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    How much should I be paying for a cambelt change?

    Seems suspiciously cheap tbh...although I checked the price of chewits and they have gone up a lot since I was a kid!!! [/B]Yeah, seems to be a lot of different prices in this thread though. And this is why I asked here, to get the real skinny on costs, not what the Audi website tells me :)...
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    How much should I be paying for a cambelt change?

    Hi all, my cambelt is due for a change in 4k miles. Just wondering what I should be expecting to pay. I'd rather get it done at my Audi dealer but if people could give me an idea of what they have been quoted or what they've paid already, either Audi or independent. Let me know.
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    Hot wheel(s) - New brake discs and pads...smoke from one wheel!

    So I had a car service on Wednesday and had new brake pads and discs fitted to both rear wheels. My commute home is about 35 mins, 95 percent of which is all high quality dual carriageway. Yesterday, I was driving home and stopped at some traffic lights close to home and as I was looking in...
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    Had my A3 quattro valued yesterday...

    Ha ha, no, I'll not trade it for £10,300 but if I do, I'll call you. :) I think I'll just call back to him and talk through what he'd be willing to offer me against an Audi approved A4. My wife doesn't want a sports model again as the ride is too firm (insert wife-riding joke here), so I guess...
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    Had my A3 quattro valued yesterday...

    Just under 55k b19, not a lot, pretty average for a 3 year old I's have thought. :) Also, no mods on mine that might scare off the average punter looking for a regular car...unlike some I could mention:laugh: I've never sold privately so don't really fancy the hassle and wouldn't know where to...
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    My A3 Sportback 170 Quattro

    I'm speechless! I'm not into modified cars at all but this is seriously good work and your car looks amazing. This is how mods should be done, not massive spoilers on a Pugeot 206 :) Very nice car. Congratulations on a job well done! Only thought I have is that with all the money you're...
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    Had my A3 quattro valued yesterday...

    So I had a service yesterday and asked the Audi dealer to value my car. 2008 (58) A3 sportback Sports trim 2.0L TDI (170PS) quattro Common-rail diesel engine Aruba blue When I collected the car he told me that it was unusually well maintained and looked after for a quattro car, a couple of...
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    So, what is actually checked during a TDI (CR) A3 Quattro service?

    My A3 2.0L TDI (170PS) quattro (facelifted version) has had two services (long-life oil) since it was bought from new in September 2008. The A3 manual isn't very clear on what is checked at service and the invoices don't really show anything other than the work done for changing oil etc. So...
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    Facelifted A3 - Handbrake Failure

    Well glad to see I'm not alone, misery loves company :laugh: I should have stated in my original post so long ago that the car was parked on a fairly steep incline in our car park at work. So had I not applied the handbrake properly the car should have at least faltered a little as I was...
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    Free Upgrade from SE to Sport Models

    The Sport model seats are definitely nicer but the ride is definitely also much more firm (or is that just in my quattro?). When I bought mine in Sept 08 the SE and Sport had very different prices.
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    Glowplug warning light started flashing while driving

    Excellent post, thanks! Interesting info there! :)
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    Glowplug warning light started flashing while driving

    So dealer rang me yesterday, apparently the turbo is gone. Thankfully still under warranty! So couple of questions for you folk: What questions should I be asking the dealer re: specifics on the turbo fail? Is this going to lead to more problems in the future? How can I take 'care' of the...
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    Glowplug warning light started flashing while driving

    So, yesterday Audi roadside assistance organised getting a hire car for me. I waited an hour before calling to see if I could get an update. I was told they would call me back, 30 minutes later I called again and was told that they couldn't see a confirmation on their system that a car had been...
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    Glowplug warning light started flashing while driving

    Had the car booked in but they couldn't see me and give a replacement car (which I'd need) until the 21st. However, all that now superseeded by the fact that last night the car lost a lot of power so I called Roadside Assistance who came to me this morning. Turns out there is a fault with a...
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    Need and independent garage near Bury St Edmunds or Cambridge

    Thanks eatdegrub, had to call Audi roadside assistance this morning because of loss of power in the car. They've organised a hire car and are putting it into the garage, a problem with Piezo injector #4. According to the guy who was out with us, this is a known problem on the early CR engines...
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    Glowplug warning light started flashing while driving

    Anywhere near Cambridge, Newmarket or Bury St Edmunds would be good for me :) Not really close to you I see :D I bought the car (new) in September 2008 and can't remember offhand if it was a 2 or 3 year warranty tbh, have to check it out.
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    Need and independent garage near Bury St Edmunds or Cambridge

    Hi all, My A3 needs a diagnostics check and service as my glowplug and emissions controls lamps are showing on the instrument panel :( Neither Bury St Edmunds Audi or Cambridge Vindis Audi can take my car until the 20th or 23rd of this month by which time the problem(s) could be a hell of a lot...
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    Glowplug warning light started flashing while driving

    Thanks Scott, funnily enough, this morning the Glowplug light stayed flashing on my 35 mile commute and my emissions controll light came on and stayed on as well :( Both are amber rather than red (something I suppose). Neither of my local Audi garages can take the car until either the 20th or...
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    Glowplug warning light started flashing while driving

    My wife was driving home tonight and had been driving for about 20 mins or so when the glowplug warning lamp started to flash. We think it was only flashing for about 10 seconds or so but on consulting the owners manual it says that flashing glowplug warning lamps are an indication of and engine...
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    Audi LongLife service and oil changes

    Yeah I definitely won't be doing it myself. I'm the Frank Spencer of DIY and mechanics, trust me on this. I start hammering a nail into a wall, pretty soon I'm calling a plumber to fix the water pipe I damaged with the nail and then a brickie to replace the wall... Anyway, thanks for the...
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