I didnt need to change the tensioner, and the belt actually still looked good. Its taking the bumper off, plus about 25 more minutes of work, its really not bad. Since they had to remove the air box stuff to get the belt off, they just did the gaskets at the same time. I think the billed time was 2.5 hours. I did supply parts, I got a mitsuboshi belt from carquest and oem gaskets, but it wasnt bad for parts.
I also changed spark plugs, oem bosch are not to expensive at any parts place. I changed the air filter to a K&N, I am running motul diff and engine oils now.
I did break a motor mount however. New thru the dealer is kinda pricey, 165 was the cheapest i found online. The car had a code for a broken passenger mount (it was probably on there from before I bought the car, shady audi dealer) and labor on that is looking like it will be 300ish. I will let you know.
Everything you have heard about S4 maintenance is true. It costs an arm and a leg to keep up, I have a very close relationship with my Indy mechanic but I still love the car. It makes me happy every time I get in it. I feed it 94 octane every other day but I love it. The sounds, the feel, the heft.. All of it rocks.
To make things better, tuning for the chain driven 4.2 has come a long long way in the past year or so.
So, to recap. Buying one is one thing, keeping it/running it is another. If you can do it, do it.
The belt was previously changed at 35k, so approx 40k miles on the belt.
To add about the motor mount, I found that 034 and Stern Both make non-oem street style motor mounts for a little less than brand new OEM ones. I went with Stern mounts, the pair was 270, vs 165 for one oem.
I to am looking to sell my 20th GTi..and towards an S4. I am looking at a 04 S4..70 thousand miles..Price is looking to be around 19k. It would not be a daily. Prob 5k a year or so max..more of a weekend car. Is it worth 19k? I have not driven one yet..i cant wait to. Will it hold that value well. Even on into higher mileage as well as say an M3 would?
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