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    a bit of advice

    Thanks for looking at my post. I am looking for some ideas/opinon on what to do next with my car. It needs attention but the quotes from the dealer has shocked me to the point that I am undecided as to whether it will be worth the investment or better to cut loss and get a replacement. I really like the car and want to keep it for a good few years. It also took ages to find so am not in a hurry to chop it in as it is just what I want.

    I have an A4 1.8TQS Avant (180bhp) 2000MY with ~143000 miles, Fsh, chipped, miltek exhaust, black.

    At the last service the dealer idenified the following issues:
    - broken valve damper on turbo (there is a clear rattle noise).
    - cracked exhaust manifold (single crack that maybe weldable).

    They told me I need to replace the turbo (900) and the exhaust manifold (400). I didn't have the money then and had just had a service, cambelt and new clutch done, costing ~1200, so was already in a bit of shock about that! :-)

    I decided to save up and get the work done when I could afford it.

    Last week, at the begining of my holidays (always the way!) there was a strong jerk when I turned on the air con, quickly followed by a strong burning smell and smoke. I turned off the air con straight away and it stopped. I spoke to the dealer again today as they had replaced the aux-belt when they did the cambelt. They told me that if that was the problem then other things would not be working either, for example the power steering. They also said a new compressor was likely required, at ~1000.

    I bought the car from a garage who sold me an extended warrenty with it. However I have since discovered that these are not really worth anything as it is nearly impossible to claim and no garage will help as they have all been burnt by these company's before.

    Ok what do you recon!? Surely there must be a cheaper way to get this all sorted?

    Thanks a lot !

    Sam

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    Re: a bit of advice

    Dont just get a standard K03s turbo get a GT28 or at least a K04!!

    Also find a specialist and don't use the dealer for the work. Will save you lots.

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    Re: a bit of advice

    :-) Thanks!

    To be honest, that was an idea I was considering! ... I have not heard of the GT28 before ... wots that? ....

    The K04 I got quoted 1500 ...

    Costs seem to be spiralling a little!! :-)

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    Re: a bit of advice

    Have a peek at the eliminators.

    Maybe a little more than you want here is the address.

    http://www.atpturbo.com/

    Will be more than a K04 but worth it.

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    Re: a bit of advice

    Here an email from a company in Germany.


    ENGLISH VERSION:

    NEWS ON www.turbolader-guenstig.de !

    Get special Prices:
    30% LESS on STAINLESS TURBO-MANIFOLDS
    70 EUR LESS on FULL-ALU-INTERCOOLER
    and 300 EUR LESS on LLK-KITS for S13 and S14 !!

    Only till the end of august ! Informations on our Website !

    In attachment you can see our new pricelist, with many new items which are on our website also..
    e.g.: Pistons, Rods, Flywheels, Race-Clutchs, etc. etc. etc.
    Visit us often, we get new parts every time.

    You are a company arround cars and parts?
    Send us your company confirm and VAT-Number through eMail or FAX (0049-03032508844) ! We will send our dealer-list ! Buying without VAT is possible..

    You got this eMail because you where in contact with us..
    You would not get this mail in future? Send us a short answer, we will delete your adress..

    thanks, Ren
    www.turbolader-guenstig.de

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    Re: a bit of advice

    Does anyone know of where I can get say the turbo fixed? and the exhaust manifold welded? :-)

    S

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    Re: a bit of advice

    Humm. Ok got a quote this morning from Turbo Technics for a recon turbo at about 450+vat and fitting.

    Why people never quote for a proper job is bejond me - like why try to trick a potential customer into believing something is cheaper that it will be by only giving half the story. Man it is annoying.

    Ok rant over! :-)

    So if I bought a new turbo and manifold from germany, how difficult is it to fit myself?!

    I would happily pay for someone to sort everything on the car, if I felt I could trust them and they weren't trying to con me. So short sited! Grrr .. not happy.

    Anyhow, if people can help me with some advise/suggestions I would really appreciate it.

    Cheers guys. S

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    Re: a bit of advice

    Try audiworld.com great for write-ups.

    Did you buy from the link I posted up if so how much and what did you buy?

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    Re: a bit of advice

    Sambo,
    Try finding a good independant garage you are willing to travel to. If you have work done with them and are happy with it you can go back for other work. I have found that building up a relationship with a good independant garage is very worthwhile. Not only for piece of mind because you can trust them but also little jobs may well be done for free or little cost if you come to them regularly for larger jobs.

    John

 

 

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