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Extended warranty

wideboybloke Sep 15, 2020

  1. wideboybloke

    wideboybloke Registered User

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    I don’t normally keep my cars beyond the new car warranty period, but I so like my A4 Avant, I decided to soldier on with it for a fourth year. I took out an extended warranty just in case and at the end of the fourth year the annual service identified a cracked thermostat housing with consequent loss of coolant. It cost £97 to fix, but as I have a £100 excess I paid for that. Nevertheless, lesson learnt - my hitherto reliable A4 is fallible.

    I’ve decided to keep the car for a fifth year now and so I took out the extended warranty again. Two weeks into the new warranty period and I get a warning message on the DIS that there is a brake servo problem. The diagnostic procedure suggests that the pressure sensor on the servo has packed up, but the technician has checked the wiring and the sensor itself and can find no faults, so the conclusion is that the servo has failed. The new one is on back order and will cost £1500 (actually closer to £1600) to replace.

    So, if you fancy keeping yours beyond the manufacturer’s warranty period, I would strongly advise an extended warranty as these Audis are not cheap to repair. With the £100 excess mine cost £372 which I consider good value for money given what has happened.
     
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  3. Baj257

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    I had a similar issue with my car. I had an ABS fault that wouldn’t go. Audi said they had done all the tests and it was some sort of pump that had broken, the pump was £1400 + Labour to fit it.
    Took it to an independent garage and it was an ABS sensor fault, cost me £90 for the sensor and £50 labour. Sorted.
    Unfortunately some garages, especially main dealers do take the p**s. I’d always get a second opinion if you had a big cost to pay out, especially out of warranty people like myself.
    I don’t use the Audi dealers anymore as I’ve had issues with both of them round by me.
    Some sound like they are good though, going by comments from people on here.


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  4. wideboybloke

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    That’s very interesting. Before my car went into the dealer I googled the warning message that had flashed up on the DIS and it transpires that the message is quite common. Owners had found that with their cars standing idle during lockdown (as mine did) a fault was developing with a sensor on the servo and several had had the sensor replaced at a cost of £200. So that’s what I expected to be told with mine. Well the guy carried out all the checks prescribed by Audi which took him straight to the pressure sensor but that apparently is not the faulty item. As it’s a warranty claim, the dealer has no incentive to make it an expensive repair, but I am left wondering if a meal is being made of something fairly straightforward.
     
  5. cuke2u

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    Just renewed mine for another year, all components and £100 excess at £34 a week I feel is fine. When you consider a stronic gearbox replacement could run to £8k or more well worth the peace of mind...
     
  6. wideboybloke

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    And it was the gearbox that worried me most about this car, yet here we are with no hint of trouble (touch wood) from that area.
     
  7. SiPie

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    £1768 for a years extended warranty ??
     
  8. monkeyhanger

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    Surely it's £34 a month? That still seems incredibly high compared to the factory extended warranty - can you still get those? VW withdrew them 2 years ago, but there were circa £280 for 4th year coverage and £450 for years 4 and 5 coverage with no excess.

    I bought my A4 40TDI Avant S-line 10 months old for 60% of its RRP. I usually buy new, but I can't stomach that level of depreciation in a car so young. In a dilemma as whether to get shot for another nearly new one when the warranty is due up or to keep it longer
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2020
  9. Nham68

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    My S4 extended warranty was approx £400 ... so I do hope it’s 34 a month quoted above !
     
  10. BigAardvaark

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    Mine was around £34/month too in the first year for "Named Component". This year I went for "All Component" and it's £42/month. I find this value for money for the peace of mind it brings.
     
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  11. cuke2u

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    My apologies, I was obviously having finger issues and meant £34 a month lol...
     
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  13. S19 MYD

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    Is that third party all component Audi ex warranty.
    I ran a quote online and it came back with nearly double for mine, and at three years old it’s only covered 18k miles!
     
  14. Antjos1

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    Hi all
    My Audi warranty ends June 2021.
    Thinking of keeping for another year, can anybody recommend a company or is Audi warranty any good.
    Thanks for any replies.
     
  15. elpeterol

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    Audi seem to provide comprehensive cover, Car Care Plan may be worth looking at but like a lot of these insurances some mixed reviews.
     
  16. thisistheone

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    Hi ,
    In the 4th year i went for an Audi Warranty which covered pretty much everything but it was expensive but it does give you peace of mind.
    Today i've just pulled the trigger on a 3 year warranty through ALA ( administered by the RAC ) . Cost £760 with labour costs of £100/ hour and no excess. Under this it won't get you to a main dealer but a good independent specialist should be covered. I think most aftermarket warranties have a cap on labour charges so it's always worthwhile to check the small print.
    What i also found some websites / offerings where not as transparent or as clear as ALA plus i got my GAP insurance through them . No complaints.
     

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