Is it worth it?

Dave Scott ds at
Thu Feb 15 21:15:22 EST 2007

Ed, you hit the nail on the head I'm afraid. The car has had all its  
previous work done in Seattle, but I'm currently in New Jersey. The  
only place within 30 miles of the breakdown is a dealer. Don't think  
they have designs on the car, but did get the feeling they aren't  
very interested.

It's a sedan and just hit 130K miles.

If anyone knows of a good Audi mechanic in the NYC/Jersey Shore area,  
I'd love to get their info.


On Feb 15, 2007, at 7:24 PM, Ed Kellock wrote:

> If the headgasket blew and if it ends up that you only need another
> and maybe a little head work, then "the cost to tear it down" should
> be fairly minimal.
> You won't know anything until the head comes off.  I would say you at
> least need to be willing to go that far before making a determination.
> With the head off you can get a pretty good idea how the bores are.
>> From there, it sure seems like you could make some educated guesses
> about the rest of the engine.
> Is the shop you're dealing with known to you?  Do you have any reason
> to believe that either they just don't want to be bothered?  Or do you
> have any reason to believe they might have an agenda such as getting
> the car from you cheap?
> How many miles?  Avant or Sedan?
> Ed
> On 2/15/07, Dave Scott <ds at> wrote:
>> Hi Guys,
>> My 20v is in the shop after what may potentially be an engine
>> terminating event. The car began losing power at freeway speeds,
>> which is when I noticed oil temp was pegged. I pulled over, but just
>> as I'm getting off the road, oil smoke poured out from under the
>> hood. The shop tells me the head gasket blew. Without doing any
>> additional investigating, they're advising me that the work required
>> likely isn't worth it. (Essentially tearing the engine down to look
>> for block & piston damage from the extreme heat, bent valves, etc)
>> Has anyone experienced anything like this before? I love the car and
>> like all of us would be reluctant to let it go, but I have to be
>> practical too...
>> Thanks for any responses.
>> Dave
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