Hi i am thinking of changing my a3 tdi for a b7 s4 v8 but after reading up a bit i am very worried with all the talk of cam chains, is it a real worry or a bit of hipe as i will only be able to afford a 100,000 ish mile s4 any advice would be great thanks
Cheers for reply mate so you did have a cold start rattle but nothing more so far im feeling a little better but as you said you were worried aswellHi Mate,
I have just sold my S4 today and traded it in for an S6. I bought it at 89k Miles and I sold it on 113k. Inbetween those miles I ran it on Fuchs Titan Race Pro S 5W-40 to give the chains/tensioners a decent life with regular oil changes. I can't deny once it hit 100k I wasnt worried as there was always a little startup rattle. After that it was totally fine. Ironically however, the only reason I traded it in was for fear of a tensioner failure/chain snapping. Although I still think it is rare to happen...just very unlucky if you take care of the car as you should.
Hi mate my a3 is a red s line 2l tdi sportback your car looks ok on ebay just missing a couple of extras i was looking for such as nav also my mrs is not keen on avants
20l tdi sline 56 plate 127.000 miles full history half leather rotors st1 remap full custom fabricated stainless exaust black front grill cruise
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Cheers for reply mate so you did have a cold start rattle but nothing more so far im feeling a little better but as you said you were worried aswell
Cheers for reply mate yeh the internet does seem to only flag up the bad just scared me a bit as i am going to be pushing it a bit funding wise buying the car in the first place and i guess running and maintaining costs are not going to be cheap either without this kind of costI think generally everything said here is correct.
Startup rattle is normal to a point, but depends on how long and how severe. As for how often do they go? Well, I think its rather a lot more than just a random event, BUT the internet being as it is, you always hear the bad, and never the good.
And lets be honest, how many cars out there are plagued with issues such as these..........****** loads. Best thing to do, is to not worry about it, otherwise you'll worry yourself into selling it (which I've nearly done before lol)
I will be very causious i think mate as i cant afford a 4k repare billYes mate startup rattle only, however went on for a second longer than I liked it too. Probably still normal on startup but as Rambo mentioned above you only hear about the bad ones, and I indeed worried myself into selling it lol.
If you go and see it and start it up and there is little rattle then you are good to go tbh.
Hi mate what was the cost of the kit and is it an easy diy fit or not ?i had mine for 9 years with very few problems
i fitted a kit to stop the tensioners from slacking off overnight , worked perfectly not a hint of chain rattle
which is what causes the guides to wear prematurely and eventually fail