[Biturbos4] HELP! 2000 S4 Timing Belt Slipped

Russell Romano Russell_Romano at pmc-sierra.com
Mon Feb 2 09:43:25 EST 2004

To play devil's advocate a bit.....

Most people who buy S4/A62.7Ts new don't plan to own them S4s past 120k miles, and very few will own them to 180k miles....

If you aren't trying to avoid the timing belt service altogether, why not change it at 60k miles like nearly ever car manufacturer has recommended for the last 20 years and be safe??

Change it at 60k, 120k, 180k, 240k......  4 changes.
Change it at 80k, 160k, 240k............  3 changes.

Doesn't make any sense to me to push it past 60k unless you plan on owning the car for 240k miles and you are trying to save the cost of one timing belt change over 240k miles of ownership (silly).  If you plan on owning the car for less than 120k miles it is a wash and you only pay for 1 change anyway.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Kavanagh [mailto:dak at rochester.rr.com]
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2004 10:55 AM
To: Jeff Bettencourt
Cc: biturbos4 at audifans.com
Subject: Re: [Biturbos4] HELP! 2000 S4 Timing Belt Slipped

Geeze, I'd take it back to the dealer who said "wait until 80K" and tell 
them you were prepared to do the work at 70K, but they advised to wait 
until 80K and they better help you out now. I've had 70K quoted from 
Audi and a sticker under my hood says that also (A62.7T)
I'm knocking on 55K, so I'm getting to the point where I need to think 
about getting the work done (or do it myself).


Thus Spoke Jeff Bettencourt:

>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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