[Biturbos4] Good dealer service and a few other things...
quincy.chiang at globalte.com
Fri Nov 21 18:42:14 EST 2003
I had my 2-year/32000 km service on Wednesday (I only have 26500 km), just thought I'd share my pleasant experience at my dealer, and a few interesting things they fixed.
1. I mentioned to the service advisor about a slight vibration in my brakes. It's not bad enough that the steering wheel would shake when braking, but you can barely feel it. I didn't notice it much when I test drove my car back in summer (from a person I know from local Audi meets), but it was there when I picked up my car. I also noticed there's a slight grooving on the front discs when I put on the winter wheels. It was snowing yesterday, so the dealer couldn't test drive the car (a good thing in a way), and they ended up machining the front discs and sanding down the pads. The tech told me that these discs can be turned once and the next time would have to be replaced. I'm just wondering how many people have had this happened to them, do S4s eat the front brakes even during normal driving due to its weight perhaps? The roads here are generally pretty flat, except if you drive thru the Rockies. I never had a problem with my A4's brakes.
2. I noticed a white noise behind the dash the next day after I got the car, again I didn't hear this when I test drove it. It's there even when all electrical systems are turned off while the engine is running. It ended up being a rotating temperature sensor squealing due to dirt trapped inside. I had no idea there's a small fan drawing cabin air to the thermocouple, and I didn't think it would be turned on when the climate control is off. This bugger is about 1"x1"x0.5". I'm happy to report that the annoying noise is now gone.
Other than that, the service was excellent, they drove me to work in an '00 A8 (very comfortable car and that v8 sounds nice) and picked me up after work in a '02 A6 2.7t 6-sp, which brings me to the 2.7t manual gearbox... In the S4, we all know that this is perhaps the biggest flaw of the car from the factory, the throws are long and it's not very smooth or precise, and the clutch is quite heavy. However in the A6, the clutch is lighter, and the shifter feels lighter and more precise, the throws are just as long, but at least it's light and precise, what gives? I thought the engine and the tranny are identical in these cars, how come they feel so different??
Sorry for the long post, I'll be getting back to work now, 25 minutes left to weekend, woohoo!
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