[A4] Oil Break In....

Brett's Email brett.messimer at york.com
Fri Nov 4 08:22:20 EST 2005

Yes, I just went through this with my 02 A4 1.8TQM.  Had the oil changed
every 5k miles from the day I bought it with 29 miles on the clock.  Used
the stealership for the first 50k miles, used a jiffy lube type place
afterwards.  At 69k miles the engine had the sludge issue.  Audi covered it,
but I still had to prove I had the oil changes AT LEAST every 10k miles.  My
feeling (after dealing with the Audi twits) was that had I kept to their 10k
mile change, it would NOT have been covered, even though that is what Audi
recommends.  This wasn't said directly or openly, but the nuances of what
they said clearly implied that Audi was looking for any way to get out of
fixing my engine.  

Moral of the story?  Change the oil every 5k miles and use synthetic.


-----Original Message-----
From: a4-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:a4-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of
Dan DiBiase
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 7:32 AM
To: Audi4orce at aol.com; caliban at sharon.net; nickstock at gmail.com;
jafo at tummy.com
Cc: a4 at audifans.com
Subject: Re: [A4] Oil Break In....

--- Audi4orce at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 11/3/05 5:57:12 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> caliban at sharon.net writes:
> << ..and hope you don't have your warranty claims voided.
>   >>
> How???  please explain to me how they gonna void the warranty?

Audi of America's recent history WRT warranty issues related to the sludge
problem has been to try and avoid covering problems created by their long
oil change intervals (10k miles) and use of dino oil in the 1.8T engines.
They "fixed" the problem by recommending synthetic oils (specific ones -
as Rocky mentioned, they sent out a list) and switching to a new larger
filter (larger by about .4 quarts, and it's actually an old VW diesel
filter!). That's why those of us that do our oil changes in between the
10k recommendation (after the first 5k), document - I buy the oil and OEM
filter and take it to a local shop, saving all my receipts. And 5k oil
changes with synthetic are fine. If you're using synthetic and changing
every 2500 miles, that seems like a waste of synthetic, I would probably
just use dino oil in that case. I have just under 25k on my car and am
planning on keeping it for a loooooong time....

Dan D
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA
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