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Help Please New owner of A4 B8 - Couple of questions

JamesRyder Feb 13, 2019

  1. JamesRyder

    JamesRyder New Member

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    Hello,

    I've never owned an Audi before but I bought a 2011 A4 Dynamik 2.0 TFSI this week with 29,800 on the clock. It's a very nice car, although I'm still on the fence regarding the alloys. Anyway, it's asking for a service in a month. It's only had main Audi dealership servicing to date (Aberdeen Audi).

    Couple of questions... I'm concerned that, at some point, I might get the oil consumption problem that plagues these engines. The oil level is just under half-way at the moment, and the last oil change was done just over 2000 miles ago. I've hardly driven the car so I've not been keeping tabs, but does that sound right? I don't know if the level shows full after an oil change, but if so, that seems like a lot of oil in a short distance. Would it be worth me sticking with main dealer servicing in case the oil consumption problem arises, or am I OK to use an Audi indie specialist to save money? I don't want to put up too much of a fight to get Audi to fix the problem if it comes up, but I've read that as long as the servicing is done to spec, then it should be OK. Just wondering if I should err on the side of caution for a bit, just in case. Basically, what would you do in my situation? :)

    Second question relates to the rust problem with the wheel arches. Touch wood they seem OK at the moment, but is it worth protecting them now? Is it just a case of getting some vinyl to protect the paintwork? I don't fancy my chances of Audi offering to pay to fix both problems, so I'm looking to mitigate one of the issues if possible, and I'd rather they pay for the engine rebuild if it's needed.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
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  3. MuPPeT_ON_TouR

    MuPPeT_ON_TouR Active Member TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Silver Supporter Supercharged Audi S5 Black Edition quattro OBD11 USER Sportback Deep Black Pearl DSG

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    I am not aware these cars suffer any inherent rust problems with the arches. I had a 2008 A4 and had no rust. If you have rust I would say it's probably due to badly repaired accident damage.

    As for the oil consumption. You already have the problem. No measurable amount of oil should have be used in just 2000 miles. I think it's obvious why the previous owner sold the car on.

    Take it to Audi and get the oil consumption test carried out asap.

    Good luck.
     
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  4. JamesRyder

    JamesRyder New Member

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    Good news on the wheel arches, thanks for confirming Muppet. I had a bad feeling about the oil consumption problem when I saw the level. I have 6 months of gold-level warranty from the non-Audi garage I bought the car from, and they seem pretty nice there, and they have their own garage. It says they cover all major internal moving parts of the cylinder block, including pistons.

    Thanks for the advice! I'll book the service in with Audi and ask for an oil consumption test at the same time, and then try my luck with getting Audi to do the work for free when it fails. At least I've got two avenues to pursue to fix the problem, and I think I can return the car to the dealer under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
     
  5. JamesRyder

    JamesRyder New Member

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    I'll keep this updated with my progress. It's now booked in on Monday with Audi to do the oil consumption test. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Not really what I expected to be doing in my first week of owning an Audi, but hey ho!
     
  6. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member

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    Don't panic yet.You don't know the car well enough to worry about oil consumption and hopefully the test will be good.Every Audi I have owned over the last 20 years has had something in the handbook about normal consumption and if its had none added since the service I don't think that's bad as long as its stable.We can all afford a little a little oil from time to time.I don't think you have much hope of returning the car to the vendor unless the engine is seriously bad such as you could see signs of oil burning and many so called warranties are worthless for anything that could be regarded as normal wear and tear.Unfortunately very low mileage can indicate that the car has only been used for frequent short trips which can increase the wear rate on engine parts
     
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    JamesRyder New Member

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    Thanks for your reassurance, Mike. I've just driven it and I was wondering if there's an element of me being hypersensitive, knowing there's an issue with these engines. You're right, I don't know how it was used prior to me picking it up on Monday, and it's perhaps too early to make a judgement. I suppose if I knew that I was getting rid of a car after a final service, I might not worry about burning some extra oil. I'll go for the test and see what they say. I'm hoping it's only £80ish, as I've previously read, so a small price to pay to find out. It doesn't help that I've never spent this kind of money on a car either, so I'm all a bit nervy. And you're right about returning it; it's not a showstopper so I'm sure they wouldn't even entertain a return. Thanks for planting my feet back on the ground.
     
  8. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member

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    Glad to hear that helped.Unless theres anything nasty in the test you just need to keep a check on the oil level after your service and if it seems to be about the same usage all would be well.We have all read about the troubles with this engine and you cant eliminate risk whenever you buy any used car.I always like to buy privately so you can ask questions and get some idea of how the previous owner looked after the car but the trade is dominated by dealers and there are pitfalls.Hope it all goes well
     
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    666markyboy Well-Known Member

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    There's a full thread in here somewhere about wheel arch rust.....If they are good now then I personally would do all can to protect them, you can get mudflaps that cover and protect the lower rear edge of the arch lip and also a plastic strip that Audi fitted to later B8.5 models, get plenty of Waxoil up around the lip too , All A4's seem to suffer rusting front arches at some point
     
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    JamesRyder New Member

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    Thanks markyboy. I'll try to find that thread and then purchase the necessary parts to prevent the rust problem. That will be one less problem to worry about.
     

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