[Biturbos4] HELP! 2000 S4 Timing Belt Slipped

Jeff Bettencourt jeffreybettencourt at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 1 09:27:32 EST 2004

I'm looking for some help, I have a 2000 S4 with just
under 75K miles on it. I have religiously brought it
back to the same dealer for all recommended services,
make sure Mobil 1 was used, etc. I have never modified
the car - it is 100% factory minus the snow tires I
purchased because I live in Boston.

Last weekend, I was backing out of my driveway and the
car just stopped. I had it towed to my secondary
dealer (my primary dealer couldn't look at it for 2-3
weeks!!). The diagnosis is not good - the timing belt
"slipped", causing 2 valves to bend, oil to get into
the turbos, etc. The repair bill for this is what
truly took my breath away - $16,000 to FIX the car. (2
turbos, 2 heads, water pump, timing belt, plus labor)

Now I'm no expert on this stuff, but the car has a
trade-in value of ~$18K, so do I now have a totalled
car with almost NO value? With only 75K miles, I am
well below the recommended interval of 90K or 104K
miles (I've seen both). My primary dealer actually
wrote on my slip at 60K miles that I should do the
timing belt at 70K, but when I brought it in for the
70K service, my "service advior" told me I didn't need
to do it at 70K & that I should wait until 80K.

So, my question here is - what next? I've contacted
Audi and asked for help, but I am wondering if I have
any other recourse. Has anybody else out there been
through this? For those of you that haven't - go have
your timing belts changed! 

Any advice/stories would be greatly appreciated!

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