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99 A4 2.8L...what to watch out for?

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by TSFSU, Jan 9, 2005.

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    [Jan 9, 2005]
    What are some common problems in the 99 A4's? It's got Tiptronic and the 2.8L engine -- no quattro. When I go to look at this car on Saturday, what should I look for? it's got 80,600 miles (128,960 Km) and looks to be quite clean in photos.

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    I have a 98 a4 2.8 quattro with 70,000 miles. The only problems I have had was a worn out clutch and the fact that it tends to burn a little bit of oil.
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    I've heard stuff about Tie Rods, but other than that I've heard that the 2.8L v6 will run forever.
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    The cambelt must be replaced at 70,000 miles. This is NOT something you want to skip, as a cambelt failure can mean a new engine. Ask for proof it has been replaced. If it hasn't, or if the seller can't show that it has, then walk away! I can't speak for USA prices (You are from the USA, right?), but in Britan, a cambelt change costs the equivalent of $1300 or thereabouts at current exchange rates.

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    $1300? Seriously? That's a lot..how do I know if the cambelt is bad? Is this a 2.8L specific concern?

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    It's not about whether it's bad or not. It has a limited life span. It wears out, and it has to be replaced. It's not just a matter for the 2.8L, not even just for Audis. It applies pretty much to any car. You cannot risk running a car with a cambelt that has gone past its scheduled replacement mileage. If it breaks, the engine will be smashed to pieces inside.
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