[A4] dead 2001 A4 1.8Tq

Stephen Lau steve at grommit.com
Tue Apr 1 10:20:30 PDT 2008

I'm not mechanical at all. :)
I was driving one day when the oil light came on.  I checked my oil, it 
was low (I change every 10k miles per my manual), I topped it off and 
the next day headed up to Tahoe.  After about 220 miles I felt a 
whooshing sound, and the engine lost a ton of power.  I managed to coax 
it up to the top of Donner pass going around 20-30mph, and then coasted 
it down into Truckee where a mechanic checked the oil and found metal 
bits inside the engine.

That's about all I know.  I had it towed to my local mechanic here who 
said the most economical would be to do an engine swap.


Brandon Rogers wrote:
> If you really like the car I would talk to an independent mechanic about
> swapping in a used motor if the current motor cannot be easily saved.  I
> don't see how a quick used motor straight swap could possibly be $9k+.  I've
> not heard of many (any??) stock 1.8Ts "blowing up" but have heard of some
> sludge issues and timing belt failures. More info needed on the "death" -
> what is really wrong - does it just need a head and turbo? - did a rod go
> through the block? What exactly happened?  How mechanical are you?
> Brandon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: a4-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:a4-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of
> Stephen Lau
> Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 10:53 AM
> To: a4 at audifans.com
> Subject: [A4] dead 2001 A4 1.8Tq
> I have a 2001 A4 1.8T quattro sedan manual that died a painful death.
> Basically the engine is blown and it needs a new engine, motor mounts, and
> possible turbo.  The mechanic is quoting me $9k-$10k to repair it, which
> isn't even worth the cost of the car.
> Anyone have any suggestions on what to do with it?  I've not sold a car
> before, so I've no idea what the best thing to do with it is. Sell it to a
> junkyard for whatever pittance I can get?
> Suggestions warmly welcomed.
> cheers,
> steve

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