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#1176 of 2367 should I buy the extended warranty?
Mar 21, 2006 (8:10 am)
I have a 2002 Audi A4 and am reaching the end of my warranty period at 50,000 miles. I've been offered a 48,000 mile extended warranty for $2300.00. This, of course, won't cover any items like brakes. Is it a good investment to spend that much money up front if I want to keep driving it for another four years, or should I just put the money in the bank for further repairs?
#1177 of 2367 Re: should I buy the extended warranty? [sbeck1]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 21, 2006 (9:37 am)
Well let's do the math.
The minimum out of warranty repair on an Audi would be say one hour labor + parts, with average parts at $300. So one instance of one repair would cost you $400.
If you have only one repair a year for four years that's $1,600. You should probably count on that happening. So you have a theoretical differential of $700 "extra" spent on the extended warranty.
question is, will your A4 behave in that manner?
These extended warranties are not really warranties but insurance policies. You are betting your car breaks and the insurance company is beating that it doesn't; however, the premium they are charging you, and the exclusions they are throwing in, gives you an idea of how risky THEY think your car is.
#1178 of 2367 Re: air pump cycles after car is turned off [skeeter886]
Mar 22, 2006 (5:57 pm)
So far I found out that the above mentioned relay is inside the ECU weather resistant protective housing. If looking from the front of the car it should be on the left from the ECU metal casing..
#1179 of 2367 Re: should I buy the extended warranty? [sbeck1]
Mar 23, 2006 (9:04 am)
I got an offer for a 75K 5 Year warranty for $1463, I would shop around for a better price before signing it, however i think its a good idea, especially for models 2005 and under.
#1180 of 2367 looking for an Audi mechanic in NJ
Mar 26, 2006 (5:49 pm)
I just purchased a 2000 A4 w/ 30K miles. It is out of warranty and I am searching for a good and ethical mechanic who works on German autos in the northern NJ area (Bergen county). If there's anyone who can recommend one I would appreciate it. Thanks.
#1181 of 2367 Re: looking for an Audi mechanic in NJ [rwolff]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 26, 2006 (6:36 pm)
a gentle heads-up....it's not enough to just work on "german cars". An Audi is not a Porsche is not a BMW is not a Benz. You really want someone who is comfortable with Audis specifically I think.
#1182 of 2367 looking for an Audi mechanic in NJ
Mar 26, 2006 (6:47 pm)
yes I do want someone who is very familiar and comfortable with Audis. Preferably in Bergen cty but within the NYC metro area is acceptable also.
#1183 of 2367 Re: [firstaudi]
Mar 27, 2006 (4:05 pm)
hmm, I just had engine on my '03 A4 3.0L Quattro replaced, yeah, I know, not a pleasent experience, the cost of this deal was around $14,700....in any case, I now also hear a bit of a whistle sound when accelerating, but at a bit lower speed, probably somewhere in between 25-35mph, then it disappears...Not sure yet if I should take it back to the dealer to check it out, the noise is very unobstructive, and I have very little faith in audi mechanics/dealers/cars. I used to have Honda V6 coupe that did have similar noise but only coming up at first few yards the car would start moving, and probably was just the way it was designed (it was less noticeable), in any case, after the engine was replaced I have this sound now, so it does seem to have possibly something to do on how they put everything back on...I don't know...
#1184 of 2367 Re: [henry3]
Mar 27, 2006 (4:31 pm)
I had the engine on my 02 A4 1.8T replaced last year and about two months ago heard a hissing noise when accelerating. It sounded like a vacuum hose to me so I took it in and sure enough that's what it was. It may be that also, I would have it checked out. Is your check engine light on?
#1185 of 2367 Re: help! poor college student needs advice [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 28, 2006 (7:19 pm)
Mr. Shiftright, comparing the following cars, and assuming both of these are __out__ of their warranty:
AUDI A4 AVANT
CHEVY MALIBU MAXX
1. Which will cost more to keep maintained?
2. Is there an aprox. percentage difference?
I like many features of the Audis, but am very concerned about their bad reliability record and the comments that they are very expensive to fix.