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Feb 10, 2011 (7:21 pm)
92 Buick regal Limited 3.8 engine, 140,000 miles. shifting odd. When going up hill it wants to shift up in gear,ie. from 4th to overdrive . Don't know what history is . would flushing trans. fluid and new filter hurt. Dealer say they would not recomend. and recomendations???
#626 of 634 Re: congostarter001 [congostarter]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 11, 2011 (6:46 am)
Pretty hard to diagnose transmission ills from this distance. Just a WAG--I would scan the car for any transmission trouble codes. Maybe a faulty shift solenoid or maladjusted throttle valve cable. You'd have to investigate how the transmission gets its speed/load information.
#627 of 634 Re: congostarter001 [congostarter]
Feb 11, 2011 (6:52 am)
How long has it been since the last transmission service? I wouldn't "flush" it under any circumstances though. Just change the filter and fluid in the pan. If the filter is very dirty it can cause a load of problems.
#633 of 634 General question
Dec 05, 2013 (11:25 am)
So I wanted to ask everyone their opinions or thoughts on the reliability of Audi's and the maintenance costs of them. I am looking to buy a used Audi, undecided on make, produced from 2000-2005. I have heard a lot of negative things about Audi's reliability and their extremely high maintenance costs. I really just do love the look of Audi's and so I am still exploring purchasing one. However, I was wondering if members of the forum had opinions if certain models from 2000-2005 were considered more reliable and had lower maintenance costs. Any and all opinions would be much appreciated.
#634 of 634 Re: General question [kanstrup]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 05, 2013 (11:30 am)
Repair and maintenance costs will be high for any German luxury car out of warranty, so the year is irrelevant to that.
As for reliability, this is very much tied to the car's past history, the car's mileage, and the competence of the shop that has previously serviced the car.
Obviously, you need to stay away from Audis with high mileage (over 100K) and/or with oil stickers on it from chain stores, or with cars that have zero service records.
Buying from an original owner who has all the service records would be best.
Also, be sure to run a CARFAX on the car and get a pre-purchase inspection before you buy.
You should plan on spending $100/150 per month on average for maintenance and normal repairs (expendable items), less gas and insurance, and presuming no major component fails.