[Biturbos4] Continental Warranty and worn tie rods.

Stephenson step88 at kc.rr.com
Fri Sep 3 21:43:26 EDT 2004


Shortly after I found out my warranty company was insolvent, I had an ABS
unit go bad to the tune of about $1500.  There is no guarantee that it would
have been covered had they still been in business, but I think it would
have.  Even so, I'm not really sorry that I decided to go without.  I've
heard stories of the hassle that many owners have to go through to get their
warranty company to agree to cover a part, phone calls back and forth, etc,
and it sounds like a real pain.  Life's too short for additional
aggravations.  Besides, I don't put on a lot of miles, I take excellent care
of the car, and I don't mind doing a lot of repairs myself, so it makes
statistical sense for me to go without.  Granted, however, the peace of mind
was nice while it lasted.  Bottom line: if you can afford to pay for repairs
without breaking the bank, it probably makes more sense to go without, but
that's just my opinion.

Good luck,


-----Original Message-----
From: biturbos4-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:biturbos4-bounces at audifans.com]
On Behalf Of Aurangzeb M. Agha
Sent: Friday, September 03, 2004 6:18 PM
To: Bi-Turbo Audi S4 Audi Fan Group
Subject: RE: [Biturbos4] Continental Warranty and worn tie rods.

Bob --

Do you have any regrets that you decided to go without?  I'm at 48K on my 
'01 S4, and am mulling the idea of a warranty.  I take good care of the 
car, and so far, there have been no major issues.

I am scared that, like one of the other posters to this thread mentioned, 
my turbos could blow and then I'd have to fork out the $$$.

I looked at the extended warranty plan through AAA's Member Service 


but decided the cost was too much.  One benefit WAS that if you didn't use 
the warranty at all during the life of the warranty, you got all your $ 

Most recently, I've been looking at a warranty by autowarrantybroker.com, 
but am yet to get their full details and commit.

I've also spent quite some time looking at audiworld.com, and have found 
the following helpful links on the topic:

Most helpful:

And then some others:



'01 Silver Audi S4 (stock)

> Message: 7
> Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 16:48:53 -0500
> From: "Stephenson" <step88 at kc.rr.com>
> Subject: RE: [Biturbos4] Continental Warranty and worn tie rods.
> To: "'Ti Kan'" <ti at amb.org>, <lfisher at cyberoptics.com>
> Cc: Biturbos4 at audifans.com, tstifler at att.net
> Message-ID: <200409012148.i81Lmr9W022147 at ms-smtp-02.rdc-kc.rr.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain;       charset="us-ascii"
> I've told this story before, but I purchased an extended warranty from 
> Warranty Gold a couple of years ago.  I did my homework and they were 
> highly rated.  It was their best policy that covered everything except 
> specific listed items, which I've heard is the safest way to go.  It 
> wasn't until I tried to make a claim that I found out that their second 
> party reinsurer had filed for bankruptcy several months earlier and 
> would be processing no claims.  Fortunately, I had paid for the policy 
> with my Visa card, so I filed a claim with Visa, was reimbursed 100%, 
> and let Visa take up the battle.  I would suggest that if you are 
> considering an extended warranty, pay with your charge card (assuming 
> they will cover a default), and pay in installments.  I looked into 
> getting different warranty, but eventually decided to go without.
> Bob Stephenson
> 2000 S4
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