Mike Del Tergo
mdeltergo at hotmail.com
Fri May 28 08:43:03 EDT 2004
Well,. it looks like we have a bunch O data points and opinions! I love the
I called a local VW/Audi shop Wed. I told them my story and the first thing
the owner said was ouch! He said it could run thousands. After giving me
enough time to pick myself up off the floor he told me that was worst case,
but in his experience worst case happened to 98% of his clients and 2% went
very well. He turned me on to his sub contractor who uses Autofrost for
those for whom a R134 would cost more than the value of the car.
I went over at lunch yesterday and laid out my story including previous
quote. Honestly, he laughed.
I waited 10 minutes while he helped another customer. He had me cycle the
A/c did a few cursory checks and said all I needed was a recharge and some
parts. $150 and I could have the car in 4 hours. I had NO flexibility on
timing. Anyone with 1 car seat and a kid in daycare knows what I mean.
I say OK, mechanic #2 gives me a ride home to my other Audi and we're off.
4 hours and 5 minutes later I have working (cooling) A/C (full report on
next 90% day!) and a bill for $175
info access charge 1@ $2.50
Auto frost 2@ $24
oil 3@ $3.56
EVACC-VACC_ test-chrg 1@ $54
Labor to rplc parts 1@ $58
Shop supplies $2.13
I slipped him $10 for taking the car immediately. I told him that GM
recommends replacing the dryer if over 5yrs old and that Audi had a TSB to
replace the Expansion valve when working on the system. He channeled Bernie
and said, They both seem to be working fine, why would you want to spend
money for parts you don't need? My other 200 has an appointment next week.
I don't know if I have been taken, but feel good. If it works, I think $175
or so every 5 years to keep your A/C in line seems fair. The shop turns out
to be less than 1 mile from home and will be visited regularly if any of the
work doesn't hold up. I'll keep you posted on the other. Should be
intersting as it is the same car with 75K less miles and no A/C repair
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