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1.8TQS Owners (and likely others) - Seen the price of a CV joint?

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by FactionOne, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. FactionOne
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    I don't know if this has been posted before, but figured it was definitely worth a mention...

    My TurboQuattroShed recently finished with one of its CV joints, and when I mentioned this in passing to Byzan A4, he pointed-out that due to perculiarities of the TQS they tend to be hard-to-find/expensive/a mixture of the two.

    The usual suspects confirmed this - ECP were asking something around £145 + VAT for one, and my local VW dealer would supply a new one on exchange for £135 + VAT + £65 surcharge. That was even more 'special' than I was expecting; and being 'self-employed' I decided to have a dig around to see if there were any options. I found an Irish factor who ships into the UK doing one for about £70, and very nearly placed an order there and then... Just before I did, my Dad gave me a shout (he'd been looking too) to say he'd found a firm which might be worth getting in touch with...

    Enter J & R CV Joints ( J and R CV Joints | Brand new cv joints and driveshafts from a UK cv joint specialist )... If you look at their site, you'll see that they're a manufacturer of CV joints and drive-shafts, and retail them direct for what look like incredibly cheap prices. So, given that the website doesn't go into super-fine detail, I decided to give them a ring...

    After the specifics of my car were confirmed, I went ahead an ordered part number 'JR378' - Outer CV joint, ancillaries (circlip for drive shaft etc.), boot, clips and grease. It was delivered next-day by DPD, with a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty...

    Total cost: £21.33

    I honestly struggled to believe it, right up until the point it became apparent it was exactly the right fitment, and just dropped straight in (as it were); as far as quality's concerned, I can understand why they're confident enough to give a 2 year warranty, it looked and felt perfectly well machined to me. I would say it's probably worth giving them a call for any CV/drive-shaft bits you might need, but after the experience I had, I'll confidently say you'd have to be mental to not call them - they're also incredibly friendly and helpful on the phone (lines by the way are open 7 days a week, 8AM - 10PM!)

    It might not be big news, but bluntly, I was f**king amazed, so though it worth documenting...

    All the best,

    Rob.
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    Amazing! Cheers for the heads up. Good to know!
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    they sell on ebay
    bought 2 s4 cv joints for £40 thinking i needed them to fit s4 uprights (i didnt) they looked pretty good quality for the price
    i even sold them on for a tiny profit

    i bet a boot kit cost more from audi
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    £35quid is the max for a CV Boot :p
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    mate i work at euro's and for cv joint ( gkn) which is o.e for 82+vat
    or pattern part for 31.50 +vat without doing deals :)
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    For a 1.8 TQS Avant, AJL engine code?

    If so, that's happy (well, happier) news for ECP; but your colleagues at the store I called aren't helping make sales, as I recall I was quoted £146 (and change) plus a Vodka And Tonic for the treasury. It might follow though, because the first time I called about a wheel bearing (same corner) I was quoted something like £25.50 + VAT, then I rang again to check stock and was told it was something like £40 + VAT and adviesd there's nothing on the list (in stock or otherwise) anywhere near the initially suggested price.

    I've probably spent as much as I did on the car with ECP, and rightly or wrongly, they're always my first port-of-call, but it's getting more difficult to do lately due to disparity in information from website/telephone call (or even separate telephone calls to the same branch). Not saying this to have a dig, but at that point I decided I couldn't be bothered trekking up there to perhaps find a third number, so just went to Andrew Page and gave them my forty-odd quid.

    Cheers,

    Rob.
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    hey rob i know the customer services are ****e sometimes if anyone ever need anything can call me on 01223 401406- ask for shane,
    i can give you correct part no. and price!!!!+ i have the etos/ etka so can quarantee will be correct.
    what branch do you use?

    and andrew page ( ouch) thats where my misses works :)
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    Even using ETKA i wouldnt say anything is 100% correct lol. ETKA isnt always right compared to whats actually on the car and has screwed me over many times before.
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    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator

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    I think the biggest problem with ordering CV's and shafts for the TQS is that its basically 2.8 Quattro running gear, and a lot of aftermarket parts people lump the TQS in with the 4cyl 1.8/1.8T/tdi models and give you the smaller CV/Bearing etc.
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    so i got 2 cv joints and an extra boot for an extra fiver!
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    Yep. Good deal lol
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