong opinion.
Gulp: my first thought, however, is if I really intended to acquire and use a car for 200K miles, "no Europeans need apply -- unless they be diesels."
#6697 of 6921 Re: how many miles can i get on an Audi [markcincinnati]
Jul 28, 2007 (7:40 am)
Good to see you Mark - you've been sorta scarce in these parts lately.
#6698 of 6921 Re: how many miles can i get on an Audi [pat]
Jul 28, 2007 (9:26 am)
Always great to have Mark in the house.