So you decided to buy an Audi… As you should already know, the maintenance and repairs on an Audi cost more than an ordinary vehicle, but how much more? Todays cars are riddled with electronics that make our lives easier, however, when they fail they are very expensive to fix or replace. Therefore you should BUY EXTENDED WARRANTY! Every single customer we have that is thinking about buying a new car or used car is strongly advised to buy extended warranty. Yes, they are expensive but repair costs on your car are even more expensive in the long run. We highly recommend Fidelity, or USAA if you have a family member in the military. If you drive a lot, extended warranty may not be worthwhile since they only cover up to 100k miles.

If you do not have extended warranty, get ready for significant maintenance and repair costs on an Audi model once it hits about 80k miles. We don’t mean to scare you, some customers do get away with lower maintenance costs up to 100,000 miles but these customers have treated their cars like their children. Most of these customers have upgraded to premium oils and performed their services more often than what the schedule recommends. But lets say you followed the Audi service schedule:

You should expect to service your Audi every 10,000 miles. Remember your first service is usually free at any dealership across the country! The prices for major and minor services vary across the country. Southern California (especially West Los Angeles) has some of the highest prices in the country. The rent is expensive here! The following prices are estimates assuming genuine Audi parts (no aftermarket junk). A minor service, which usually includes oil, filters and inspection should cost you $130 to $280 depending on the type of engine. The bigger the engine the more it costs due to the amount of oil you have to use. The most expensive part of a major service is the spark plug service. A major service should run you between $500 and $900. If you have the common Audi 2.0T engine you are looking at the lower end of the spectrum. Those with the 4.0T engine are on the higher end of the spectrum. If you are curious about our prices you can check them out here: Price of Audi Services at Euro-Tech Motors

The major and minor services may fluctuate $30-$60 dollars depending if you need the pollen and air filters. Dealerships like to sell you the filters automatically (everyone there is on commission) but we like to visually inspect them first before selling them to the customer. Also, every two years regardless of mileage you are due for a brake fluid change, for this service you are looking at $100-180. If one of our customers is due to the brake service we usually cut them a brake if the car is already here for a service.

 

How much should I pay for my Audi oil change and what should I expect?

Do not ever use cheap oil in order to save some money. Trust me if you do not pay now you will pay later. You are looking to pay about $8-$12 per liter. Many of our customers upgrade to Liqui-Moly oil for about $14-$16 per liter. So what is the right oil for you?

Every dealership recommends either Mobil 1 or Castrol Synthetic. Although they are not the absolute best oils for your car, you should definitely not go cheaper than those. You would think dealerships would use the best oil but that is not the case. Since most manufacturers and the majority dealerships have gone corporate, they get giant contracts to exclusively distribute a certain brand and weight of oil. Ideally hotter climates should use a heavier weight of oil.

If you are looking to do the absolute minimum, then follow the Audi service schedule. But please do not go to a quick oil change station. If you are paying under $50 dollars on your oil change for your Audi then something is wrong. Audi usually recommends a service every 10,000 miles but after 30 years of experience in the industry we have concluded that people should be performing oil changes more often (especially in cities with a lot of stop and go traffic).

If you have a Turbo engine, expect your car to burn off some oil in between services, carry a quart of oil with you at all times!

 

How much should I expect to pay for Audi repairs?

 This one is a tough one. There are so many variables. However keep in mind the following things

  • The dealership is more familiar with new models than older models
  • Just because the labor rate is lower at one shop does not mean they are cheaper (may take them longer to diagnose and repair)
  • Most things are replace than repair (that’s why extended warranty is beneficial)
  • Don’t assume independent shops are supposed to be cheap. There are many shops out there that out perform the dealership at every level!

At around 70,000 to 90,000 miles we have noticed that there are usually two repairs that must be done. The oil filter housing and the breather assembly are usually the culprits. To do the oil filter housing you are looking at about $900 to 1200. The breather assembly you are looking at about $380 to $500.

 

Is it worth paying for an Audi extended warranty?

Yes! Do not go cheap on this either, cheap policies will not cover as much and will try to use cheap parts!

 

Is my warranty void if I take my car to an independent shop?

 NO, never! Of course we would never take a luxury ca to a quick oil change station but there are many shops out there that provide superior service! With the internet you can do a quick search on Yelp or Google to see who has a good reputation. Do not let dealerships scare you into thinking that your warranty will be void if you do the service elsewhere!