1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

A3 1.8 T servicing

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by JamesMoran, Nov 9, 2003.

  1. JamesMoran
    Offline

    JamesMoran New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2003
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am looking into buying a used A3 1.8 T does anyone know if there are any major price differences between the servicing costs at a main dealer of a 1.8 compared to a 1.8 T. Also are there any major problems reported with the 1.8 T?
    #1
  2. nefarious
    Offline

    nefarious New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2003
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've just put my t-sport through its first service at the dealers. £191 if that gives you a point of reference.

    Brad
    #2
  3. JamesMoran
    Offline

    JamesMoran New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2003
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ok thanks, Should be useful- can compare to 1.8 servicing costs now.
    James
    #3
  4. tomknightley
    Offline

    tomknightley New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2003
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    just avoid AUDI dealers , all they charge for is labour! an oil service is 115 pounds! got it done at my local garage for 25 quid, if its older than 3 years DONT GO DIRECTLY TO AUDI ! there are so many specialists around that are so much better, belive me they do a far better job! i know a couple in the south, just had a full 40k service done, will all parts and it was 150 quid !
    #4
  5. stressfrees3
    Offline

    stressfrees3 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    0
    what garages in thhe south do you recommend?
    #5
  6. tomknightley
    Offline

    tomknightley New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2003
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    i go to a local place near aylesbury, they are great , spend most of the year building engines for race cars, but i know them so they do my serviceing for me, really cheap and to be honest the most helpful guys, they dont rip you off and they always try to be helpfull, the do what needs to be done , not what does not need to be done, you dont get a load car, or get your car back cleaned, they are just brilliant machanicts who look after their cars, my 40k service , oil, plugs, all filters etc was £140 quid i think , they also have a VAG cable to reset everything audi wanted over £350! though their labour rates are £120 an hour! dont know how they can justify that!
    #6
  7. AndyMac
    Offline

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    Messages:
    9,833
    Likes Received:
    30
    Yeah totally agree with Tom, I've saved over £1,500 in the last 18 months on both our Audi's (A4 2.8Q * A3 1.8TS) by using a specialist. Main dealers are only really interested in cars under 3 years old, under warranty (see my post in the dealer forum under Southampton Audi).

    I use a VAG specialist in Southampton (Autotechnik), they are all ex-VAG mechanics and only charge £30 per hour, as opposed to Audi's £80 per hour, and they use genuine German parts, which are at least half the price of exactly the same part from Audi. e.g. Alternator for my A4 £320 from Audi, fitted, £140 from Autotechnik for the same Bosch part fitted.
    I can't understand why people extend their Audi warranty beyond the 3 years. It's expensive (around £700 p.a.) and you then have to pay for Audi servicing which will cost you another £200 p.a. over the going rate. If you then have a waranty issue it's likely to come under wear & tear on a car over 3 years old, so isn't covered anyway. No part over 3 years old is likely to fail due to manufacturing defect.

    Just look in Yellow Pages for a local specialist, and bank the savings. My wife has a '99 1.8TS from new (60k), had rear brake caliper seized on (which required 3 visits to main dealer before they spotted it), and coil pack fail. Luckily the brakes were just inside the 3 year warranty, but the coil pack was only £90 from specialist. The coil pack would have been covered under an extended warranty, but we're still £800 ahead.
    #7
  8. 603ELO
    Offline

    603ELO Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2003
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    0
    I agree, and i go one step further as I always service my Audis myself with anything needing specialist tools going to a local specialist. My cars tend to be 5 or 6 years old though.

    However Audi warranty is better than you think - particularly if you have a good dealer.

    My boss runs a 98 S8 and it has failed its last 2 MOTs due to c/v boots and front suspension bushes. Swindon Audi did the service and MOT and ALL of the failure items were covered by the warranty. He also had a mirror retract motor and headlamp washer assembly replaced under warranty.

    Can recommend this dealer by the way much better than my local dealer (ridgeway) - they even have a separate A8 service manager!
    Also we all know that we can get our car serviced better but in the early years, non dealer stamps in the book DO scare off potential purchasers. After 6 or so years this is less critical.
    #8
  9. AndyMac
    Offline

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    Messages:
    9,833
    Likes Received:
    30
    I paid £19k for my A4 (2 years old when I bought it in '99). It now has a book value of £3.5k (116k miles), so you have to take into account the effect of non main dealer stamps in the book on the resale value. On lower mileage cars I guess it may still be worthwhile, but again you have to factor in the additional expense of getting main dealer servicing, against the extra depreciation of a non Audi serviced vehicle.

    If you keep a vehicle for 3 years, you'll save around £900 on servicing, so can afford to drop the resale price by £1k which may, in fact, aid resale.
    #9

Share This Page