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Dealership Made Car Worse

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Dec 10, 2007
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Arviat
"Someone familiar with cars said it was good" just doesn't cut it with used cars, not especially with these out of warranty cars with turbo.
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Nov 11, 2013
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A4's of that era had oil consumption and timing chain tensioner problems. Sorry for your luck op, cut your losses and sell the thing.
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Invasionmix wrote:
Sep 8th, 2017 5:11 pm
The messed up thing was that I only had it for a week and the light came on. I bought it through private sale and everything was fine and dandy, brought someone that was familiar with cars with me too and he said it was good. From what I've been reading, it seems like with this generation of A4's, some of them have an old tensioner that can go at anytime, and when it goes, it can do a lot of damage. So when I got the car, it probably was just sheer bad luck when it went.

You've been had my friend. Not a coincidence a catastrophic failure happens days after you take possession. As others have posted, the code was cleared and the car was sold. I would contact the previous owner and have a chat, start asking questions and tell him what your costs are going to be. If no compensation is offered, I would file a suit in small claims court immediately. You have a perfect definition of a vice cache.

To add, always take these types of cars with proprietary tech (all German cars) to the dealer for pre-purchase inspections and not just any mechanic or someone 'who knows cars..'
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Jul 17, 2008
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This sucks. carcomplaints has almost no issues reported.

Also, OP might be SOL. A long long time ago, I did buy a second hand car and I did took to court the seller. Judge said too bad so sad, sales on used cars are final and I should've done my due diligence. I just ended being a teen at that time and luckily I only paid $1500 for the car, so I took it as a learning experience (and since then bought the 2 cars I have brand new and plan to keep them until the end, that way I know the entire history since inception). But maybe OP will get a better judge, who knows.
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Jul 21, 2001
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Sounds like OP got taken good.
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Oct 2, 2013
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Montreal
Invasionmix wrote:
Sep 8th, 2017 5:09 pm
You would think so, I had an OBD reader myself and know the two error codes. I had to pay $150 for them to tell me something I already knew. Then they had to open up the engine to get to the timing chain, which was $450.
Usually I fix stuff myself, but when I can't -> dealership.

Next time, if the code is clear and you know what is wrong 100%, ask the part to be replaced and no need for diagnostic. Saved me 120$ last time.
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Invasionmix wrote:
Sep 8th, 2017 4:57 pm
The only reason I went to the dealership was because the car has been serviced there since the beginning and I thought they would know the history of it. If I knew they were gonna open it up and tell me they can't put it back together then I would've went to my normal mechanic.
Invasionmix wrote:
Sep 8th, 2017 5:11 pm
The messed up thing was that I only had it for a week and the light came on. I bought it through private sale and everything was fine and dandy, brought someone that was familiar with cars with me too and he said it was good. From what I've been reading, it seems like with this generation of A4's, some of them have an old tensioner that can go at anytime, and when it goes, it can do a lot of damage. So when I got the car, it probably was just sheer bad luck when it went.
So you had used this dealership to service another car? Did you raise your concern with Audi Canada? I would always ask the dealership for estimate and to hold off on any work until I get the worst, mid and best case scenario.

Now that your mechanic is fixing it for $4k, why is everyone recommending you sell the car?
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Invasionmix wrote:
Sep 8th, 2017 5:11 pm
The messed up thing was that I only had it for a week and the light came on. I bought it through private sale and everything was fine and dandy, brought someone that was familiar with cars with me too and he said it was good. From what I've been reading, it seems like with this generation of A4's, some of them have an old tensioner that can go at anytime, and when it goes, it can do a lot of damage. So when I got the car, it probably was just sheer bad luck when it went.
Change title of thread to "I Got Scammed Through A Private Sale".
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sandikosh wrote:
Sep 9th, 2017 3:48 pm
Change title of thread to "I Got Scammed Through A Private Sale".
Don't german car makers offer extended warranties on nonCPO car? I know Honda does but with Toyota, it will be an inferior extended warranty.

Whoops. 2012 is way past four years but still would like to find out if we can buy extended warranties on these euros before the four years are up.
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Apr 20, 2003
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So what the Audi dealership quoted me and charged me for was: $450 for diagnosing, $6-8 to repair the engine, and $3700 to replace the turbo. I only paid for the diagnosing.

Brought it to my mechanic and he fixed the timing chain and tensioner for $1600 flat. Useless dealership -_-
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$2k outlay is quite reasonable. Didn't know this audi dealership could gouge so much.
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Mar 9, 2007
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Did Op came from a Beige Corolla to owning a Audi but expecting to pay Toyota's dealership service prices?

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Budget ballin is a dangerous game, OP learned it the hard way

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